Dry skin on the face:
Dry skin and very dry skin can often be a temporary problem but can be a long term concern. Signs and symptoms of dry and very dry skin can vary considerably form one person to the next and can worsen depending on your age, health, the care you take of it and the amount of time that you spend outdoors. In general, it is easily recognised by one of all of the following symptoms:
- A tight feeling after cleansing, showering or swimming
- Skin looks, dull, shrivelled or dehydrated
- Skin looks rough on the surface
- Skin is itchy, flaking or peeling
- Fine lines or even cracking at the surface
- Redness and sensitivity
For many people dry skin or xerosis as it’s known medically, is caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, eczema, or hypothyroidism which is a bit more awkward to treat but for many people, dry skin can be simply caused by lack of care. Normal healthy skin contains sebum, a natural fat or lipid that keeps the skin soft and supple. Stripping this layer of sebum by overzealous cleansing, long hot showers, harsh chemicals or not protecting your skin from the elements is the main reason your skin gets dried out. When the skin is stripped of its natural oils, and under the pressure of defending itself from the onslaught of chemical filled potions and make-up, it can lead to the development of one of the many types of dermatitis and inflammation.
Another major cause of extreme dry skin, often overlooked is malnutrition. This usually gets a gasp, but remember that you can be predominantly healthy but just not quite getting the nutrients that your skin needs to maintain its health. The nutrients needed especially for the skin are many. I fully intend to do a separate post on this to elaborate.
If you are one of the people who have tried several types of moisturisers in your mission to rid yourself of the dryness, bring it back to the basics. Stick to a simple routine with natural oils and butters using a good oily balm or moisturiser without chemicals. I recommend the Intensive Restoring Facial Balm which many have used with wonderful results.
Seriously, if your skin is dry then it needs more oil, but not all oil is good. Please do not use mineral oil, I wouldn’t recommend anyone to put a by-product of petroleum on their skin! It makes sense that an oil free moisturiser will not give you the oil you need. If your skin is dry, it is lacking in oil so a moisturiser or balm with 100% natural butters and oils will be what will relieve your dryness and revive your skin. Also, give your skin a little time to allow it to absorb the oils, before applying make-up and apply at least ten minutes before going to bed so your skin gets the benefit and not the pillow. Your moisturiser should include oils which will easily absorb and also oils to treat such as evening primrose which contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid and soothing herbs such as comfrey and calendula which will be healing. I also like to use natural anti-oxidants such as Vitamin E oil to reduce the effect of free radicals.
If your skin is extremely dry, it will have built up a barrier on the surface. The roughened dehydrated skin at the surface is actually a protective mechanism that your skin does to prevent it from being damaged further. This method of building up a barrier means that anything that you apply will not really work for a while, as the oils are not absorbing deep enough to treat the deeper layers, the underlying skin that needs treating. Be patient, it will take a week or more for your skin to become accustomed to the emollient nature of the balm and readily absorb the much needed oils. Best used together with the Intensive Restoring Hydrating Mist and Intensive Restoring Facial Serum to get maximum benefit and care for both your skin oil and hydration needs together.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and will attempt to protect at all costs. Treat it gently, keep chemicals away from it and allow it to trust your care by being diligent and regular with your applications of oils so it doesn’t have to kick in that protective mechanism of toughened skin at the surface. With regular care, the same as any organ in the body, your skin will protect you and remain healthy, soft and supple.