Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. It’s your first form of defense against everything you come into contact with, including heat, dirt, and bacteria, so it’s important to take care of it. There are a lot of products out there that claim to help but contain nasty chemicals that do more harm than good. I’ve teamed up with The English Shaving Company to bring the top tips on how to care for your skin naturally.
Tackling Dry Skin
Dry skin is a common problem for many people. Whether you’re suffering from dandruff, an itchy beard or a peeling nose, it can be really unpleasant and affect your confidence. There are a few things you can do to prevent it and to revitalise already dry areas.
If you have hot showers or baths, or if you wash your face with hot water, it could be causing your dry skin problems. Skin is protected by a layer of natural oil, called sebum, which keeps your skin moisturised. Very hot water washes away this oil and can cause your skin to dehydrate.
The solution is to simply reduce the length of your hot showers – which is better for the environment and for your water bills too. You could also turn the temperature down. If your skin goes red, it means the shower is too hot and will be removing all that natural oil.
If you have dry skin, you need to replenish the moisture that your skin is lacking. There are loads of ways to do this, including a range of different moisturising products. If you have dry skin on your body, such as your legs, coconut oil is a fantastic way to replenish the moisture and it also smells great! You do have to be wary about putting oils on your face, however, as using the wrong type of oil for your skin type can lead to spots.
If you need to moisturise your face, a light cream designed specifically for your face is a good option as it will help your skin get the right oil balance. There are some natural ingredients to look out for that are known to have moisturising properties. These include:
- Shea butter
It’s also important to keep the skin under your hair moisturised. If you have a beard, it can be easy to neglect the skin on your face but you should use a beard balm to keep both your hair and skin healthy. All quality beard oils, especially those from established brands, should use all-natural ingredients as standard. Look out for macadamia nut, argan, and jojoba oils, for example.
Dandruff occurs when the skin under your hair becomes dried out. Active coal tar is one of the best natural ingredients to tackle it. You can find this in a range of different specialist shampoos. It smells a little strange but is one of the best ways to moisturise your scalp.
Dealing with Skin Conditions
Skin conditions come in a massive variety of different forms. If you have a problem with your skin, you should always visit a doctor and seek expert help. There are some things you can do, however, to support your skin…
Sensitive skin is a form of an allergic reaction, which means that some people are more susceptible to its effects than others. If you have sensitive skin, the most important thing is to avoid harsh and unnatural chemicals, opting for natural ingredients instead. Alongside this, you should find products with a minimal number of ingredients. Most of these are labeled as being perfect for sensitive skin to make it easy for you to find what you need.
If you suffer from acne, it can feel like the only solutions involve drugs or face washes with lots of chemicals. While hormone balancing drugs can be necessary for some people, especially those with more severe acne, you could try natural health supplements. Evening primrose, for example, doesn’t just come as an ointment, but as a digestible capsule that can help your skin from the inside out. According to Supplement Tree, experts in natural supplements, evening primrose helps to rebalance the hormone levels that can cause acne.
What do you use to look after your skin? Let us know in the comments!