Itchy dry skin can be an annoyance in the summer months. With more sun exposure and air conditioned buildings, our skin becomes dull and depleted. That soft baby skin that we dream of turns into alligator skin and we increase our lotion use to get rid of the scales. There is a quick home treatment that can help with dryness of the skin and relax you as well.
Steam treatments are a great way to lock in moisture and give your skin a more long lasting softness. The pores are opened and ready to soak in the moisture after steaming the skin. This type of treatment also increases circulation in the skin, so moisture is coming at your skin both internally and externally.
There are different ways to expose the skin to steam. Warm compresses work well for smaller areas. A hot shower is an easy way to open the pores, or even standing outside the shower with the bathroom door shut, so that the room fills with steam. For the face you can just boil water on the stove and lean over the steam with a towel over the head to contain the mist.
Applying oils after the steam bath is a last step. Using natural oils is a simple way to lock in the moisture. Coconut oil feeds your cells to keep them moisturized and healthy. Jojoba oil is another option for its humectant properties. As a humectant it draws moisture to the top layers of the skin to keep the cells moisturized from within the body. It is also a natural thin wax and seals the moisture. Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids that help keep the skin cells healthy and glowing. The best option is a combination of the three. If too much oil is applied, let the moisture soak in for a few minutes and then wipe off excess with a dry cloth.
That alligator skin will be transformed back to soft, supple skin in just a few minutes. And you will have taken some time for yourself in the process. We are your experts for any skin care questions and look forward to seeing you on your next visit.