I've been LFRV since 7th of october 2011. There have been few weeks now in the winter when i have had brown rice or potatoes for 1 meal of the day (for example 2 cookes rice meals in a week).
I have always had dry skin. Oh lets start with the fact that i live in estonia. At the moment we have -13C(8.6F) and they are promising -20C by the end of the week. Oh...
Soooo i have always had dry skin, but the last few years its been getting worse and worse. And winters are worse than summer. (The heating in winter makes the air indoors really dry aswell.) But this winter, my first raw winter, it is just unbearable!
The skin is all itchi(very very very itchi, like "i could scratch forever" itchi) and breaks easy and i have this uncomfortable feeling. Lips are dry and rough. And i use to control it with some moisturizers from the pharmacy etc. But now i don't want to use them anymore, so i'm using raw coconut oil, but it does not seem to be working. It just makes the dry skin oily, but the skin underneath the oli layer is still dry...do you get what i mean?
I'm drinking lots of water. I'm not eating fatty foods much. I eat like one avocado in 2 weeks. Should i eat more for the skin to get better? Has anyone had the same problems? Can it be worse because i'm quite new in lfrw lifestyle and body is just going through changes?
Hope you can help me.
I moisturise the second i turn off the shower. I apply the oil on wet skin.
But ill try the brushing! Thanks!
Hey, has anything changed since then? I'm having the same problem as you. Did increasing good fats make any difference?
I love hot showers.... but ok then. I'll end it.
I don't use soap anymore. Just brush and water.
How much water? I would say 3 liters a day during winter months at least. If I go less I get dry too. I swear I don't use any moisterizers anymore but a bit of shea butter on my lips if I've been out in the cold a lot. I used to have really dry skin too and eczema bad. And I live in the north, too. Exercise seems to help too. And stress relief is important, at least with me. Also cold rinse after a hot shower or bath. It's not so bad if you take a nice long hot shower, then rinse with cold water as long as you can take it. Hope you find relief soon.
I say if you're dry, add water.
It's the hot showers doing it and the dry air. You should buy an air humidifier! They really have helped me :) I live in cold weather too (it's 10 degrees outside) and I've done experiments, when I take very quick warm showers, my skin is a lot more moist.
Sweating is the best remedy for me and all of the people I talked to about dry skin, especially in the winter in the North. I do hot yoga every morning, sweating pretty much the whole 90 minutes, keeps my skin absolutely soft and smooth, not oily, not dry, just perfect.
You can set up your own hot yoga studio in your bathroom, by steaming it up from a hot shower, then get a recording MP3 of the class and do it every day. Within 2 weeks you'll see major improvement.
Or better yet, find a studio nearby, where you can do it every day. The trick is to be consistent, not just 2-3 times a week. I suppose sweat lodges, or saunas are the same, but because you don't stay there long enough (you can't), it may not work the same way.
Our sweat is a great soothing balm against dryness.
Oh, one more tip: shower before your class, afterwards, just towel down, or a super quick rinse if you feel you need to (I never do).
Are you also very cold all the time! If yes, wonder if your thyroid is off
Eating fat doesn't really help that much...at least for me.
It hinders blood circulation to a certain degree, and you probably don't want that.
It's not just you, everyone else probably has dry skin in that condition too.
But instead of lotion, you can just use avocado, any healthy, cruelty-free alternative.
Coconut oil doesn't really work for me either. My grandmother seems to like it.
Oily moisturizers are perhaps best for older people. For the meantime, are there any healthfood stores
around you that you can get a good lotion? Or better yet, any cheap avocados?
Also, your skin will get drier if not eating enough calories, but you seem to be doing okay.
Good luck! p.s. I already find SoCal winters bad enough...can't imagine what it's like in Estonia.
I have the same problem with dry skin, started with limiting my fats. HFRV Aug 2011 and went LFRV around Jan. Nothing seems to work for me either. Didn't think of the thyroid, would that cause it, and how would you find out if it is thyroid?