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With the winter season often comes mild to more severe dry skin conditions. Many people with this skin concern, try to use topical moisturizers, steroid creams, and ointments but often do not get results. Moderate to more serious dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis can be caused not just from the change in weather but also from food allergies, nutritional imbalances, exposure to chemicals and stress.
Dry skin conditions should be treated both internally and topically. Here are some remedies I can recommend that have shown to heal skin tissue, replenish hydration levels, calm the skin, reduce redness and itching.
I. Ready made product. If you’re looking for a good moisturizer or speciality skin care product to treat your skin condition opt for one’s that contain some of these key active ingredients:
Natural sources of fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed/Algae, Butters such as shea or cocoa, Peptides, Green Tea, Lavender or Tea Tree essential oil to name a few. Selecting products that contain raw natural oils including avocado and coconut have shown to have very positive healing benefits on the skin.
Avoid ready-made product created with synthetic fragrances, colors, mineral oil, and sulfates. From our Beauty Through Balance spa line we have a range of options to offer for those that suffer from mild dry/mature skin to those that have more serious skin concerns including eczema. Some of these products including our Whole Pacific Seaweed Fronds, Hydra Skin Renewal Gel, and Lavender Soy Lotion.
Oatmeal Pack: combine natural raw rolled oats with enough milk or water to make a paste apply to effected area with gentle exfoliation. leave on for at least 10minutes before removing. Use daily or as needed
Chamomile infused tea: Brew a cup of pure chamomile tea. once it is at room temperature add 2 to 3 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil and 1 tsp of pure aloe vera gel. mix well and apply to effected area or fill into a bowl and soak hands/fingers. You can also make 2 to 3 times the batch size and add it to a warm bath for a full body soak or apply the mixture as a compress on effected areas.
Turmeric Paste: turmeric has been used for centuries in India for beautifying the skin and for treatment of skin conditions, and illnesses. To make the past take 1 tsp. of turmeric powder, 1 tsp of oat flour( blend raw oats dry until it turns into a powder) , 1/2 tsp of raw organic honey, and 1 tsp of pure sandalwood powder(optional) mix with a small amount of warm water to make a paste. Apply to effected area and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse well. This may leave the skin with a temporary discoloration of yellow which will fade.
Eating the right foods and taking proper supplements also play a key role in the healing and treatment of dry skin conditions including eczema.
Make sure your diet consists of foods containing essential fatty acids such as; salmon and nuts. Those with eczema may benefit from taking an omega fatty acid supplement. Borage oil has been shown to be very effective when taking as a supplement and also applied topically for those with chronic dry skin conditions. Increase your intake of green leafy vegetables as well
Avoiding processed foods are an important aspect to keep skin healthy. For great clean eating tips and recipes visit www.zainsaraswatijamal.com
Keep in mind Eczema and Dermatitis can be a sign of a food allergy so do see a naturopath doctor to get fully tested for gluten, dairy and other potential allergies.
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Before you pick up your next body butter, read over my list of synthetics commonly used in body butter formulas below.
When looking for products for body care that contain these rich butters avoid formulas that use
harsh cosmetic chemicals such as propylene glycol, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and petroleum based ingredients. In addition, avoid formulas that including mineral oil as this can be drying and irritating to the skin!
Natural Alternatives & Solutions;
Plant butters such as cocoa butter and shea butter can actually very beneficial and healing for the skin. They are desired for their revitalizing properties and can often be found in natural formulas for face and body care. For the skin to benefit from the use of these ingredients, the formula should contain at least 1 to 3% of some type of butter along with other nourishing and synergistic ingredients.
Here the different butters and their remarkable healing benefits are explained:
Shea Butter: A fatty, rich oil extracted from the nut of the African Shea trees coming primarily from West and Central Africa. The use of shea butter by aboriginal people of these African regions to revitalize dry skin and heal wounds or skin conditions dates back hundreds of years. Its primary benefit in cosmetic formulas is to target signs of age and promote skin revitalization. Raw, unrefined shea butter is the purest source as it retains the most nutrients and vitamins.
Cocoa Butter: The most widely used butter in the cosmetic industry, cocoa butter is created from the cacao bean and has a mild chocolate scent. Its powerful anti-oxidant properties have shown to help soothe and heal dry/irritated skin and improve the look of stretch marks
Mango Butter: Originating from India, this butter is extracted from the seeds of the mango. It was traditionally used as a natural emollient, for wound healing and skin regeneration for mature skintypes. It also has shown to promote healing of sun burns, and soothes muscle fatigue. Rich in anti-oxidants it can help to repair skin exposed to harsh environmental factors.
Olive Butter: Created from the Mediterranean and cold pressed from the fruit of the olive, this butter is rich in fatty acids. It helps to deeply moisturize, heal and nourish the skin while reducing the effects from the environment.
Capuacu Butter: Harvested from the Amazon Rainforest, this butter is renowned for its high water absorption factor and acting as a humectant. It aids in skin recovery, improvement in skin’s moisture levels and improvement in the skin’s elasticity. It is rich in phytosterols which help to regulate the lipid barrier of the skin.
From our spa line we recommend our Seaweed Body Butter it’s packed with fresh Pacific Seaweed, Anti-oxidants including Green Tea, Grapeseed and Vitamins, Pure essential oils and exotic butters. This natural formula is super moisturizing but won’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy. Where to buy? At a spa near you or on line www.beautythroughbalance.ca (click on our shopping link)
Do It Yourself Body Butter: While making your own product is not as advanced as one that is properly developed by formulators, this one is a simple and easy recipe you can try at home as an alternative
Melt 1 cup of your favorite butter and 1/2 cup of semi solid or solid coconut oil in a double boiler. When melted let cool for 20-30minutes then add in 1/2 cup of a natural carrier oil of your choice(almond oil, jojoba) , plus 5 to 7 drops of your favorite essential oil. mix until all ingredients are properly blended. let cool in the fridge or freezer. Once oil solidifies you can mix/whip. store in glass jar and in cool dry place. Enjoy
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