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Home Remedies For Dry Skin

Posted by : Ashwini Waghmare

On : 15 January 2016

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What is dry skin?

Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis

The epidermis is normally composed of fat (lipid) and protein. The lipid portion of the epidermis helps prevent skin dehydration. When the skin's fatty oils are removed, the skin loses its protection and loses moisture more easily. As skin becomes dry, it also may become more sensitive and prone to rashes and skin breakdown. This condition is sometimes referred to as xerosis. Dry skin may be an entirely invisible skin condition, or may cause a fine dry powder-like appearance of the skin. Untreated, dry skin may become irritated and result in a red rash (xerodermatitis).

Causes for Dry Skin

  • over-washing with harsh soaps
  • overuse of sanitizers and cleaning agents (alcohol)
  • using extremely hot or chlorinated water
  • exposure to sun and pollution
  • cold temperature
  • low humidity
  • aging
  • genetics
  • personal history of other medical conditions like atopic dermatitis.

Home Remedies

  1. Jojoba Oil Therapy

Jojoba oil has the ability to penetrate deep down the skin, sealing the moisture in the tissues. By having the ability to keep moisture in the skin, it improves the elasticity of dry skin, helping it to be kept hydrated not only on its surface.

  • Soak the washcloth in warm water and place it over your face.
  • Keep the washcloth on for five to seven minutes, and then remove it.
  • Massage the jojoba oil into your skin using gentle, circular motion.
  • Keep at it for about 10 minutes.
  • Let the oil soak in, and then wipe off the excess oil with the washcloth.
    Do this once or twice a week.

      2.  Olive oil massage

 Olive oil is loaded with skin loving nutrients and is a natural humectant that actually helps attract moisture to your dry skin.       

  • Mix the lavender and olive oils.
  • Massage the concoction into your skin, and wipe off the excess oil with a washcloth.
  • Alternatively, you may use a small amount of it as a leave-in moisturizer.

Combination of lavender and olive oil is good moisturiser and can be used daily.

       3. Honey Revitalising Balm

Honey is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture. It's also an anti-irritant, making it suitable for a number of sensitive skin issues.

  • Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  • Remove from heat and add the olive oil and honey to it.
  • Mix well so that all the ingredients are combined.
  • Pour into a sterilized jar before it solidifies.

This can be used daily if yor skin needs extra fortification.

       4. Oatmeal Moisturizing Mask

Oatmeal does not only kick start your day as a mouthwatering, healthy breakfast, it has a lot to offer your skin as well. The grainy texture of oats makes it a wonderful natural scrub.

  • Warm up the milk in a saucepan.
  • Place the oatmeal in a bowl, and add the milk to it.
  • Wait for a few minutes before adding the honey to the mixture.
  • Apply the face mask. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.

This can be done once or twice a week.

       5. Rejuvenating Avocado and Honey Pack

Avocado is a natural way to nurture your skin. Avocados benefit your            skin not only when you eat them, but also when applied topically they prevent dry skin. Avocados are packed with essential nutrients that soothe and moisturize parched skin.Avocados have abundant amounts of vitamins and nutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, vitamin B6, C, E and K, potassium, zinc, selenium and folate.

  • Mash the avocado and place it in a bowl. Make sure that there are no large lumps present.
  • Add the honey to the avocado and mix till the consistency is smooth.
  • Apply the pack on your face, and keep it on for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.

This can be done once or twice a week.

       6.   Coconut and Banana Mask

Coconut oil is really good for treating dry skin. It has a good amount of fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin.

  • Mash the banana using the back of a spoon.
  • Stir in the coconut oil to make a smooth paste.
  • Apply the face mask and keep it on for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water.
    Do this once or twice a week.

      7.  Gentle Yogurt Scrub

Yogurt is an excellent skin-hydrating agent. Plus, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry and itchy skin. Also, its lactic acid content helps get rid of any germs or bacteria that may cause dryness or itchiness.

  • Add the yogurt to the honey, and stir till they are combined.
  • Add the granulated sugar to it.
  • Apply the scrub all over your face, and massage in gentle circular motions for a few minutes.
  • Keep the scrub on for five minutes, and then rinse it with cold water.
    This scrub should be used once a week.

      8.    Almond Oil Moisturizer

Almond oil is packed with antioxidants, high in vitamins E, A, D and B, contains protein, essential minerals and healthy fats as well. It is also rich in oleic and linoleic acids. Due to its high nutrient-contents, this oil is used as a skin care product.

  • Transfer the almond oil into a sterilized glass bottle.
  • Add the geranium essential oil and shake the bottle to combine.
  • Use this mixture in place of your moisturizer.
    Use this oil as a part of your daily routine.

 

These are the few easy to follow home remedies for dry skin in winter.

Happy winters!

 

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