Dry skin means you may be dehydrated, loss of moisture creates loss of skin flexibility, smoothness and more wrinkles.
Our bodies are made up of 75% water; we need water for organ function. Internal loss of water also ages us faster, since our cells cannot do their job.
We lose water from our body every day just by sweat and urine, which are normal everyday occurrences. Another reason we need to replenish our fluid total.
I know many people complain that plain water is just awful! Mainly, I think it’s because many of us are hooked on sweet or flavored drinks.
The recommendation is to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily; you need that amount to prevent dehydration, for an average normal person. Active people need to drink even more.
Too much water loss can cause shock to the body leading to impaired function of organs. Who wants to become sick from not drinking enough water?
We need to decrease the sugar laden drinks and start using water with lemon or fruit to flavor it. It also helps the taste if you use filtered water; so many areas have bad water taste due to chemicals or metals in the water.
Dry skin is called xerosis; it can be associated with pathological conditions like diabetes, thyroid disease or malnutrition.
Dry skin has characteristics of peeling, rough, redness, irritated and inflamed areas of skin.
There are ways to help us absorb more moisture externally, through our skin, with oils and plant products.
Dry Skin Preventatives
Hydrating creams are recommended with ingredients like:
- Aloe Vera has 75 active compounds; vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and saponins that help proper growth and function of bodies systems.
Aloe helps with psoriasis, skin irritations, inflammation, burns and wound healing.
- Sunflower oil has an impressive amount of fatty acids that improves and maintains health. It can regenerate and slow degradation of cells. Sunflower oil can reduce scars, reduces inflammation and gives you glowing skin.
- Olive oil is high in antioxidants and fatty acids. It is a well-researched anti-inflammatory. Olive oil reduces oxidative cell damage and is an anti- microbial. It can protect skin from UV damage and helps healing.
- Palm oil is added to many commercial cosmetics; due to its nutrient dense profile. It promotes circulation and prevents neurological degeneration. Palm oil helps strengthen the immune system and promotes bone, eye, lung, liver and skin health.
- Green tea compounds are of great benefit to our health. One of the most powerful substances is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG); which studies have shown helps in various diseases due to its high medicinal properties.
Overall, its benefits to all your organs, helps you stay looking younger by decreasing the aging factors.
- Shea butter is highly moisturizing, improves skin elasticity and reduces inflammation. It is included in many lotions, creams and massage oils for its benefits. Shea butter also, serves as an under eye bag reducer and wrinkle reducer.
- Jojoba oil is actually a liquid plant wax used for many health ailments. It is very emollient, soothing to the skin and helps unclog hair follicles. Jojoba stimulates collagen synthesis and fights bacteria and fungi growth.
If you use both external creams and lotions along with an internal supply of water; you will help your organs and skin stay healthy.
Your goal is to prevent dehydration and now you have some great choices to stay young and healthy!
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant. Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.