Get Rid of Dry Skin Naturally

Dry skin can be itchy, scaly and painfully cracked. It’s often worse in the winter when everyone runs their heaters drying out the air in their house. Smooth, soft, silky skin becomes rough like sand paper and heels begin to crack, sometimes cracking deeply enough to draw blood. We lose moisture in our skin for a lot of reasons. Age tends to make our bodies produce less oil which decreases the moisture barrier holding moisture beneath our skin. Sun damage harms the skins ability to do this as well. Low humidity makes it hard for skin to pull moisture from the air, and too much water simply rolls right off and doesn’t get a chance to stick with us all while pulling away that important moisture barrier. Plus, when we clean the chemicals in most cleaning agents quickly dry out skin and cause cracking and lines in fingers, hands and cuticles. Preventing dry skin naturally during the year is a crucial step in keeping your skin healthy. Then you can use natural home remedies for dry skin when the cold weather comes in and draws all your moisture out.

How do I prevent Dry Skin ?

  • Avoid hot water. It strips the skin of it’s natural oil barrier.
  • Take short showers, no more than 5-10 minutes long.
  • Pat, don’t rub, skin dry after a shower.
  • Moisturize frequent, especially after a bath or shower.
  • Avoid cleansers that are full of fragrances or harsh antibacterials.
  • Shave after you bathe and always with shaving cream or gel.
  • Avoid sun damage.
  • Wear gloves when doing housework to prevent drying chemicals like bleach from ruining your skin.
  • Keep your home humid.
  • Avoid alcohol. It just drains all your moisture.

What are the symptoms of  Dry Skin ?

  • Tightness, especially after showering or bathing
  • Rough skin
  • Itching
  • Flaking
  • Scaling
  • Peeling
  • Lines
  • Cracks
  • Gray, ashy colored skin
  • Redness
  • Deep, bleeding cracks

How Do I get rid of  Dry Skin ?

  • Use soaps with ceramides. These are the same molecules that help to build the barrier on your skin. Synthetic ceramides like those found in gentle cleansers and lotions help to rebuild those lost through aging and sun damage.
  • Use olive oil on any super dry patches of skin. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse away.
  • Make a gentle scrub out of olive oil, lemon and salt. It will invigorate the skin, gently cleanse and abrade, and moisturize.
  • Honey softens skin. Add it to patches that are hard and dry and your skin will soften up significantly.
  • Coconut oil is something of a wonder oil. Use it like lotion, just rub it into your hands, onto your skin or wherever you have problem areas.
  • Aloe gel will help to seal, protect and heal dry and damaged skin.
  • Relieve the itching of dry skin by mixing four tablespoons baking soda to a quart of water and gently sponge over the aggravated skin. Or mix a cup into a tub of warm water and soak for 30 minutes.
  • Cornstarch can be used in place of baking soda in a bath to help ease itch as well.
  • Oatmeal is packed with Vitamin E. Wash your hands with it instead of soap, then dry your hands with a towel and re-moisturize with a handful of dry oatmeal.
  • Make a face mask of pumpkin puree, banana, yogurt and pumpkin seed butter. It is full of Vitamin A which helps reverse sun damage, Vitamin C which improves collagen, and Zinc which adds brightness.
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