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Dry Skin Gets Relief with Skin Care From Other Cultures

Katya Sobol

Spring is here – time to start sloughing off that winter skin so you’ll look great with bare legs and sandaled feet, and get that natural, summer glow. Using a good shielding lotion will help keep your skin hydrated and protect it from chemicals, but some of the natural dry skin care cleansing and masque ingredients from cultures known for their beautiful skin will also help attain that cosmetic-free healthy look of summer.

Some of the best skin care products from other countries come from their indigenous resources.

  • In the Philippines, the choice is the coconut. Used directly on the skin, coconut oil helps control skin diseases with its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, reduces the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema, helps prevent sagging, wrinkles and age spots and relieves flakey, dry skin. Choose a natural soap containing coconut oil and little else, or simply cleanse with the oil itself.
  • Native to Australia is emu oil – rendered from the fat of the Emu bird. Used for centuries by aborigines to treat bruises, burns, and wounds, emu oil has now found its way to America. It can reduce acne scarring and help heal dry skin. Another great thing about emu oil is its ability to help the absorption of other nutrients through the skin. Mixing emu oil with L-ascorbic acid and water makes a great masque with all the benefits of both emu oil and vitamin C.
  • In Africa, one of the most popular foods is the pumpkin. High in antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, vitamin B, essential fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and copper, a masque made of mashed pumpkin is nourishing and refreshing. When combined with egg yolk and buttermilk, it is an excellent dry skin treatment.
  • One of China’s skin care staples is the goji berry. Fortunately, this product has also made its way to the health food store shelves of America. The goji berry is an excellent dry skin care treatment due to its high anti-oxidant, vitamin C, linoleic acid, thiamine, beta-carotene, riboflavin and trace mineral content.
  • All of these ingredients are good for dry skin. However, no matter which you choose, you also have to ensure you protect your skin from damage caused by household and environmental chemicals. Your best option for that is a shielding lotion. A good shielding lotion forms a protective layer on the skin that keeps out chemicals while still allowing the skin to breathe. As environmental toxins and pollutants are major sources of skin damage, the effectiveness of all dry skin care efforts will be reduced if you don’t also protect against chemicals.

    Try creating your own cleansing and masque products with coconut or emu oil, mashed pumpkin, pumpkin oil, and goji berries – you may be pleasantly surprised to see what they can do. When used with a good shielding lotion to help with dry skin treatment and prevention and protect your skin from harsh and toxic chemicals, these natural skin care ingredients may be all you need to get the fresh, healthy, summer skin you’ve been looking for.

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