Ironically, studies comparing the water content of dry skin to oily skin, have noted there does appear to be a difference but not a significant one.
Dry skin can be due more to do with lack of essential fatty acids, skin damage (ie. sun damage or harsh chemicals) or aging.
1) Wash your face with a natural mild liquid soap like organic castile soap and warm water (not hot) , or if you prefer use a totally natural organic cream cleanser. There is a third option works really well, use an organic natural cold pressed oil. Oils like organic Camilla oil, a secret of the Geisha. What you choose will depend on your preferences and how dry your skin feels.
2) Organic Rose Water Toner makes an excellent natural toner, mild and good for all skin types.
3) Organic Aloe Vera Jelly – use as a mask (masque) one to three times a week, really good for hydrating your skin. Totally natural, will help reduce blemishes and any mild irritation.
4) Use the Aloe Vera Jelly as a scrub only once a week work very well. Take a small amount of jelly into the palm of your hand or small dish and add some brown sugar. Dry skin has slowed down the rate it replaces itself and a scrub will help to remove the dull layer.
5) Clay masque twice a month, add if you wish – honey and some ripe mashed banana or 70% to 80% cocoa chocolate (1 or 2 pieces) melted with a tiny amount of rosehip oil, just enough to keep it soft and add a little clay. Or you could just use the rosehip oil in the clay (without the chocolate).
6) ‘Super feed your face’ with something like organic shea butter
7) Use the protective spray, helps to lock in moisture, important to all skin types, but especially dry skin. Protective sprays form a breathable protective barrier, that also has some mild anti-oxidation qualities.
8) Alcohol can have a very drying effect on the skin, and can rob the body of essential fatty acids.
9) Are you eating enough essential fatty acids – ie raw nuts, seeds and avocados you need to moisturize your skin from the inside out.
10) Maybe you are not absorbing essential fatty acid well enough. Fats need to be broken down properly before they can be absorbed and used by the body. This is especially true if you have pale stools. Take a digestive enzyme with your main meals. Essential fatty acids are as the word suggests essential to our well-being and the health of your skin.
11) Maybe the personal care products you have been using in the past are too drying. This is a common problem. Some chemicals can damage the skin and cause drying.
12) Supplements – flaxseed oil, fish oil, and GLA. Magnesium, B complex and zinc.
13) Change aspects of your diet – many women are ‘fat phobic’ not eating foods like avocados or nuts because they contain fat!! As already mentioned you need essential fats – they act differently in the body. These are the fats vital for hormones, anti-aging, anti-inflammation or repair and more.