Dry skin: how to moisturize it naturally?
Written by: Loris Vitry (coach and Yoga teacher)
Validated by: Cathy Maillot (Osteopath)
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- 1 What is dry skin?
- 2 What are the symptoms of dry skin?
- 3 How to naturally hydrate dry skin?
- 4 Conclusion
Pain, irritation, and tightness, dry skin is an illness that nobody wants.
It affects many people and can have severe consequences on your mood because of the discomfort.
The causes of dry skin are multiple.
Likewise, there are a variety of remedies that can help you quickly regain your soft-touch skin.
But before knowing the remedies, it is essential to understand the causes of dry skin to protect yourself from it permanently.
What is dry skin, and what causes it?
What are the symptoms and how to hydrate dry skin naturally?
This article provides you with as much information as possible on the subject.
What is dry skin?
Although it is often confused with the signs of old age, dry skin affects enough people, and it is not just the elderly.
In medical terms, dry skin is referred to as Xerosis.
It describes skin lacking in water and nutrition.
The consequences are not only physical; they can also be psychological, for example, stress.
Causes of dry skin
The skin becomes dry when the sebum responsible for protecting the skin is no longer produced in sufficient quantity.
There are many causes of dry skin.
The weather conditions
One of the causes of dry skin is the climate conditions.
Daily, the skin undergoes numerous attacks from the sun’s rays, from the chilly winter wind or the dry summer heat.
These can dehydrate and weaken your organic defense system.
Daily, people surround their body with a multitude of treatments.
Although these treatments are intended to improve the condition of your skin or to clean it, they can also degrade it if they are used in excess.
An excessive shower or too repetitive soaping, for example, dries the skin quickly.
One of the criteria for choosing is choosing a toilet soap adapted to the health of your skin.
If your soap doesn’t meet this criterion, you can expect to have epidermal dehydration.
Several other factors can cause dry skin
- inheritance: if one of your parents suffers from dry skin, you are likely to suffer from it;
- diseases: psoaris, infection, diabetes, anorexia, cancer, renal failure, etc .;
- vitamin A deficiency;
- Hormonal changes, etc.
As you can see, the causes of dry skin vary from person to person.
What are the symptoms of dry skin?
Dry skin usually has the following signs:
- skin cracks;
- presence of dry patches on the epidermis;
- atopic dermatitis;
- rough skin to the touch, etc.
Dry skin is a real discomfort.
However, there are natural remedies to hydrate it.
How to naturally hydrate dry skin?
Although there are drug solutions and cosmetic products, favoring natural care is always beneficial as there are no side effects for these remedies.
From shea, a tree in West Africa, shea butter is a product well known for its benefits on the skin.
It has nourishing and moisturizing properties.
Also, it is very present in cosmetic products and others, intended for skincare.
Rich in vitamin A, E, and F, shea butter has many benefits.
It soothes, heals, softens, hydrates, and protects your skin.
To have all the benefits, you need 100% organic shea butter, which you can find commercially.
After your bath, apply it to your skin.
It protects your skin from the sun’s rays and other daily aggressions.
Honey is not only used in food.
It also nourishes and hydrates your skin.
To use it, once again, prefer choosing organic honey.
- Take a teaspoon of honey, two spoons of organic yogurt and a spoon of wheat germ oil. Mix everything together.
- After your bath, apply the mixture and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- After the break, use mineral water to rinse your face.
Hydrating bath with sweet almonds and sandalwood
Pour 8 spoons of sandalwood essential oil and 3 spoons of sweet almond into your bathwater.
Mix everything and leave to stand for a few minutes.
Afterward, immerse yourself in this water and stay for about 20 minutes.
When you leave, apply a moisturizing treatment based on organic products.
Avocado is a component of many skin care products, and you can use it to fight dry skin.
You just need to make it a hydrating mask.
To do this, take a half avocado and mash it until you get a puree.
Add a spoon of honey to the puree and mix everything.
As soon as you get out of the bathroom, apply this mixture to your damp skin.
Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Then rinse your body with lukewarm water.
Olive oil is a very useful product whose utility is recognized both in food and in the field of cosmetics.
Olive oil is rich in omega 9, and it has softening and nourishing properties as well as anti-wrinkle and antioxidant benefits.
It is for these reasons that it is highly recommended in the hydration of dry skin.
For more efficiency, always choose organic olive oil.
Take a warm bath, then spread the olive oil over the dry parts of your skin.
Let it sit for about twenty minutes and then wipe your face.
Hydrating Aloe Vera gel
Native to Africa, aloe vera is mostly made up of water.
It is, therefore, a product of choice for moisturizing the skin.
Aloe vera has healing and hydrating effects.
This product removes impurities from your body, regulates sebum production, and contributes to the renewal of your cells.
It also protects you from the degrading effects of the sun’s rays.
After your bath, apply aloe vera gel to your face and affected areas.
Your body will regain its natural texture.
Dry skin is a pain not to be taken lightly.
The causes are multiple and could come from the weather’s changes, the use of your actual skincare products as well as your diet.
There are several solutions to overcome it, but you should favor natural remedies because there are no side effects to fear.