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Help Me Choose Natural Products for Dry & Itchy Skin
What is it?
Dry skin is a result of a decrease in sebum production, the natural skin oil necessary to keep the skin moist and lubricated. Since dry skin has a decreased oil barrier, water easily evaporates through the skin.
Dry Skin is More Common In:
- Cold winter months and dry climates
- Individuals with a history of eczema
- The elderly
Dry skin lacks both oil and moisture.
Some common dry skin symptoms:
- Itchy and easily irritated skin
- Skin looks rough with fine flakes and dry patches
- Skin may appear red, or gray and ashy
- Skin is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and cracks
Winter Itchy Skin
Winter itch is caused by excessively dry skin in the winter. Cool temperatures, dry heat and lower humidity drain moisture causing dry, flaky and itchy skin. For those with normally dry or sensitive skin, it will often worsen during the winter months.
Keeping skin well hydrated and replacing natural oils with our body moisturizers can help. The best time to moisturize is after showering or bathing, while skin is still damp, to help lock in moisture. Our natural Winter Survival Soap has become a seasonal favorite. The cooling, clearing, revitalizing scent of this moisturizing bar helps soothe dry, itchy skin and energize your spirit on cold winter mornings!
Treating Dry Skin
The best treatment for dry skin is daily lubrication with a pure and natural emollient to help decrease the evaporation of moisture from the skin. The main goals for dry skin treatment are to stop the itching and prevent moisture loss.
Dermatologist recommend non-water based, heavy creams to restore skin hydration. The best time to moisturize is after showering or bathing, while skin is still warm and damp to help increase absorption and lock in moisture.
Moisturizing is especially important to help prevent "winter itch." Keeping skin well hydrated and replacing natural oils with our Body Moisturizers can help. Our natural Winter Survival Soap has become a seasonal favorite. The cooling, clearing, revitalizing scent of this moisturizing bar helps soothe dry, itchy skin and energize your spirit on cold winter mornings!
The Right Soap
We get a lot of requests from customers about which soap they should use to help their dry skin. There are many causes of dry skin – like dry air or aging – but ironically, one of the most common causes of dry skin is your soap.
If you recently bought commercial soap from a major chain store, take a look at the ingredients on the label. Chances are, you’ll see lots of words you can't pronounce. While these artificial ingredients make your soap lather nicely and smell great, they actually cause skin irritation and dryness, especially in people with sensitive skin or who have skin conditions like eczema.
A mild natural, moisturizing soap is recommended for dry skin. Dry skin conditions are often exacerbated by harsh detergent soaps that contain fragrance oils and synthetic chemicals that wash off natural skin-protecting oils.
We have learned from our research and our customers that some types of dry skin love the soaps and moisturizers with extra butters, like shea, mango and cocoa. Other types love the oils rich in a fatty acid called linoleic acid, such as grapeseed, sunflower and hemp. Still others like soaps rich in honey or coconut milk.
Exfoliation for those with dry skin is very important, especially in winter. When our skin feels dry we too often slather on heavy creams to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin flaky skin means you have a build up of dead, dry skin cells. Why would you want to moisturize dry, dead skin cells? What you really want to do is exfoliate those dead skin cells away and then then moisturize the skin.
Many customers ask, "How Do I Know If I Need To Exfoliate?" A simple test you can do at home to see if you have surface dry skin cells on your skin is to take a piece of clear tape and apply it to the forehead. Rub it gently and remove. Look at the tape, and if there are little pieces of flaky skin, then you need to exfoliate!
Things to Avoid
Harsh Detergent Soaps
Dry skin conditions are often exacerbated by commercial soaps that contain harsh detergents that wash off natural skin-protecting oils. Fragrance oils and other synthetic chemicals can also dry skin and cause irritation.
Stay away from lotions. Not only are they mostly water (notice that water is often the first ingredient) they often contain preservatives and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin. Although lotions are absorbed more quickly, they do not contain enough emollients to offer long-term protection against dryness.
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