Guest Author - Samantha Jackson
Dry skin affects millions of people and everyday a battle is waged between learning to live with the condition and finding a natural approach that will effectively remedy the situation.
Individuals with dry skin are well aware of the difficulty of locating natural products that provide the right amount of hydration with the use of natural and holistic ingredients. Most name-brand products contain chemicals utilizing petroleum which only affect the skin's outer layer and once the moisturizer wears off, the skin is dry once again. This is only a temporary solution to the problem.
Many individuals are not only troubled by dry skin but are dealing with the effects of sensitive skin as well. And, while the tea tree or lavender oil added to many moisturizers is natural they can also irritate sensitive skin.
So, where does this leave you? What ingredients should you look for, which ones are really effective and trustworthy?
Following is a small list of ingredients that will effectively treat dry skin and should be safe for those with sensitive skin as well.
Containing high levels of omega fatty acids, jojoba oil is also one of nature's best fungicides. It works wonders for chapped lips as well as dry skin. And don't forget that delicate area around your eyes. Use jojoba on a cotton ball as a makeup remover and clean the eye area and moisturize at the same time.
The oil is obtained via the jojoba bush which is native to Northern Mexico and the southwestern section of the United States. Jojoba oil is inexpensive, has a long shelf life and is typically used in a variety of organic creams and lotions.
Avocado oil is full of the nutrients dry skin is often lacking. Avocado consumption not only does wonders for the internal workings of the body but it also does wonderful things for the outside.
Blemished or sun damaged skin reap the benefits of the sterolins avocado oil offers. It also effectively encourages additional collagen production, and we all understand how important collagen is to soft, smooth skin. The oil can be mixed into a moisturizing agent, cream or lotion, or can be applied independently and directly onto the skin.
Somewhat expensive, emu oil has been included in the daily lives of Australian aborigines for decades for things such as pain reduction, arthritis relief, burns and to retard the aging process. It is also hypo-allergenic and is suitable for individuals with sensitive skin.
Noted for its healing properties, the oil is gathered by gently collecting the oil by wiping a cloth across the feathers of an Emu which is then deposited in a variety of containers and processed. Naturally, this is a labor intensive method and is the primary cost contributing factor.
Aloe is another one of nature's wonders. While excellent for its moisturizing traits, aloe is also an effective anti-inflammatory and works well for pain relief for burns. However, the yellow-colored aloe is somewhat harsh and can irritate the skin, so use the clear gel for better and safer results.