Dry and dehydrated skin can leave us looking pale, older and unhealthy as well as having physical symptoms of itchiness, cracking, redness, enlarged pores, discolouration and poor healing. It is vital for radient skin to have a good balance of water and oil. It is water that keeps our skin cells plump and youthfull looking, whilst oil protects our skin and reduces evaporation of water from our cells.
Water enters the skin from the blood streem so the most important factor to healthy skin is staying hydrated. Nutrtients for healthy skin include Vitamin A (found in yellow and orange vegetables) Zinc (found in nuts, seeds and shellfish) Vitamin C (kiwi fruit, red capsicum and broccoli) Anti-oxidants (berries, raw foods, red and purple vegetables and fruits) Sulphur (onions, garlic, eggs) and Omega 3, 6 & 9 (fish, nuts, seeds, coconut)
Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, smoking, sugary foods and fried fats will also go a long way in maintaining youthfull looking skin, as will staying protected from the elements such as sun and wind.
When choosing beauty products a facial oil may be better than a cream. Rose Hip oil is well absorbed and high in Vitamin A, C & E. Jojoba Oil is very nourishing to the skin as well as being high in antioxidants. Avoid using soaps and washes with foaming agents.
There are many underlying causes to dry skin; this includes hormonal imbalances, especially lowered estrogen levels in pre and post menopausal women, digestive issues, nutritional deficiencies and allergies. If there is no obvious reason for your dry skin then I could suggest the following:
*Fish Oil- Very importanct to choose high quality brand oils such as Ethical Nutrients
* Silicea- I have found the brand "Hubner" to be superior