Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What Ails Your Skin?

Many people suffer from dry skin both during the winter months and other times of the year. Dry, flaking skin is often a symptom of a nutritional deficiency which can cause a host of health problems besides just affecting the skin. It may be necessary to eat more foods rich in Vitamins A and B, C, and the minerals Magnesium and Zinc. You may also be deficient in essential fatty acids such as those found in fish, coconut, or flax seed oils. Nuts, dark green, leafy vegetables also contain some of these essential fatty acids, as well as grass-fed meats.

Excessive hand-washing during winter months can contribute to skin that is already dry and cracked, washing away natural oils and lubrication. Application of lotions, deodorants, and other personal care products can actually make the problem worse - especially since many of these products contain chemicals and other ingredients that are poisonous to your skin and your body.

For topical relief, we recommend direct application of coconut, apricot kernel, or sweet almond oils. One great product you can purchase is Badger lip and body balms; they contain all natural ingredients such as castor oil, aloe vera, olive, lavender, peppermint, and spearmint oils, seabuckthorn berry, and other botanicals and herbs well-noted for their positive affect on the condition of skin.

For more tips on remedies for dry skin, visit 1st Holistic.

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