Treatment for Dry Skin: 7 Ready Steady Glow Ingredients

The most talked about and most common skin ailment on the globe is dry skin. It can affect any part of the body, but our face skin is particularly vulnerable. In many cases, treatment for dry skin includes simple lifestyle changes and over-the-counter moisturizers will suffice.

Dry skin is defined by a lack of moisture in the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. Lipids and protein make up the epidermis, which helps to keep the skin hydrated. When these proteins and lipids are deficient in our skin, moisture from the skin evaporates quickly, resulting in dry skin.

The symptoms of dry skin usually include cracked skin, itching, flakiness, redness, grey or ashy skin and stretched skin. Before knowing the treatments, let us understand the causes of dry skin.

What are the causes of dry skin?

The absolute cause of dry skin is quite unidentified. But it is alleged to be triggered by some environmental, genetic, atopic conditions.

  • Weather conditions – cold weather
  • Using extreme hot water for bathing
  • Hormone
  • Genetics
  • Allergens
  • Dry air
  • Exposure to harsh skin care products
  • Medical conditions (diabetes, eczema)
  • Unbalanced skin Ph
  • Harsh skin scrubbing or scratching
How to get rid of dry skin naturally?

There are the big hitters in the realm of moisturizing skin-care ingredients that you’ve probably heard of. These are few natural ingredients that helps in treatment for dry skin help:

1. Aloe vera:

This ingredient is an all-rounder and works great for alleviating dry skin. The mucopolysaccharides present help in binding moisture to the skin. Aloe vera gets absorbed easily in the skin and helps in retaining moisture and improving skin integrity.

2. Glycerin:

This humectant is a dry skin superhero. Glycerin has antimicrobial properties and is well suited for almost all types of skin.  It helps minimize the water loss in your skin and balances the skin Ph. Additionally, it draws moisture to the skin and creates a protective layer which helps in keeping the skin healthy and glowing. In skin care products, glycerin is majorly used as occlusive that traps moisture in the skin. Few studies show that glycerin is the most effective humectant.

3. Papaya extract:

This fruit extract is indeed a boon in treating dry skin It contains antioxidants, enzymes (papain), and vitamin A, all of which aid in the treatment of dry, flaky skin. Furthermore, this nutrient-dense fruit extract revitalizes the skin, keeping it soft, vibrant, and luminous.

4. Psidium Guajava (Guava):

Guava contains a variety of antioxidants and vitamins. It aids in the protection of your skin from harm. Guava fruit extract, in addition to its health benefits, aids in skin hydration when applied to the skin. Moreover, as guava has antimicrobial properties it may reduce the inflammation caused by dry skin.

5. Licorice:

For centuries, licorice has been used for skin treatments along with its benefits for health. Licorice has skin smoothing properties. It is an effective agent when it comes to treat dry skin or even atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema).  The active compound of licorice, glycyrrhetinic acid, helps in reducing skin dryness severity by alleviating irritation and redness. It also helps in regulating the oil production in the skin.

6. Hydrolysed rice protein:

This type of rice protein improves the ability of the skin to bind moisture. Thus, developing flexibility and strength. Hydrolyzed rice protein aids  in retaining skin’s moisture is an valuable cosmetic ingredient. It contains vitamin E, starch, and amino acids, which keep the skin hydrated and provide a protective barrier.

7. Sodium hyaluronate:

This hydrophilic ingredient extracted from Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is hydrophilic in nature. Sodium hyaluronate when applied to the skin topically draws moisture to the skin and retains it. It also helps in repairing the compromised moisture barrier and plums the skin up. According to the studies, sodium hyaluronate provides greater hydrating effects than HA.

Scientific research on ingredients that help with dry skin:
  1. How Aloe Vera helps for skin hydration. Read here.
  2. How Glycerin is an effective humectant for dry skin. Read here.
  3. Skin smoothening and hydrating properties of Licorice. Read here.
  4. How Sodium hyaluronate provides greater hydrating effects than HA. Read here.
Tips: Care for dry skin on face:

Along with the use of the above mentioned ingredients for reducing dry ski, here are a few tips that can help you this winter (and year round too).

  • Moisturize daily (twice or thrice or whenever dryness occurs)
  • Avoid going near strong heat sources
  • Use lukewarm water for bathing
  • Limit the bathing time
  • Dry yourself well
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoid scrubbing and scratching
  • Identify your triggers and avoid them
  • Cut fingernails often
  • Use gentle skin care products
  • Avoid chemical products
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing
  • Wear soft cotton clothes
  • Take extra care in winters
  • Clean yourself thoroughly when sweating a lot
  • Avoid dust and mites too
  • Drink adequate amount of water
WHICH INGREDIENTS TO AVOID?

Despite the fact that every skin care product claims to reduce dry skin, there are a few skin care chemicals that must be avoided. When taken for an extended period of time, they can cause serious harm. Therefore, when looking for a solution to help dry skin, it’s important to do your research. Some cosmetics contain substances that are potentially detrimental to your skin and health. Here are a few to mention:

  • Paraben
  • Phthalates
  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Lead
  • Liquid Bleach
  • Steroids
HOW TO READY STEADY GLOW YOUR FACE?

Although vitamin C is generally accepted by all skin types, a patch test is required before usage to identify allergies or danger. Here’s how to get started:

  • Cleans your face well and pat dry.
  • Apply a small amount of vitamin c with the help of the dropper to the affected area
  • Massage gently (in the circular of upward direction)
  • Leave it to fully absorb by the skin
  • Lastly, apply sunscreen

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5 AMAZING HOME REMEDIES FOR DRY SKIN ON FACE AND BODY OF KIDS.

Dry skin is a common condition. There can be many reasons for dry skin on face and body of kids and it’s become important to take steps for skin care for children. At least one in 10 children have eczema, an ongoing skin problem that causes dry, itchy, red skin (what category of foods can help eczema?). Children with eczema have more sensitive skin than other people. Babies with severe eczema may also have food allergies. The most common being allergy from cow’s milk. 

Common reasons for Dry skin ON FACE AND BODY

Bathing too often and using soap can cause dry skin and if skin is already dry it makes it worse. This happens because soap removes the layer of skin’s natural oil and makes it difficult for skin to keep moisture in.

Climate is also responsible for having dry skin. It’s especially common in winters. When the humidity level drops outside, it affects skin as water in your skin evaporates quickly. This makes your skin feel dry and tight and makes it look cracking. Skin care for children becomes more important in winters.

Genetics also plays a role in dry skin. Researchers say that dry skin can be inherited. According to a study, mutations in genes that control the production of the protein filaggrin, which plays a role in forming and hydrating the skin barrier, can cause several skin conditions and one should take skin care for children

Chlorine protects from harmful bacteria that can form in swimming pools. But spending too long in the swimming pool can be a cause for your kid’s dry skin. The chlorine in pool water can dry out a kid’s skin and make it feel tight and itchy because chlorine strips hairs and skin of the natural lubricant (sebum). Dry skin is less common in teenagers than in younger kids as the oil glands are more active in teenage years.

Common cure for dry skin ON FACE AND BODY

There are many home remedies for dry skin one can use. Most common being oil. However, a study in 2013 found that olive oil actually damaged the skin’s barrier, suggesting not all natural oils are suitable for use as moisturizers. Below are some home remedies for dry skin also some nuts and fruits which can be applied or consumed as a part of skin care for children

COCONUT OIL:
  • A study in 2019 explained that soothing properties of coconut oils have positive results on dermatitis and extremely dry skin. Coconut oil acts as a sealant as it traps water into the skin and keeps it moist. It also provides key essential fatty lipids. These lipids improve the function of the skin allowing it to feel hydrated as a result. (Is it beneficial to eat coconut oil too?). Other than applying the oil for dryness purposes, coconut also contains antibacterial properties, which help to heal a rash or allergy on the skin and considered as one of the best home remedies for dry skin on face and overall body. This can also be mixed with aloe vera and kept.
ALOE VERA

One of the easiest available home remedies for dry skin is Aloe Vera. It has healing and hydrating properties and is a great choice for dry skin. However, it absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin too. It helps to seal moisture into your skin. According to a 2015 systematic review study, aloe Vera has antioxidant, antimicrobial and wound healing properties that may help with the symptoms of eczema (What kind of food can help with allergies?).

COCOA BUTTER
  • Cocoa butter can be used as skin care for children with dry skin. It is mostly made up of fatty acids. People use cocoa butter to help relieve dry skin. It is a boon for people with dry and dull skin conditions. It has the ability to nourish and hydrate the skin and develop elasticity. Mixing this with tea tree oil can give added acne solving benefits to the skin. It can also be a great butter replacement in baking goods. (A recipe for a super nutritious chocolate bar)
ROSE WATER:
  • It has been used as a natural product for thousands of years to reduce skin redness and hydrate the skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties (what kind of food can help with inflammation?) It works as an antibacterial spray to help reduce acne (How to treat acne?). This is one of the best home remedies for dry skin. Preparing it at home with all natural rose flowers is the best way to get a chemical free product.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS:
  • Loaded with fatty acids like linolenic, oleic and palmitic acid and other vital nutrients it can be beneficial for skin. It can help you to get rid of acne, scars, dull and dry skin. It increases the production of collagen and gives a smooth glowing skin. Sunflower seeds also contain substantial amounts of zinc and vitamin E which helps to protect skin cells from ageing and decaying. (Does eating sunflower seeds help too?). Based on the age of the child, consuming the seed or its powder, or applying its oil on the skin, both benefit the skin dryness levels.
TOMATOES:

Benefits of tomatoes for dry skin on face are plenty. It contains several skin friendly vitamins and nutrients that can give you beautiful and glowing skin such as lycopene and antioxidants. These can repair damaged skin cells and restore its natural, healthy glow. It also contains deep cleansing agents and corrects the skin pH levels (making it not too dry nor too oily), therefore can very well prevent dryness in skin and minimize acne. (What are other benefits of consuming a tomato every day?) Juice of tomato also reduces the sun tan from the skin apart from providing it moisturizing effect. Skin care for children is important and tomato helps in this.

AVOCADO:

The natural oils in avocado deeply penetrate the skin to nourish, soften and hydrate. Avocado is packed with vitamin A which is responsible for ensuring effective cell repair. It is a great source of biotin, which is part of Vitamin B and helps to control dry skin issues. They are factory of healthy fats including vitamin E, which are essential to keep skin flexible and moisturized. Additionally, avocado also helps to slow the visible signs of ageing. (What is an easy recipe to use avocado?) Applying avocado on the skin is a great child moisturizer (can also mix along with aloe vera). Eating helps too in skin care for children.

WALNUTS:

Walnuts have many characteristics that make them an excellent food for healthy skin. They are a good source of essential fatty acids, which are fats that the body cannot make itself. In fact they are richer than most other nuts in both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep the skin plump and glowing and keeps out toxins that can damage skin cells. Walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost vitamin B levels that are responsible for improving your skin health and preventing skin dryness. Depending on the age of the child, feeding the nut or using its oil are options for skin care for children.

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