A home remedy for dry skin can be quite effective to ease you from the discomfort winter weather can cause.
Many individuals suffer with dry skin year round and are always seeking various treatments and cures to eliminate the roughness, chapping, tightness, lines and wrinkles.
Cold weather changes can also make a current problem worse.
Although the harshness of winter is the one main cause that increases the risk of dry winter skin problems, it can also be blamed on other factors such as low humidity, to many hot showers, harsh soaps or detergents, diseases such as eczema & psoriasis, genetics, and getting older.
Discover effective remedies for dry skin that will nourish and protect your skin in a healthy, inexpensive way.
Before moisturizing, it is essential to exfoliate all the dead cell buildup that accumulates on the surface of your skin. This treatment will prepare your skin to absorb anti aging products easier and add a fresh luster to your complexion.
Make an easy scrub of olive oil, or any other oil of your choice, with equal amount of sea salt. Apply the mixture and massage with moderate pressure to slowly slough off all the dead cells and encourage the formation of new tissue.
The one most important method you can do to prevent and treat dry skin is to moisturize daily with a cream-based moisturizer to increase water content. A heavier, richer moisturizer may be needed in the winter months when the air lacks humidity. Skin texture alone can be instantly improved with moisturizer and it also gives it a soft, moist, dewy look.
Look for oil-based lotions, and rich emollient oils such as glycerin, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, or olive oil to deeply moisturize your skin and help retain moisture longer.
Make moisturizing a habit - Apply frequently and liberally to lock and hold in moisture, especially after bathing.
Another very easy remedy is to enhance your bath experience!
Add one teaspoon of Olive oil, or Coconut oil to your running bath water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils (Lavender, Rose, Ylang-Ylang) for a relaxing “de-stress” treat.
Cleopatra’s Version - Add 1 C milk (liquid or powder.) A milk bath has exfoliating qualities and will soothe, nourish and smooth your skin. "Milk” has anti-inflammatory properties that often take the itch away.
Baking Soda or Cornstarch - Add 1 C to your bath water to help relieve itching and dryness.
* Remember- keep the water lukewarm- Hot water strips away skin's valuable oils. Loosing moisture will dry out your skin, often causing tightness and winter itch.
Do not use alcohol-based soaps. Look for moisturizing soaps with fat or oil in them.
The importance of water intake will help carry nutrients to the cells and flush toxins naturally out of the body.
Drinking large quantities of water can be tough, especially in the cold months. Try a few additional sources or substitutions such as herbal teas, juices, adding lemon or lime, or flavored waters.
Dry,rough hands? Wear gloves whenever you are in contact with water, harsh soaps, detergents/chemicals and winter cold.
Cotton spa gloves can also help give your hands an intensive night time hand treatment. Before bed cover you hands with Shea butter or a heavy hand cream and wear gloves overnight for moisture penetration.
Protect your skin from harsh winds and extreme cold spells by wearing a good sunscreen, SPF lip balm, sunglasses, ski face mask, hats, scarves, and gloves when going outdoors.
Remember – Don’t forget sun protection –The snow reflects the sun's rays.
Invest in a paraffin home bath unit for a luxurious home remedy.
Warm paraffin wax treatments are soothing and helpful in moisturizing dry skin and removing dull, dry surface cells. The heat also helps open pores and increase circulation to the skin. The therapeutic paraffin is not only nourishing, but leaves skin softened, and looking radiant.
Many varieties of wax are available. Some are scented with essential oils.
Adjusting the humidity in your home can help to prevent dryness.
Adding houseplants and using a humidifier in your home during winter will add moisture to the air. Central heating compounds the problem so turning the thermostat down can also counter-balance the drying effect.
Special attention should also be taken during the approach of the chilly months to improve diet, adding vitamins/minerals, and exercise.
A diet rich in omega-3s, and omega-6s are essential. Fish such as salmon, herring, and albacore tuna is high in omega-3. Flax seed oil, almonds, and walnuts, also contain omega-3 fatty acids. Include raw yellow and orange vegetables and fruits which are high in antioxidants. Limit your alcohol and caffeine.
Try adding a few supplements-Vitamin C, copper, and zinc help build collagen protein. Evening primrose oil and borage seed oil, which are high in omega-6s, help maintain moisture and improve elasticity.
Exercise improves your circulation and brings nutrients to the skin giving you that healthy natural glow.
Home Remedy For Dry Skin - Beauty Mask
Crisp weather is simply a recipe for dry, flaky, rough skin.
A facial mask is a perfect dry winter skin care treatment. Try this easy kitchen made beauty treatment recipe
Combine and mix the ingredients thoroughly together.
Apply the mixture to your face, neck and décolleté avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse well with lukewarm water.
*Plain yogurt, sour cream, mayonnaise, peanut butter, banana, papaya, avocado, apricots, lemon juice, rose water, milk powder, fruit juices, oatmeal, glycerin, and Vitamin E are a few other ingredients that can be substituted or combined in dry skin remedy recipes.