You and Your Skin

by | Jul 26, 2017 | Health & Well-being |

With winter upon us, many people tend to suffer from dry and itchy skin.  It is important to address this as quickly as possible and also prevent it from occurring.

Our skin is our largest organ.  It actually makes up 1/6 of our total body weight.  Skin keeps everything in our body safe, clean and protected.  Our skin is made up of millions of skin cells and consists of 4 layers:

  1. Stratum Corneum
  2. Stratum Granulosum
  3. Stratum Spinosum
  4. Stratum Basale

Every square centimetre of skin contains about half a million cells that are constantly dying, sloughing away and being replaced. For normal, healthy skin, the cycle of skin cell maturation and renewal repeats about every 28 days.

When a disorder or environmental factor leads to our skin not functioning properly and becoming dry, irritated, and flaky, our overall health is put at risk.

DRY SKIN – Causes

  • Genetics
  • Aging
  • Cold, dry, windy air
  • Exposure to air conditioning, heaters, fires and fans
  • Excessive bathing and showering (keep under 5-10mins and not too hot)
  • Using toxic soaps, detergents and solvents
  • Lack of various vitamins
  • Dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis

 

DRY SKIN – Dietary Changes

Increase

  • Good fats such as olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, oily fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines etc
  • Increasing water intake and ensuring electrolytes are in balance
  • Orange and yellow (beta-carotene, vitamins A & C) antioxidants, repairs tissues, produces collagen
  • Herbal teas: chamomile, calendula, borage

 

Decrease

  • Alcohol (diuretic)
  • Salt (diuretic)
  • Sugar and refined carbohyrdrates (damages collagen and reduces elasticity)
  • Coffee (diuretic, vasoconstriciting)

 

TOPICAL PRODUCTS for Dry Skin

  • Apply organic coconut oil or olive oil to the skin
  • Apply a compress of oats and essential oils to the skin
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel directly from the plant to the skin
  • Combine some of the above products with essential oils to find the remedy most suited to your skin (test a small area first)
  • Use goats milk soap or more natural based body washes with added oils and fats
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Vitamin E natural based moisturiser
skin layers
Skin cells
Selection food sources of omega 3 . Super food high omega 3
Coconut oil

ESSENTIAL OILS for Dry Skin

  • Clay Sage
  • Rose
  • Melaleuca
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Geranium
  • Neroli
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense
  • Carrot Seed
essential oils

SUPPLEMENTS for Dry skin

  • Vitamin Bs, C, E and D
  • Fish Oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Silica
  • Zinc
  • Gotu Kola (herb)
  • Calendula (herb)
  • Probiotics

Other Information for Dry Skin

  • Wear natural fibres that allow your skin to breathe such as cotton and silk
  • Wash your clothes in natural based products
  • Avoid artificial perfumes
  • Use mineral makeups
  • Use a humidifier to keep air moist
  • Use gloves when washing dishes and clothes
  • If suffering from dry scalp, use organic coconut oil as a treatment in the scalp
  • If you are suffering from eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis – consider visiting a Naturopath who does Food Intolerance Testing
  • Moisturise daily with to keep water from escaping

 

Keep in mind that skin is the biggest organ in our body.  If your liver or kidneys are needing support you may find your body will use your skin as a way of removing inflammation.

Some supplements and pharmaceuticals may interact.  It is always best to speak to a qualified Naturopath, Pharmacist or GP before self prescribing.

 

Rebecca Lang BHSc (Comp Med); Naturopath

Contact the clinic for a consultation and you can also access the Hair Testing 500 at https://www.healthandhealing.net.au/services/hair-testing/

Disclaimer:  This article is not to replace medical advice

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