Dry and sensitive skin is a common condition especially in hot and humid climates and may develop all of sudden due to ageing, hormonal imbalance or changing lifestyle. What you may not realize is that your habits today can influence how your skin looks and feels tomorrow. To learn more, EUBOS brings you on a quick tour filled with simple tips for healthier, more radiant skin.
Hot showers and baths are great but it tends to strip away the natural oils and moisture from your skin, causing it to feel dry, itchy and flaky. Try putting the temperature down a bit, a cooler bath will suit any skin condition better.
Soaking in a tub for 15 to 20 minutes is great for skin because this allows your skin's outer layer to absorb water. But beware of bubble bathes with soap solutions that make your skin dry. Instead, apply some bath oils such as EUBOS Cream Bath Oil for a milky bath which leaves your skin clean without the greasy feeling.
Vigorous toweling and drying will only hurt and irritate your skin. Try gently patting your skin with a soft towel. This is the correct way to treat your skin; it also allows a thin layer of water to remain on your skin's surface to protect against the dry atmosphere.
Steam baths and saunas can cause your skin to sweat away its natural moisture. But if you cannot do without them, have a bowl of water with a few drops of essential oil by your side. And if permitted, drop some oil on the sauna rocks. This stops the air from getting too dry.
Herbs such as chamomile, fennel, rose geranium, lavender and sandalwood can encourage oil production especially for dry skin. Chamomile extract with Bisabolol is found in many EUBOS products to promote moisture, soothe irritations and reduce inflammations in dry sensitive skin.
Harsh soaps are normally high in alkaline that tend to cause severe irritation to the skin. Same goes for anything too acidic. So when it comes to proper skincare, products with a physical pH are the best. Since our skin pH is around 5.5, our skin should respond well to anything around that range.
Most essential oils can be applied for instant moisture replenishment. For example: break a capsule of Vitamin E and rub it into your skin to enhance cell regeneration and protection, Almond Oil improves skin elasticity; Soybean Oil is packed with Linoleic and Linolenic acid to stabilize skin moisture content; and Safflower Oil helps skin retain its natural lipid and moisture.
Soaps that leave you squeaky clean will leave your skin dry and flaky too. Use mild cleansers or dermatologically recommended products such as EUBOS Sensitive Shower Oil, a pH neutral, gentle cleanser that moisturizes skin with natural essential oils such as Soybean Oil, Almond Oil and Safflower Oil.
While your skin is still soft and damp from a shower, slap on a rich lotion. This helps seal in moisture, re-hydrate skin and restore lipids. An example of a good lotion for dry and sensitive skin would be dermatologically approved EUBOS Sensitive Lotion Dermo-Protectiv. It enhances skin hydration, regeneration and protection with natural ingredients such as Avocado, Shea Fruit, Allantoin, Vitamin E and Macadamia Nut Oil.
Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will help hydrate cells and flush out toxins. Same experts recommend a spray of water before putting on lotions or make-up to help maintain skin moisture content. Water is essential to life and to beauty.
Exercise increases blood flow which promotes the supply of oxygen and nutrients to your skin. Because of this sudden blood rush, your skin takes on a radiant, vibrant complexion. Exercise will not only make you look healthy, it will also stimulate the production of natural oils to prevent dry skin.