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Dry Skin and Its Causes

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What is it?

Dry skin plagues me in the winter. Surprisingly it is much worse than in summer even though I have fair and sun sensitive skin.

My hands and lips are particularly afflicted, and now I find that my young daughter suffers with the same sensitivity to cold and suffers the same problems.

I also know of people whose skin on their feet are badly affected by the winter cold. There have been winter days where they have not wanted to walk around because of the dry, cracked skin on their feet. Sometimes they would bleed, and if they were wearing socks at the time, the blood would stick to the socks and rip more skin off, creating even more pain.

The skin on your face is even more sensitive as it acts as a kind of barometer for your body to detect heat and cold.

This is something that plagues many people, whether it be hands, feet, knees, elbows, or various other areas of the body, it's never pleasant to deal with.


It is when the skin is dehydrated. The moisture is sucked out whether it be from washing your hands frequently because of work, or because of cold winter months.

There are many reasons for your skin drying out, and it is essential that you take the time to address the problem not just when it happens but also to prevent it from happening.

If you suffer badly from chapped hands then try our home remedy for hand pain. You could also try a combination of Carrier and Essential Oils from our list below.

What Are The Causes?

  • Over exposure to the sun
  • Cold months of winter - the cold is always much worse for me than the hot. In summer I can moisturize regularly and the problem is dealt with, but in winter it takes a lot of work and attention to solve the problem and keep it at bay.
  • Lack of nutrition
  • When you have a lack of nutrition, the body begins to draw nutrients from other parts, such as the skin, leaving it dry.

  • A slow thyroid
  • Washing in hot water excessively - this is definitely a factor for me. I like to wash my hands frequently (hot or cold water) and the constant wetting and drying really dries out my hands.
  • Chemicals in cosmetics and other products
  • Chemicals trap toxins, clog pores, and can suck the nutrients right from your skin leaving them brittle.

  • Diabetes
  • Exposure to wind and other elements - this will quickly dry out any exposed areas of skin. During the summer you may have more skin exposed to the elements, but this doesn't mean that you are any more protected in the winter. Winter wind can very quickly dry exposed areas such as hands and faces.
  • Free Radicals

What can help?

  • Olive Oil is generally used as a carrier oil in products such as cocoa body butter because of how easily it absorbs into the skin. However it is able to be used on its own. It contains a high content of Vitamin E which is very moisturizing and beneficial for skin health. However, many people prefer to use it mixed with something else as it can leave a slightly greasy feeling when used alone.
  • Raw Cocoa Butter is great for dry skin . It contains many vitamins and minerals that create a protective barrier on the skin, allowing it to regenerate and hydrate itself. It is one of my favorite products, in the raw form it only takes a little bit to go a long way. I have found that when I use raw cocoa body butter, it leaves my skin hydrated for about 3 days before I need to apply any more. The raw products are so much better because all of the minerals and vitamins are still in tact and not watered down like many of the store brands.

    • Raw Shea Butter is much like the raw cocoa butter. However, it has a softer feel, a lower melting point, and has a nutty smell to it, where raw cocoa butter smells just like chocolate. So while it is common amongst women, the men prefer this over cocoa butter.

  • Carrots!?

    Carrots are antiseptic and will help speed up wound healing. 

    If your dry, chapped skin is in need of some extra help then carrots may be the answer for you.


    1. Simply cook some carrots in water, until soft.

    2. Blend until you have a broth.

    3. Apply to your skin to help relieve roughness, chapping and itching.

    Oils for Dry Skin

    These are the Carrier and Essential Oils that are the most ideal for use on dry skin.


  • You use 8-12 drops of essential oils per 1 ounce (about 28g or ml) of carrier oil.
  • Choose the blend and aroma that best suits your skin.
  • Always follow the guidelines, especially for children or if you are pregnant. CARRIER OILS
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Wheatgerm Oil- mix with 2 drops of sandalwood and 2 drops rose oil in a tablespoon of wheatgerm; apply to the skin at night.
  • Rosehip Seed Oil
  • Vitamin E
  • Sweet Almond Oil is also good - but not as good as those listed above. ESSENTIAL OILS
  • Geranium Oil- add a few drops to a warm bath.
  • Neroli Oil
  • Frankincense

  • What Should I Buy

    There are many different ways to keep your skin moisturized. Sometimes it takes a while to find just the right product that really works for your skin type. It is just really important to keep moisturizing until you find your perfect answer.


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