5 Natural Ways to Relieve Dry Skin
Dry skin is a type of skin that can be very difficult to deal with. It can often result in itchiness, redness, peeling, flaking, and might even cause eczema. Especially if you live in a cold or dry climate with little humidity and moisture, you will likely experience exacerbated dryness of the skin. Dry skin can be very painful and it requires some extra care to ensure you do not further damage the skin.
People with dry skin lack oil and lipids, not just on their faces but likely all over the body as well. Dry skin is genetic and depends very much on the oil glands in your skin. The skin all over the body has a dry and flaky look, and some other common issues you might see is a scaly appearance, white flakes of dry skin, some form of redness and irritation, and even other skin conditions like eczema. It can be especially irritating if it occurs on the face, as putting on makeup can be greatly affected by flaking, dry skin.
Thankfully, dry skin is not too difficult to treat, it just requires a bit of patience and choosing the right skincare products! In fact, you can treat and relieve dry skin with natural remedies without having to get over-the-counter and prescriptions from a dermatologist! These are much more cost-effective ways, and can even be more effective than medications and topical skin care products. Furthermore, natural remedies involve fewer chemicals and unfamiliar products. You are probably used to seeing long lines of weird-sounding chemical names on the ingredient lists of many skincare products. Often, they also have a lot of preservatives, which allows you to use the product for longer. There might also be some fragrance and alcohol that can incite allergies, or even cause the skin to get drier. It is hence a better idea for you to try out natural ingredients or products with very few ingredients.
Since dry skin is caused by a lack of oil or sebum in the skin, the way to remedy it is by using products that add oil and give moisture. Although sebum is commonly associated with causing acne, it is in fact a key component to keeping the skin moist and smooth! However, there are also many things that we do in our daily life that cause the oil to be stripped from the skin, such as over-washing our face or not moisturizing enough. This is how dry skin occurs. Thankfully, there is an abundance of natural ingredients that are chock-full of these wonderful moisturizing properties that can help alleviate the dryness!
Here are some of the best natural remedies for dry skin!
1. Exfoliate with a Sugar and Olive Oil Scrub
Sugar is one of the best natural exfoliators. It is a humectant, hence it draws moisture from the surrounding environment into the skin. The graininess of sugar also means it can polish away dead skin cells and build upon the top of the skin, which you may experience with dry, peeling skin. Scrubbing it away will remove the layers of dry, dead skin, and reveal newer, fresh layers underneath! Meanwhile, olive oil will deeply penetrate the skin to deliver moisture and keep the skin supple and fresh. Just mix half a cup of sugar with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, and apply the mixture to your face, rubbing it gently to exfoliate. You will see your skin begin to glow and look more refreshed!
2. Put on some coconut oil before bed
Coconut oil has lots of benefits as a moisturizer due to its being full of fatty acids like linoleic acid and lauric acid which enhance the skin’s lipid barrier to retain moisture. It is also a great emollient, meaning it will keep your skin smooth and soft. Be sure to get high-quality virgin cold-pressed coconut oil though, to ensure that there are no nasty preservatives in it. Coconut oil is best applied at night after the rest of your skincare so that it acts as a barrier to prevent all the moisture you applied from escaping. Furthermore, you can let the oil sink into your skin deeply and not worry about the oiliness if you were to wear it during the day. You’ll wake up with super fresh and soft skin!
3. Apply a milk compress if your skin if red and inflamed
If you suffer from inflammation incurred by dryness, try a milk compress! This might sound strange but hear us out. Milk has lactic acid, which is a gentle exfoliant, and also has vitamins A, D, K, and protein, making it a great hydrator. It additionally has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal, easy, and cheap natural way to alleviate sensitive and irritated skin! Soak a towel in some milk and hold it against your skin for five to ten minutes.
4. Make an avocado honey mask
Not only does this combination sound delicious, but it is also super moisturizing and hydrating! Avocados contain biotin, which is a B complex vitamin and great for preventing dry skin. Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that also make it ideal for nourishing your skin. Make a super creamy face mask by combining honey and avocado, mashing it up together, and slathering it on your face. You can also add some olive oil or coconut oil for some extra moisture. Leave it on for about 15 minutes then wash it off with a soft towel. You will feel your skin is now much softer and smoother.
5. Use aloe vera to soothe irritation and sensitive skin
Aloe vera is well-known for helping repair skin damaged by the sun due to its cooling and soothing effect. The tropical cactus has been used for years as a treatment for ailments and skin due to its healing and moisturizing properties. Aloe vera contains a compound called malic acid, which is excellent for improving the elasticity of the skin, directly combating the reduction in skin elasticity which is why wrinkles form. Get aloe vera gel directly from the plant and remove the gel to use. You can apply the gel directly on your face, or mix it with vitamin E oil for added moisturizing benefits.
Treating dry skin does not have to be hard or expensive! You probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen so give it a go! Do make sure to conduct a patch test first before you apply it to your skin though, just to make sure you are not allergic!