By Courtenay Turner
Dullness, dandruff and a tired-looking complexion are just some of the ways that dry skin can dim your glow...
But thankfully, there are a few tried and tested ways of combating dryness that are both natural and effective. Below, our four favourite quick fixes to help banish ultra-parched skin for good.
Harness the power of probiotics
Inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis often result in debilitating dryness, but studies show that certain species of probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can significantly reduce the severity of symptoms. The bacteria in our gut can positively impact our skin barrier function and even speed up wound healing, which is great news for those of us with flaky, moisture-depleted skin. Case in point: our probiotic-rich Skin Renewal Kit featuring GLOW Inner Beauty Essential™—in a consumer trial, 95% of participants using GLOW saw improvements in pre-existing skin conditions like eczema, rosacea and congestion after 30 days.
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
While it might sound a little counterintuitive, using a natural chemical exfoliant—as opposed to a physical one—is one of the best ways to cultivate smooth, supple skin. Our Probiotic Skin Refiner is rich in naturally-occurring lactic acid (a mild alpha hydroxy acid), which gently dissolves dead skin cells to reveal a clear, fresh complexion. Lactic acid is also a natural humectant, meaning that it helps to maintain the skin’s natural lipid balance, promoting optimum moisture levels. Even better, preliminary studies show that topical use of probiotics (i.e. applying them to the skin’s surface) may help to reduce eczema.
Eat healthy fats
Forget about low fat, low calorie diets. If you want beautiful skin that glows from the inside, healthy fats—the unrefined, wholefood sources found in nature—are essential. Think: fresh nuts and seeds, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil and avocado, as well as wild-caught oily fish, grass-fed meats and flaxseeds, which are especially rich in omega-3s and the building blocks for healthy cells.
Drink more water
You’ve likely heard this before, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of water you’re drinking. Aim for around two litres of pure H20 every day to hydrate your cells, plump your skin, brighten eyes and boost your energy. Pro tip: for a daily shot of extra nutritional support, add a delicious dash of HYDRATION Inner Beauty Boost™ to your morning smoothie or water bottle. Containing electrolyte-rich bio-fermented coconut water, aloe vera and lemon myrtle it helps to rehydrate your cells by replenishing minerals and fluids lost during daily activities.
Do you have a tried and tested way of combating dry skin? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks.