Home Remedies For Dry Skin

Home Remedies For Dry Skin

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  1. Dry skin can be unpleasant. Not only does the itching and flaking cause discomfort but scales and redness can often be downright unsightly. Dry skin, or xerosis, is caused when the moisturizing layer of the skin gets dried out. Lipid layers protect the skin from exposure to drying elements—harsh soaps, itchy clothing, hot showers, humidity, and malnutrition.

    If the skin isn’t properly protected, cracks and sores can lead to pain, tenderness, and even infection.

    CAUSES OF DRY SKIN

    Before we can properly equip you to combat dry, itchy skin, we should examine a few of the common causes.

    Dry Air: This is most common during winter months, when chilly winds deplete the skin of moisture. Try using a humidifier and covering up exposed skin.

    Hot Water: Used to those long, steamy, relaxing showers? Chances are this practice is drying out your skin. Don’t shower longer than a few minutes and use lukewarm rather than hot water.

    Harsh Soaps: The worst soaps heavily lather and dry out skin. Rather than removing simply dirt, many soaps remove necessary moisture from the top layer of our skin. Opt for “fragrance-free” soaps, which tend to be a little more forgiving on the skin.

    Medicines: Certain medicines, like those for high blood pressure, allergies, and skin conditions such as acne, can cause dry skin as a side effect. If you suspect your new medication may be the cause of your dry skin, talk to you doctor. He or she may recommend a new medication or a lower dose.

    Sun Exposure: Too much exposure to the sun can dry out your skin, or have more damaging consequences. Use sun block and try to avoid excessive direct sunlight.

    HOME REMEDIES

    Now that you know a few causes of dry skin, you can directly change the source of your xerosis. And if that doesn’t help, here are a few home remedies that should clear you right up.

    Baking Soda/ Cornstarch: Adding either of these household items to your bath can be helpful when treating dry skin. To use baking soda, add a cup of it to a tub of lukewarm water. If you prefer cornstarch, you can try sprinkling in just a handful. Soak in either solution for about half an hour to relieve itchy skin.

    Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a great way to moisturize your skin. Combine 1 cup of oatmeal, 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup of baking soda in a blender or mix until you have a smooth paste. Mix the paste into your bath.

    An alternative solution is to mix an egg yolk and oatmeal. Apply the solution to wherever skin is dry, and then wash it off after about 15 minutes.

    You can also try cooked oatmeal and honey. Again, just apply the solution to the affected areas then rinse after 15-20 minutes.

    Avocado: Cut up about half of an avocado and mash it in a bowl. Spread the cool mixture onto dry skin. After about 15 minutes, remove it with a cool rag.

    Salt: Massage a handful of salt onto wet skin after a shower or bath. It will remove dry skin and make your skin smooth.

    Almond or Grapeseed Oil: While any oils are good for dry skin, both almond and grapeseed oil are especially effective at penetrating dry skin cells. Apply to dry skin about twice a day for results.

    Honey: Try mixing an egg yolk with two teaspoons of yogurt and honey respectively. Rub it on dry areas, wait until the mixture dries, then wash it off.

    You can also mix honey in cold milk for a similar mixture.

    Vaseline: For particularly dry skin, try applying Vaseline to the affected areas at night, after a lukewarm bath, and just before bed. Make sure skin is damp when you apply it.

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