Dry skin may have advantages of its own but in many ways it can be quite a difficult ordeal to deal with. Dry skin gets tough to handle during the summers as well as winters and there are many skin conditions that can follow your extremely dry skin. So what do we do to keep our dry skin healthy.
A skin routine is a must for dry skin to keep it hale and healthy. Whether we apply oils or moisturizers, it is a must to constantly take care of our skin to keep it from getting more dried up when we have dry skin. What are the best home remedies for dry skin? How do we use them?
We have a list of 10 tried and tested natural remedies that can be great for dry skin no matter what the weather is. Make them a part of your skin routine and use it regularly to see your skin to great health.
What Are The Causes for Dry Skin?
For the most part, many people who have dry skin have it as a result of their genes. Their genetic make up is such that the skin can only produce limited amount of oils which oftentimes end up not being enough to keep the skin moisturized. Along with that, here are a few other causes that could be causing your skin to dry up.
Weather : Lack of enough humidity in the weather or living in tropical climate may cause your skin to get dried up. Winters can also cause a drying up of your skin, especially, the dry kind of winters.
The kind of water you use : Some kinds of hard water which you use for your bathing can cause your skin to dry up and eventually lead to a really dried up skin. Identifying this and using soft water or other sources of water than the ones you commonly use can be of help.
Using too much soap : If you have a habit of bathing with highly soapy bodywashes or soaps, they can lead to a drying up of your skin. You should use moisture-based washes and soaps fir this purpose.
Retinol : Some cosmetics we use have got Retinol in them and this is a compound that tends to dry up your skin. So we’d suggest that you check the presence of retinol in the next face cream or moisturizer that you buy.
Drinking less water : Along with all the repercussions that not drinking enough water can have on your health, one of them is that it causes a drying up of the skin. The only means to rectify this is to drink a lot of water all day and keep yourself hydrated.
Health problems : Some health issues such as thyroid related problems, improper diet and nutrition, diabetes can all have a drying up of the skin as a side-effect.
Along with these issues, there are many other reasons that could be causing the drying up of your skin such as some allergies and skin issues. In any case, the right care can definitely work.
10 Natural Remedies for Dealing with Dry Skin
Coconut oil for dry skin
A regular coconut oil massage is a great way to keep your skin from getting dry. It is filled with plenty of fatty acids which keep your skin oily and retain the oil that is necessary for it. However, we use the coconut oil remedy just before we bathe everyday so that the excess oil is washed off and the oil that can keep the skin moisturized enough through the day is left out.
Coconut oil is also very nourishing to the skin which makes it add a shine of its own to the skin on regular use. Here’s a simple means in which you can give yourself a coconut oil massage for dry skin.
- Take some coconut oil and heat it ever so slightly so that it is lukewarm.
- Apply it over your face and the rest of your body and give yourself a good massage for a while.
- Leave it on for some more time and then give yourself a bath with a moisturizing soap that doesn’t rid the oil off your skin completely.
Almond oil for dry skin
Much like coconut oil, almond oil is also a great pre-bath massage oil that can help moisturize your skin upon regular use. It is rich in Vitamin E and has got plenty of fatty acids which retain the oil, the moisture on the skin and keep it nourished and healthy.
You can use it along with coconut oil as well if you’d like to reap the benefits of both the oils on your skin. Here’s how you use it as a massage oil for dry skin.
- Take some almond oil and heat it so that it is lukewarm.
- Apply it all over your body and massage it so that it seeps deep into the skin.
- Leave it on for a while and then give yourself a bath.
- Make sure that the soap that you use doesn’t leave your skin very dry and moisturizes it.
Cream on milk for dry skin
Cream on milk not just happens to be one of the most used cooking additives but also can have plenty of benefits in healing the dryness of your skin. Although it is not oily, the cream tends to go deep down into your skin and stay there, moisturizing your skin all day.
However, you can also use it as a pre-bath moisturizer along with one of the oils that you use to massage. If you use it after bathing, use very little so that it doesn’t get sticky and yet, keeps your skin soft. Being au natural, the cream is very safe for use and can act as a natural body butter. Here’s how you use it before bathing, however.
- While it is still very soft, take this cream of milk and apply it over the dry parts of your skin.
- You can also use a mix of an oil and the cream.
- Massage it gently all over the body and leave it on for about half an hour.
- Give yourself a bath now with a moisturizing body wash and you can see that your skin is still soft post-bath.
Avocado paste and Olive oil for dry skin
Avocado may not in itself be an oily substance but the paste can help retain the moisture on the skin when applied. We use Olive oil here to keep the skin oily and retain the natural oils of the skin as well. Together, when used as a face mask, olive oil and avocado impart a sheen onto the skin because of all the many nutrients that they each have.
We show you how to make a face mask using avocado paste and olive oil, however, you may also use the mixture of these two elsewhere on the skin.
- Peel of avocadoes and make a fine paste of it.
- Add a few teaspoons of olive oil to it so that a mask which is consistent is formed.
- Apply it all over your face and leave it on.
- After 20 minutes or so, wipe it off and wash it off. You will notice that your skin stays moisturized and shiny long after the use of this mask.
Coconut milk and turmeric for dry skin
Although coconut milk isn’t an oily substance, it’s got pretty much all the substances that coconut oil has got. This means that you can use it with all the benefits sans the oiliness. This can hence be used any times and not just as a pre-bath routine.
Turmeric acts on the oil glands helping with their secretion of the oil along with showing amazing antiseptic properties as well. It mainly functions as a base for the mask here. Here’s how this duo can be used to combat excessive dryness of the skin.
- Take some turmeric and add enough coconut milk to make a paste.
- Apply it over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Wash it off once you are done and wash your face clean.
Shea butter for dry skin
Shea butter happens to be the base that is used in many moisturizers of late and hence using it directly can be of great help for keeping your skin moisturized. You can find natural and original shea butter in many stores. It can be a good source of moisture and nourishment to your skin.
Using shea butter:
Since shea butter is a moisturizer that does not leave the skin sticky or oily, we can use it post our daily bath. Apply the shea butter all over your body including your face before you dress. This can help keep your skin from getting very dry.
Honey for dry skin
Honey is one of those rare remedies that works for both oily as well as dry skin. Honey helps remove the excess oiliness from an oily skin while it also helps keep dry skin moisturized. Honey can hold water within it and hence is called a humectant. So when we apply it over our skin, it leaves the skin hydrated and healthy.
We can add some essential oil to honey so that the moisturizing properties of it are enhanced along with the addition of some other benefits of the essential oil. In this case, we use Lavender oil. Here’s how you make a simple face mask using these two.
- Take some honey and add a few drops of Lavender oil to it.
- Apply it all over your face and leave it on for about a half an hour.
- Wash it off and post that, wash your face.
Jojoba oil for dry skin
Jojoba oil is yet another one of the popularly used cosmetic oils that works great in keeping your skin from getting dry. Along with adding plenty of moisture and oil to the skin, it can nourish it as well with the Vitamin A and E that is plenty in it.
Jojoba oil can be used alone or in combination with other oils as a massage oil in the form of a pre-bath routine. We show you how you can use it alone.
- Get yourself some good quality Jojoba oil.
- Heat it slightly so that it is lukewarm.
- Apply this oil all over your skin and massage so that it reaches the deeper layers.
- Leave it on for a while before you bathe.
Yogurt and chamomile oil for dry skin
If you want a natural moisturizer that doesn’t leave your skin oily, yogurt is yet another go-to remedy that’s right in our kitchens. It is filled with a whole lot of fatty acids that can keep your skin moisturized, healthy and nourished.
A simple yogurt face mask that is used every day can get rid of dryness of skin over time and keep your skin shining. We add Chamomile essential oil to the yogurt here for its properties to soothe dry skin and bring about an increase in the natural oil production of the skin. A simple recipe with yogurt and chamomile oil that you can try out..,
- Take some yogurt and add a teaspoon of chamomile oil to it.
- Beat it well and apply this uniform mix of yogurt to your face.
- Leave it on for about half an hour.
- Wash it off with just some water and no soap
Banana for dry skin
Bananas are great fruits fro hydrating not just your body but your skin as well. A simple banana face mask that is used on a daily basis can keep your skin from getting dry. Without leaving your skin sticky or oily, banana supplies ample moisture to your skin.
Along with that, we know of all the nutrients that it is rich in which can make the skin very healthy and shiny. Here’s a simple banana face mask that you can use on your skin.
- Take some banana pulp and add a spoon of honey to it.
- Apply a uniform mixture of these two over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the mask once you are done and wash your face with just water (Without using any soap).
- This mask can be used every day as it is very safe for use.
When you use any of these remedies, if you notice any odd sensation in your skin such as burning or itching, you should stop the use of it and consult a physician or a skin specialist before you go on and use the remedy. Before you use any of these remedies, it is also a good idea to get a patch test done elsewhere on the body.
Additional Tips for Handling Dry Skin:
- The very first thing anyone with dry skin should do is drink a lot of water. It definitely helps to be hydrated from the inside and it can keep the skin from drying up from the inside.
- Give yourself a lot of oil massages, especially before you take a bath. This can eventually make your soft, smooth and healthy.
- After you bathe, make sure you use a moisturizer all over your body to keep it from drying up.
- Don’t use a soap or a body wash without a moisturizer to take care of your dry skin.
- Have a good nutritious diet planned out for yourself with the necessary amounts of fats and oils in it.
- Avoid going out in too much sun or when the weather is too dry without any humidity.
- When the weather is too dry, especially during dry winters, try and use a humidifier in your house to keep the air moisturized. This can help prevent your skin drying up too much during this time.
A little care goes a long way in taking care of your dry skin. It is extremely important that you do everything that is needed for the skin so that it doesn’t get too dry. Let us and our readers know how these remedies for dry skin have worked out for you!
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