At a recent fair the main topic of conversation from the ladies coming to the NURA stand, discussing how dry their skin is. Their hands looked parched, tight and generally uncomfortable. This got me thinking and looking into how you can effectively improve and treat your skin using simple kitchen ingredients.
Our skin suffers most during the winter months and even with the the promise of Spring now on its way, it is still biting cold even though it has been gloriously sunny of late. Our skin not only has to deal with the cold weather but must also survive the onslaught of dehydrating central heating systems too.
According to research, Britain is a nation of dry skin sufferers, although most of us are unaware that we have the condition. Nearly half the population (47 per cent) suffers from dry or very dry skin on their body, yet only a quarter (28 per cent) are actually aware that they have dry skin at all.
So, what causes dryness in our skins?
There is no single cause of dry skin. Dry skin causes can be classified as external and internal.
External Factors are the most common underlying cause and are the easiest to address which include:
- over-washing with harsh soaps / washing-up liquid
- overuse of sanitizers containing alcohol)and cleaning agents
- cold temperature, low humidity especially during the winter when central heaters are used
- Hot baths or showers,
- Some materials such as wool or synthetic fibers may irritate the skin and worsen dry skin
- Skin cells not sloughing off, causing flaking rough skin
Internal factors include overall health, age, genetics, family history, and a personal history of medical conditions that can worsen dry skin. If you are worried about your skin speak to your doctor for advice.
Can we Treat Dry Skin Conditions?
The good news is that with a little extra care and attention, the skin on both face and body can still look bright and nourished.
Creams and lotions are designed to keep the moisture in our skin, in. External treatments like creams and lotions can be applied and effectively control the skin problem. The main goal of treatments are to stop the itching, prevent water loss and restore skin hydration.
Dry skin may be prevented by use of gentle (soap free) cleansers, massaging oils or emoliants to your skin before you have a shower or bath.
Creams and lotions should be applied within three to five minutes of bathing when the skin is still damp.
But, what if you have very dry scaly skin, that is not improved by applying creams?
The answer is to Exfoliate.
Exfoliating tired, dead cells speeds up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to take their place. This process turns your skin from dull and dry to bright, vibrant, and smooth. In addition regular exfoliation reduces fine lines and wrinkles and keeps your skin much softer! And the best thing is you can make your own body scrub using simple everyday ingredients. The easiest and cheapest is a quick sugar scrub.
Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) they help the cells of the epidermis to become “unglued” allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin. Alpha Hydroxy Acids may even stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Glycolic acid is typically used to treat sun-damaged and aging skin.
Regular use of a sugar scrub will give you glowing skin
Exfoliating your skin may make your skin sensitive especially to sunlight, so always apply at night.Recipe for a Body Sugar Scrub
Choose granular, white or brown sugar, pour into a small bowl,
Add your chosen oils to make a paste – best oils to use are:
Olive Oil if you have very dry skin
Grapeseed oil if you are prone to acne
Rice Bran Oil for normal skin
these oils can be bought from your local supermarket.If you are looking to use this recipe for your face change your sugar to caster sugar. Regular granular sugar can be too harsh for the face AND do not apply more than once a week, avoiding the delicate eye area and only exfoliate at night, not during the day as your skin can be extra sensitive after exfoliating.
Apply the scrub to damp (not wet skin or the sugar will dissolve!)
Gently massage the sugar scrub over your skin.
Wash off with warm water and pat your skin dry
Be careful this can make the bath / shower slippery
VOILA’ – SMOOTH SATIN SOFT GLISTENING SKIN
Regular exfoliation – once or twice a week will get your skin in tip top condition, perfect for Spring!! Why not compliment your skin with Nura’s 99% Natural Body Range
Providing double action nourishing treatment for dry skin – moisturises with day long hydration. Blended with a unique combination of antioxidising plant oils and extracts,Safflower Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Olive Oil, Triple Tea and Calendula Extracts and with the protective qualities of Shea Butter – in an uplifting fusion of Geranium, Frankincense and Pettigrain essential Oils.
Optimum treatment for your skin.
Moisturising Hand Cream (with Vitamin B3, Olive Oil and Shea Butter) – £8.00 (50ml) incl P&P
Moisturising Body Cream (with Shea Butter and Triple Tea Extracts) £10.00 (145ml) incl. P&P
Or buy both for £15.00 (incl P&P)