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Natural Solutions for Dry Skin

Oct 15, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy

Warm sweaters and boots are in! But dry skin... not so much. This is on my mind because even though it's mid-October I'm already hearing many people complain of dry skin on their face and body. This is especially true for many women as they age (even late 20's early 30's) due to hormonal changes - skin can become dry because less oils are produced in the sebaceous glands to give you that naturally vibrant complexion.

I have compiled some tips that I know first hand work because I've seen countless clients over the years combat the dryness and become a dewy glowy diva!

5 Natural Solutions for Dry Skin

1. Avoid hot showers

I know this is an obvious one, but hot water and harsh soap strip away the thin oil barrier on your skin.

Your skin maintains its strength and elasticity from its water and oil content. This is what keeps skin looking fresh and vibrant. Strip that away and you are left with dull skin due to dry skin. Add a harsh soap to hot water and you make matters worse. Don't let those well-marketed body washes fool you! Nearly all body washes that have foaming action are made with an industrial strength chemical that can clean machinery called SLS. Not so nice for your pretty face and body.

2. Eat your fats

Your outside (skin, nails, hair) is a reflection of the inside health of your body. Fat helps to provide moisture for the skin. Eat plenty of healthy fats such as salmon, avocado, nuts and seeds, nut butters, extra-virgin olive oil, flax oil and so on. BONUS: Many of these foods also help to reduce inflammation and this can be a root cause of dry skin as well. You may want to consider supplementation.

I personally take an omega 3 fish oil supplement every single day because it has far reaching benefits then just skin healthy. I highly recommend you do too!

3. Eat your hydration

You already know you need to drink water because your body's composition is mostly water, in fact up to 70%. However, with the changing of the seasons you may naturally eat less raw fruits and vegetables and more cooked or dehydrated food. This means less hydration for your cells.

Snack on some raw foods including pears and apples which are both in season and vegetables such as leafy greens. If you eat dried fruits, rehydrate them in water. Prunes are an excellent digestive-friendly food that can be super hydrating if you pop them in a mason jar filled with filtered water overnight. They will be plump and juicy by the morning! Here is a wonderful fresh raw juice: The Hydrator Juice.

4. Forget Exfoliating in the shower, dry skin brush!

I've been talking about dry skin brushing here on Joyous Health since I graduated as a holistic nutritionist in 2009. Why? Because it works! Dry skin brushing is an absolutely fantastic way to brush your skin to beauty. Dead skin cells and poor circulation make you look drab and dull. Dry skin brushing sloughs off those deads skin cells and livens up your complexion by drawing circulation to the skin's surface. Your skin is your largest organ of detoxification making this daily joyous habit an essential detox habit.

5. Slather your body with Butta

It still shocks me the plethora of chemicals in personal care products on the market today. Many of them include ingredients that cause opposite of what you want -- moisturized, glowing skin (despite their marketing messages)! This is why we have a joyous line of clean and truly moisturizing products. Before I started using "Smooth Like Butta" I had to moisturize every single day, sometimes twice per day in the winter. I used plain coconut oil which is clean of course, but it does not deeply penetrate the skin to moisturize and pretty much sits on top till it rubs off.

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Now that I use Smooth Like Butta my skin stays well moisturized and incredibly smooth and of course, coconut oil is a main ingredient but not the only one. I LOVE it so very much!!! Plus, there's no ingredient you can't stick on a spoon as Kathrin Brunner from For Love of Body says.

Have a joyous day!

Joy

Oct 15, 2014 BY Joy McCarthy
12 Comments
Amanda   •   October 16, 2014

Lovely article, I have been taking my omega-3 for just a few days and already notice a difference. No new acne (which I find gets worse with my dry winter skin) and I have really been focusing on reducing my coffee and loving mass amounts of water and herbal teas! Thanks, Joy!

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 16, 2014

Really happy to hear that Amanda. It's fantastic how quickly you can notice a difference. Glad to hear it!


Sarah   •   October 16, 2014

Hi Joy, I'm wondering if you can recommend any face wash/face moisturiser that is good for colder months as well? I have sensitive skin that breaks out easily and also gets REALLY dry in the winter... I will definitely follow your tips above as well but appreciate your recos! Thanks :)

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 16, 2014

For sure! I love Consonant's award winning foaming cleanser http://www.consonantskincare.com/products/organic-foaming-face-wash-125-ml and when my skin needs more moisture I really love how lush Eminence's Coconut Milk Cleanser feels on my skin.


Laura   •   October 16, 2014

Hi Joy! Thank-you for this posting! What brand of soap or body wash do you recommend for the shower?

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 17, 2014

I use a homemade soup -- my mom buys it for me all the time and I'm actually not sure where she gets it! However, when I'm out of stock I often buy my soap from a health food store. I think (if memory serves me correct) the brand is called soapworks.


Beth johnson   •   October 20, 2014

Great tips :) I love dry brushing! It had made such a difference in my dry skin! You are such an inspiration<3 http://westingwellness.blogspot.ca

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Kitchen Scale   •   October 21, 2014

You are beautiful and you inspired your readers with your article. Great post!

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Ken   •   November 4, 2014

Hi Joy, Is there a certain type or brand of fish oil you recommend? Thanks for the great article! Ken

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 4, 2014

Hi Ken, We're big fans of Genuine Health's line of fish oils. They're high-quality and sustainably sourced. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Stephanie   •   January 21, 2015

Hey joy! I am wondering if you use a facial cleanser and what your nightime beauty routine is. I need help! Steph

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 21, 2015

Hi Steph, I know that Joy's a big fan of Eminence and Consonant skincare products. My nighttime routine is pretty simple. Remove makeup, wash face, apply moisturizer, done. Kate - Joyous Health Team


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