Dry skin is a cosmetic and comfort issue. Natural remedies for dry skin include various oils, apple cider vinegar and proper hydration. Home treatments can reduce the dryness and improve the overall health of the skin.
Dry Skin Causes
- Exposure to Chemicals
- Dry Air
- Frequent Hand Washing
- Overuse of Hand Sanitizers
- Hot Showers
- Skin Disorders
Dry Skin Solutions
1. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
Adding one cup of raw apple cider vinegar to a bath can improve the pH of the skin and help relieve dry skin. If only one area of skin is dry, make a solution of apple cider vinegar and water. (Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a cup of water.) and use a cotton ball to apply the solution to the dry skin area once or twice a day.
2. Castor Oil
Castor oil has a luxurious feel. It has historically been used in cosmetics, including lipstick. If castor oil is used before bed as a moisturizer it will usually all be absorbed by morning, leaving the skin baby soft.
3. Coconut Oil
Some enjoy the feel and smell of coconut oil on the skin. Others find it actually dries out the skin. If coconut oil seems to dry the skin when used topically, try adding it to the diet instead.
4. Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil, high in vitamin E, is healing and soothing to the skin. Massage the oil into the skin as desired. Some find it is more easily absorbed into the skin than other oils.
5. Coffee Scrub
Coffee grounds make a great exfoliator for the skin. Gently massaging coffee grounds into the skin will remove dead skin cells. Simply use the leftover grounds from a morning cup of coffee. It is not recommended to use grounds that have not been used as they will be too harsh.
Using coffee grounds in the shower makes them easy to rinse off. In theory, coffee grounds should go easily down the drain. However, coffee does contain oil and depending on the size and condition of drain pipes, rinsing them down the drain may not be a good idea, at least on a regular basis. A fine mesh strainer could be used in the drain of the tub to keep most of the grounds from entering the pipes.
Honey is an amazing natural product that provides moisture and nutrients to the skin. It can reduce bacteria and inflammation as well. Massage a small amount of honey into the face, hands or wherever the skin is dry. Honey is sometimes used instead of soap on the face.
Ideally chose a raw and local honey. Health food stores and farmers markets are the best places to get quality, local honey.
Glycerin is a humectant. The purpose of a humectant is to keep them moist. Glycerin can be purchased in pharmacies.
Lanolin, removed from sheep fleece after a sheep is shorn, is thick, rich and healing. A little goes a very long way to healing dry skin. It is also excellent for cracked skin.
9. Dietary Changes
Chronic low grade dehydration is a common cause of dry skin and other heath problems. Drinking plenty of water or herbal tea each day provides the skin cells (and all of the body’s cells) with adequate fluids. Consider what happens to a piece of fruit if it dehydrates. It begins to wrinkle! Staying well hydrated can help with dry skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well!
Low fat diets can contribute to dry skin. Include quality oils in the diet. Coconut oil, olive oil and sesame oil are each excellent oils to promote health of the skin and the entire body. High fat foods like avocados and nuts can also provide fat and nutrition needed by the skin.
10. Environmental Changes
- Wear a hat when out in the sun.
- Use a humidifier in the house if the air is dry.
- Use natural cleaning products. Harsh cleaning chemicals can wreak havoc on the skin.
- Wear rubber gloves while doing the dishes.
- Avoid long hot showers.
If natural remedies are not working to heal dry skin, or if dry skin is accompanied by other health issues, consult a medical professional. An underlying health issue could be causing the skin problem. Solving a hidden health concern may improve more than just dry skin!
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