The Best 6 Home Remedies for Dry Skin
There are many everyday problems that can make you have dry skin. The weather, for one. As we nearer winter, the days are starting to get colder, and the heating is being turned on in our homes. So, when we come in from the cold outdoors, into our nice warm homes, this can leave the skin incredibly probe to dryness.
Unfortunately, so many of us do not take proper care of our skin either. But, when you consider that it is our largest organ, and on the average adult covers an area that is approximately 21 square feet, we really should be taking much better care of it than we are.
The good news is though that there are several natural ways that we can look after our skin. Although designed for those with dry skin, they are just effective ways of caring for the skin and can be followed by anyone.
Coconut oil is a great choice if you are looking for a natural, but effective emollient. They help to fill the spaces between the skin cells, which then create a smooth surface, so the saturated fatty acids that occur naturally in the coconut oil are really effective at hydrating and smoothing the skin.
The best thing is that coconut oil can be used daily all over the body, including sensitive areas, such as under the eyes and around the mouth. Many oils are more effective when they are mixed with a carrier oil or another ingredient, but coconut oil can be used directly onto the skin and is gentle enough to be used every day.
Avoid hot showers
Although most people love nothing more than stepping into a really hot shower on a cold day, it really is not very good for your skin at all, as hot water will completely dry out your skin. So, even if you have normal skin, having too many hot showers will eventually mean that it will become dry.
Instead, choose to have a lukewarm shower, which will actually warm you up more effectively as well, and if you choose to use a soap or a shower gel, make sure that it is natural, so you do not dry your skin out even more.
Oatmeal is used to treat a number of different skin condition, such as eczema, or sunburn, but it is also commonly used to treat dry and irritated skin. A recent study has shown that despite this being a very old and dated remedy, it is one that really works. Read up on our home remedies for eczema here.
Oatmeal is absolutely packed full of antioxidants and has great anti-inflammatory properties, that are really effective at soothing any irritation and dryness that you might be experiencing. It is really effective though if you are experiencing any itching with your dryness; however, be sure to use a moisturiser after you have taken your oatmeal bath in order to lock this moisture in and build up a barrier.
You can easily take an oatmeal bath at home too. Simply blend some oatmeal in a food processor until it is a fine powder, before stirring it into some warm, not hot water, before getting in and relaxing in it, letting the oats get to work.
Make sure you are getting enough antioxidants and omega-3
Dry skin simply means that it is being exposed to elements that are damaging the skin cells faster than your body can actually repair them. However; by eating the right things and stocking up on antioxidants and omega-3 studies suggest that you can make your skin appear much healthier.
Look for foods that are really high in antioxidants, as this can help to minimise any damage from toxins, as well as help your body to make healthy skin cells. Foods that are really packed full of antioxidants and can help the health of your skin include; blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, beans, peas, and lentils.
On top of this, food that is particularly rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fresh salmon, will all contribute to a glowing skin diet.
Use gloves when doing housework
One of the most common ways for the skin to become dry is through direct contact with environmental irritants, causing your hands to be one of the worst affected areas. This includes anything from washing up liquid to laundry detergent.
If you can, get into the habit of wearing gloves you know that your hands are going to be in the water. Make sure you take precautions as well if you work outside when the temperatures begin to drop. Invest in a pair of insulated gloves when you are outside as well as wearing gloves when you carry out household chores, as this can reduce the irritated and dry skin that you might be experiencing.
Avoid allergens and irritants
Following on nicely from the one above, it is not just environmental irritants that can cause problems for your skin either, and if you have suddenly developed dry skin after you have started doing something, or wearing something different, it can actually be connected to what you have exposed your skin too, or the clothes that you are wearing.
They are often things that you do without thinking, and more importantly without knowing what an effect they can actually have on your skin as well, such as sitting by the fireplace, spending time in swimming pools, or any water that is chlorinated or chemically treated, or wearing wool clothing for example.
Consider what you are putting your skin through on a daily basis, and take appropriate measures to treat your skin gently.