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Dry skin doesn’t need winter to lose moisture. Unfortunately, it is dry 24×7, 365 days a year. Even after using bottles and bottles of those heavy-duty moisturizers, if the result hasn’t changed much, then you know what there got to be a problem! That’s because rather than trusting those cosmetic brands, you should trust home remedies for dry skin, and go all natural.
You know why going natural is the best way to treat your skin? That’s because there are almost zero chances of side-effects and without a doubt, all these hacks are pocket-friendly too.
But hey, do you know why exactly your skin is all dry and flaky? Of course, the skin loses its moisture content with age, but there is a proper science to it.
Come let’s ask a dermatologist what’s making your skin so dry.
According to renowned dermatologist and aesthetic medicine physician and founder director of ILAMED, Dr Ajay Rana, dry skin is a feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, bathing, or swimming. It is often temporary but in rare circumstances, it may be a lifelong condition.
The appearance of dry skin depends on age, health and many other factors such as weather. Skin tends to be the driest in winter, when temperatures and humidity levels decrease suddenly.
Central heating, wood-burning stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces, all of these reduce humidity and make your skin more dry. Taking long, hot showers or baths is also a big cause.
Use of harsh soaps, detergents and shampoos strip moisture from your skin, as they are formulated to remove oil. People with skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis are prone to dry skin.
“Skin dryness can make the skin look rough, cause itching (pruritus) and slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling, fine lines or cracks, gray, ashy skin, redness, deep cracks that may bleed,” says Dr Rana.
Coconut oil has several health benefits. This oil has emollient properties and works well for dry skin. Emollients hydrate the skin and make it smooth by filling up the gap between the skin cells.
Rose water soothes and moisturises skin, while balancing pH levels, making it a perfect choice for dry skin. When the skin gets dry and itchy, try dabbing a bit of rose water to gently soothe the area to minimise irritation and moisturise your skin.
Petroleum jelly is also known as mineral oil, and it has been used on the skin for many years. It forms a protective layer on the skin and traps the moisture underneath. It is very helpful to heal dry and patchy skin.
Papaya is known for high moisturising benefits, and also brightens the skin. This enzyme-rich food is packed with nutrients that are essential to keep your skin healthy, nourished and glowing. It can also help to soothe sunburn and inflammation as well.
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which is very good for dry skin. Add some oatmeal powder to your bath or you can also try creams that contain oatmeal to get some relief from dry and itchy skin.
Rice water is one of the best natural skin ingredients to treat dry skin. It balances the pH levels of the skin and helps retain moisture, while brightening skin, removing dullness, moisturising, and fighting signs of ageing. It can be used as a skin toner for your face and body, which will help soothe and moisturise dry and itchy skin.
Sunflower seed oil is another natural oil that helps skin to retain its moisture. Sunflower seed is rich in vitamin E that traps moisture inside the skin cells, and keeps it hydrated for a long time. The oil also prevents several diseases such as asthma, arthritis and triggers the cell renewal process as well.
Honey is an ideal choice to treat dry skin. It has numerous vitamins, antioxidants as well as antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. You can apply it as a face mask and rinse with lukewarm water.
Homemade avocado masks are the best to nourish and revitalize your skin. Mash the pulp of avocado in a bowl and mix a teaspoon of olive oil and honey to it. Apply the mixture on your face, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash it off.
The skin loses its moisture easily and that can cause itchiness, scaly skin, skin tightness, dry patches, dry rashes, and irritation. Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is a skin condition that lacks moisture. The skin in this condition is very irritable and if left untreated, can cause infection.
That’s why, it is crucial to take care of your skin in the cold months. But it’s always necessary to use these remedies in a proper manner, after consulting your dermatologist. But for normal skin, use these remedies twice a week.
So ladies, it’s time to get, set, and GLOW with these natural skincare tips for dry skin!