Tips for Overcoming Dry Skin
No matter how expensive (or not) your skin care is, you can use these 5 simple strategies to help you go from dry to beautiful skin.
Tip #1 Avoid the Leading Culprits
Sugar, alcohol, smoking and trans fats break down skin quality. The healthier your diet, the healthier your skin. Replace sugar with healthier options like stevia, xylitol, and raw honey.
Instead of eating sugar, use sugar as a great exfoliator. Keep a container (with a lid) in your shower. During your shower, use a handful of sugar (white or brown) to exfoliate the skin. Not only will it exfoliate it will help increase circulation to the skin.
Tip #2 Add Moisture by Hydrating
Few people drink adequate water each day. A minimum of half your body weight in ounces is necessary to hydrate both your insides and your outsides (ex: weigh 150# = 75 ounces of water/day). Of course it is best to drink purified water instead of tap or even distilled water.
Tip #3 Avoid Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets contribute to many skin issues including dry and itching skin. Simply skip the sheets completely. If you want to use a fabric softener, use a non-toxic, fragrance free product. The goal is soft, hydrated skin!
Tip #4 SLEEP!
A lack of sleep can stress the body and it shows in our skin. Not only is getting eight hours of sleep important, it is knowing when to get the sleep. The hours before midnight count for twice the rest as the hours after midnight. Slip into bed and know you are getting rest and supporting your skin. Adequate sleep is one of the simplest, but most overlooked ‘tips’ for improving every area of your health!
Tip #5 Add Omega 3’s to Your Diet
Getting enough of the good fats (Omega 3s. coconut oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, etc) into your diet will not only support your overall health and hormones, they will also help your skin be more supple and youthful.
Tip #6 Increase your consumption of good fats
Fat is essential for healthy skin – unfortunately most of us don’t get enough health fat in our daily diets – thanks to misinformation over the las 40 years from the government. Target getting 50% of your daily calorie intake from good fats such as olive oil, avocado oil, raw nuts and seeds, grass fed butter, and coconut oil. For tips on making this easy, see my new cookbook, COOKING For Life (click)