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NATURAL DIY DRY- SKIN REMEDIES
Your kitchen may hold the secret to achieving healthy, vibrant skin.
Olive Oil Cleanser to Soothe Dry Skin
A great natural oil to use is olive oil, which works as a natural cleanser and moisturiser. Just rub the oil into your skin and drape a warm, damp cloth over your face until it cools. Then wipe away the excess oil. Olive oil is a good choice as a cleanser because it won’t strip your skin’s natural oils, but it will clean your skin.
Rich, Creamy Avocado Mask
Creating a homemade mask of avocado is another natural way to soothe dry skin. Puree half an avocado and mix it with a teaspoon of olive oil; you can also add a tablespoon of honey for very dry skin. Apply the mask to your face, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash it off. Your skin should feel moisturised, but you can double up on the hydrating effects by applying your regular moisturiser as well.
Natural Olive Oil and Sugar Scrub
Create a naturally moisturising exfoliating scrub using a combination of olive oil and sugar. Combine half cup of sugar with two tbsp of olive oil. If you want, you can also add an essential oil like lavender, which adds a natural fragrance and can promote relaxation. Gently rub the scrub into your skin, and then wash it off. Last, use a soothing moisturiser to lock in the benefits of freshly exfoliated skin.
Oatmeal Soak to Calm Your Skin
Adding a cup of oatmeal to a warm bath can naturally rehydrate dry skin. The oat product itself is soothing and it helps your skin retain moisture from the bath water.
Homemade Oatmeal Honey Mask
Oatmeal also makes a great exfoliator or mask. Mix two tbsp of oats with a tablespoon of honey and a dash of water. Warm up the mixture, then rub it into your skin. You can use it just to exfoliate and wash it off right away, or leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes as a soothing, hydrating mask.
Coconut Oil Before Bedtime
Coconut oil becomes solid at room temperature, so use it as a moisturising cream at bedtime. For chapped heels and hands, apply the oil then layer with thick socks or nonlatex gloves.
Add Oil to Your Bath
Natural oils are great for moisturising the skin and helping to recreate the natural skin barrier, which is often damaged by frequent hand and face washing with water and drying soaps that strip the skin if its natural protective oils. Aside from olive oil or coconut oil, you can test out other natural oils that are free from irritants, including jojoba, argan, and avocado oils. To use, add a few tablespoons of the desired oil under running bathwater. You can also apply a small amount to your skin post-shower to keep is soft and moist.
Milk Compress for Irritated Skin
Milk has natural anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains lactic acid, a mild, natural exfoliant. Use these compresses for your skin for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. It’s especially helpful for irritated skin that’s itchy, too. Lactic acid can sting cracked skin, though, so use with caution.
Fruit Enzyme Cleanser
Fruit enzymes can be lifesavers during dry-skin season. These alpha-hydroxy acids are great for gently exfoliating the superficial layer of dulling dead skin cells on the face and body. Use a fruit enzyme infused wash or mask twice per week. Some good fruit enzymes to look for include pineapple, pumpkin, and papaya.
Aloe Vera for Dry, Irritated Skin
While often thought of as a remedy for sunburn relief, aloe vera gel can be helpful any month. It works by alleviating redness and irritation related to excess dryness, and it can even decrease signs of aging, as well as acne breakouts. However some people can develop allergic contact dermatitis to aloe, so you may want to perform a patch test first before applying it to a large area of skin.