What is dry skin?
Dry skin is a very common skin condition that causes small fine flakes, cracking, and dry patches. It is characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. While dry skin tends to affect males and females equally, older individuals are typically much more prone to dry skin. The skin in elderly individuals tends to have diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants. Areas such as the arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by dry skin. Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dry skin. Is not usually serious, in most cases it’s caused by factors like hot or cold weather, low moisture in the air, and soaking in hot water. Feeling overwhelmed with stress is one trigger that can make its characteristic patches of dry, itchy, inflamed skin bloom across your body. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing causes evaporation and dryness. Dry skin may also be a side effect of some medications.
Environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, have a profound effect on the amount of water retained within the skin. For example, cold, dry air when heated by a furnace will produce dry skin by evaporating moisture on the skin. Dry, dead skin cells accumulate in patches on the surface of the skin and typically appear on the elbows and lower legs.
With the current situation health officials have emphasized that washing one’s hands regularly and properly is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of infection. People are washing hands more frequently now however frequent hand washing, though a reliable way to ward off illness, can lead to and exacerbate dry skin issues, according to dermatologists.
Why frequent washing and sanitizing can cause dry skin?
Soap and water rinses away germs and dirt, but also strips the natural, protective oils in your skin, causing it to dry out.
How to care for dry hands after washing them so much
The outermost layer of our skin is composed of oils and wax, and it acts as both a shield from the outside and a guard that maintains natural moisture in the skin. This natural barrier is broken down by the suds created by soap while washing hands. Not applying a good moisturizer can lead to dryness, redness, itching, flaking, discomfort and in severe cases, cracks in the skin. Those with pre-existing dermatologic conditions like eczema can experience worsening symptoms.
Below are some useful tips
Once you’ve washed your hands, pat them dry rather than rubbing them, which can irritate the skin. Apply moisturizers immediately. Moisturizers provide a seal over your skin to keep water from escaping. You can do a lot on your own to improve your skin, including using moisturizers and avoiding harsh, drying soaps.
Drinking plenty of water is very important. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins.
Research has shown that taking certain vitamins and other nutritional supplements, including vitamin D, fish oil, collagen, and vitamin C, may help improve skin hydration and help keep your skin healthy and nourished.
Here are some of the best foods for keeping your skin healthy.
Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin.
Avocados are high in healthy fats. A rich source of antioxidants, betacarotene, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and E, avocados can go a long way in giving your skin that extra dose of nourishment specially during the winter and keep dryness at bay.
Bananas are the secret to well-nourished skin. Rich in potassium and moisture, it will hydrate and moisturizes dry skin, making it soft and supple.
Milk is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals that are healthy for your skin. It includes vitamin A, which helps treats dry and flaky skin. Milk is loaded with biotin, which helps revitalize dry and withered skin while the lactic acid in milk moisturizes hydrates and nourishes your skin.
The benefits of Honey on the Skin It’s extremely moisturizing and hydrates even the driest of skin. Honey is naturally soothing and has healing properties . The enzymes work as a gentle exfoliator, sloughing off dead skin cells and leaving you with a radiant complexion.
The nourishing fats in walnuts attract moisture from the air, soothing dry skin. These healthy fats may also reduce skin inflammation and play a role in protecting the skin against harmful UV rays.
Night time is a really good time to give your skin a rest. Before going to bed apply our Luminous Body Butter and if you can, put on a pair of cotton gloves to increase absorption. If you can tolerate that for a few hours before bed, or even overnight, you will notice an incredible difference.
At Amassuna, we use Cupuaçu butter in our Luminous Body Butter our super powerful moisturizer.
Luminous Body Butter is a combination of Cupuaçu butter, Clary Sage, Geranium, Fennel, Mint, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Lemon, Benzoin, Coffee, Rosehip, Olive, Wheat, Jojoba, Brazil Nut, Palmiste and Carrot.
Cupuaçu is a super fruit that grows in the rainforest of South America in Brazil and belongs to the cocoa family, Cupuaçu is well-known for its high fatty acid content with moisturizing benefits to the skin. Rich in nutrients and vitamins B1, B2, B3 (Niacin) and at least nine antioxidants that neutralize free radicals (including Vitamin A and C) not only helps stabilize emulsions, enhancing the performance of other ingredients, is also a rich moisturizer that is full of skin-friendly fatty acids that improve the tone and texture of skin while harnessing the power of nature to support skin from damage caused by free radicals. It is very good for dry, sunburned and aging skin.
Studies have found cupuaçu butter to keep skin moisturized as much as eight hours after application!
In addition to repairing your skin’s moisture barrier, some of the other benefits of cupuaçu butter are that it will improve the elasticity and firmness of your skin, keep your skin looking and feeling smoother and more hydrated (reducing the appearance of any imperfections), and can even heal cracked or sunburned skin. Nourishes extremely dry, flaky or cracked skin. Hydrates exposed or very dry areas of arms and legs, such as elbows, knees and heels. It is an intensive moisturizer giving you a more refreshed, youthful looking skin.
Below are some of the other ingredients in our Luminous Body Butter
Rosehip: Full of Essential Fatty Acids that boost lipid content and aid repair of the skin’s barrier function, protecting delicate skin and increasing hydration to increase softness and elasticity.
Olive oil: Comes from the first cold-pressing of the fruit, conserving all its full antioxidant vitamin E and other vital constituents like squalene (a natural skin component). It has an excellent moisturising effect on the skin and leaves a breathable protective film that holds in moisture.
Benzoin: This essential oil can also prevent moisture loss, keeping your complexion looking healthy and hydrated while increasing the elasticity of the skin to maintain a youthful appearance. Benzoin oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because of its astringent properties. It also tightens and lifts the skin making it appear tighter.
Jojoba: A natural anti-bacterial moisturizer that contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. And it’s even gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin without causing allergic reactions.
“Enjoy the benefits of our luxurious Luminous Body Butter”!