An onslaught of cold weather and snow isn’t the only challenge winter brings. Dry skin is the other. And for many people, dealing with rough, flaky patches on the body is a time-consuming and not always successful process.
Fortunately, several natural solutions have been shown to improve dry skin.
Biotin. An essential B vitamin that’s also known as vitamin H, biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that’s not stored in the body and must be continually replaced. It supports the action of enzymes that affect the skin and intestinal tract, and may help strengthen brittle nails.
Dry brushing. Brushes that are made from natural fibers of plants, such as coconuts or the Japanese palm plant, can be used to exfoliate dead skin on the body before bathing.
Coconut oil. The natural substance obtained from fresh coconuts, coconut oil has already become popular as a substitute for butter or a high-heat cooking oil. However, it’s also a popular body care item. About 60 percent of coconut oil is comprised of medium-chain triglycerides, which are substances that may be beneficial to human health.
Hyaluronic acid. Skin is made up of 70% water. Hyaluronic acid functions as a ‘space filler,’ providing moisture-filled cushioning between cells. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to hold on to more water than any other molecule in the body, which is vital in the production and maintenance of collagen and cartilage. It’s available in both supplement and topical cream forms.
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Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.