Dry flaky skin can be unsightly, embarrassing and unpleasant

Do you suffer from dry flaky skin? If so you’re not alone, dry skin problems and flaky skin problems affect millions of people. Dry flaky skin can be irritating, it can be itchy and it can be unsightly. It can be inflamed, and can lead to other problems. So what causes flaky dry skin, and what can you do about it?

First it should be said that there are a range of causes of dry flaky skin, some medical, some environmental, some you can do something about and some you cannot. However there are also some general principles that are worth discussing.

Dry skin is generally the cause of flaky skin. As your skin dries out it can begin to shed parts of the top layer of skin, and this is what happens. So a big part of helping reduce skin flakiness is to tackle the dryness.

Dry skin can be caused by both medical conditions and medications, and the first thing to do if you are suffering from dry skin is to eliminate the likelihood that there is some underlying medical condition which is causing a problem. Usually this is not the case, however it is always worth visiting your doctor to find out. And if you’re on any form of medication ask your doctor whether the medication can cause dryness in your skin.dry flaky skin

There’s a range of environmental factors which can also cause excessive dryness. Anywhere where the environment has extremely dry air can be drying for the skin. For example if you work in a highly air-conditioned building this dries the air.

And other environmental factors can also dry the skin, for example being exposed to strong dry wind. Any area where you are exposed to low humidity can also do this.

Taking long extremely hot showers or baths can dry your skin.

Various products, and their use, can cause problems with skin dryness, and soaps are a good example. Overuse of various brands of soap can dry your skin. Bubble bath can.

And age can cause dryness and flakiness, older people often find that they begin to experience these problems later in life, yet did not do so when they were younger.

So if you’re experiencing dry flaky skin, not caused by medical conditions, what can you do about it? Here’s a few general principles.

1. Invest in some high quality skin care products that moisturise effectively. Your skin is dry because it does not have sufficient levels of oil. Your skin produces natural oils all by itself, and when these become depleted, or example by any of the methods mentioned above, it will become drier. So using high quality skin care products that moisturise your skin effectively will help reintroduce some of those oils.

There are some excellent natural skin care products available which, when used daily, will help reintroduce a better balance of skin oil, and will start to reverse the problem. There are some excellent natural ingredients which worked very effectively at restoring the balance of oil in the skin. Shea butter for example, a major ingredient in high quality skin care products, is very good at this.

2. Use high quality fish oil supplements daily. There is good evidence that a daily dose of fish oil is not only good for a wide range of health problems, but is extremely effective at helping maintain the levels of oils in your skin. Whilst it might not have occurred to you, taking fish oil supplements is one of the best things you can do for your skin. If this is the first time you’ve heard the suggestion then we strongly suggest you give it a try, whilst a little counterintuitive, you may well be amazed at the improvements you experience in your skin when you begin taking fish oil supplements.

3. If you’re working or living in a dry environment by a humidifier. A humidifier reverses the problem by reintroducing moisture into the atmosphere, and will help considerably.

4. Avoid long, extremely hot, baths and showers and find a soap that does not dry your skin. We personally love some wonderful handmade soaps that are available in our area and would only ever use those, however they are not commonly available elsewhere, and you will need to search out some high quality soaps. Avoid your common supermarket soaps.

5. If you are suffering from flaky skin exfoliate regularly along with the tips suggested above to reduce the level of skin dryness on the surface.

6. If you’re outdoors and it’s going to be hot and windy then protect your face and apply a moisturizer when you return.

If you’re suffering from flaky dry skin you may well find that these simple steps will reverse the problem, steps one and two alone will make a big difference to your skin.

And don’t forget, is important to consult your doctor. There may be an underlying medical condition that needs treating.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

You don’t want to find fragrances in skin care products. Here’s why

We have previously talked about the risks to your health from fragrances in skin care products and a range of other personal and beauty products. Today we wanted to go into a little more depth about the health risks of fragrances.

Just to recap, there are thousands of fragrances present in so many of the personal products such as anti aging skin care products, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, deodorants and much more that virtually all of this use on our skin every single day.

Fragrances are chemicals, normally created in a lab, and the vast majority of them have never been tested for safety for use on people. So the health risks of many are simply unknown.

And in some cases the health risks are known, including neurotoxicity which can potentially lead to brain damage.

If you browse this page at the Cosmetics Database you’ll see a range of skin care and anti aging products listed there. In fact there are hundreds or possibly even thousands listed, however they can only fit so many on the page.

On the right you’ll see a coloured circle with a number in it. The number represents the score that the Cosmetics Database assigns to that product on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 represents no perceived health hazards from the use of the product and 10 represents maximum health risk found in many skin care products (though not all)!

Of course there is some fluidity in these results, because, as is normally noted in the results, there are some gaps in the data and some other reasons why it is impossible to give a perfect result.

Notwithstanding this we wouldn’t want be using a product that has a score of 8 or above, let alone 10. In fact we wouldn’t want to use a skin care product with any number beside it at all. Data gaps or not we would prefer to err on the side of caution.

Now let’s look at one of the particular products listed there. Click on the one second from the top, namely Home Skin Lab effective Wrink’less┬áThe Wrinkle Corrector. The page you are presented with details the particular ingredients which are considered a health risk, together with a summary of the potential health risks. Here’s an image of that page.Fragrances in Skin Care Products

What do you notice about the ingredients? The top listed ingredient with the highest score, marked with a red circle, is fragrance. Click on fragrance and you’ll find out more.

If you’ve read our previous page you will know that the chemical used as a fragrance is often not listed on the label. Scroll down and you will note the statement “Ingredient not fully labeled – identity unknown”.

Need we say more about the risks of fragrances in anti aging skin care products and wide range of other personal and beauty products. Anyone concerned about fragrances, or any one of dozens of other chemical ingredients found in these products should immediately start looking for alternatives.

And spend some time looking at some of the other antiaging products with a score of 10 and see how often “fragrance” is listed there.

As far as skin care products go the good news is that one small niche skin care company recognizes completely the risks of fragrances, along with many other chemical ingredients, and produces extremely high quality natural skin care products that do not contain any fragrances for this reason. They also do not contain any other chemical ingredients which may be suspect to your health.

Not only that but they work extremely well and come with a 90 day money back guarantee. You can’t ask for more than that.

So if this is the first time you’ve come across information about the risks of chemical fragrances in so many of your personal products it might be a good time to start finding out a little more, not just about the potential health risks of fragrances in so many of your personal products but the potential health risks of a wide range of other chemical ingredients found in so many of the products you may use every day.

Your health may just depend on it.

Written by - Natural Skin Health

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