The good news is that today, there are many types of treatments and natural treatments to choose from, for your dry or damaged skin. The symptoms most associated with damaged or dry skin are scaling, which is the visible peeling of the outer skin layer, itching and cracks in the skin.
Our skin also receives less blood flow and lower gland activity than the other organs in our body. The average square inch of skin holds 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes, and more than a thousand nerve endings. Skin is made up of loose connective tissue and elastin.
Dry skin can be due to a genetic condition but it’s not common. If you break out on the skin around your eyes, it could be the shellac in your mascara; buy a shellac-free mascara like Ecco Bella’s. Dry skin can be caused by a deficiency of vitamin A, systemic illness, overexposure to sunlight or some medications.
Dry skin can also be a sign of an underactive thyroid. Serious skin complications, including a dry skin condition, can arise for people with type 2 diabetes. Environmental factors, such as exposure to sun, wind, cold, chemicals, or cosmetics, or excessive bathing with harsh soaps, can cause dry skin. Damaged skin can occur from many different causes; the sun being one of the most common causes.
It’s especially important for people with dry skin, damaged skin, or acne to eat foods high in omega-3’s.Eat an avocado every day; put it in your salad or mash it up and eat it with a spoon. Eat high-fiber snacks like raw nuts, raw seeds, fresh fruit or dried fruit like dates, and figs.
Cosmetics should be used carefully because they may dry out the skin or cause allergic reactions like contact dermatitis; read the labels. Natural treatments should always be the first type of treatments to consider when you want to heal and take the best care of your skin. Avoid all products that have an alcohol base.
Apply coconut oil daily to your skin to heal, moisturize and soothe it. I’ve found coconut oil to be the best natural healing treatment for dry or damaged skin. After a soothing bath or shower at night just before bedtime, apply a thin layer of coconut oil over your entire body; it’ll even last on your skin through your shower in the morning. Dry skin contributes to fine lines and wrinkles; coconut oil helps prevent the onset by keeping the skin soft and supple.
Use coconut oil to remove your make-up at night, like I do; it leaves a fine layer of oil to nourish your skin all night long; but better yet, apply more coconut oil. When you buy coconut oil, make sure you get the kind that hasn’t been refined, processed and deodorized.
Many skin conditions can be converted into clear, healthy skin by using natural home remedies. The skin supports its own ecosystem of microorganisms, including yeasts and bacteria, which cannot be removed by any amount of cleaning.
See your doctor or naturopathic doctor if your damaged skin doesn’t improve in spite of your best efforts. Usually we can take care of dry or damaged skin without seeing our doctor, but sometimes we can’t avoid it. Make sure to call your skin doctor or dermatologist when you have any open cuts or sores from scratching that won’t heal.
Article Source by Helen Hecker