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10 Recipes For Natural Face Masks For Dry Skin
What Causes Dry Skin?
Your skin produces oil to keep it hydrated. With daily cleaning, especially with soaps that strip the skin, you will wipe off this natural oil. This is fine if your skin is able to reproduce enough oil to quickly moisturize itself again, but it will leave you dry and eventually flaky if not.
Skin care products can cause dryness. Make up, especially powders, will suck the natural oils out of your skin. Limit makeup use to only the “must have” days. Harsh soaps that strip oil can make your dry skin problem worse. If you have consistently dry skin, try the oil cleansing method. This method actually uses oil and warm water to pull out old oil and dry skin off your face, but leaves enough oil and more, fresh oil on your face.
If you notice your skin is not only dry, but often red, flaky, bumpy, especially in the presence of cold weather or stress, you may suffer from eczema. Applying natural oil and limiting food and environmental allergens can keep your eczema in check. Be extra careful choosing your skincare if you have chronic eczema.
How to Care for Dry Skin
To oil cleanse, find a natural oil such as almond, avocado, or grapeseed. Run warm, but not hot, water, and apply one teaspoon of the oil to your face. Place a clean cloth under the water, and wipe your face with the cloth. Wipe enough to remove much of the oil, but not so vigorously to leave a red mark. Allow the skin to dry, and rub in any extra after ten minutes If your skin soaks up the oil quickly, apply a half teaspoon to the dry areas.
Fight consistent dry skin by doing these things daily:
- Drinking at least 64 ounces of fresh, filtered water or distilled water.
- Applying natural oil to your skin after washing daily, or using the oil cleanse method.
- Limiting any allergens, such as dairy or gluten.
- Avoiding harsh soaps and make-ups.
- Keeping hot showers to a minimum, as the hot water strips the skin of moisture.
- Limiting exposure of your face to extreme cold or wind.
- Cleaning with all natural cleaners, as harsh chemicals can dry out the skin.
Dry skin rears its ugly head for most of us, but it doesn’t have to be a major issue. Use these mask recipes and tips to steer clear of dry skin for good.