Dry and flaky skin is a common problem in the winter time. Cold, dry winter air sucks the life of silky, smooth skin. There are many lotions and moisturizers available on the market but with a big price tag. Natural home remedies are not only cheap but also quite effective in nourishing and hydrating dry skin back to a healthy state.
Here are top 6 home remedies for dry skin.
1) Use olive oil
Olive oil contains many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. It has a moisturizing property which nourishes your skin. Dab a thin layer of virgin olive oil under your regular moisturizer. Rub it on your hands, legs and other areas with dry skin before taking a bath for half an hour. Mix 2 tablespoon of olive oil, four tablespoons of fine brown sugar, and one tablespoon of honey, rub it on your dry skin for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
2) Use a weekly organic mask
There are several types of organic fruits such as bananas, papayas and avocados that can be used to create a mask to treat skin. Organic fruits are beneficial because they are grown without using chemicals. Bananas contain a variety of skin-supporting ingredients, including potassium and vitamin E to increase skin’s UV resistance. Papaya is useful due to high water, B-complex and vitamin C. Mix a very ripe banana, one avocado and an egg white into a paste, apply it on face, neck or other dry areas for 15 minutes and rinse off.
3) Use honey and milk
Milk has anti-inflammatory properties that help to get rid of dry skin. It helps lighten your complexion. Add a few drops of rose water to four tablespoons of milk, rub it on all over body, leave it for 10 minutes and wash your body with cold water. Follow it twice in a day. Honey is considered as one of the best natural moisturizers with antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Mix honey, olive oil and beeswax in equal quantity and apply it for 10 minutes all over your body, then take a shower. Repeat it daily or every other day.
4) Use oatmeal moisturizing mask
Oatmeal is one of the most effective home remedies for dry skin on the face. It also has antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties, which help you deal with the symptoms that dry skin causes. Take three tablespoon oatmeal, one teaspoon honey and 1/4 cup milk. Warm up milk in a saucepan, add oatmeal in it, wait for few minute and then add honey to the mixture. Apply the face mask, keep it for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Use this face mask once or twice a week.
5) Use yogurt
Yogurt is an excellent skin-hydrating agent. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe dry and itchy skin. Mix one-half cup of yogurt and three tablespoons of mashed papaya ,mix few drops of honey and lemon juice during stir. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Do this once a week.
6) Use coconut oil daily
Coconut oil is really good for treating dry skin; it has a good amount of fatty acids that makes up for any loss of moisture from the skin. Apply warm coconut oil all over your body before going to sleep, wash it off in the morning, repeat it daily to make your skin soft and smooth.