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Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

As winter approaches, days become colder, and heaters are turned; dry air can cause our skin to dry out.  Dry patches, itchy, cracked skin can follow and even turn into painfully and severe dry skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.   Hydrating the skin inside and out by applying moisturizer regularly, as well as drinking plenty of water can be the first step to healthier skin.  Traditional Chinese medicine and natural approaches can help your dry skin to feel soothed and relieved.

According to TCM, dry or winter skin is caused by root causes such as internal imbalances between Qi, blood flow, yin, or yang.  Balancing the internal organ systems with herbal medicines, releasing toxins from skin, and building your yin level in the blood can all help nourish and relieve dry, itchy, red skin in the winter months.  Plum Flower Nourish the Surface is a good choice for nourishing the blood and moistening dry skin.

Natural approaches include moisturizing regularly, using a humidifier to increase moisture levels in your home, and taking an oatmeal bath.  Winter means the holidays are approaching and emotional stress may increase during this time, triggering skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.  Practicing yoga, meditation, or exercising regularly can be a good way to reduce holiday stress.

While moisturizer can help the outside of your body, a diet rich in hydrating foods can help dry skin from the inside of your body.  Hydrating foods include avocados, coconut oil, salmon, cucumber, celery, flax seeds, and walnuts.  Supplements which can help with dry skin include omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins E.  Vitamin A can also soothe dry, flaky skin and help repair skin damage; fall favorites such as sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, and pumpkin are all rich in vitamin A.

Herbal formulas traditionally used for dry skin include chamomile which can internally help the body rid itself of toxins and externally to ease inflammation.  Almond oil and rose oil can soothe and hydrate dry, cracked skin.  Sandalwood, lemon grass, aloe vera, burdock, and comfrey can also provide supportive effects on the skin.  

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