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What is best thing I can do for dry mature skin? I have always had oily skin all my teen and adult years, but now that I'm nearing my late forties, my skin suddenly become dry and flaky around my upper cheeks and nose area. I have tried almost every dry skin product out there, and they seemed to dry me out even more. Do you know of a good drugstore facial cleanser and moisturizer for dry skin type? Thanks! – Debbie, Iowa.

 

10 Amazing Ways to Use Almond Oil for Dry Skin

 

Hi Debbie,

As you get older, your skin changes and the early signs of skin aging begin to appear. At early 40s, your skin starts to lose its youthful elasticity and tone and becomes less firm than it was.

You may notice fine lines and wrinkles around your forehead, eyes and mouth area; dry skin patches may also be visible because your body produces less sebum or natural skin oil (outermost protective layer of the epidermis), making you more vulnerable to environmental stresses such as pollution, sun and damaging free radicals.

In addition, changes in hormone levels also occur in preparation for menopause that usually begins in the late 40s. Reduced estrogen (oestrogen) levels can cause collagen production to drop, which in turn negatively affect the thickness and suppleness of your skin. As a result, your once-radiant, gorgeously moist supple skin becomes dull and lifeless, thinner and drier.

Therefore, what worked amazingly well for you in your 20s and 30s may no longer work for you now. You should stop using skincare products formulated for oily skin as they may contain harsh ingredients or alcohol that can dry your skin out even more.

 

What Drugstore Skincare Products Works for Mature Aging Skin

There are quite a number of good drugstore skin care products that are great for dry skin type, and I particularly recommend Cetaphil and Cera Ve.

Try Cera Ve Hydrating Cleanser. It gently cleanses without irritating the skin while at the same time, helps prevent moisture loss through evaporation and keep the right balance of moisture in your skin. Cera Ve products are fragrance-free, and noncomedogenic (won't cause pimples or acne by clogging pores).

Alternatively, use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. A non-irritating formula that effectively removes surface oils, grime, dirt and makeup without leaving your skin feeling tight or overly dry. Like Cera Ve, Cetaphil is dermatologist recommended and gentle for everyday use and will also work for people with skin problems such as eczema, and psoriasis.

As for moisturizers, I would suggest you use L'Oreal Plenitude Revitalift Face & Neck Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Cream to plump up skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on mature skin.

I am also fond of nature oils for skin care and sometimes apply virgin coconut oil, avocado oil or almond oil on my face as a part of my overall skin care routine to rejuvenate dry skin.

Almond oil is especially good for mature aging skin as it boasts a plethora of excellent skin enhancing properties that will help revive lackluster skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation. In addition, almond oil is a rich source of Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which is widely known to nourish, soften and provide immediate moisture to dry skin.

Almond oil is not overly greasy and does not clog pores. The best part, almond oil is reasonably priced.

You only need a few drops of almond oil to treat dry facial skin. Simply apply and gently massage into your clean face until absorbed.

That said, you will also benefit from the natural goodness of these oils – wheatgerm oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, or kukui nut oil. They all moisturize dry mature skin and keep it smooth and supple. However, make sure you do a small skin patch test to rule out any possible allergies before using any essential oil.

 

 

How to Use Almond Oil for Skin Care

1. Use almond oil to remove eye makeup. As a bonus, almond oil will also make your eyelashes to grow longer and thicker.

 

2. Lightly massage 1-2 drops almond oil on eye area to get rid of dark eye circles. Or, add a bit of pure honey to reduce puffy eyes.

 

3. Combine almond oil with brown sugar, and you get a deep moisturizing face scrub that gently slough off dead skin cells to reveal brighter, smoother face complexion.

 

4. Alternatively, add a pinch of salt, sandalwood powder, and turmeric powder to 1 tablespoon almond oil.  Use this homemade exfoliant and gently scrub your face using circular motion for 1-2 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

 

5. Before going out in a cold, dry weather, dab a few drops almond oil on lips to protect your pucker from cracking.

 

6. Make a paste with almond oil, lemon juice and honey. Spread it on your face, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off. Your face complexion will look more luminous and refined instantly.

 

7. To make a super hydrating body lotion for dry skin, mix ¼ cup each of rosewater and glycerin in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons witch hazel and 1 tablespoon almond oil. Stir well. Generously apply all over your body after a shower to keep your skin luxuriously smooth and soft.

 

8. If your hands get really dry and cracked in cold weather, try this homemade rich hand cream recipe.  Melt ¼ cup beeswax and ½ cup coconut oil over a double boiler . Add ½ cup almond oil along with ¼ cup rosewater, and heat until well mixed. Transfer to a clean container and leave it to cool and solidify.

 

9. Embarrassed by dark elbows and knees? You can brighten and whiten darkened skin by rubbing these areas regularly with almond oil. Almond oil will also fade away acne scars, stretch marks and age spots.

 

10. Almond oil makes makes an excellent mosquito repellent that can be used on your body. When combined with a few drops of lavender oil, it helps soothe itching from bug bites such as mosquito, spider, and bed bugs. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

 

 

By Tiffany Moore

 

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