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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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3 Natural Homemade Foot Soaks and Scrubs

A foot bath is a simple spa treatment that takes only 20 minutes and is easy to do at home. Foot scrubs made with Epsom salts or sea salt are detoxifying and rich in minerals. Add essential oils to stimulate circulation, to invigorate tired feet and to prevent infections. Give yourself a relaxing home spa treatment with one of these easy recipes!

An Invigorating Foot Scrub

This foot scrub removes dead skin cells and invigorates tired feet. Peppermint essential oil is energizing and antibacterial, and tea tree oil is anti-fungal. Lemongrass essential oil is deodorizing and refreshing, and sweet almond oil softens and moisturizes your feet.

You will need:

• a few tablespoons (a handful) of sea salt or Epsom salt
• 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
• 2 drops of peppermint essential oil
• 2 drops of tea tree essential oil
• 2 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a bucket or a foot bath with warm water and soak your feet for a few minutes to soften your skin. Then massage your feet and your ankles with the scrub. Soak your feet again for another 10 to 15 minutes and relax while your skin absorbs the oils. Rinse your feet, dry them thoroughly, and apply your usual foot cream or moisturizer.

A Relaxing Lavender and Sea Salt Foot Scrub

Lavender is one of the most relaxing essential oils and most people like its scent. It is also antibacterial and relieves aches and pains.

You will need:

• a handful (a few tablespoons) of sea salt
• 2 or 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
• 3 or 4 drops of lavender essential oil
• (optional) a handful of fresh or dried lavender flowers

Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. If you are using lavender flowers, sprinkle a few on the water. Apply the scrub on wet feet, massage and scrub thoroughly, and soak the feet for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly, and use moisturizer if needed.

Anti-Fungal Foot Soak with Apple Cider Vinegar

Try this foot soak if you suffer from athlete’s foot or other fungal infections. Apple cider vinegar is anti-fungal that also detoxifies and removes odors. Fill a foot bath or a bucket with warm water. Add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 3 or 4 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil. Soak your feet for 15 minutes or longer. Dry your feet well and finish with a moisturizer or use an anti-fungal foot cream.

Foot baths revive tired feet, relieve pain and feel almost as relaxing as a full bath. A foot bath in the evening helps you to unwind after a long day and only takes 15 to 20 minutes. If you have time, follow the foot bath with a home pedicure or a foot massage.


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