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Dry Skin Oil - Olive Oil for Dry Skin

Olive oil is possibly the best dry skin oil, and is without a doubt an essential aspect of dry skin treatment. Olive oil is an anti bacterial oil, which has emollient (softening) properties. As it is an extremely viscous oil it is easily absorbed by the skin, leaving it smooth and moisturized. Olive oil also contains antioxidants that protect the body, both internally and externally, from free radicals that are responsible for damage to your skin. Olive oil is rich in healthy fats and when consumed stabilizes sebum production.

Oil for Dry Skin - Olive oil & Coconut Oil

Oil dissolves easily in hot water and so hot water showers tend to dissolve and wash away natural oils. Avoid hot showers, especially during winter, as this will cause your skin to become dry and flaky. Avoid using harsh soaps and try to use a medicated or a natural herbal soap instead, which has a 5.5 pH balance, the same as your skin.  Coconut oil has a high moisture retention rate, which makes it an excellent oil for dry skin. If you have extremely dry or scaly skin, you can add a few drops of coconut oil to a dollop of fresh cream, and use it as a nourishing skin tonic before your bath. Immediately after a shower, while your skin is still damp, massage your entire body with a mixture of coconut oil and olive oil. Combining both these oils is much more effective than using either one by itself. It is important to do this while your skin is damp, so that it has a chance to retain this extra moisture. You can also use a mixture of castor oil and canola oil as an effective dry skin oil.

Aside from topical treatments, your diet plays a vital role in the prevention and treatment of dry skin and dry skin diseases. Make sure that your diet contains an adequate amount of natural healthy fats. Your body naturally produces its own oil, and having a diet that is rich in vitamin E, omega 3 fatty acids, and omega 6 fatty acids will increase the amount of oil (known as sebum) produced by your body. In addition, if possible you should avoid environments that dry your skin out — air conditioners and central heating systems both tend to suck out moisture from the skin, and should be avoided whenever possible. If you take all these precautions, you should be able to solve your problem much more easily than by only using oil for dry skin.