Summer is the season of showing bare skin, but only if your skin is silky smooth. You need to feel great in your skin in order to show it off, and nobody feels great in dry skin. Some people’s skin is just dryer than others… what can you do? You don’t want to douse your skin in lotion, because that will more than likely not do the trick; in actuality, dousing your skin in lotion will only serve to train your skin to need it on a daily basis. Take our advice, treat your dry skin in other ways so that you don’t even need lotion; then, you can flaunt your skin confidently come summertime.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
This is an often overlooked fact: your skin will not appear hydrated on the outside if it’s not hydrated on the inside. In other words – if you’re not drinking enough water, your skin will show it. Our bodies need a lot more water than we usually want to give it, and our organs require it to function. If your water supply is limited, your skin will show it by becoming flaky, dry, itchy and generally irritated. Just like your internal organs need water to function, don’t forget that your extremely visible external organ – your skin – does as well. So, how much is necessary? A great general estimate for men who don’t work out is about 13 cups of water; for women who don’t work out, it’s 9. Drink the appropriate amount daily for a week, and we guarantee you’ll see drastic differences in how hydrated your skin actually looks.
Since dry skin, many times, is just dead skin cells, it helps tremendously to physically slough off those cells. Buying a good, organic scrub that doesn’t contain and chemicals will help in that regard if used on a regular basis. A sugar or salt scrub is great to rub on dry skin; the grit from the scrub will work the loose cells away from the rest of the dermis, and the moisture from the scrub will hydrate the exterior of the fresh skin underneath. Spend a few minutes once a week massaging the scrub into places where you typically have dry skin – elbows, heels, hands – and then rinse with warm water. It’ll feel smoother and look much better with each round of exfoliating.
You can’t expect your body to perform the way you want it to perform or look the way you want it to look if you’re eating harmful foods. You need to give your body foods that act as a natural medicine on the inside and on the outside, and most of the time these foods are one in the same. Fruits and veggies are high in water content and collagen producing vitamins – collagen and water are great for your skin. Healthy fats, like avocados and olive oil, are great for your skin because they help it to retain moisture and water. Whole grains and many legumes are great complex carbohydrates that have a low glycemic affect, which is great for keeping skin clear and fresh as it avoids the up and downs of blood sugar roller coasters. So, eat foods that help you in these ways in order to assist your body in keeping your skin healthy, rather than eating foods that take away from your health and leave skin in desperate need of nutrients and other moisture.
You don’t need to spend a ton on lotions or chemical filled treatments or medications to keep dry skin this summer. These three natural tactics will work wonders on your skin to keep in moist when you want to show it off the most.