Dry Skin, Cracked Skin? Try this…

Dry, Dry, Dry…. That’s how my skin is starting to feel now that colder weather and indoor heat are dropping the humidity in the air.  The ends of my fingertips are especially prone to getting sandpaper rough and even developing small cracks.

One thing to do is to make sure that you’re drinking more water – and especially when you wake up in the morning.  I’ve been adding alkalizing and oxygenating “Cell Food” drops which are super refreshing to my first glass of the day.  Cell Food has 78minerals, 34 enzymes and 17 amino acids that are quickly absorbed to enhance energy and detoxification.

Cell Food

In addition to water we need good quality oils and fats in our diet to keep skin soft.  This is good time to up your intake of omega 3 oils from fish, flax, chia, walnuts and pastured meat and eggs.  If your skin is stressed I suggest adding a lesser known fatty acid – omega 7.  Omega 7 is found most abundantly in the pulp and seed of the beautiful orange fruit of Sea Buckthorn plant.  It’s available as capsules to take or in topical oils and creams.  I’ve seen some dramatic improvements in skin conditions from using the Sea Buckthorn consistently.

One of our co-workers swears by Petroleum as a homeopathic remedy, which is indicated specifically for skin cracking.  It comes in small beads that are tasty and melt under the tongue.  She buys a couple of tubes to last the whole winter.


Topically, there are several wonderful creams and balms to help hydrate and heal skin.  However, in order to penetrate the surface it’s important to exfoliate the skin.  I’ve become a big fan of salt and sugar scrubs.  These products are amazing rejuvenators made from a mixture of quality oils, salt or sugar and lovely scents (or scent free if you prefer).  Just a few minutes of gentle scrubbing on dry skin and then rinsing with warm water will leave a super smooth surface that soaks up any moisturizers much more effectively.

I use a body scrub on my hands twice a week and the rest of me once a week.  I follow up with daily use of rich body creams such as Weleda Skin Food.  If I need a little extra help for the tips of my fingers I’ll use Bodyceuticals Calendula Salve.


For people with extremely dry skin or problems such as eczema the Natralia line is very popular.  It is non-irritating and has been shown to increase hydration by 50%.

Finally, it’s important to use warm, not hot water when washing your hands so that you don’t strip the skin of its natural oils.

Susan Dunlap, CHC
Nutrition Information Specialist