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Dry skin: 6 ways to deal with peeling and flaky skin

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Dry skin: 6 ways to deal with peeling and flaky skin
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It is not very attractive seeing your skin peeling off but unfortunately it is very common in winter.  Between the cold temperatures and dry air, your skin ends up cracking and leaving flaky scales.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse you get run down with a cold and you nose starts to get encrusted with dry skin as well.  Rather than going into hibernation there are some very effective, natural treatments that can help moisturise your skin.  You should dry and resist the urge to peel off flaky skin so you don’t make it any more sensitive or irritated.  In short all you need to do is to drink lots of water and try some of these simple tips!

1) Aloe vera

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In summer and in winter, aloe vera can always come to our rescue!  It is particularly good for peeling skin as it has deeply moisturising, regenerating and healing properties.  What is more the gel can soothe itchiness and possible pain that is linked to irritations.  Put simply, you can apply aloe vera gel on to dry areas of your body and face whenever you can in the day so that you can quickly get rid of dry skin.

2) Yogurt

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Will a little yogurt really help to transform your skin? You might be surprised to hear it, but yes, it will! There is nothing better to stop itchiness and irritation.  What is more natural yogurt has hydrating properties.  This simple ingredient takes care of your hydrolipidic film.  You can also add a little honey to the mixture with has repairing, healing and nourishing qualities.  Of course it is not necessary but it is a good extra!  Next you can apply a layer of this mask for 15 minutes onto your skin before rinsing with warm water.

Other ingredients that you can use to make a mask includes an egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of olive oil which you can apply onto areas for 20 minutes so that you can effectively treat your dry, flaking skin.

3) The best vegetable oils

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There are two benefits of using a vegetable oil after your moisturising cream.  Firstly it helps to recreate a lipidic barrier for the skin. Secondly it helps to keep moisture in the skin and prevents it from escaping over the course of the day.  The choice of vegetable oils is vast as many can be used and have brilliant healing properties for your skin.

  • Jojoba oil is a great choice as it is has similarities to the skin’s natural sebum and it is well tolerated by oily and mixed skin.  You can apply it at any moment in the day by dabbing it onto affected areas carefully or areas that are visibly peeling. 
  • You shouldn’t forget about Coconut oil which is moisturising, nourishing, anti-bacterial and rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. It is very good cosmetic for your face but some people’s skin doesn’t tolerate it very well.  It is up to you to decide if it gives you spots or not.  If it does you can then just use it for your hands and body as it can effectively stop irritations!
  • If you’d like to have a good complexion you should use carrot oil which has loads of vitamins and has anti-aging properties for regenerating your skin.
  • Otherwise you could try rich oils like argan, aicin or avocado!

4) Use roses !

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Roses are a powerful, active cosmetic! Chilean rosehip oil is known for deeply hydrating the skin. You can add a few drops to your cream or oil to increase the moisturizing effectiveness. Otherwise, opt for the rosehip vegetable oil. With it’s anti-aging, healing, restorative and regenerating properties, it is great for stretch marks and scars. Nevertheless, it can also work wonders on dry and sensitive skin.

5) Pure shea butter

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In addition to protecting the skin against external aggressions, shea butter helps peeling skin to regenerate effectively. It’s the queen of all oils when it comes to nourishing very dry skin! It is great to lather on before you go to bed at night so it’s nourishing effects can take effect while you sleep. Moreover, as it is non-comedogenic, it is very easily tolerated by peeling skin on the body or face. In short, it is great to use if you want to have supple and soft skin all winter.

6) A few complimentary care ideas for dry skin

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You can use black soap which repairs and regenerates your skin by carefully removing dead skin. The same thing is true with Alep soap which washes your skin without being too aggressive and leaves your skin hydrated after you have washed!  You can also mix two teaspoons of sugar with a few drops of lemon juice to make a scrub that will effectively get rid of dead skin.  Leave the scrub on your skin for ten minutes and then rinse with warm water.

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