Dry skin is a daily woe for most of us. Whether due to genetic factors or the winter weather where humidity plummets, dry skin is a condition that none of us are alien to. Everyone dreads the symptoms-when the skin becomes rough, itchy patches all over the body, and in extreme cases, even cracks on the skin! But fear not anymore! Here we give you a list of the top 10 tips for treating dry skin naturally at home:
Most people with dry skin tend to perpetuate a cycle of scratching and itching which makes the condition even worse. As such, the first step to treating dry skin naturally involves breaking this never-ending cycle. Milk, being anti-inflammatory in nature, serves the perfect ingredient for curing this. All you have to do is pour cold or refrigerated milk in a container like a bowl or a small vessel, immerse a washcloth in it completely and then apply that washcloth to your skin, especially on the dry patches. Do this for only five to seven minutes each time and you will see how soothing the process is. Besides, the lactic acid in plain milk is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) which makes it an agent of reducing wrinkles and prevention of the breakout of acne as well as skin eruptions.
Nearly every skin care remedy sees the use of honey in some way or the other and the treatment of dry skin is no exception. With its anti-bacterial, moisturising and anti-oxidising properties, honey is one of the best cures for any skin condition. In the case of dry skin, its humectant nature comes to the forefront. Before taking a bath or a shower, rub your entire body with plain honey and massage in circular motions as you apply it. Having done this, leave it on your body for around 5-10 minutes. Making this a daily ritual will help you achieve a well-moisturised skin surface and an even healthier skin beneath.
8. Coconut Oil:
The emphasis that our parents and grandparents often place on the use of coconut oil cannot be denied. It is easily available, can be easily applied and has varied utility which only adds to such emphasis. To treat dry skin, apply warm coconut oil all over the body at night, before sleeping. Then leave it overnight and wash it off only next morning. The result is soft, supple and smooth skin! You can also apply coconut oil over the body daily after a warm shower since then the pores absorb it more easily and readily. As such, it serves as a natural substitute for other chemical-filled moisturisers and expensive body butters.
7. Aloe Vera:
Blessed are those people who have an aloe vera plant at home because they need not look any further for their skin and hair issues. Very aptly called a magical plant, aloe vera has a variety of properties that can help treat dry skin. It is not only antiseptic and anti-fungal but also soothing and moisturising. The gel of an aloe vera plant can be obtained by splitting a leaf open using a knife. The required gel can then be scraped off from the interior of these leaves. Twice daily, you should apply this gel all over your body and wash it off with lukewarm water after twelve to fifteen minutes of application.
Yogurt does not come as a surprise to this list. Being a milk product replete with animal protein and nutrients like Vitamin B12, potassium, calcium and magnesium, its application prevents dry and itchy skin. To make use of it, fresh yogurt must be applied to the body and left for around ten to fifteen minutes. Thereafter, it must be washed off with plain water. This remedy removes dead skin cells, hydrates the dry patches and thus leaves the skin glowing like never before.
Oatmeal is not only a favourite breakfast option for most health-seeking individuals but also a major cure for dry skin. Avenanthramides, certain types of chemical present in oats, have anti-inflammatory properties and combat itchiness and redness. One may (or may not) grind the oatmeal and add it to the bath tub before taking a bath. Lavender oil may be added to the tub to make it a more refreshing and relaxing experience. Completely soak yourself in this bath for fifteen to thirty minutes. Do this once a week and you are ready to fight the devil that dry skin is!
Bananas are one of the easiest available options for treatment of dry and itchy skin because almost every household perpetually has a stock of bananas. All you require is half a ripe banana that must be mashed completely and then mixed with coconut oil to make a smooth, consistent paste. This mixture can be used as a face or skin mask and applied to the dry patches of the skin making sure to leave it for at least twenty minutes. Finally, it can be rinsed off with cold water. Using this mask around once or twice a week ensures a well-hydrated skin.
Though eggs are not a popular ingredient in terms of the smell and handling issues that they bring along, their nutritional properties more than offset this hindrance. To make a dry skin mask using eggs, only egg whites must be whisked till they are thickened. This must then be mixed with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of sunflower oil each. Smear this mixture onto your face or other dry areas of the body and leave it for about fifteen minutes. Post this, wash off these areas with slightly warm water and pat dry.
Doctors advise the consumption of cucumbers in the hot, dry weather because they hydrate the body without any unwanted calories. They refresh and cool the body merely by consumption. External application of a cucumber mask can ward off dry skin too. Chop the cucumbers into small pieces after removing the seeds. Now put these small pieces into a mixer-grinder along with two to three tablespoons of aloe vera. Once the mixture is smooth, apply it on the face and other dry patches for about half an hour. Finally, rinse it off with cold water.
Mangoes are a delight for both the taste-buds and skin alike. With a huge amount of Vitamin A required for hydrating and moisturising the skin, it also heals and rejuvenates the skin. Mango pulp must be separated from the skin before it is put into the mixer to make it mushy. Add a tablespoon of honey and a little bit of olive oil to achieve a smooth, consistent paste. Finally, apply this mask to your face and leave it for an hour, repeating this ritual around three to four times a week.
Having said so, it is important to note that results vary from person to person. As such, it is extremely important to use trial and error method to understand your own skin needs. By doing so, you can reach a reliable conclusion as to which remedy suits you the best. So fear your dry skin no more because with these easy to perform home remedies, well-hydrated and glowing skin is no longer a dream.