By Nanette W.
Many times I will get asked, ”What causes my skin to be so dry?”
My answer to this is the following: *weather conditions, *physiological factors, *workplace irritants, *harsh soaps and cosmetics that contain fragrance, dyes and mineral oil, *synthetic clothing, * excessive sun exposure and *age all have an effect. And certainly, this list is not exhaustive.
You see, when natural moisture in your skin layers becomes depleted, it causes further problems. It can become very itchy and flaky and your natural reaction is to scratch. But scratching or even rubbing can aggravate the problem.
My recommendation deals with prevention as well as a natural solution for these skin symptoms.
Water, taken internally and in the proper amount, is important in keeping the skin smooth and flexible.
Also, a proper diet filled with fresh and wholesome foods on a daily basis is equally important.
Proper skin care can help prevent and treat dry skin, as well as the itch often associated with it.
1) Shower in warm water instead of hot water only once a day for less than 10 minutes.
2) Wash with only with a "non-soap" cleanser that is pure and gentle. It should be hypo-allergenic and contain only herbal ingredients that are organically grown.
Vitamin-derived antioxidants from plant sourced ingredients not only make the best ingredients for your "inside", but for your "outside" as well. A pure and gentle cleanser is just right for all skin types, conditions and ages.
3) After bathing, gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
4) Then moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This is extremely important in your dry skin care.
Many times I'm asked, "But what type of moisturizer should you use on your skin?"
With so many choices out there, it is difficult, at best, to make a logical decision. You see, there are two kinds of moisturizers - water-based and oil-based. Moisturizers contain different kinds and levels of ingredients and the ratio of water to oil varies from product to product. This can become VERY CONFUSING! Here's what you need to know......when your skin is dry or damaged, it is best to choose a water based moisturizer. This is because an oil based cream can actually add to pore clogging and increase lack of moisture. And when your skin is damaged and dry, it is crying out for moisture and health building ingredients to help restore your skin
There are several other factors to look for in a proper and effective moisturizer. It should be formulated to be hypo-allergenic, contain NO perfumes, dyes, mineral oil, petroleum or harsh steroids .
This type of skin treatment will then be suitable for infants, children and adults with sensitive skin problems as well as all skin types. However, finding such a product is hard (at best) to come by. The "right" therapeutic cream should be formulated to be hypo-allergenic and filled with only the best and healthful ingredients!
Vitamins and herbal extracts promote restoration and proper skin tone and health. One of the main ingredients should include urea . This is a powerful “humectant” and actually unpacks dry, damaged cells 7 layers deep and binds water below the surface of the epidermis, right down to the stratus corneum, which is the skin building layer, allowing your sensitive skin to repair from “the bottom up”.
You see, only natural products are designed to truly repair problem skin (as well as greatly hydrate normal skin) and bring relief to parched, itchy, red and cracked skin of all types.
Healthful vitamins and herbal botanicals as well as the super moisturizing ingredient – shea butter - produce fast and highly effective results. This combination will also provide a protective barrier on your skin to seal in moisture and prevent your skin from drying out.
Below you will find links to the natural products I recommend that, in my professional opinion, work BEST for dry skin.
Letter to Nanette:
Two years ago I came to see you and I was working full time at a nursing home caring for a number of patients. Not only did I have very dry skin all over my body, but the skin on my hands was so raw and split from washing them throughout the day, that they would bleed constantly. Well, as you recommended, I brought in the cleanser you spoke about as well as the cream. Within 5 days my hands were restored without even missing a single work day not to mention the rest of my body is now smoothe and itch free! Thank you very much, Steve W., Wisconsin
Letter to Nanette:
My wife is an RN in the local Hospital. Due to the extreme number of times per shift she has to wash her hands, her skin becomes extremely dry, and cracks open at the slightest motion. She has tried everything from A to Z to get some relief. She even consulted the dermatologist at the hospital, to no avail.
But a real motivator is when your wife stands at the kitchen sink crying as she peels potatoes for dinner. That was too much for me. I got busy on line to learn what causes dry skin and then searched for things that might offer relief.
Nearly everything on the market either has petroleum products, or simply doesn't work. Then I found your recommended products. Within two days my wife was seeing relief. Within the week, her cracked skin healed, and the dryness had disappeared. She now has skin so soft, I actually enjoy her touch once more - what a blessing!Yours truly, A.S., Butler, PA
I placed my order and thank you for the Double Strength Theracream. I gave my jar to my 84 year old father with congestive heart failure and edema in his legs who is in a wheelchair and has ulcerations on his swollen legs. He is using it and they are healing beautifully!!! Patricia Medley, Canada
Please Note: Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information, products, answers to viewer questions as well as comments and testimonials from viewers are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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