Dry Skin Care

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saveway_brenda_pic1By: Brenda Pavlic, CPhT

Most people don’t consider dry skin to be a problem the way they do acne, rosacea, or psoriasis but dryness can rob you of your youthful glow and in some cases cause health concerns.  Along with flakiness, dullness and red patches, dry skin intensifies the fine lines on your face, making you look years older.  When dry skin cracks open it invites bacteria into your body which could potentially result in infection.

Dryness makes skin rough but most exfoliating scrubs are too abrasive and end up stripping away too much of skin’s fragile outer layer.  A sugar and cinnamon mixture is not only gentle to skin but the cinnamon can also leave your skin with a healthy glow.  Mix one cup of raw sugar with one teaspoon of cinnamon in a container you can keep in the shower.  Use light circular motions to apply all over your skin then rinse clean.  Another way to gently but effectively exfoliate your face without zapping moisture is to try a baby’s washcloth and a gentle cleanser rather than a gritty scrub.  A baby’s washcloth is much softer than a regular one but will still remove dead skin cells.  Just wet it, add cleanser and massage your skin in small, circular motions.

When choosing a cleanser, select a liquid form and one that does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, it can suck all the moisture out of your skin.  A mild, non-sudsing cleanser with no fragrance is your best choice.  The chemicals used to create fragrances can be very drying.  “Milk” cleansers are extremely gentle and an excellent way to boost hydration.  Alternately you can stick with your normal cleanser but substitute it with whole milk two to three times a week.  Simply pour a few ounces of milk into a glass, dip your washcloth in to wet it, then gently massage.  The lactic acid in milk acts as a mild cleanser and the fat in whole milk is moisturizing.

Feed your face and your body with foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids to heal dryness and preserve your skin’s natural oils.  Hydrate your skin from the inside out by having a daily serving of walnuts, flaxseed or almonds.  Cold-water fish like salmon, halibut, or sardines can boost hydration as well but keep these servings to just twice a week.

Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for great skin health and appearance.  Foods high in vitamin A include paprika, liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, dried herbs and dark-colored leaf lettuce.  Dried parsley is loaded with vitamin A providing the highest amount of all the herbs so add a little pinch to everything you prepare.

You can also go to your pantry for some beauty treatments that are applied rather than ingested.  Food products offer tons of beautifying vitamins and antioxidants without exposing your skin to irritating chemicals, fragrances or preservatives.

Pumpkin is a wonder-fruit loaded with skin-healthy ingredients.  Not only does it contain vitamin A but also anti-oxidant, antifungal and anti-inflammatory compounds.  And it has beta-carotene, which slows the aging process by helping to protect the skin’s collagen.  It is perfect for soothing sensitive skin and treating rosacea and redness.  Just apply pumpkin to irritated skin, leave on for twenty minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

Twice a week, apply an aloe mask to you face and neck to help rehydrate skin and calm redness or irritation.  Facial masks that contain aloe as well as other healing ingredients are available, or you can go natural and split open an aloe leaf and rub a thick layer of the liquid inside all over clean skin.  Leave it on fifteen to twenty minutes then rinse off.

Many people suffer from dry hands and cracked fingertips, especially in the winter.  Make sure you are getting proper nutrition including B vitamins.  To treat dry hands, prepare a hot oil treatment.  Olive oil is high in squalene which helps increase your own natural oils.  Before bed, heat some olive oil in the microwave for twenty seconds. Massage oil into hands and cuticles focusing on problem area(s), cover with vinyl gloves or a plastic bag and soak for five minutes in warm water.  Remove covering and replace with cotton gloves or socks overnight.

Winter’s severe temperature changes and biting winds can have a harsh impact on skin leaving you looking weathered.  If your skin is dry, try some of these strategies to help improve the overall condition of your skin.

For more information, call
Saveway Compounding Pharmacy
at 302-369-5520 or 1-877-225-
8469, or visit them at 31 Albe Drive,
#1, Newark, DE 19702.

Brenda Pavlic is a nationally certified pharmacy technician and co-owner of SaveWay Compounding Pharmacy in Newark, DE.  With more than twenty-five years of pharmacy experience she has furthered her career with extensive training and education in Pharmacy Compounding, Women’s Health, Cosmeceutics, Pain Management, Aseptic and Veterinary Compounding.  She has published articles and presented seminars both locally and nationally to healthcare practitioners.  Her experience and education provide her with skills needed to develop formulations that ease medication administration, improve compliance and ultimately result in positive outcomes for patients.

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31 Albe Drive; Unit 1
Newark, DE 19702
Ph. (302)369-5520
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