5 Natural Ingredients to Reduce & Revitalize Dry Skin

Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care

By: Marty S.

When the holidays arrive, a lot of us try to give our skin as much attention and care as possible because not only do we want our skin to look its best for parties, whether it is to impress someone or it is to compensate for all the sugar that we eat during this time. Once the holidays end and there’s enough time to relax, we give our skin a break, too. However, just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean we should slack off on our skin care. Now that winter is officially here, it is just as important to take care of our skin in order to avoid a common seasonal skin issue: dry skin.

When winter comes around, humidity levels tend to drop. As the air becomes drier and drier, it can rob your skin of its moisture, leading to dry, flaky skin. Typically, winter weather tends to lack humidity, but your space heaters and indoor heating can also contribute to dry skin. Therefore, if you want to stay warm this winter and you want your skin to be nourished and glowing, you must learn how to take care of your skin during this season. This starts with natural ingredients. Continue reading if you want to learn 5 natural ingredients for dry skin and how to get rid of it naturally no matter what season it is.

1. Sandalwood

Many people love sandalwood for its smell alone. That sweet, earthy aroma is why people try to use sandalwood as an air freshener or a perfume/cologne. However, sandalwood has also been known in Ayurveda to relieve dry skin. Sandalwood has been thought to help manage your skin’s oil glands so that your skin is neither too dry nor too oily. Plus, sandalwood has anti-inflammatory properties, which allow it to heal your skin of inflammation, irritation, et cetera.

Since sandalwood may be pretty difficult to work with in a home remedy, you must look for sandalwood or sandalwood oil in an all-natural skin care product. At Apsara Skin Care, our Sandalwood Facial Serum is perfect for all skin types and provides intense nourishment to your skin.

Related: Apsara Skin Care’s Carrot Seed Lotion absorbs quickly and can leave your skin moisturized and hydrated all day long.

2. Wheat Germ Oil

When your skin is dry and flaky, it often lacks nourishment. Normally, your skin can balance itself by producing sebum, but there are many external factors like a change in weather that could dry out your skin faster than it can nourish and restore itself. Therefore, to nourish your skin cells and eliminate dryness in the process, you must use an ingredient like wheat germ oil on your skin. Wheat germ oil has been known in Ayurveda for its skin-nourishing properties because it is an amazing source of fatty acids that travel deep into your skin to repair your skin cells. Wheat germ oil is also a good source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant you should look for in your skin care routine if you want to mitigate free radical damage and stop early aging.

If you aren’t able to find wheat germ oil in your local natural foods store, we highly recommend using our Sweet Almond & Wheatgerm Facial Serum to nourish your skin and reduce the appearance of premature fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Castor Oil

Another benefit of using fatty acids to nourish your skin is that those fatty acids can restore your skin’s natural barrier. A stronger barrier leaves your skin less vulnerable to transepidermal water loss, and this means that your skin is better able to maintain its moisture in the long run. Besides wheat germ oil, you can also use castor oil to diminish dryness and flakiness, and this particular natural ingredient has been treasured in Ayurveda for its pore-cleansing properties. By using castor oil on your skin, you can keep your skin nourished and healthy as well as reduce your acne breakouts. (Also read - Castor Oil Remedies for Clean and Glowing skin)

Castor oil will be easy to find in your local natural foods store, but it might be challenging to use due to its thick consistency. Since undiluted castor oil may clog your pores instead of clean them, make sure to dilute castor oil beforehand or use it as part of a home remedy.

4. Evening Primrose Oil

When you have dry skin, your skin becomes more prone to inflammation. As you may already know, dry skin is usually accompanied by redness, itchiness, and flakiness. Fatty acids can go a long way to reduce inflammation and heal your skin in the process. One such natural ingredient known for its skin-healing properties is evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil has been known in Ayurveda and other natural systems for its ability to reduce dryness and heal the skin. In particular, it has been thought that evening primrose oil is well-suited to combat eczema and other forms of skin irritation.

If you want to use evening primrose oil in a handy product, try Apsara’s Evening Primrose Facial Serum, which countless Apsara customers use to nourish their dry skin.

5. Vegetable Glycerin

In addition to nourishing your skin with fatty acids, you should definitely consider using a humectant like vegetable glycerin in your skin care routine. Humectants are powerful because they attract moisture from the atmosphere toward your skin. This raises the hydration levels of your skin and leaves it feeling soft and supple.

Vegetable glycerin can be easy to use on your skin, but you must not use it undiluted because using too much may actually dry out your skin. Instead, you must dilute vegetable glycerin either with a carrier oil or with a home remedy. Alternatively, all of Apsara Skin Care’s facial lotions are formulated with vegetable glycerin to keep your skin nourished and moisturized for much longer.

Related: 3 Natural Ingredients to Nourish Dry Skin

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