Updated: Nov 17
Dry skin or xerosis is a condition when there is a lack of moisture in your skin. Your skin becomes very irritable, and it can cause infection if left untreated. Nowadays, it has become nearly impossible to have smooth and soft skin. The causes of dry skin include:
Daily bathing with hot showers
Scrubbing yourself dry with a towel
Lack of natural oils in your skin
Take care of your skin, especially in cold months. However, you don't need to go a dermatologist every time you face dry skin problem; follow these home remedies mentioned below:
1. Petroleum jelly
Petroleum jelly or mineral oil is a well-known healing method for dry skin. It creates a protective layer on the skin and keeps the moisture underneath, making it a helpful treatment to heal patchy and dry skin.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil has many health benefits. It has emollient properties and helps dry skin a lot. The emollients properties in coconut oil make the skin smooth and keep it hydrated. Coconut Oil does this by filling up the gaps in the skin cells. So, before you go to sleep, take a few drops of coconut oil and apply it on your skin and get smooth skin in the morning.
3. Sugar Scrub and Olive Oil
You can exfoliate your skin with olive oil and sugar scrub to eliminate all of the dead cells. It will rejuvenate your skin, keep it smooth, and protect it from sun damage. So, mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil with a half teaspoon of sugar. Slowly and gently rub it on your skin and then wash it clean.
4. Oatmeal baths
A folk remedy for irritated skin. There is a reason why grandmothers and great-grandmothers have been suggesting oatmeal for centuries to remedy skin problems.
According to research, colloidal oatmeal consists of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, which soothe irritation on the skin. So, after you take an oatmeal bath, make sure you use a moisturizer to lock the effects.
Take an oatmeal bath at home by using a food processor to chop oatmeal down to fine powder mix it with warm water, or you can use readymade oatmeal soaks.
Honey will always be an ideal choice to smooth out dry skin. Honey contains antioxidants, many vitamins, and also has antibacterial properties. You can directly apply it on your skin, or use it as a face mask; to wash the honey off, use lukewarm water. It can also be used with oatmeal to treat dry skin.
6. Avocado Mask
Avocado masks are the best for revitalizing and nourishing your skin, especially those made at home. So take a bowl, mash the pulp of avocado and mix a teaspoon of honey and olive oil. Apply it on your face and keep it there for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off.
7. Antioxidants and omega-3s
Let's get a bit technical; there is a chance that your skin might be dry because of exposing it to elements that are damaging your skin cells. Your skin cells cannot repair themselves at the same speed in which the damage is happening. So what do you do about it?
Increase eating foods that are rich in antioxidants. It can reduce the damage from toxic elements and help your body make new healthy cells. Also, consume foods containing omega-3 fatty acids; it will contribute to glowing skin.
Milk is also a known ingredient for itchy and dry skin. It has lactic acid, which assists in exfoliating dead skin cells. Milk is also anti-inflammatory, helping your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated. For taking a milk bath, use lukewarm water, mix 1 to 3 gallons of milk, and soak in it for 15-20 minutes. However, if you don't wish to soak yourself in milk thoroughly, use a washcloth, dip it in milk and then keep on the affected area for 10 - 15 minutes and then wash it off.
Preserve your healthy skin as it is a defense against viruses and bacteria. Also, it is a sign of a healthy body. Itchy skin can cause infections, so add a moisturizer into your daily skin routine, even if your skin doesn't have visible problems. While going out in the sun, use a moisturizing sunscreen to prevent dryness and skin damage.
Use loose and cotton clothing; it will draw your sweat away and keep you from skin irritation. If your skin appears to be extremely dry, it could indicate a more severe condition; you should see a doctor in such a situation.
If you have any other skin related issues from which you want relief naturally, then consult a homeopathy doctor.