Remedies for dry skin need to go much further than oily lotions and creams.
Winter brings with it low temperatures and pristine white snow but what’s a rose without thorns? Dry skin is winter’s greatest con, and covering oneself from head to toe to hide the white patches isn’t a cure. Alternatively, chances are that you live with dry skin all through the year.
Whether you belong to the former category or the latter, these simple remedies for dry skin will benefit you!
Btw, you could maximise these benefits by understanding your skin better. Spare 2 minutes and tell us about your lifestyle and environmental factors. We will then give you a list of natural ingredients that your skin would love!
Why Must Caring for Dry Skin Be Different?
The water content level in the skin’s surface layers ranges from about 10% to 30%. Anything below this results in dry skin. Dry skin, in turn, results in breaking of the skin, flaking, scaling, itching, and in some cases, bleeding.
Of course, low humidity and cold weather play a major role in stealing moisture away. However, in reality, dry skin is the result of a lot more reasons than just the environment.
The Most Common Causes and Remedies for Dry Skin
Here’s a list of the top causes and related cures for dry skin:
Taking a Really Hot Bath
Ah! Doesn’t it feel heavenly when hot water hits your back? However, our skin doesn’t deal with steaming hot water too well. A hot bath dries up the natural oil produced by our skin and strips it off of essential nutrients.
So, ask yourself this - five minutes of feeling good, or the dewy skin you’ve always dreamt of?
Solution: Use lukewarm water to bathe and limit your shower time to 5-7 minutes.
Rubbing Your Skin Too Hard
Remember, your skin is not a lamp, and no genie is coming out of it. Always go gentle on yourself, especially if your skin type is dry and flaky.
Solution: Instead of rubbing your skin vigorously, gently pat it dry.
If you have dry skin, do not choose water-based products for your skin. Water-based moisturisers and serums can escalate dryness.
Solution: Always pick oil-based skincare products to inject moisture into your skin. You could also try our personalised serums - just the product you need for maximised hydration.
While drinking lots of water is one of the easiest and most effective remedies for dry skin, we often fail to do justice to it. Your throat might not be asking for water, but your skin always is.
Lack of hydration from inside out is one of the leading causes of dry skin.
Solution: Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day for healthy and glowing skin.
Stay Away from Alcohol
Just like drinking alcohol dehydrates your body, wearing alcohol dehydrates your skin. Don’t use skincare products that contain alcohol, unless absolutely necessary.
Solution: Instead of alcohol-based products (and artificial fragrances), choose clean beauty products.
Lack of Exfoliation
Exfoliation rids the skin of dead skin cells, and brings fresh, glowy skin to the surface. The dead skin cells prevent moisturisers and lotions from penetrating the skin and nourishing it.
Solution: For best results, use a chemical exfoliant once a week. However, do not forget to complement this with daily usage of sunscreen.
Washing your Face or Hands Too Often
We are all in for hygiene and cleanliness, but repeatedly washing your skin (especially with a soap) can leave it dry. Harsh soaps rip the skin off essential moisture and trigger dryness.
Solution: Always keep a moisturiser on you. Top up your freshly washed hands and face with the moisturiser, to prevent dehydration.
Air Conditioners, Heaters and Blowers
Although these technological inventions are some of the best ever, you must know of the implications they have on your skin. Air conditioners and heaters are said to suck out humidity from the air and disturb your skin’s moisture levels.
Solution: Consider installing a humidifier in the room to bring the moisture back in the air, and back in the skin.
You could read more about the environmental factors that affect the skin here.
This was all about lifestyle changes and skincare routine alterations that will help fight dry skin woes. Now, some say that the kitchen is the best pharmacy for the skin. So, let's check out some amazing homemade cures that our grandparents turned to in times of need.
Remedies for Dry Skin that Can Be Devised in the Kitchen
Here’s a list of DIY cures for dry, flaky skin that can be found lying around your kitchen:
The most commonly found ingredient in cosmetic products is something that can do wonders overnight. Extract the gel from a freshly cut aloe vera leaf and apply it directly to your face. Be it a 20-minute mask or an overnight mask, the effect will be profound.
What’s cool is that it can be used as often as required, without having to look over your shoulder for pesky side effects.
The Swiss army knife of homemade remedies; coconut oil solves dryness, patches, scars, and what not! It acts as a natural emollient that locks moisture inside your skin. Once again, the lack of side effects means that one can use it as frequently as required.
In place of coconut oil, you could also try some jojoba oil, mustard oil or olive oil.
Olive oil makes for an excellent exfoliator. Simply mix half a cup of brown sugar with a tablespoon of olive oil, and say hello to clean skin.
Need an exfoliator and a moisturiser? The most common berry is the answer to your query. A face pack with crushed strawberry and half a tablespoon of coconut oil will do the trick!
Apply glycerine to dry areas of your body, such as feet, hands, elbows and cover it up with socks and gloves. Leave it overnight. You’ll start feeling the difference in less than a week.
Mix one mashed avocado with a tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your face to get creamy radiant skin! Avocado being rich in vitamins A, C and E will surely help bring the glow back to your skin.
So, that’s what’s on our list of quick, economical, and easy remedies for dry skin.
If you want to fix your dry skin for once and all, you can tell our skin experts about your skin problems, environmental details and lifestyle choices. They will formulate a product for your skin to give it all the ingredients that it needs! Take a free skin test now!