A Dry Spell…

by lrmetcalfe

moisturises

It’s getting colder, the days are shortening, the central heating is now on- and my skin is drying out!

For the past two Winters my skin has become noticeably dryer- I never thought I would miss my oily-teenage skin type, but I do!

There is nothing worse than patches of dry, flaky or sore skin. Many of us automatically turn to creams and lotions, but the skin also needs to be healed from the inside out. Here are some of my top tips for dry skin….

 

1. Eat more essential fatty acids

Foods rich in essential fatty acids are essential for healthy skin. EFA’s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes and are important for maintaining the skin’s natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated and healthy.

One of the best sources of EFAs is oily fish- mackerel, sardines, tuna, anchovies, salmon, trout and herring. Olive oil, unrefined walnut and sunflower oil, nuts, linseed, pumpkin, sesame hemp and sunflower seeds are also sources of fatty acids. For recipe ideas rich in EFAs check out my blog post Getting Fishy

 

2. Find a PH balanced skin care regime

When our skin is dry we all rush to the closest moisturiser, however some moisturisers can disturb the natural balance of the skin. The skin has a form of protection called an ‘acid mantle’, it is naturally slightly acidic. If a product is too alkaline or too acidic, this mantle is disturbed and skin conditions can arise. Many skin products can alter the skin’s PH, so look out for products which maintain the skin’s natural PH balance.

 

3. For dryness on the body…

Calendula is the key! I use Nelsons Calendula Cream as a body lotion; I find it really useful for the dry patches I get on my legs and elbows.

Or for a moisturising treat, after bathing try massaging in an oil blend of Calendula, with a drop of the essential oils of Roman camomile, geranium and lavender.

 

4. Rehydrate

Drinking plenty of water is key to making sure the skin is hydrated, it is also something we tend to neglect to do in the cold; it is much harder to guzzle down water in winter, than on a hot summer’s day. Try and drink 1.5-2 litres a day, hot drinks including tea and herbal/fruit teas count towards your daily water intake too.

 

5. Not too hot

Heat and humidity dry out and irritate the skin, try not to have the central heating blasting out too high, and open windows during the day to let out humidity and let in fresh air! As tempting and relaxing as hot showers and baths on a cold day are, try not to make them too hot- warm is enough and always use a good moisturiser or massage oil afterwards.

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