Having dry skin can be uncomfortable due to its leathery texture and the itching it causes. Having its patch on the face can be still more discerning for obvious reasons. It looks different and exhibits cracks and wrinkles that mar your appearance.
Fortunately, it is not a serious condition and can be treated with local applications, oral medications, and lifestyle corrections.
However, there are natural remedies that are also effective and work well. You can try them at home and get good results.
There are several causes why you could develop dry skin patches. To treat and prevent a recurrence you should address the cause if you are associated with a particular one. You could do it following certain tips at home.
Effective natural remedies for dry skin
Dry skin is not a serious disease and involves only the topmost layer of the skin called stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of the skin epidermis. You can effectively cure this skin condition by natural means along with the use of herbal remedies.
These include DIY tips, using the most suitable soaps and natural moisturizers, creams, and lotions for your skin dryness and certain foods that you should incorporate in your diet to strengthen your skin from within.
Tips for dry skin
- Bathe with cold or lukewarm water (not hot). Do not use hot water as it washes away the natural oils, which protect your skin. Bathe only as much is necessary. Do not shower for an unnecessarily long time (maximum 15 minutes). This will help preserve the natural oil in the skin.
- Do not shower too often. Once or twice a day is good enough.
- Do not dry your skin by rubbing it with a towel. Do it gently. Patting the body with a soft fabric towel will be ideal.
- Avoid using deodorants and detergents, as they are harsh.
- Drink plenty of water every day. About 12 to 15 glasses would be great. The benefits of drinking water are immense not just for skin but for the whole body.
- You could also use bathing oils every day. Bath oils are added to the warm water in the bathtub. Various types of bathing oils are available. The warm water in the tub opens the pores of the skin allowing the oil to be absorbed into the skin. This helps to nourish and smoothen the skin and eliminate dry skin patches. You should add about 30 milliliters to each bath.
- Use a humidifier when the weather is dry. You could get a portable one or attach one to your forced air system or furnace. Do keep the humidifier clean. Keep the thermostat of the furnace at 68 to 75F.
- You should apply cool compresses over the itchy dry areas of your skin.
- Soft early morning sunlight is fine but avoid exposure to harsh sunlight of late mornings and afternoons.
Soaps and moisturizers
- Do not use harsh soaps for bathing. Use mild soaps like Dove, Basis, Oil of Olay or Neutrogena. You could also use mild cleansers like Cetaphil or Aveeno. Using these types of soaps or cleansers will help in removing the skin dryness.
- Use moisturizers that are thick and greasy. Do not use products that contain alcohol. Apply the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin after a bath when your skin is still damp.
- There are certain clothes, which can cause itching. Avoid such clothes (for example clothes made of wool) and use clothes made of natural fabric such as cotton or silk. Use natural detergents without perfume or dyes to wash your clothes as these can irritate your skin and worsen the condition.
Natural herbal lotions and creams
- Using a skin mask of Aloe vera lotion or Cocoa butter lotion will be good for dry skin after a shower and before going outdoors especially during the cold season. This is good to obtain relief from symptoms of dry skin.
- Applying honey on the dry skin area will help to remove the dead skin cells and encourage new skin cell formation.
- Apply mashed banana over the dry skin area and keep for about 20 minutes till it dries completely. Wash it with lukewarm water.
- After a bath, pat your skin dry with a soft fabric towel. Apply Aloe vera gel on the affected part to get the curative effect. Do it every day until you get the desired result.
Foods that improve your skin dryness
Dry skin develops because of a deficiency in the secretion of sebum from the sebaceous glands. Sebum is the body’s natural oil, which moisturizes and protects the skin. You can use moisturizers and other external means to cure your dry skin but to bring about the glow on your skin and restore your skin texture, the cure has to come from within.
This can come about if you practice good eating habits that benefit your skin and fight your skin dryness.
What you should eat
- Milk and fruits: Milk, apples, tomatoes, grapes, citrus fruits, and blackberries are good to have a soft skin These fruits contain alpha-hydroxy acids, which slough the dead cells on the surface of the skin and thus encourage the formation of new cells. Make it a regular habit to consume these foods in plenty. This will be good to clear up your dry skin.
- Omega-3 fatty acids and skin. Eating fish like salmon, tuna, and halibut is good for the dry skin as it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which hydrate and nourish the skin. The deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids is known to cause dry skin.
- Vegetables: Sweet potatoes contain vitamin A, which is essential for skin repair and beta-carotene, which protects your skin from the winter dryness. Carrots and pumpkin are a good source of beta-carotene and lutein, found in kale, papaya and spinach are powerful antioxidants, which prevent your skin from damage. Spinach contains minerals like iron and the skin-responsive vitamins E, A, and C, which help in the process of skin repair.
- Nuts and seeds: Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids that play a key role from within in giving you healthy skin and helps to prevent its dryness
Oils that soothen dry skin
Massage your face or body with almond oil or olive oil every night. Keep overnight and wash off in the morning. Massaging with grape seed oil is also good. In severe cases, avocado oil or castor oil proves beneficial in curing dry skin.