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For Dry Skin: a daily dose of nourishment.

DRY SKIN        We all agree that dealing with dry skin is a nightmare; dry, flaky, itchy and stretched skin might be as hard to deal with, as breakouts are...

DRY SKIN

 

     We all agree that dealing with dry skin is a nightmare; dry, flaky, itchy and stretched skin might be as hard to deal with, as breakouts are for others. But even more, dry skin conditions might lead to premature aging, fine lines and some levels of sensitivity and bad reactions to the environment and most over-the-counter products.

 

    Some people might experience oily skin conditions on their face but very dry skin on their body, so providing balanced nourishment will actually tackle both issues.

 

   The nutrients found in healthy foods and fats are a very good way to go to heal dry skin, so there are some lifestyle changes worth trying in order to improve this skin condition.


WHAT TO AVOID:

× Dehydrated foods.

× Caffeinated beverages and alcoholic drinks, as they might lead to water loss. Especially alcohol, which will get absorbed by your stomach 100%, leading to dehydration.

× Fried foods, as they deplete good fats and dry out skin even more.

× Hot prolonged showers and overwashing your face, this will rid the skin of its natural moisture.

× Scented shower gels, moisturizers and cleansers. Go instead for products with natural scents such as essential oils.

× Don't overdo your water intake. It is extremely important to stay hydrated, but an excess of water intake might lead to washing away important nutrients from your body; balance is very important.

 

INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF:

 

Water itself won't do the job to give the cells the strength they need to retain moisture in your body, so healthy fats are the way to go in order to improve and reinforce your cells. This will also lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and control weight.

Fruits and veggies: the best examples are avocados and black olives. Avocados have anti-aging properties and are loaded with Vitamins A, D & E and contains high levels of lecithin, proteins, beta-carotenes and potassium.

 

Omega 3 nutrients will do wonders on the subject and will also improve your weight control. Cold water fish are packed with monounsaturated and Omega 3 fats: tuna, salmon, mackerel and trout are good examples of these. Other fish rich in Omega 3 are sardines, anchovies, halibut, mussels, cod and oysters.

* If you are not a fan of fish taste, try some fish oil supplements in capsules.

 

Plant based oils: Hemp oil (with the highest ratio of good fats, 80%), grape seed oil, flax seed oil, olive oil, canola oil and soybean oil. So here you have a list to choose from, regarding your taste.

 

Nuts and seeds: Walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts and pinenuts. Sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds are all extremely rich in Omega 3. You can add them on top of your salad for a very healthy twist, and swap the dressing for a dash of healthy oil.



CHOOSE THE RIGHT MOISTURISER

Not all moisturizers are made the same way and are not suitable for all skin conditions. Some have ingredients that will actually irritate your skin more than helping, for this reason is very important to read the ingredients before buying anything that might agravate this already difficult situation.

 

The ingredients to look for in over-the-counter products to help your skin retain moisture:

Ceramides, glycerine, lanolin, mineral oil, hyaluronic acid.

 

Another option is to substitute these moisturizers for a more natural approach, so if that is your line, try:

Coconut or olive oil, shea butter, honey, buttermilk.

 

Looking for Ideas?

Try these natural DIY recipes for face and body masks in order to bring relief to that thirsty skin:


 

 

AVOCADO MASKS: for both your face and your body.

Face mask:

♦ Avocado will restore the moisture in your skin with its essential oils and nutrients, and orange will give your face a superb glow. Both combined, will help reducing the feeling and appearance of flaky, stretched and cracked skin.

 

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado.

1 tbsp honey.

50 ml of orange juice.

3-5 drops of essential oil. The best to use for dry skin are: chamomile, carrot seed, rosewood, lavender, jasmine, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang ylang. You choose which one you use.

 

Blend ingredients in a small bowl and spread the content over your face and neck. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and remove with a cloth and warm water.

 

Especially for dry skin, and after mask treatment, it is highly recommended to seal in the effects. Use a rich coconut butter cream which contains Vitamin E, apply a thicker layer than usual but less than a mask. Leave overnight and in the morning rinse it off with a very soft scrub in circular motion. Then moisturize as usual.

 

Body mask:

♦ As well as bringing moisture to your skin, thanks to the avocado emollients, this mask will help with time to reduce the appearance of scars, sun damaged skin and age spots.

 

Ingredients:

2 avocados

3 tbsp sea salt.

1/4 cup of honey.

2 lemons, both the juice and zest.

1/4 cup of coconut oil.

 

Mix all ingredients until achieving a creamy consistency. Apply all over your body and let it sit for 20 minutes. Softly remove with a gentle scrub and apply a good layer of rich coconut butter to be absorbed afterwards.

 

** If there are any left-overs, refrigerate and use within 2 days, but no more than that.

 

 

DAILY TIP: To increase the moist absorption of your skin, use a mineral oil which contains Vitamin E and apply to the skin after each shower BEFORE yout towel dry. Just get rid of excess water with your hands first and then apply the product rubbing it onto your skin, like a massage, so the oil penetrates the pores. Pat dry excess water moisture afterwards.



2 x RECIPES TO OMEGA 3.

 

Healthy Peruvian Stuffed Avocado. Taken form the Peruvian Avocado Board.

 

Ingredients:

Quinoa Salad:
    • 1 cup water
    • 3/4 cup quinoa
    • 1/4 cup fresh corn kernels
    • 1/4 cup diced tomato
    • 1/4 cup cooked, diced sweet potatoes or yams
    • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
Lime-Jalapeño Dressing:
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
    • 1 teaspoon sugar (or sweetener of choice)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, stemmed and seeded
For Stuffing:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • Fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions:

⋅Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.

⋅Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve and add to pot.

⋅Cook, covered, over low heat for 12 minutes.

⋅Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and transfer to a medium bowl.

⋅Add corn, tomato, yams and onion to bowl and mix well.

⋅Puree all dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender and stir into salad.

⋅Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

⋅Cut avocados in half and remove pits.

⋅Place avocado halves on 4 small plates and top with quinoa salad.

⋅Garnish with cilantro leaves.



Air-fried Salmon

* An air-fryer is the best and quickest way to achieve this salmon recipe, especially when in a hurry. Air-fryers are great for many recipes, as no oil is needed and acts like a big oven, only faster. Otherwise, you can cook the salmon in a conventional oven.

 

Ingredients:

3-4 pieces of salmon (as the picture) aprox 600gr.

1/2 lime

10 olives approx.

Fresh coriander leaves

Dried oregano

Onion flakes

Garlic powder

Salt and Pepper

 

Place the pieces of salmon on foil, enough to wrap around and cover completely later.

Squeeze the lime over the salmon and sprinkle on small amounts of the rest of the ingredients. The ingredients are there to enhance the taste of the salmon, not to hide it, so go easy while adding them.

Wrap the foil around the fish creating an air space within the foil, and place into the air fryer for 15 minutes at 200oC.

Serve with steamed greens and a serving of steamed rice for a quick, easy, light, healthy and delicious meal.



 

Learn on other skin conditions by clicking the link of these related write-ups:

ACNE-PRONE SKIN

REDNESS & SENSITIVITY

DULL SKIN

FINE LINES

Basics of your skin

Quick and basic skint test.


Another very effective route to target different skin conditions is the use of essential oils. They are not only natural but the main ingredient in your off-the-counter skin care routine products, so why not learning what all the rave is about?

Have a look at this article from our friends from ThankYourSkin, who very clearly explain the 10 main essential oils and their benefits for different skin conditions.

https://www.thankyourskin.com/best-essential-oils-for-skin/

 



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  • Sophia Alves

    Sophia Alves
    Sep 09, 2017

    These recipes are amazing! I have to give them a try! Thank you for the tips. I just have one question. I see you saying not to use too much water, but than how much is the right dosage of water on a daily basis? How many glasses per day is the right amount to keep our skin hydrated?

    If you have some more helpful recipes like these, I would love to give them a read!

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