If you’ve experienced dry skin you know how irritating it can be. Not only does it look unhealthy, but it’s uncomfortable to live with. You’ve heard about SPF and moisturizer, drinking lots of water, and washing with hydrating soaps, but is there was more to dry skin than just hydration?
The truth is, there’s a lot of information out there; contradictory information at that. In this article, we want to get to the bottom of what causes dry skin and how we can prevent it from becoming too severe.
There are many different types of skin, and as your largest organ and greatest protector from toxins, it’s important to find out which kind of skin belongs to you. Whether you’re oily, dry, or combination, as the seasons change your skin naturally will undergo environmental changes.
Dry skin is common. If you regularly experience dryness, you’re certainly not alone. As we age, it becomes even more common. Our skin loses its ability to retain moisture as we get older, especially in the winter months as central heating systems can also contribute to skin dryness.
When it’s warm out and our bodies produce more sweat, our skin is likely to be more oily than usual. When it’s cold and we spend more time indoors, our skin tends to dry out. Even more so, you may be tempted to take long hot showers or baths in the winter which can lead to skin drying out.
Other examples of things that can dry out your skin are exposure to harsh chemicals, dry air, excessive washing, and irritation from fragrance.
Our naturally produced oils, otherwise known as sebum, are needed for our skin to stay moisturized. When you shower too frequently or use products that are actively removing this oil, such as astringent, you have a greater chance of increasing your dryness.
So how can we notice these changes in our top layer and what can we do about them? It may be easier said than done.
Signs of skin dryness:
- rough texture
- flaking, peeling
- stinging or burning
- skin infections come easily
When your skin is cracked or irritated it cannot properly do its job to protect our internal organs from infection. If you notice your skin undergoing one of the above changes, consider what your environment has been like lately. You may want to run a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home or increase your application of moisturizer.
Those aren’t the only solutions for tackling the issue of dry skin, but it’s a good start. Here at Primal Harvest, we approach skin issues holistically by working from the inside out.
Dry skin can be the result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well. There are certain whole foods that you may want to consider adding to your diet if you regularly experience rough skin.
Foods that help dry skin:
- sweet potatoes
- red pepper
- fish like cod, salmon
- green tea
These foods are rich in vitamins E, A, C, and D which are all essential for healthy skin. If you already eat a vitamin-rich diet and drink plenty of water, you may be experiencing a collagen deficiency.
Collagen is the main naturally-occurring protein found in our connective tissue. Collagen is what makes our skin look youthful and plump. As we age, collagen production slows down making it harder for our skin to absorb moisture and bounce back from any issues. You can read more in our blog post Where Does Collagen Come From?
As more information comes out about collagen deficiency in aging adults, collagen supplements have become more popular.
Primal Harvest has 3 types of collagen you can choose from: Primal Collagen, Primal Multi Collagen, and Keto Collagen. Let’s break down what the difference is between these three, so you can best understand which collagen product is right for you.
Primal Collagen comes in powder form and can easily dissolve into any liquid without leaving behind a nasty aftertaste. It contains collagen types I & III, which you can read about here. It’s popular to mix into your morning coffee or smoothie. This collagen powder is similar to our Keto Collagen, but it contains more grams per serving of collagen.
Primal Multi Collagen
Primal Multi Collagen comes in capsule form, has multi-source derived collagen such as fish, chicken, and bovine. It has more than one type of collagen and does have less collagen due to having different types.
Keto Collagen, like the Primal Collagen, comes in powder form. It also has collagen types I & III. It has fitness benefits because of the added MCT oil which is derived from coconut (and may help with appetite control, endurance, recovery, and adhering to a keto diet).
If you are still wondering what type of collagen is best for you, we suggest taking our Collagen Quiz to help you figure it out!