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Do you have sensitive skin too?
May 07, 2018
Taking Care of Ourselves - Sensitive Skin
Do you have sensitive skin too?
Generally, I've thought my itches here and there, especially under elastics in my clothing, was only because I'm so unique. I had a long chat on the phone with cousin Karin the other Saturday and discovered that I'm fairly ordinary! Others deal with various symptoms of delicate, sensitive skin too. Karin is a little older and wiser than me, and loves to give me truckloads of advice. But I know how to do some research online, so I have checked out some of ideas and am trying to sort out which apply to me, and just how I will make practical changes for the sake of my skin.
You may not need all these ideas, but if I spread them out for you, perhaps you'll find something that will work for your skin care treatments.
Exactly what are we talking about?
Simple things like skin irritation when you use certain soaps, detergents, or products with various chemicals in them. Except, if that turns into eczema like my Gr'ma had. My Mom had to go over every day for several weeks, to cut off the peeling-back skin with a scissor for Gr'ma!
Besides the uncomfortable irritations like stinging, itching, and burning skin, there are visible changes like redness, dryness, scaling, peeling bumps, and hives. We are also talking about frequent to chronic conditions like a skin boil, scalp psoriasis, skin rashes, and sunburn. Ouch! Not deathbed stuff, but it is a misery to experience these problems.
How many skin care treatments have you tried and given up on? Are there certain categories of skin care products that you totally avoid? Others might find that very useful, so I invite you to share. I want to write helpful web pages once I've sorted out what is worthwhile and what is not.
I have an itchy scalp some days. usually when I've taken a painkiller or two, which makes me wonder if there is a cause and effect there. Normally, I get away with just a good scratching all over my scalp with my fingernails. I get the impression that my little nerve hairs under my scalp like that work out. If my scalp still feels itchy and oily the next morning, I dribble some peanut oil into my bath. It means that I'll still have more oily hair until my next bath, but that is quite soothing to my scalp. All over, in fact.
Most of my skin irritation comes from elastics in my clothing and with more layers in winter, that means I may have as many as two or three elastics one on top of the other at my waist and around my ankles. So this winter I've taken up slathering on the gift lotions I've received and ignored for the most part the last few years. That helps some, but I've noticed that the one from Dollarama with the oatmeal in it has the most delicious and satisfying effect. I keep my aloe vera gel handy too. It is rather sticky though, and needs to be kept uncovered for a while. Walmart has a bottle of aloe vera gel, which must have some thinners in it, as it glides on easily and does not sting, or get sticky.
Therefore, I save the sticky aloe vera gel, which is a little more expensive, for things like open sores, like burns, skinned knees after a fall, and so on.
Another thing that seems to help is to drink more aloe vera juice. My most favourite is the Bits n' Pieces (pieces of peaches in it) aloe vera juice from Forever Living.
Caring for Chapped, Reddish Skin
For today, I'd like to give you this list of tips for reducing chapping, redness, itching, etc., and keeping your skin comfortable;
What about Coconut Oil?
Yes, coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It is an excellent moisturizer too, even to penetrating and healing damaged hair. These days it is an ingredient in many natural beauty products. (I've found it almost clears up a cold sore inside the lip over night).
You can help me write up a good series of articles on skin care by sending in your stories and the remedies that work for you. ;)
My Discovery of Dr. Eric Berg on Youtube
Recently I came across the youtube videos of Dr. Eric Berg, a chiropractor in Virginia, who has a gift for teaching how we can care for ourselves naturally, in ways that do not cost us a heap for products. His ideas don't even require his chiropractic touch.
I was binge watching his videos the other evening and learned a lot about the five basic body types, and why our organs need a different approach to how to lose our excess weight. It all makes such good sense! (I'm just saying I love discoveries like this).
Dr. Berg has about 2000 videos out there! You might want to start with THIS ONE on the right diets for the four basic body types. Then branch out as you see more selection presented to you on the right side of the screen.
Just a quick outline of the four Body types, and how each type needs a different approach to lose weight effectively.
Adrenal problem type - Symptom: sagging body parts. These people have issues with stress and lack of sleep. They crave salts and chocolate, but should eat foods high in protein, high fat, no cruciferous, but 7 cups vegetables.
Thyroid problem type - Symptom: just extra large all over, caused by slow metabolism. .A secondary problem is lack of bile from the liver to digest food. May have high estrogen, and auto-immune problem too. These folks should choose foods depending on the source of their problem, whether estrogen or liver.
Liver problem type - Symptom: round protruding tummy. These will do best as vegetarians, and low protein because their liver can't process fat without bile salts; they have bloating and gas problems. They should eat cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc.) which prevent cancers. The liver loves bitter vegetables for their cleansing effect.
Ovary problem type - Symptom: lower pouch type and thighs. This is caused by estrogen and hormone imbalance. They can eat dairy products, but should make sure there are no hormones in them! They can eat high protein, low fat, but no soy (often found in weight loss products), foods.
I Recommend - The RoseBouquet
In case you wish to know more about me as a person, I recommend subscribing to my weekly The RoseBouquet. It is my weekly Tuesday morning.blog/ezine and RSS feed. (The link in the title takes you to the blog. This is where I share what is going on in my life week by week,. It it is written mainly to my friends who want to keep up with what's happening in my life.
One more tip: Helen Campbell wrote last week to say she liked my article on remedies for arthritis, but she has an even longer page on the same topic. I promised to pass that link on to you. Here it is: Helen's excellent and thorough article with a long list of remedies for arthritis.
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