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Winter Skin Needs Natural Care

summer skincareThe gamut of so-called body products created by the leading for-profit "health care" companies is overwhelming. More times than not, these creams, shampoos, and so-forth do more harm than good. This is especially the case during the winter months when dry, cold air takes its toll on our epidermis. If you're suffering from some serious dry skin this season, it may be a combination of two factors in addition to the freezing temperatures. One is the lack of natural skincare approach. The other is a dependence on products which wind up making winter skin worse.

Here is a step-by-step process to overcome dry winter skin with natural remedies:

Natural Anti-Aging

Most traditional anti-aging creams and lotions for the skin are made with high levels of retinol, which has been linked to drying and reddening of the face and neck. This in turn can lead to premature aging if such creams are used long enough. Despite such correlations, anti-aging creams with excessive amounts of retinol continue to be legally sold worldwide.

Creams and lotions with toned-down retinol levels are vital to preserving youthfulness while simultaneously helping to prevent the dried "lobster face" associated with poorly designed anti-aging products. Creams and lotions containing claraline peptides in particular achieve anti-aging goals without drying out the skin. Most Dermaclara product reviews, for example, make mention of reduced dryness when compared to leading brands of skin creams. The difference is proper balance between soothing peptides with the relatively rougher retinol.

Natural Temperatures

Who doesn't love a steaming hot shower on a cold winter's morning? They're okay every once in awhile but can wreak havoc on skin when enjoyed regularly. Extremely warm water can remove the oils of the epidermis responsible for maintaining lubrication among skin cells leading to redness and cracking.

Humans have only recently had immediate access to large amounts of very hot water. Our bodies just aren't evolved to take on the unnatural temperatures of heated H20. Sticking to water temperatures found in nature keeps us in tune with what our bodies really need when being washed and cleansed.

Natural Humidity

Irony is common throughout nature. When it comes to skin's relationship with moisture it's a tricky and sometimes counter-intuitive situation. "Water makes skin dry” sounds like an oxymoron. Furthermore, water dispersed in the air is necessary to maintain adequately moisturized skin.

Yes-too much direct contact with water and skin becomes dry-but not enough ambient water in the air and skin becomes dry as well. Humidifying dry rooms during winter is essential for keeping skin from becoming cracked and red, especially around the face and hands. However, it's not necessary to run out and spend good money on a humidifier likely manufactured in unregulated conditions overseas. The health risks far outweigh the benefits. Instead, boil water to generate steam, hang dry clothes indoors, or use a spray bottle over heating vents to keep dwellings naturally humid during wintertime.

Natural Moisturizers

Men and women determined to avoid any form of over-the-counter or prescription remedy for dry skin have several truly basic options to fall back on. Better yet, the ingredients can typically be found in any kitchen in the western hemisphere. One recipe, for example, calls for olive oil combined with honey and fine-grain brown sugar. Mix, spread over the body, and shower immediately.

Another popular home remedy for dry skin is a milk treatment. Nothing complicated-it's exactly how it sounds: soak a washcloth in a bowl of milk and spread it across dry parts of the body. Similar to the brown sugar/olive oil/honey concoction, it's a good idea to shower or take a bath directly after the application process.

Dry skin is a problem plaguing many. Billion-dollar companies know this and are determined to push out as many creams, lotions, and additional products as possible to keep people buying. Rarely are they as concerned with delivering a healthy solution to dry skin. Luckily, there are ways to circumnavigate the corporate desire to monetize on our lack of moisture during winter.

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