Dry skin is a common frustration, especially in the winter months. It can be caused by a variety of things, from bathing or skin care routines, to weather, diet, and even genetics. If you’re currently struggling with dry skin or want to prevent it, we hope you find these tips helpful.
Every cell, tissue and organ in your body depends on water to grow and maintain function. Hydration will keep your skin cells thriving and prevent dry skin from occurring or becoming too severe. Aim to drink at least 8, 8-ounce glasses of water a day and be sure to consume more if you are active throughout the day. Not a fan of water? Infuse your water with fruits such as fresh limes, lemons cucumber, or even essential oils for a fun and enjoyable way to get your fluids in! Some water-dense foods to consume that will help hydrate include watermelon, strawberries, oranges, grapefruit, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and spinach!
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells at the surface in order to make room for the new cells underneath. Your skin naturally makes new cells about every 30 days. If the dead skin cells are not completely removed, this can lead to dryness, flakiness and clogged pores. Sugar scrubs, such as Urban Oreganics Coffee Scrub, are a great way to exfoliate your skin with natural, nourishing ingredients. Follow up with UO's replenishing and hydrating facial cream for a dewy, glow!
3. EAT MORE OMEGA-3'S
Omega-3’s contain two types of fat: DHA and EPA. The EPA found in omega-3 promotes skin health by regulating oil production and boosting hydration! This can help prevent dry skin from occurring. Contrary to what you may believe, plant-based Omega-3's are easy to find! You can receive adequate amounts from seaweed, algae, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds and walnuts!
4. CONSUME FOODS RICH IN VITAMINS A & C
Beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, as well as Vitamin C both act as antioxidants that protect your skin cells from damage as well as repair and helps new skin cells grow. Vitamin C also has a hydrating effect on the skin, which will aid in overall dryness! Some foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes and greens! Some sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, cantaloupe, kale, red bell peppers and sweet potatoes.
5. GET ADEQUATE SLEEP
Did you know that while you are sleeping your skin repairs itself and even replenishes itself with moisture? Sleep is so important for your skin to recover, heal and offset any dryness! Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Begin to wind down 30 minutes before your desired sleep time by turning off electronics, keeping the phone out of reach and finding ways to relax such as diffusing essential oils, meditating, or listening to soft music!
Bonus tip #6: be sure to contact Urban Oreganics for a personalized skin care routine to address any skin concerns. Emily and her team would love to help!
Big thanks to Megan (host and founder of Healthy Grocery Girl) for sharing her knowledge with our readers. For more natural lifestyle, motherhood and healthy recipes, stay connected with her on Instagram @HealthyGroceryGirl and @Great.Job.Mama, HealthyGroceryGirl.com and on YouTube.
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