8 Tips to Rescue Dry Skin

by Mandana Edalati, ND
Source: HANS e-News - January 1, 2012

From time to time, the skin can get a little dry but the cold, dry winter season can be especially harsh on the skin. Here are eight tips to keep your skin healthy, nourished and radiant.

1. Gently exfoliate your skin once a week with a dry loofah or a natural bristle body brush. This helps remove dead skin cells and any impurities from the skin, increases blood and lymph circulation, and makes the skin looking vibrant and feeling soft. With the skin being the largest elimination organ, dry skin brushing also stimulates the removal of toxins throughout the body, contributing to detoxification of your skin and overall body.

2. Wash your hands with cool or warm water instead of hot water as hot water further dries out the skin.

3. Avoid overuse of hand sanitizers. Most of these products are alcohol based which are drying to the skin and degrade the skin's natural protective mechanisms. On a similar note, avoid harsh synthetic soaps. Use natural soaps with natural scents from essential oils. They are soothing on the skin and smell great too!

4. Moisturize the skin right after taking a shower while the skin is still damp. This helps trap and seal the moisture. Good natural moisturizers include sweet almond oil, calendula oil and shea butter. These wonderful moisturizers not only keep the skin from drying out but also help repair, heal and regenerate the skin.


5. Your skin always reflects your internal health. By paying attention to your overall health and nourishing your whole body, the appearance and texture of your skin will also reflect it.

I recommend a good, pure fish oil supplement, an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are a very important part of healthy skin and overall health. Essential fatty acids help repair skin cells and create the moisture content needed for the skin to look and feel healthy. Other good sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids include flaxseed oil and walnuts.

6. Drink lots of water. Water helps keeps your skin hydrated and looking healthy and fresh. Keep in mind, coffee and black tea are diuretics contributing to dehydration so if you are drinking these frequently, make sure you are also drinking extra water.

7. Vitamin D deficiency can also contribute to dry skin. Vitamin D is involved in skin cell metabolism. Vitamin D deficiency is common in Canada; be sure to have your levels tested so you can take the correct dosage accordingly.
8. Dry skin can also be a sign of hypothyroidism. If you suffer from chronic dry skin, constipation, brittle hair or nails, fatigue and cold hands and feet, see your health care provider to get your thyroid checked. This is an important step not just for your skin health but also for your overall wellbeing.

Dr. Mandana Edalati provides naturopathic care for patients of all ages, tailored to each patient's specific needs. Dr. Edalati strongly believes in the mind-body connection and incorporates it into her health approach. Some of the services include traditional Chinese medicine, nutrition, herbology, homeopathy, intravenous therapy, detox, craniosacral. Diagnostic lab testings such as food sensitivity testing, hormone and digestive analysis are also offered. (604) 987-4660 Wellness Naturopathic Centre, www.wellnessnaturopathic.com, info@wellness naturopathic.com
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