How To Treat Dry Skin With Fatty Acids
Even if you take exceptionally good care of your skin, during the winter months you still might experience the telltale signs of the changing seasons: flakiness, tightness and dry patches. For some reason this year, many people are having a hard time keeping the flakes away, perhaps due to the drastic fluctuations in temperature. If you’re one of those people, you’ll want to try this 2-step all natural treatment using just a few ingredients to help you keep your skin flake-free and dewy during the dry, colder season. Read on for the step-by-step instructions on how to treat dry skin with fatty acids.
How to Treat Dry Skin, Step 1: Polish the outer layer of skin while moisturizing it at the same time.
When it comes to sloughing away dead skin cells, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) in a mask are usually the go-to treatment. Derived from fruit acids like those found in grapefruit and lemon, alpha hydroxy acids can powerfully exfoliate dead skin cells, loosen dirt and relieve clogged pores to reveal fresh, glowing underneath. However when exfoliating with alpha hydroxy acids in a drier, colder environment, that newly revealed skin can become even more sensitive to outside conditions. That’s why I prefer to gently exfoliate while simultaneously adding moisture back to my skin with this oat and honey face scrub.
Oatmeal and almond meal gently exfoliate, while the honey moisturizes and heals dry skin. Meanwhile the saturated fat in coconut oil moisturizes and softens the skin, preventing flaking and dryness. When you rinse off this face polish, your skin should feel silky and smooth to the touch.
Gentle Oat-Nut, Honey & Coconut Oil Face Polish
½ cup coarsely ground oatmeal
½ cup almond meal
½ cup organic coconut oil
½ cup Manuka honey
After cleansing and steaming your skin to open pores, apply a small amount of the scrub to you face in circular motions gently with your fingertips. Leave on your skin for 5-10 minutes, then rinse off and pat dry. Depending on the condition of your skin, you can use this scrub 1-2 times a week.
How to Treat Dry Skin, Step 2: Apply a deep moisturizing mask.
After your moisturizing skin polish, you could easily stop there, apply a moisturizer and call it day. For skin that’s in need of a deeper treatment, you can go one step further with a super antioxidant and omega fatty-rich face mask. Avocado is loaded with vitamins A, E, and C, healthy fats and antioxidants essential for keeping skin soft and fighting free radicals. The honey helps brighten and soothe the skin.
Pure Avocado & Honey Face Mask
½ avocado, smashed
1 teaspoon avocado oil or coconut oil
2 tablespoons Manuka honey
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl, and apply to your face. Let sit on your face for 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Finish with your favorite moisturizer.
Adding these treatments to your skincare routine can help you maintain a smooth, supple face until the warm days of spring arrive to save the day. You should be free of flakes in no time!