Why is My Skin Dry? - Koils by Nature

Wondering why your skin is so dry and looking for natural remedies to soften that skin once and for all? No sweat, we got your back!


Dry, tight, itchy and flaking skin is no fun and games. Even though dry skin isn’t a serious skin condition, it’s definitely an uncomfortable one that is hard to ignore. There are a few ways and approaches for combating dry skin. But if we really want to have softer skin for longer, we’ll need a more holistic approach. This means having a closer look at our lifestyle, habits, diet, skin care products and skin care routine. Let’s have a look at some of the causes of dry skin and then explore all the natural remedies, solutions and skin care routines to nourish and soften skin. 


Understanding Dry Skin 

The top layers of our skin act as a barrier to external bacteria, toxins and substances in our surrounding environment. It is made up of our bodies natural oil, known as sebun oil, fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. It also prevents water and moisture from escaping our skin, so that we remain balanced and hydrated. Damage or disruption to our skin barrier can lead to skin sensitivity and irritation. 


The most common symptoms of dry skin include:

  • Dryness
  • Itchiness
  • Dullness
  • Cracking
  • Fine lines

Common Causes for Dry Skin

There are numerous factors that go into the hydration or dehydration of our skin. We can be experiencing dry skin due to our environment, genetics, diet, the products we use or from the medication we take. 


Here are some of the main factors that go into dry skin:


  1. Weather and Climate- typically, in dryer or cooler climates we are more likely to experience drier skin than in humid and warm climates. The air quality in our environment tends to suck out all the moisture from our skin, leaving us with more fine lines, itchiness and dryness. And when we work in offices or buildings who raise the heat, or blast the air conditioner, this will further dry out our skin. 

If you work in such an office, you may want to bring along your favorite natural cream or butter, to keep your hands, arms and legs hydrated. Or, alternatively, consider covering up your skin and protecting it from those moisture-thieves. 


  1. Hot Showers or Baths- we know how tempting it is to raise the heat, but hot showers and baths will dry out both our skin and our hair. The heat will draw out all that needed moisture from the skin, and will break down your natural oils needed to protect and moisturize your skin. 

If you absolutely need that hot shower, then we recommend using a natural butter, like Koils By Nature’s Fragrance-free butter made with shea butter, kokum butter and mango seed butter which will hydrate and protect your skin, and 2-3 drops of Argan oil for your face. 


Then, when you finish showering or bathing, you’ll want to apply the right butter for your skin that will hydrate and nourish your skin. A butter with natural ingredients that can penetrate the skin’s surface layer and trap in needed moisture from escaping. We do this after the shower because the water from the shower helps your skin to further absorb added moisture. 


  1. Skin Care Products- many products may advertise themselves as natural and gentle, when in fact they are just stripping the natural oils from your skin and face. Many of the unnatural soaps can be too basic or too acidic for our skin, disrupting our skin’s natural pH level, causing dry skin. You’ll want to exfoliate and cleanse your skin with a balanced product that won't strip your skin of its natural oils. The skin either will have one of two reactions, it will dry out, or it’ll go into overdrive producing too much oil, making your skin appear oily, which leads to clogged pores. 

  1. Diet and Hydration- when our skin is dry, it’s a sign that we are dehydrated. Drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee, green tea and sodas will further dehydrate us because caffeine is a diuretic. Drinking more water and herbal teas will help hydrate our skin from the inside out. 

If it’s hard for you to remember to drink sufficient amounts of water each day, bring a canister of water with you to work, leave one in your car, and have one by your desk. Train yourself to get into the habit of drinking more water. Your skin won't be the only part that benefits from hydration, but so will your hair and entire body.


In our diet, we should include good fats like omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseeds, or fish. Avocados, nuts and seeds also have good fats that help protect and hydrate the skin. 


Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Natural products and ingredients, in our humble opinion, are the best method for treating dry skin. Why? Because many of those other products have unnatural ingredients like mineral oils, which make your skin appear hydrated, but are actually suffocating your skin, trapping in the moisture in an unnatural and unhealthy way. While some natural remedies may take longer to start revealing just how effective they are, it won't damage our skin long term, but will in fact, have highly beneficial and healing effects down the line. 


    1. Olive Oil- Olive oil is a fantastic carrier oil that will naturally moisturize our skin. If we warm olive oil so that it’s a little warmer than room temperature, then we can use it to hydrate our skin, heels, elbows and face. It also acts as a natural cleanser when it’s time to gently wipe the oil from the skin, 10-15 minutes after application. 
    2. Coconut Oil- similar to olive oil, coconut oil will hydrate, and repair damaged skin, except that it’s a much heavier oil than olive oil and may be more suitable for those of us with extremely dry skin. We recommend applying coconut oil to the skin before bed, so that overnight your skin can absorb its nutritious goodness. 
  • Shea Butter- shea butter boosts skin’s elasticity, is antibacterial and anti inflammatory so it will hydrate and soothe irritation. And the antioxidants in shea butter will promote cell regeneration so that new and healthier skin cells protect the outer layer of your skin. 
  • Kokum Butter- kokum butter prevents skin dehydration, and will help the skin heal faster. It’s easily absorbed into the skin without clogging your pores, so that your skin can breathe, but also remain bacteria-free and well hydrated. 
  • Jojoba Oil- similar to your butters, jojoba oil is a long-lasting oil that won’t quickly evaporate from the skin. It easily hydrates the skin and is non-allergenic, so it’s a suitable option for those with sensitive skin-types. 
  • Jamaican Black Castor Seed Oil- jamaican or haitain black castor seed oil will prevent the skin from scarring, treats skin conditions and skin irritations, can treat and heal the skin damage from sunburns, and naturally hydrates the skin back to life. 

  • Final Thoughts

    Koils by Nature has found the perfect balance between natural butters and essential oils to ensure that your skin gets hydrated and stays hydrated. We use a harmonious blend between shea butter, coconut oil, kokum butter, mango seed butter, avocado butter, aloe butter and a number of our favorite essential oils that will make it next to impossible for you to experience dry skin. Try our Nourishing Hair and Body Butter Lovely Lavender to get a soft feel for what we mean. We feel pretty confident this butter will be one of your best winter companions this coming season! 

     

          

    Wondering why your skin is so dry and looking for natural remedies to soften that skin once and for all? No sweat, we got your back!


    Dry, tight, itchy and flaking skin is no fun and games. Even though dry skin isn’t a serious skin condition, it’s definitely an uncomfortable one that is hard to ignore. There are a few ways and approaches for combating dry skin. But if we really want to have softer skin for longer, we’ll need a more holistic approach. This means having a closer look at our lifestyle, habits, diet, skin care products and skin care routine. Let’s have a look at some of the causes of dry skin and then explore all the natural remedies, solutions and skin care routines to nourish and soften skin. 


    Understanding Dry Skin 

    The top layers of our skin act as a barrier to external bacteria, toxins and substances in our surrounding environment. It is made up of our bodies natural oil, known as sebun oil, fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. It also prevents water and moisture from escaping our skin, so that we remain balanced and hydrated. Damage or disruption to our skin barrier can lead to skin sensitivity and irritation. 


    The most common symptoms of dry skin include:

    • Dryness
    • Itchiness
    • Dullness
    • Cracking
    • Fine lines

    Common Causes for Dry Skin

    There are numerous factors that go into the hydration or dehydration of our skin. We can be experiencing dry skin due to our environment, genetics, diet, the products we use or from the medication we take. 


    Here are some of the main factors that go into dry skin:


    1. Weather and Climate- typically, in dryer or cooler climates we are more likely to experience drier skin than in humid and warm climates. The air quality in our environment tends to suck out all the moisture from our skin, leaving us with more fine lines, itchiness and dryness. And when we work in offices or buildings who raise the heat, or blast the air conditioner, this will further dry out our skin. 

    If you work in such an office, you may want to bring along your favorite natural cream or butter, to keep your hands, arms and legs hydrated. Or, alternatively, consider covering up your skin and protecting it from those moisture-thieves. 


    1. Hot Showers or Baths- we know how tempting it is to raise the heat, but hot showers and baths will dry out both our skin and our hair. The heat will draw out all that needed moisture from the skin, and will break down your natural oils needed to protect and moisturize your skin. 

    If you absolutely need that hot shower, then we recommend using a natural butter, like Koils By Nature’s Fragrance-free butter made with shea butter, kokum butter and mango seed butter which will hydrate and protect your skin, and 2-3 drops of Argan oil for your face. 


    Then, when you finish showering or bathing, you’ll want to apply the right butter for your skin that will hydrate and nourish your skin. A butter with natural ingredients that can penetrate the skin’s surface layer and trap in needed moisture from escaping. We do this after the shower because the water from the shower helps your skin to further absorb added moisture. 


    1. Skin Care Products- many products may advertise themselves as natural and gentle, when in fact they are just stripping the natural oils from your skin and face. Many of the unnatural soaps can be too basic or too acidic for our skin, disrupting our skin’s natural pH level, causing dry skin. You’ll want to exfoliate and cleanse your skin with a balanced product that won't strip your skin of its natural oils. The skin either will have one of two reactions, it will dry out, or it’ll go into overdrive producing too much oil, making your skin appear oily, which leads to clogged pores. 

    1. Diet and Hydration- when our skin is dry, it’s a sign that we are dehydrated. Drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee, green tea and sodas will further dehydrate us because caffeine is a diuretic. Drinking more water and herbal teas will help hydrate our skin from the inside out. 

    If it’s hard for you to remember to drink sufficient amounts of water each day, bring a canister of water with you to work, leave one in your car, and have one by your desk. Train yourself to get into the habit of drinking more water. Your skin won't be the only part that benefits from hydration, but so will your hair and entire body.


    In our diet, we should include good fats like omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseeds, or fish. Avocados, nuts and seeds also have good fats that help protect and hydrate the skin. 


    Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

    Natural products and ingredients, in our humble opinion, are the best method for treating dry skin. Why? Because many of those other products have unnatural ingredients like mineral oils, which make your skin appear hydrated, but are actually suffocating your skin, trapping in the moisture in an unnatural and unhealthy way. While some natural remedies may take longer to start revealing just how effective they are, it won't damage our skin long term, but will in fact, have highly beneficial and healing effects down the line. 


      1. Olive Oil- Olive oil is a fantastic carrier oil that will naturally moisturize our skin. If we warm olive oil so that it’s a little warmer than room temperature, then we can use it to hydrate our skin, heels, elbows and face. It also acts as a natural cleanser when it’s time to gently wipe the oil from the skin, 10-15 minutes after application. 
      2. Coconut Oil- similar to olive oil, coconut oil will hydrate, and repair damaged skin, except that it’s a much heavier oil than olive oil and may be more suitable for those of us with extremely dry skin. We recommend applying coconut oil to the skin before bed, so that overnight your skin can absorb its nutritious goodness. 
  • Shea Butter- shea butter boosts skin’s elasticity, is antibacterial and anti inflammatory so it will hydrate and soothe irritation. And the antioxidants in shea butter will promote cell regeneration so that new and healthier skin cells protect the outer layer of your skin. 
  • Kokum Butter- kokum butter prevents skin dehydration, and will help the skin heal faster. It’s easily absorbed into the skin without clogging your pores, so that your skin can breathe, but also remain bacteria-free and well hydrated. 
  • Jojoba Oil- similar to your butters, jojoba oil is a long-lasting oil that won’t quickly evaporate from the skin. It easily hydrates the skin and is non-allergenic, so it’s a suitable option for those with sensitive skin-types. 
  • Jamaican Black Castor Seed Oil- jamaican or haitain black castor seed oil will prevent the skin from scarring, treats skin conditions and skin irritations, can treat and heal the skin damage from sunburns, and naturally hydrates the skin back to life. 

  • Final Thoughts

    Koils by Nature has found the perfect balance between natural butters and essential oils to ensure that your skin gets hydrated and stays hydrated. We use a harmonious blend between shea butter, coconut oil, kokum butter, mango seed butter, avocado butter, aloe butter and a number of our favorite essential oils that will make it next to impossible for you to experience dry skin. Try our Nourishing Hair and Body Butter Lovely Lavender to get a soft feel for what we mean. We feel pretty confident this butter will be one of your best winter companions this coming season! 

     

          

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