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These 6 home remedies will help you fix your dry skin this winter

Your skin can become dry during the winter months but it’s nothing that these home remedies can’t fix.
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Yes, your skin can feel dry even in summer! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Published: 20 Nov 2020, 04:28 pm IST
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There might be multiple culprits behind your dry skin ranging from unhealthy eating habits to hot showers. All these different factors eventually cause dry skin and the winter season only makes things worse. The market might be flooded with products known for their moisturisation power but nothing matches the nourishing effects of home remedies.

The solution to dry skin can be found right in your kitchen cabinet! Not only are home remedies effective, but they’re also free of chemicals which means they are harmless! In addition, they’re pocket-friendly and ensure you can provide your skin with the right kind of nourishment without spending a bomb.

Here are 6 home remedies that hydrate dry skin and help you stay moisturised all winter long:

1. Coconut oil for removing makeup

Using a chemical-based makeup remover or a face-wash can strip your skin of its natural oil, resulting in dryness. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is absolutely natural and will treat dry skin. A study published in the journal Dermatitis found that coconut oil is extremely safe and effective for treating dry skin.

The same study found that coconut oil can significantly improve your skin’s hydration levels. So, it isn’t just effective in terms of removing makeup but can also moisturise your skin deeply.

Also, read: Dry versus dehydrated skin: How to know the difference and give your skin what it really needs

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Coconut oil is a big YES when it comes to dry skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Olive oil and sugar scrub

Scrubbing is important but when you have dry skin, choosing the right scrub is crucial. Choosing something harsh can make your skin dry and sensitive. So, making your own scrub using olive oil and sugar is a safe bet. Olive oil has natural moisturising properties and small granules of sugar can gently exfoliate your skin without stripping off the moisture.

3. Honey face mask

Honey has moisturising, healing and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal product for your dry skin. A study published in the journal AYU notes that honey can be beneficial for treating skin diseases. Since it is completely natural with nourishing properties, you can use it as a face mask.

4. Aloe vera toner

Aloe vera gel is very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. The cooling effects of aloe vera gel can relieve you from itchiness or any kind of irritation. So, you can use it as a toner, or a sleeping mask. A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control observed that applying aloe vera gel can help in providing relief from dry skin.

Try to use the natural gel from the aloe vera plant itself and apply a good amount of it. Leave it on for enhanced absorption.

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One single solution to all your skin problems! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Petroleum jelly sleep mask

Petroleum jelly is widely used for its moisturising properties all across India. It is a mineral oil that helps form a protective layer on your skin, thereby trapping the moisture. A study published in the International Journal of Older People Nursing found that after the participants used petroleum jelly, their skin barrier improved.

Use it as a sleeping mask every night before you sleep and wake up to hydrated skin!

6. Oatmeal bath

If your skin tends to get really dry, bathing with oatmeal can be a great remedy. Oatmeal has proven benefits to treat dry skin. A study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which can help you treat dry skin. So, add powdered oatmeal to your bath to get relief from dry and itchy skin!

Turns out, some of the most effective products that your skin requires can be found right at home!

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