A common problem with all types of skin and especially as we get older is that uncomfortable tight feeling in the face, often the result of dehydration. Whilst everyone (and their skin) is unique there are some common reasons for this and some easy solutions. The contributing factors to dry skin can be environmental, the natural ageing process and using the wrong products and even what we eat and drink (or dont).
A change of seasons in spring and autumn can often be a time of change in our skin and winter very drying inside and out. Even in summer the sun’s positive effect can become negative when the skin is over-exposed or under-protected. The sun (even in winter) is the biggest single factor to the ageing/drying process so do make sure your product contains a minimum of Spf15. Even better is to go natural with a mineral protection ingredient like zinc oxide.
So with the weather doing its worst the next factor is natural ageing. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for getting older but there are some inevitable changes that need to be considered. Our oil levels reduce and also our acid levels. Good oil levels keep us hydrated and young looking and good acid levels keep our skins natural defence system (called the acid mantle) intact and protected against environmental and free radical attack. A product containing a good amount of fruit acids and essential oils will really help to balance your skin and re-hydrate it and if its Ph balanced then even better. Too many store bought skincare ranges are way too alkaline which ultimately sensitises our skin and dries it out.
Next, go as organic and natural as possible. Nature has provided such a store cupboard of ingredients to help us tackle dry skin. Look for oils like avacado, olive, apricot and rosehip all know for their hydrating and softening properties. Also, look at ingredients that boost the amount of water the skin can hold like Hyalauronic Acid. A good organic shea butter base always helps and the addition of plenty of vitamins (including Co-Q10), marine collagens and minerals all boost collagen production, provide free-radical protection and help tone and firm the skin from the inside.
Any lastly, do think about what you are putting into your body. Processed salty foods, alcohol and coffee are all potent dehydraters so do remember to give you body (and your liver) a regular break and drink plenty of water. All in moderation except for enjoying life which should be done in excess!
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