Most people experience dry skin at some point of their lives, even though it seems like women are primary worried by such a development. And they should be. Realistically, dry skin could indicate a much more serious condition underlying, but luckily in most cases dry skin is just transient and attributed to environmental and exposure factors.
Regardless, it may look unsightly, or make you look unclean as dry skin makes skin look white, ashy and lifeless. Not the radiant skin we have become accustomed to, and should appreciate time after time.
After reading this list of effective home remedies for dry skin, you will discover that managing or remedying the condition does not need to be expensive, and many times you can find suitable management options in your own home.
In no particular order, the best remedies for dry skin include;
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been used for centuries to help treat dry skin, simply because it works. Included in many popular topical products to manage the condition as well, coconut oil can best be described as an emollient or moisturizer, as it forms a protective barrier on skin and prevents moisture loss. It is best to apply mainly to areas of the body that suffer from dry skin the most, as the prevention of water loss will also block sweat from cooling the body. That could cause the body to overheat.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
If you want to have one plant around your home, aloe Vera would be a great investment. Used to soothe skin irritation, aloe Vera can also help relieve inflamed skin and moisturize dry, scaly patches of skin. Cut an aloe leaf and apply the gel generously over the skin; its water based nature allows the skin to breathe but still contains lipids that prevent excessive water loss. Aloe Vera also enhances production of collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that keep skin looking younger for years to come.
3. Olive Oil
Olive oil, like coconut oil, makes an excellent moisturizer and emollient as it helps prevent water loss via evaporation. In addition, olive oil contains many natural polyphenols and vitamins which can buffer the effects of UV radiation on the skin, offsetting damage that could precipitate dry skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties also soother scratching and can prevent breaks to the skin surface caused by scratching.
4. Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice is best applied shortly before a shower, as its high sugar content is less than ideal to leave on all day long. You can combine it with wither olive oil or honey as a vehicle so that it is easier to apply. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which helps to dissolve proteins into their constituent amino acids. In this case, it helps to remove the uppermost layer of scaly skin, leaving better hydrated skin exposed as the top layer. This is then ideal for applying your favorite emollient to subsequently safeguard the skin.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda makes an excellent natural exfoliant, especially suited for persons with tender skin that becomes easily irritated upon exposure to preserved and artificial products. To apply, mix into a thick paste and scrub the affected area for about 2 minutes. Then wash off. In addition to removing the dead skin layers, baking soda can also reduce bacterial colonies that may be fostering an immune response or worsening your dry skin.
Honey has been used for centuries to treat wounds of all types, but in this case honey works as a humectant. A humectant is a substance that holds water, in this case close to the surface of the skin where it is applied. Thus, honey masks, and honey skin applications work well to treat dry skin. Honey also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, protecting areas of the skin that may have been punctured as a result of scratching or from skin cracking.
Cucumber slices are well known in beauty circles for reducing dark spots around eyes or minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, but cucumber as a whole is also an excellent moisturizer and skin hydrator. You can either blend cucumber in a small amount of water and apply to the skin or soak overnight and then apply, but it works better when blended. Cucumbers are extremely hydrating, contain vitamin E and silica which promote elastin synthesis and offer anti-oxidant support.
Ground Ginger has numerous benefits on health when consumed, ranging from anti-inflammatory to pain relief and more, and can either be consumed or applied to the skin to help relieve skin dryness. Combined with honey or olive oil, ginger’s phytochemicals reduce oxidative damage on skin which may be causing excessive dryness, reduce inflammation of tender skin, and the honey also offers moisture to the skin to keep the cell membrane intact.
9. Sea Kelp Extract
When consumed, sea kelp is an absolute powerhouse, loaded with the rare mineral iodine and other micro minerals. When mixed with either aloe Vera, honey or water and applied to the skin, sea kelp helps moisturize thanks to then omega-3 fats it contains, as well as the amino acids that help improve the skin’s elasticity. Sea kelp also helps reflect UV rays and offset damage caused by the sun.
10. Slippery Elm Powder
This funny names tree is exceptionally good at helping treat dry skin, as it is able to form a gel when combined with water or aloe Vera. Slippery elm is what we would call “mucilaginous”, in that it thickens to a mucus consistency when mixed with water. This makes application ideal, as it will not evaporate rapidly, but will rather keep the skin well hydrated for a much longer period of time. Leave on for about 20 minutes, then wash off with cold water.
11. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is another excellent moisturizer that may be used alone or in conjunction with other oils to help manage dry skin. Jojoba oil is said to have a chemical structure closely related to sebum, and as such has properties that mimic this natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands. Jojoba oil also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, helps to soften skin and can help newer skin cells migrate to the surface to replace removed dry skin.
12. Watermelon Juice
Yes, as it turns out watermelon juice is good for much more than drinking, as it can improve the health of your skin. Watermelon by itself is primarily water, and contains many vitamins and minerals, but it is also rich ion the amino acid citrulline. Citrulline is converted in arginine and then subsequently nitric oxide, an important vasodilator. This compound improves blood flow to cells throughout the body, including the skin, and can help remedy dryness with a deeper cause such as impaired blood flow (extremely common in people that smoke).
13. Mashed Avocado
Avocadoes are one of the few fatty fruits on the planet, which are extremely beneficial to our health. in the case of dry skin, applying mashed avocado offers numerous fats, including fat soluble vitamins such as A and E that have established roles on the wellbeing of your skin. Leave on for at least 15 minutes before washing off with warm water to experience maximal benefit.