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Dry skin can be caused by a variety of different factors, such as nutritional deficiencies, harsh beauty products and some medical conditions. Dry skin can feel tight, itchy and uncomfortable, with some people experiencing noticeable cracking and flaking of the skin. Treating and preventing dry skin will depend on the cause, but most people find relief by taking a few self-help measures.

Eat well and drink water

Lack of essential nutrients, vitamins or minerals can lead to skin problems, including dryness, flaking and psoriasis. Nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E and high-quality protein are especially important for maintaining healthy skin cells, as these nutrients are crucial for the production of collagen. Eating plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, lean meat and oily fish provides the essential nutrients for healthy skin. And try skipping the sodas, juices and other beverages that aren’t plain ol’ water. We never drink enough of the stuff and it will do your skin good to take a day to hydrate with lots of water.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Many shower gels, soaps, bath foams and body lotions contain harsh chemicals that strip the skin of its natural oils. The skin’s natural oils provide a barrier of protection and help to keep the skin moisturized. Choose mild shower creams and body lotions that contain moisturizing properties, as these will be kinder to your skin and help to keep it hydrated.

Choose Fragrance-Free Products

Products that contain added fragrances can disrupt the skin’s natural oil production and cause skin reactions. Fragrances can be found in most skin products, including body scrubs, shower gels and bath foams, but there are plenty of fragrance-free alternatives on the market. Products containing alcohol and some artificial preservatives can also have a negative impact on oil productions.

Nourish Skin Regularly

Natural oils, such as olive, coconut, almond and avocado oil, help to nourish the skin and repair damage caused by sun exposure, environmental pollutants and harsh beauty products. Applying natural oils at least once a week can help to treat some skin conditions, including psoriasis. In addition, coconut oil provides some protection against sun damage.

Get Checked Out

Sometimes, dry skin can be caused by a medical condition that requires treatment. Hormone imbalances, diabetes and medical conditions affecting the thyroid can all cause dry skin. Many medications for common health complaints, such as acne, high blood pressure, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can also affect the skin.

Dry skin can be caused by a range of factors, including nutritional deficiencies, harsh beauty products and some medical conditions. Most people can treat and prevent dry skin by eating a balanced diet, choosing the right beauty products and checking for possible medical causes.

 

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6 Easy Hacks to Control Your Summer Sweat

Do you struggle with awkward amounts of sweat in the summer? I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that you’re not alone — if you’re a human, you’re gonna sweat, sometimes in places or amounts that are less than ideal. The other good news is that there are some easy fixes.

The bad news is… well, actually there is no bad news. Sweating is a totally normal human function, and chances are that you’re sweating a relatively normal amount. “Hyperhidrosis” is the condition that causes excessive sweating out of proportion to the environment, and while you may be thinking “That’s me!”, only 3% of people actually have hyperhidrosis.

Whether your sweat is statistically excessive or not, though, it can feel pretty icky. Here are some ways to improve the situation.

Deodorant everywhere

Antiperspirant is pretty controversial among us earthy types, but sometimes it’s the only thing that works. It’s not just for your armpits, either. You can use deodorant on your hands, feet, underboob area, thighs, and other areas of the body where you sweat profusely. It has the added benefit of preventing chafing.

There are special wipes for this purpose, or you can use the same stick that you use for your ‘pits. Just don’t overdo it – it’s important to let your sweat ducts breathe.

Breathable fabrics

Simply put: Unlined, natural fabrics and loose-fitting designs are your friends. Whenever possible, opt for cotton, linen, or bamboo, which are very breathable natural fibers. Avoid synthetic fibers like polyester that trap bacteria and sweat, causing your sweat to be stinkier than usual.

The exception is certain sportswear materials, which are both breathable and moisture-resistant. Nylon, for example, is breathable yet also wicks away sweat.

Dry shampoo in your shoes

Foot sweat is among the stinkiest types of sweat, and worse, it lingers and ruins your shoes. Baby powder or talcum powder both work well for prevention, and there are specific powders made especially for foot sweat. A neat trick, though, is to use a dry shampoo instead, the same type that you would use on your hair.

Pantyliners

One unglamorous but effective way to protect your shirts and bras from sweat is to stick an absorbent, thin pantyliner in there. You can use this for the underarms of your shirts as well as the pads of your bras.

Stink emergencies

Sweating is mostly inevitable, but smelling bad is not! If you find yourself a little funky while you’re on the go, reach for a natural astringent like lime juice, tea tree oil, or witch hazel. These work very well at preventing underarm stink — they won’t actually stop the sweating, but they will keep you from smelling.

Prevent sweat and deodorant stains

Sweat can cause ugly stains on light clothing, and if you wear deodorant, that gets on your dark clothes! Ugh, can’t win.

To prevent sweat stains, spray the sweaty areas with lemon juice before laundering. If it’s too late for prevention, use white vinegar, baking soda, salt, and hydrogen peroxide to remove the stains.

To remove deodorant marks, use baby wipes.


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