Dry skin is one of the most frustrating and common skin problems that each of us face at some point. Pollution, harmful rays and constant weather changes wreak havoc on the skin and make the skin dry and sensitive. When skin becomes dehydrated, it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy.
Dry and flaky skin is a common complaint in the winter time. Cold, dry winter air sucks the life out of silky, smooth skin. Other factors that contribute to dry skin include aging, nutritional deficiencies, and a genetic predisposition.
There are many lotions and moisturizers on the market to combat dry skin. But most of them come with a big price tag. Natural home remedies are not only cheap, but also quite effective in nourishing and hydrating dry skin back to a healthy state.
Olive oil contains antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. Dab a thin layer of extra olive oil under your regular moisturizer about half an hour before taking a shower. Rub olive oil on your hands, legs and other area with dry skin and massage lightly. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
Take equal amounts of olive oil and brown sugar. Rub this homemade scrub on your dry skin using light circular motions for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
Milk cream helps exfoliate dry skin and an excellent moisturizer. Mix a few drops of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of milk and 2 teaspoon of milk cream. Rub it on your hands and legs. Leave it on for a while before you take a shower, do this once daily.
Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for 5-7 minutes. Gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Do it once in two days.
Honey is loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial and humectants properties. Rub honey all over your body and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before taking bath. Repeat it daily.
Yogurt has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry and itchy skin. Apply yogurt on your hands, face and legs and gently massaging it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then take bath. Do it once daily as yogurt will remove dry skin and leave your skin refreshed.
Coconut oil has good amounts of fatty acids that make up moisture from the skin. Apply warm coconut oil all over your body before going to sleep. Wash off in the morning, do this daily for best results.
Avocado and honey are good sources of sterolin and humectants to treat the misery brought on by having a dry skin. Apply a mask prepared by half a cup of honey with half a mashed avocado and leave the mixture for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with water.
Oatmeal is used to moisturize and relieve dry skin. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are good for the overall health of your skin. Pour one sup of plain oatmeal into your bathtub filled with warm water. Add few drops of lavender oil. Soak in the bath water for 15-30 minutes. Repeat it once a week.
Almond oil is a source of vitamin E and it is the best emollient and lubricator for scorched skin. Gently massage almond oil onto your face for 3-5 minutes and then leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Aloe vera has soothing, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. Cut and open a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze the gel out of it. Apply the gel on your dry skin. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat it twice a day.
Lemon juice and sugar
Lemon juice and sugar leaves your skin soft and glowing. With a circular massage of the skin with this beauty scrub, rough spots on the face become even. Mix a teaspoon of sugar and mix it with juice of half a lemon, use cotton balls to scrub all over the face. Put a jar of it on your nightstand and apply it regularly.