Escape Day Spa: Dry Skin?
Is your skin dry and sensitive, or even feels stretched and rough? Many people feel that in spring and summer their skin is affected by strong winds and increased sun exposure. At the same time, you may have naturally dry skin. This is often caused by insufficient production of sebum, the oily/waxy substance that protects and lubricates the skin. The reasons for this can include nutritional deficiencies, aging, genetics, or a health condition such as diabetes, atopic dermatitis or an underactive thyroid. It can also be a side-effect of certain medications, such as blood pressure pills and the oral contraceptive pill.
How do I treat dry skin?
The best approach to improve dry skin conditions is to not only nourish and protect the skin from the outside but also from the inside through nutrition and improving overall health.
Externally, you should avoid the use of harsh soaps. Choose soaps or cleansers specifically designed for dry skin (our therapists can give you the best advice). Make sure you protect your skin from the elements with a good moisturizer. This should contain Vitamins A and E, plus sun protection. Your skin may also benefit from products with added Retinol and Alpha-Hydroxil Acid. Another option to use for the whole body is coconut oil, the main ingredient in the Pure Fiji Body Butter range, which is available in several beautiful scents in our salon. Coconut oil and raw cane sugar are used for our Pure Fiji Sugar scrub, which gently exfoliates the skin, taking away dry, scaly skin cells, while at the same time nourishing the new skin. Our therapists can advise you of the best options for your skin.
It’s easy to add a few things to your diet that will have a big impact on your skin’s health. Some of the super-foods rich in Vitamn A and E, zinc and other nutrients important for good skin are: avocados, macademia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, coconut oil and bee pollen. Fish, fish oil capsules or flaxseed oil provide Essential Fatty Acids needed for beautiful and healthy skin. Finally, providing the cells with enough water is essential for a healthy and subtle complexion. While we all know that we should drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, remember that fruits, salads, vegetables, fresh juices (have you tried mixing fruit and vegetables? - It’s delicious!), smoothies and soups also have a high water content and can be counted towards this amount. These foods will not only provide your body with enough liquid but also fibre and a range of vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, coffee and black tea are dehydrating - so limit your intake of those!
Our in-house naturopath Gabriele is happy to look into any deficiencies you might suffer from and give advice on necessary diet changes. She will discuss ways of keeping a good acid/alkaline balance with your diet, which will not only improve your skin but also has benefits for overall health and anti-aging!
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