The cooler temperatures are here and it’s just a matter of time when the indoor heat comes on. Why not plan ahead this year and have an arsenal of home remedies to treat dry skin? Keep reading today’s guest post by Sravanthi Reddy for reasons why our skin dries out and ways to naturally moisturize it.
What causes dry skin?
During the winter months, we all worry about dry and flaky skin. The dry and cold winter air sucks the life out of our otherwise smooth, silky skin. A genetic predisposition, climatic conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and aging are some of the other factors that lead to dryness of the skin. This is not a disease but a condition mainly brought about as a result of external factors.
Nevertheless, it is a highly frustrating problem that we all have to face up to at some point or the other.
Tips to prevent dry skin
You may have the same skin care routine to follow all through the year but things may not work out so well when the humidity levels start to drop. If you don’t change your skin care regime here, the dry air will make the fine lines and wrinkles on your skin highly prominent. Dry skin is usually flaky and itchy, and tends to crack up. You may also experience bleeding!
In order to tackle the issue of dry skin and prevent it from showing up yet again, here are some suggestions from dermatologists that you can follow.
1. Do not allow your showers and baths to worsen the dry skin condition. If your skin is dry and you are taking a bath or are in the shower, make sure you take these precautions:
- Keep your bathroom door closed (I’m sure everyone does, dry skin or not!)
- Limit the amount of time you spend in the shower. Five to ten minutes should be ideal
- Opt for warm water and not piping hot water
- Use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to wash yourself
- You should use cleanser in sufficient amount to remove oil and dirt. Do not use it to such an extent that a thick lather is produced
- With a towel, blot your skin gently to dry
- As soon as you have dried your skin, apply the moisturizer
2. Use a moisturizer as soon as you have washed: Lotions, creams, ointments, and all other forms of moisturizers help in trapping the existing moisture content of your skin. Within minutes of washing your hands or face and drying up, apply the moisturizer so that the much-needed moisture does not escape.
3. Make use of a cream or ointment rather than a lotion: Creams and ointments are far less irritating and way more effective as compared to lotions. Try getting hold of an ointment or cream that has a content of oils such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter works equally well. Among other ingredients that help in soothing dry skin are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, glycerin, dimethicone, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid.
4. Wear a lip balm: Use a lip balm that feels good on your lips. A number of healing lip balms actually causes more irritation than soothe them. If you have a tingly or stinging sensation on your lips after applying the balm, switch to one that won’t lead to such irritation.
Home remedies to treat your dry skin condition
Where there is a will there is a way, goes an old saying. Such is also the case with dry skin conditions where you can make use of a number of home remedies to treat this problem.
Olive Oil face pack: Take some amount of honey, brown sugar, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil in a bowl. Whip up this mixture to create a moderately thick mask. Apply a thin layer of this mix on your face as an effective home remedy for tackling dry skin.
A mix of castor and olive oil: Take one part of castor oil and three parts of olive oil, and mix together thoroughly. Warm the oils beforehand in order to get more effective results. Apply this oil mixture on your face and leave for some time. Then take a warm towel or wash cloth and place over your face. Leave it on till all the oil gets soaked out of your skin.
Gram Flour (Besan): Take one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of turmeric, and a couple of tablespoons of besan. Add a little milk and few drops of lime. Apply this pack on your face, allow the mixture to dry, and then use warm water to rinse it off.
Face pack with mustard oil, turmeric powder, and wheat flour: Take four tablespoon of wheat flour, one teaspoon of mustard oil, and half-a-teaspoon of turmeric powder. Add water and mix together to form a paste. Apply this paste on your face while taking care to avoid the area around your eyes. Leave the mixture on for ten minutes and allow it to dry, after which scrub with your palms to remove this dried mask off your face. Stay this way for thirty minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water.
Honey and milk natural face pack: Take two teaspoon of milk and two tablespoon of honey, and mix them well together. Apply this mixture on your neck and face while ensuring that it does not touch your eyes. Leave on for twenty minutes and use lukewarm water to wash it off.
Your skin requires as much care as any other part of your body. Follow these remedies and bid an eternal goodbye to the troubles of a dry skin!
About the Author
Sravanthi Reddy is a nature enthusiast and a fighter by nature. I love to go for long walks and try own home remedies for health and skin conditions at home. She also loves to write.
Do you have a natural dry skin home remedy that works for you?