After a very long, wet, cold and snowy winter there is promise of warm sunnier climates heading our way, so this is the ideal time to get out skin into tip top condition and silky smooth.
Our skin suffers most during the winter months. Not only does have 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 emolients to your skin before you have a shower or bath.
Creams and lotions should be applied within three to five minutes after bathing/ showering 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.
Why sugar? 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.
And we love DIY sugar scrubs, super quick and cheap to make too:
Try our Uplifting Rosemary Body Sugar Polish recipe:
To make a paste: it should be slightly runny or it would be too “scratchy” –
Add a few tablespoons of granular, white or brown sugar to a small bowl. Add sprig of chopped up fresh Rosemary leaves – this imparts a lovely refreshing aroma
Add your chosen oils to make a paste – it should have a slightly runny consistency, if it is too dry it will be too scratchy:
Olive Oil – normal / dry skin
Grapeseed oil – oily skin (if you are prone to acne breakouts on chest and back)
Rice Bran Oil – normal skin
Apply the scrub to damp skin, gently massage the sugar scrub over your skin.
Wash off with warm water using our Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel to remove the excess oils from your skin.
Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry
Be careful this can make the bath / shower slippery
VOILA– SMOOTH SATIN SOFT GLISTENING SKIN
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.
Regular exfoliation – once or twice a week will get your skin in tip top condition, perfect for Spring!!
And compliment your skin with Nura’s 99% Natural Moisturising Body Cream (with Shea Butter and Triple Tea Extracts)
The body cream provides 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.
So here is to super soft, smooth Summer Skin.