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Dry Winter Skin

February 1, 2017

 

 

Dry skin is a common condition and is often worse during the winter, when environmental humidity is low.  Less common, dry skin can also be a sign of more serious problems such as essential fatty acid deficiency  and an underactive thyroid.

 

Moisturizing is essential during winter, because the skin has can become overly dry and have the tendency to chafing. Contrary to popular belief, moisturizing lotions and creams aren't absorbed by the skin. Instead, they act as a sealant to stop the skin's natural moisture evaporating away.

The best time to apply moisturizer is after a bath or shower while your skin is still moist, and again at bedtime. [1]

 

Natural Remedies

 

·        Eat a nutritious diet of fruits, grains, veggies and nuts, seeds and legumes

·        Avoid animal fats and any oil that has been heated

·        Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol

·        Incorporating unsaturated fatty acids into your diet such as: uncooked vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, flaxseed oil, sesame seed oil, corn oil

·        Take additional Vitamin E supplements (800-1,200 units/day)

·        Take Vitamin A supplements ( not over 25,000 units a day for a few days)

·        Carrot juice  or 15mg beta-carotene daily

·        Take vitamin B-complex supplement

·        Vitamin C (1,000 mg 2-3 times daily)

·        Zinc (15 mg daily)

 

Applications

 

·        Ripe, mashed avocado alone or mixed with ripe banana is an excellent moisturizing mask. Apply over face and neck, avoiding eye area. Wait 10-15 minutes. Rinse off.

·        Use soap with cocoa butter, coconut oil, or another vegetable oil.

 

Tea

·        Mix an equal amount of marshmallow root, fennel seed, dried plantain, and violet leaves. Steep, strain, and sip a quart of the tea daily.

 

 

Have warm, rather than hot, showers. Water that is too hot makes skin feel more dry and itchy. Hot water will also make your hair look dull and dry.

 

 

 

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/Winterhealthrisks.aspx

[2] Ferrell, Vance and Harold M. Cherne, M. D. Natural Remedies Encyclopedia.

 

Disclaimer:The information provided in this publication is designed for educational purposes only and reflects the Biblical life-style designed by God for our health and happiness. The information presented herein is not to be used as health or medical advice or to diagnose or to treat disease. Rather, it reflects the convictions, of the Bible- believing Christians in regards to our Biblical understanding of how to cooperate with God in the work of healing-which he promised to do.Therefore, the use or misuse of any information contained herein is at the sole risk and discretion of the reader/user and neither the authors nor the designers or its affiliates of this publication are liable for any negative effects, or worthy of praise for any positive results. For diagnosis, treatment or any other procedures including allopathic medical advice, see your doctor. For healing, see the Great Physician.

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