Don’t you just hate it when your skin is dry and itchy? If so, you don’t need to worry anymore. Dry skin is the most common skin problems yet, it can be soothed easily. It is the state that causes cracking, dry patches and small fine flakes on skin, itching being the common symptom. It mostly occurs during drier climates and colder winter. It can also be the consequence of other underlying medical conditions. Unlike other skin problems that requires expensive medical treatment, dry skin can be cured at home, using simple DIY remedies that have been proven to be effective.
But before we move on to the main article, let’s get to know a little more about the skin and why it goes dry.
The skin is made up of many layers. The topmost layer has a dead cell and underneath the layer lies a skin which consists of oil glands. There is also the fibrous protein called ‘keratin’ which gives the skin its framework and if this becomes dehydrated, then it makes the skin dry. This is also known as the ‘skin barrier’ which protects the skin from all the environmental hazards that could possibly happen to the skin.
Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin has many causes. Your skin can be dry due to genetic factor; having fewer oil glands. It can also be dry due to hormonal issues, thyroid, diabetes and skin condition called ‘Atopic Dermatitis’. If you are living in a very cold environment, you can have dry skin. Air conditioning and indoor heaters also dehydrate your skin. In addition, if you are scrubbing your skin too much with loafers, you are ripping off that protective layer leaving your skin dry and dehydrated.
Want to know how to soothe your annoying dry and itchy skin? Let’s get started.
Coconut oil works like a magic to soothe dry and itchy skin. It refines the skin hydration and expands the number of fats(lipids) on the surface of the skin. Coconut oil is considered as an excellent skin moisturizer. It melts into your skin once you apply it, without any residues. It easily drips into the skin pores, moisturizing deeply. The oil is easily available in your pantry, hence, it’s one of the cheapest and reliable home remedy. For effective results, wash your face with cold water and gently massage it with coconut oil. Repeat this process, 3-5 times a day.
Oatmeal provides relief to your dry and itchy skin as it contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Add powdered oatmeal to your bath or you can also use the creams having oatmeal to treat dry skin. It cleanses your skin deeply, making it soft and moist.
Sunflower oil is one of the excellent choices to hydrate your skin. It is widely used for the cosmetic purpose and is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. It supplies your skin with moisture and removes dead cells and impurities. This oil contains fatty acids and vitamins that automatically helps you get rid of the annoying dry and itchy skin.
Petroleum jelly is one of the main household remedies to soothe dry skin. As it is very gentle on the skin, it’s best home remedy for sensitive skin. In addition, it is safe and cheap. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends it as a dry skin soother for all areas of the body, from your lips to your hands to your feet. It can be used as often as you want.
Aloe vera is a boon to your skin. It helps to get rid of dead skin and soothes dry & damaged skin. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties which help to heal dry skin. You can also use the creams and gels that contain aloe vera. According to a study published in the February 2008 edition of “Skin Pharmacology and Physiology,” aloe vera has calming and anti-inflammatory effects on skin that has been sunburned, within 48 hours of topical application. This means it can also reduce redness, swelling and discomfort of dry skin.
Milk contains fat called ‘phospholipid’ which improves your skin barrier. All you need to do is drink more and more milk. For better result drink a glass of milk two times a day. Not only this, milk can be used as a natural moisturizer by applying it on skin. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of milk into a bowl, add a teaspoon full of honey and apply it on your face or the affected area for 5 minutes.
The moisturizing, anti-inflammatory and healing qualities of honey settles your skin. It is a humectant, which means it can draw moisture from the air to the skin and retains the moisture with in the layers, ensuring long lasting hydration. You can directly apply honey on your skin as it is safe and natural.
So what does all this mean? Dry skin is nothing to worry about. It can be cured easily in the home with the cheapest technique.