The season for dry, flaky skin is here! Summer sun, heat, wind and air-conditioning can cause typically normal skin to act dry and dry skin to thirst for moisture, sometimes becoming overly sensitive or suffering from bouts of eczema.
Before you reach for your favorite face cream or bottle of lotion, consider this little known fact: certain ingredients in moisturizers could make your skin even drier, while some skin creams can actually increase signs of aging! Emulsifiers, the binding agents that allow oil and water to mix in creams and lotions, leave a residue on the skin that interferes with skin’s lipid barrier and disturbs its natural ability to hold in moisture. You get a quick fix of moisture that soon evaporates, causing skin to flake, chap and feel tight. So you apply more moisturizer, but your skin never gets the hydration it needs and continues to look and feel dry. It becomes a vicious cycle -- and a costly one. Mega dollars are spent annually on moisturizers, often with no satisfying results.
So what should you use if your skin is thirsty for moisture?
Before spending a small fortune on a pricey moisturizer, first be aware of how your personal habits are impacting on your skin. The detrimental effects of modern living, including eating processed foods, drinking alcohol and leading a stressful, sedentary lifestyle, all take their toll on the body -- and on your skin. If you suffer with dry skin, step up your intake of water, get sufficient sleep and regular exercise. While a balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables is key to healthy skin, dry skin directly benefits from zinc derived from carrots, garlic and ginger and from the essential fatty acids found in fish, nuts and seeds.
Once you’ve given your skin the nutrients it needs on the inside, it’s time to choose a reliable moisturizer with the best ingredients daily moisturizer to transform irritated dry skin into smooth, supple, healthy-looking skin. Cosmetic counters and drugstore shelves offer plenty of options, yet there’s no better place to look than nature. Natural oils are the best hydrators and provide more effective relief for dry skin than many expensive moisturizers on the market. Be sure your daily moisturizer contains at least one of these top five moisturizing ingredients:
Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), this ivory-colored fat -- also known as a triglyceride -- is not only commonly used in skincare, but is also edible. In Africa, shea butter is used in food preparation and universally in chocolate as a substitute for cocoa butter.
Moisturizers enriched with shea butter naturally soothe and deeply condition skin, relieving dryness and replenishing moisture. It absorbs quickly and leaves skin visibly smoother, softer and enhanced with a luminous sheen.
Grape Seed Oil
An abundant by-product of wine-making, grape seed oil is pressed from the seeds of grapes and often used in cooking. Known for its clean, light taste, it’s used as an ingredient in salad dressings, baked goods, mayonnaise and as a base for oil infusions of garlic, rosemary and other herbs and spices.
Many holistic beauty care specialists consider grape seed oil to the best oil for skin, regardless of your skin type. It’s especially beneficial for delicate skin around the eyes and neck. Used daily, it will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and slow the clock on aging. Grape seed oil is also high in Vitamin C, a natural skin brightener.
Kukui Nut Oil
Cold pressed from the seeds of the The Kukui Tree (candlenut, Aleurites moluccanus), Hawaii’s state tree known as symbol of peace and enlightenment, Kukui Nut Oil is prized for its highly beneficial skin-soothing abilities. In ancient times, babies were anointed with the oil as protection from the sun and salt. And through the ages, it’s been favored by the Hawaiian royal family for use in massage.
Today, this vitamin and antioxidant-rich moisturizer has myriad uses. From conditioning the hair and scalp to helping heal wounds, burns and rashes, its benefits are legendary.
Kukui Nut Oil penetrates deeply without leaving a greasy film, offering sustained hydration for dry, irritated skin and relief from eczema and psoriasis.
The moisturizer of choice by Mediterranean women for centuries, olive oil offers intense moisture that is excellent for healing extremely dry skin. Deeply nourishing and rich in antioxidants, it moisturizes and revitalizes skin damaged by the drying effects of environmental changes. Used daily, it restores and preserves skin’s moisture level and helps reverse the signs of aging.
For thousands of years the Aloe plant, also called ‘Lily of the Desert’, has been used by cultures and civilizations all over the world for its medicinal qualities and therapeutic benefits. One of nature’s most versatile remedies, Aloe Vera multi-tasks like no other natural herb. When applied topically, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever to soothe sunburn and heal sores, rashes, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Also provided as an alternative treatment for radiation injuries, Aloe Vera has proven to substantially reduce healing time in fire burns, frostbite, cuts and blisters.
Aloe Infusion combines four of nature’s top moisturizers in its skin-care breakthrough, Aloe Infusion Organic Skin Cream. Enriched with vitamins, minerals and combined with fresh-squeezed organic Aloe Vera juice, natural seed oils and their patented Natural Ocean Complex, this reliable formula soothes, re-hydrates and heals dry, irritated skin gently, without artificial fragrances, coloring or preservatives.
Here’s what a few folks had to say about their own remarkable results with Aloe Infusion Organic Skin Cream:
“My husband suffers from unusually dry skin, which causes great discomfort, primarily from itching. After using your skin cream for a day the itch stopped completely. I’ve had psoriasis for 20 years. After using your cream on the affected areas for two days, the dry scales went away. I’m going to continue to use it every day in hopes my psoriasis will finally go away completely.”
“I bought the cream on Wednesday and not quite a week later, my dry skin on my fee and front of my legs has improved dramatically. This is after using creams that have been dispersed by my doctor for about one year. I just cannot believe the improvement in my skin.”
“I used to have eczema all over my hands and elbows. I started using your skin cream last May and I cleared up within one week. I use the cream everyday and enjoy trouble-free skin.”
“We have two sons with definite skin problems. Our eldest has eczema, most seriously on his hands. They were constantly cracked, open and bleeding, not to mention the pain. After eight months of using your skin cream, his hands are completely healed. Continued use is key to keeping them from further irritation. Thanks.”
“In February I attended the Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, Washington. It was a great event and I bought several things. The thing I loved the most among my purchases was hand cream. That’s right! ...My friend and I purchased Aloe Infusion and it is without a doubt the best hand cream I have ever used. I game one of my travel size jars to my daughter-in-law and she loves it as well. “
“I have had really dry skin my whole life but now I use this every day and have noticed a big improvement in my skin. I even had damaged skin on the back of my neck from bad sun burning years ago and that has now healed! I’ve tried and used it all and nothing helped and I have sensitive skin which reacted to everything I used also. This is the first thing I’ve stuck with and I’m thrilled! I saw my dermatologist just the other day and she even commented on how much better my skin looked. I’m so glad the representative got me to try it as I was very skeptical. Thank you."