Winters and dry skin seem to be intrinsically linked. Come winters, and everybody seems to be suffering from dry skin. People with normal to oily skin also complaint about itchiness and flakiness on their skin while people with dry skin seem to bear the wrath most.
While applying lotions and moisturizers help but that does not give long lasting results. Your skin gets so thirsty that every few hours it demands for more and more lotions. A better way to address the problem of dry skin is to start treating it with natural means and ways. Natural remedies are light on pocket and can lead to long lasting results. Here are top 10 natural ways to get rid of dry skin.
Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Dry Skin
1. Drink 8 Glasses Of Water Daily
It may seem like a cliché but the cheapest and yet most effective potion for dry skin is the most easily available item called water. 80% of human body is made up of water and drinking adequate water ensures well hydrated cells of the body, resulting in well hydrated skin and hair. If plain water does not entice you then go ahead and include clear soups, juice, lemon water, coconut water, buttermilk, etc. under your daily quota of water.
Water helps in eliminating toxins from the body and keeps our skin young and fresh looking. Do not minimize your water intake during winters. We tend to avoid drinking water during winters because we apparently do not feel thirsty but our body constantly needs water to replenish the amount lost through urine, sweating and other bio- chemical processes. Drinking lukewarm water throughout the day during winters ensures proper hydration.
2. Use Olive Oil
Olive oil is one natural moisturizer which has been used in mediterranean cultures since long for cosmetic uses. Olive oil has healing and regenerative powers and helps in healing your skin. You can use olive oil in many ways. Give your body a pre-bath massage with warm olive oil. Let it soak in your skin for sometime before rinsing it off. Another effective remedy for dry skin is scrub made from olive oil.
A scrub helps in sloughing off dead skin cells, giving way for better absorption of lotion or creams. If you have dry and sensitive skin then olive oil based scrub can be your best friend. Take 4 tablespoons of olive oil and add two table spoons of sea salt into it. Mix well and massage gently as scrub on your face and body. Soon, you will find dewy soft skin devoid of dryness.
Honey is another gift from nature for people suffering from dry skin. Honey helps in restoring moisture levels in the skin by sucking moisture from the air. Take a tablespoon of honey and mix it with few drops of lemon juice.
Shake well and apply on clean face, elbows, knees and other dry areas of your body. Wash off after 20 minutes. Regular use can bring very good results.
4. Milk Cream
A very effective natural remedy for dry skin is your very humble milk cream. You may not like to eat milk cream because of its high fat content but you will be glad to know that the same fat found in the milk cream can make your skin plump and moist and can banish dryness and dullness.
Mix a few drops of lemon juice to milk cream and massage on your body or face. Wash off with lukewarm water after sometime. Do not use soap on body. You may wash your face with a mild cleanser because sometimes milk cream can cause pimples, if left unwashed on face.
5. Eat Omega Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids like omega -3 fatty acids and omega -6 fatty acids are highly essential for your body and can be procured only from foods we eat since our body does not produce them.
EFAs are building blocks of healthy cells of body and help in natural oil production in the body. People who do not eat enough EFAs suffer from dry and dull skin. You can get these healthy polyunsaturated fats from walnuts, flaxseeds, walnut oil, fish like salmon, mackerel, soy, canola oil, etc.
6. Use Aloe Vera For Banishing Dryness
If you have an aloe vera plant at home then start using its gel on your face for quick results. Cut a 5 inch long piece from aloe vera plant and extract its gel. This transparent gel has restorative and healing properties. Apply this gel on your dry face or other body parts by gently massaging. Leave for some time and then wash off with plain water.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a relatively cheap and easily available commodity in Indian stores. If you can lay your hands on extra virgin coconut oil then I can guarantee you well hydrated and moist skin forever. If not, then commonly found coconut oil will also do but it may not be as effective. Warm some coconut oil and massage your body with this oil before taking bath. While bathing, just use a soft washcloth for cleaning your body. Do not use soap. It will leave your skin well hydrated and plump.
8. Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is a great natural remedy for dry skin and hair. Since it is warm in nature, it should be best used in winters. In Ayurvedic tradition, sesame oil has been regarded best oil for dry skin and hair. It is hydrating and yet does not feel greasy. Apart from using warm sesame oil as massage oil, it can also be used as an emollient in your in body lotion.
An emollient is a substance which helps in soothing dry skin, you will often find this word on the bottle of expensive body lotions. Mix a few tablespoons in your favorite fragrance free lotion. Shake well the bottle before use otherwise it may form the top layer and may not mix well. Use this mixture on your damp skin, immediately after taking bath. This formula works wonder for me and my very dry skin does not feel itchy and dry even during deadliest winters.
9. Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are good for our overall health and for our skin. Breathing exercises ensure proper functioning of all body organs and help us in relieving stress. Stress free and well nourished skin is healthy skin and shows up in the form of glowing face. Regular exercising will yield good results in a couple of months.
10. Use Tepid Water For Bathing
Another effective and cheap remedy to banish dry skin is to use tepid water for bathing. Though hot water bath feel like God’s blessing during winters, but the irony is that it strips off natural oils from your skin and make it dry from within. Keep the duration of your bath short and always use tepid water for maintaining natural oils balance of your skin.