Understanding your skin type ~ Dry Skin

Hey lovelies,

So as you would know when I recommend a product 9/10 I will remind you to make sure you have your skin type assessed before you even think of purchasing something new! So here is my blog post with information sourced from a variation of websites and some of my old beauty school text books to provide you with a better understanding of the “DRY SKIN” condition/type. Please only use this as a guide and not a Dr Google diagnosis. If you are unsure of your skin type please see your local beauty therapist or dermatologist for a consultation for a more accurate answer.

Dry Skin Definition: Dry Skin conditions are most commonly recognised as scaly, itchy or cracked skin. The dryness can be recognised on any area of the body. There are four types of dry skin; allergic, atopic, contact & seborrheic. For more information on these please refer to the reference list on the back of the pamphlet.Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 8.33.45 pm.png

Causes

–  An allergic reaction to contact with something specific. This can lead to rashes & itchy/scaly skin.
Hereditary skin condition which results in extreme dry skin.
Caused by exposing the skin to a sensitive chemical. The skin immediately results in inflammation.
Excessive production of sebum in the epidermal layer of the skin. Recognised by red scaly rashes most commonly found in the scalp.
– Caused by hormone changes during the ageing process
– Excessive bathing without moisturising the skin.

Problematic foods

Having a poor diet increases the risk for Dry Skin conditions. Those who lack essential fatty acids are at higher risk of dry skin types then those who have an even balance. There are four types of minerals and vitamins which may assist with this condition however them alone will not necessarily make you immune to the condition so it is best to seek doctor assistance if any of the symptoms persist.

Vitamins & minerals:

Omega 3, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are important Minerals & Vitamins for reducing dry skin and methods of early prevention. Case studies have shown that many who experience Dry Skin have a deficiency of one of the above sources.  Be careful not to have too much of one and not the other as you may end up with an imbalance.

VITAMINS & MINERAL FOOD SOURCES

~ Vitamin A – The largest amount naturally found of Vitamin A is in sweet potato’s, other food sources include spinach, carrots & fish.
~ Vitamin C – Broccoli, guava & citrus fruits all contain a reasonable amount of vitamin C
~ Vitamin E – Spinach, Avocado & nuts.
~ Omega 3 – Food sources for Omega 3 are green vegetables, walnuts & tuna/salmon.

It is recommended to have a balance of all the above to maintain even levels & best outcome.

Hopefully that gives you a basic insight into the causes and how to care for dry/aging skin. New blog post coming soon ~ C

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For more information on dry skin visit the below links;

http://www.mayoclinic.org/

http://www.healthline.com/symptom/dry-skin

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9208/5-foods-to-heal-dry-skin-from-the-inside-out.html

http://chriskresser.com/nutrition-for-healthy-skin-part-1/

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