Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Got Dry Skin?
There are a lot of misconceptions about handmade soap and dry skin. Yes if you buy the right type of handmade soap you can avoid dry skin. I find that a lot of melt and pour soaps can be very drying to the skin (sorry just my opinion and some may disagree) but no matter how natural or expensive the M&P Glycerin soap I buy, I can still tell the difference and it still makes my skin dry. I know there are so many pretty, fragrant and colorful glycerin soaps but are they good for your skin? That is what you should be asking yourself. Cold or hot process soap is the best bet for you. Of course if you are still buying over the counter soaps, you will continue to have dry skin. Those soaps are detergent and beauty bars. With the combinations of those soaps and hard water areas you will continue to have dry skin.
Using harsh, alkaline soaps and soaking too long and too often in very hot baths can do it.
Overheated homes with low humidity, as well as air-conditioning (which also lowers the relative humidity) contributes to dry skin. Other factors include too much sunbathing, overexposure to wind and cold, fuzzy and woolen clothing, towels and sheets that you may have laundered in harsh detergents but not rinsed well enough, and nutritional problems resulting from poor diet
Here are some tips for avoiding dry skin:
Increase the relative humidity in your home to at least 40 percent by properly adjusting the heating or air-conditioning systems. If this is not practicable, buy a good, commercial room humidifier. When your windows fog up, and when your wallpaper begins to peel, you won't have dry skin!
Don't overheat your home. In the winter, keep room temperature as low as possible consistent with comfort. Cold winter air holds less moisture than warm air.
Use bath and shower additives. These will help keep the skin moisturized.
When you bathe or shower, don't use extremely hot water or harsh soaps. Pat, do not rub your skin dry.
Apply moisturizing creams or lotions try a good lotion with natural ingredients such as our Botanical and Shea Butter Lotions.
Try it on damp skin right after the shower or bath. This will help lock in the moisture in the upper layers of the skin.
If you have hard water, consider installing a water-softening device.
Avoid excessive sunbathing, cold temperatures, and strong winds.
Don't wear heavy, woolen, fuzzy clothing.
Do not sleep under electric blankets. This heat sucks out all the moisture from your skin.
Keep healthy, make sure you eat a well-balanced diet, and drink plenty of water.
Avoid taking hot showers during the winter. Just like the sun can dry your skin and hot curling irons can dry your hair. Heat can cause dryness. Hot showers can draw moisture from your skin. Take warm or cool showers.
If you suffer from dry skin, try switching to mild gentle cleansers and use soothing bath oils and water-attracting creams and lotions that keep in your skin natural moisture and leave it smooth, soft, and supple. The goal of dry skin therapy is to restore and maintain moisture in the skin, and the best way to treat dry skin is to prevent it in the first place.