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Dry Skin - Guide To Natural Treatments

Aug 17, 2007
Dry skin is easily treatable today when you know how to take care of it both inside and out. Natural treatments for dry skin are the best choice, rather than harsh chemical treatments.

The epidermis contains no blood vessels, and cells in the deepest layers are nourished by diffusion from blood capillaries extending to the uppermost layers of the dermis. The dermis is the layer of skin beneath the epidermis that consists of connective tissue and cushions the body from stress and strain. Our skin has many nerve endings that provide the sense of touch and heat.

Dry skin can be due to a genetic condition but it's not common. Nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of vitamin A and the B vitamins can also contribute to dry skin or result in a chronic dry skin condition that's not relieved by anything else. When the skin loses moisture it may crack and peel, or become irritated and inflamed.

The symptoms most associated with dry skin are: scaling, which is the visible peeling of the outer skin layer, itching, and cracks in the skin. Dermatitis, contact dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea or psoriasis may cause the skin to become very dry too. Dry skin can also be a sign of an underactive thyroid.

Drink freshly extracted carrot juice, if you can, every day; carrot juice is an excellent cleanser for the liver, great for the skin and contains a great deal of nutrients, all beneficial for dry skin, eczema, acne, zits, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and other breakouts. It's important to eat foods that are high in omega-3's for your dry skin or acne. I put two tablespoons of coconut oil in my smoothies, which are made with fruits only - using a base of two bananas, then adding fruit, frozen or fresh-- blend well.

For any skin condition, it's always better to take a natural approach. If you use moisturizers, use the thick, oily-type which work better for dry skin. Keep baths or showers short using warm, never hot water.

Use can use bath oils and moisturizers every day, but coconut oil has the added power of healing. Apply coconut oil to irritated or chapped lips as well; it's edible, so it's safe and so healing to the lips. When you buy coconut oil, make sure you get the kind that hasn't been refined, processed and deodorized.

I buy coconut oil by the gallon; it's cheaper for a whole gallon of coconut oil than a small jar of department store, name-brand moisturizer. Apply coconut oil daily to your skin to heal, moisturize and soothe it.

The skin supports its own ecosystem of microorganisms, including yeasts and bacteria, which cannot be removed by any amount of cleaning. Sunlight, water and air play an important role in keeping the skin healthy.
You should see the results with improved skin within a few days following these dry skin tips and suggestions. Make sure to call your skin doctor or dermatologist when you have any open cuts or sores from scratching that won't heal. And did I mention to drink lots and lots of water every day?
About the Author
For more information on coconut oil treatment for dry skin and dry skin care treatments go to http://www.Best-Skin-Care-Tips.com Helen Hecker R.N.'s website specializing in care for skin conditions with tips, advice and resources for women, men, teens and babies, including information on the best natural products
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