Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Guide to Dry Skin Therapy

Who needs dry skin therapy?  It has been reported that 20 percent of the population suffers from some lack of skin hydration.  That means 1 out of every 5 people are in need of dry skin remedies. 

If you have ever gotten out of the shower and had your skin feel tight, then you belong in the 20 percent of people with a skin hydration problem.  Dry skin can be as mild as that tight feeling after washing to something more sever with symptoms of red, flaky, or itchy skin. 

Its a popular problem and many people are looking to have smoother, fresher skin.  There are some simple dry skin remedies that are easy to follow.  If you put them together you will have a solid dry skin therapy that will make a difference in the health of your skin.

The first step in your therapy is to stop using soap; go for a mild cleanser instead.  This is especially true for the delicate skin on your face. 

Soap is designed to remove oil.  The problem is most soaps can not distinguish between excess oil and the natural oil your skin uses to maintain moisture.  A mild cleanser doesn't use harsh chemicals and therefore does not strip your skin of its natural moisturizers.

Just switching to a mild cleanser is not enough.  For complete dry skin therapy you need to use a deep penetrating moisturizer.  Look for a cream that has natural ingredients and stay away from anything that uses mineral oil.

Mineral oil makes your skin feel hydrated upon the first application.  However, because it petroleum based, it tends to clog your pores and will build up until your skin can no longer breathe.  It's an ingredient in many dry skin remedies but it will only deteriorate the health of your skin.

I don't want to go into too much of the technical mechanisms in the skin, but I am going to talk about one important part of the skin that hasn't gotten much press. 

Hyaluronic acid is a component of skin that acts like a glue keeping together the protein building blocks of our dermis.  Why I mention it is that it holds up to 100 times its weight in water.  It is the single most important component when it comes to dry skin therapy.

Look for creams that include ingredients to stimulate hyaluronic acid in your system.  Pytessence Wakame is derived from Japanese sea kelp and is a natural way to boost your amount of hyaluronic acid, keeping your skin hydrated and giving it a healthy glow.

Functional keratin is another ingredient that has been proven to hydrate your skin down to the deepest levels.  People have even called this ingredient a miracle cure for the skin.  It has been reported that a difference can be seen in skin hydration after only a few applications.

We've covered topical dry skin remedies.  Now lets look at some things you can take internally to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.  Vitamin E and the B group vitamins are great suppliments to take either orally or topically through your skin care products. 

Also consider taking fish oil to stimulate the healthy function of your skin.  Fish oil is very high in Omega 3 fatty acids.  People taking this supplement have reported fewer lines in their skin and receive more compliments on how their skin looks after only 6 weeks. 

What there is for you to do is make small daily changes in your dry skin therapy.  The more consistently you apply a quality moisturizer, the easier it will be to watch your dry skin disappear.