10 Fabulous DIY tips on how to deal with dry skin
Dry skin is far from a serious medical condition, but it can be very irritating, and dry, flaky skin, does not look very attractive. Dry skin, which is called xerosis in the medical profession, is caused when moisture is lost in the upper layer of skin and a build-up of hard, dead skin forms on top. It can be caused by cold dry winds, over washing, or you could just be genetically prone to dry skin. In very bad cases of xerosis, the constant itchy feeling in the skin can be extremely annoying and the skin can crack, which can be quite painful. If you have dry skin, then you will need to take extra measures to protect and care for your skin. Here are ten fabulous DIY tips on how to deal with dry skin.
1. Cut back on your bathing regime
This may not be what you want to hear, but too much showering and bathing will make dry skin worse. Hot water and soap strip the body’s natural oil, sebum, from your skin, and if you bathe too often, your skin will never get the chance to replenish itself. If your dry skin is very severe, experts recommend that you only bathe once every seven days, but if that seems a bit too much for you, try bathing in cooler water and limit the time you stay in the bath or the shower.
2. Eat more raw fruit and vegetables
Another great tip on how to deal with dry skin is to eat the right kind of food. Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit will provide you with water, and vital minerals and vitamins that your skin needs to stay healthy; also eat foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as nuts, olive oil and avocados.
3. Protect your skin from the sun and the wind
Next important tip on how to deal with dry skin is to protect your skin from environmental conditions. Dry skin needs protecting from both the sun, in the summer and the cold winds in the winter. In the winter, wear gloves, a scarf and keep your skin covered when you go out and, in the summer, use sunblock and wear a hat to keep the sun off your face.
4. Get a humidifier for your home
Next great tip on how to deal with dry skin is to get a humidifier for your home. Central heating and air-conditioning will dry out the air in your home and that, in turn, will dry out your skin. Don’t have the heating too high in the winter and only use air-conditioning when you really need it. A humidifier in the home can be very useful, as it helps put the moisture back into the air.
4. Moisturise with coconut oil
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturiser for dry skin. It contains alpha linoleic acids and saturated fatty acids that will quickly rehydrate the skin and help soothe and repair dry and cracked skin surface.
5. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is another very simple solution to treat dry skin and it’s one of the best natural treatments for dry skin that there is. Simply coat the worst affected areas of skin with aloe vera gel and it will soothe the itching and replenish the moisture in the upper layer of skin.
6. Papaya and avocado paste
Next tip on how to deal with dry skin is to use a mixture of papaya and avocado; it will moisturise and nourish dry skin surface, and it will help to fade any scars on the skin too. To make a deep-moisturising paste, mash up one slice of papaya, one avocado and a banana (optionally, you can add some coconut oil to this face pack). Apply the paste to dry skin and leave it on for about fifteen minutes and it will soothe and hydrate the skin, making it softer and smoother.
7. Egg yolk and honey paste
Another popular home remedy for dry skin is egg yolk. To make an egg yolk nourishing face pack, mix the yolk of one egg with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of rosehip oil. Apply the paste to the face and leave it on for about fifteen minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water.
8. Banana Paste
Bananas on their own make a great treatment for dry skin too. Just mash up a ripe banana into a paste (alternatively you can add some sweet almond oil) and apply it on the dry skin, and the antioxidants, minerals and vitamins will nourish the skin and hydrate it. You can also rub the inside of a banana peel on your skin to relieve itching and reduce soreness.
9. Almond paste face pack
To re-hydrate and tone the skin at the same time, try this great home recipe for a beautifying face pack. Soak a handful of almonds in water overnight and then peel them and grind them into a paste. Add several drops of lemon juice, olive oil and a teaspoon of gram flour and mix the ingredients together. Apply to the face and leave it on for ten or fifteen minutes and then wash it off with warm water.
10. Fresh cream and turmeric
Here’s another great recipe for a DIY dry skin treatment. Mix a teaspoon of plain fresh cream with a few drops of lemon juice and a quarter teaspoon of turmeric. Massage the mixture into your skin for about five minutes and then leave it on for a further ten minutes and wash off. Your skin will love it!
Make sure you are not allergic to natural ingredients and test them before applying to your skin.
What are your favourite DIY tips on how to deal with dry skin?