Dry skin needs to be pumped up with moisture, which can be found in: avocados, bananas, carrots, papaya, grapes, and potatoes. All of this produce is beneficial for dry skin conditions such as eczema, dehydrated skin, skin blemishes, and rough skin. Increase your intake of these products and top them off with homemade masks and face packs. Dry skin lacks oil and causes premature aging.
The first step in dealing with dry skin is cleansing the proper way. To help preserve your skin’s natural oil barrier and lock moisture in your skin, always avoid cleansing with soap and water. Soap absorbs your skin’s natural oil and dries out your skin even more. Proper cleansing is done twice a day, morning and night, with a soap-free bar or face wash (foam or gel). Constantly wetting and drying the skin makes a dry-skin condition worse. Use oil blotting sheets instead of over-cleansing your face if you feel the need to over-wash your face. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are available at any pharmacy for $8, I guarantee they will become your new best friend during any season of the year!
Dry skin needs more moisturizing than any other skin type, especially during the fall and winter seasons due to the use of heaters and the change of weather. Apply a moisturizer that is absorbed easily immediately after cleansing your skin. You may need to reapply throughout the day, but remember to wash your hands before applying anything to your skin. For the fall and winter time, the use of heaters tends to over-dry already dry skin types, so consider using a humidifier to lock moisture back into the air and essentially into your skin.
Try this homemade face mask for this fall season:
For Dehydrated (DRY) Skin Types:
1 small ripe Banana
1 oz (25 grams) ground oatmeal
1 tsp runny honey
Chop the banana into a bowl and mash to a smooth paste. Stir in the oatmeal and honey. Apply to your face and neck with upward strokes and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a damp cotton towel or wash off with warm water and a gentle cleanser. You may apply this mask 1 to 2 times a week as needed, and don’t forget to moisturize, even after the mask.