treat dry skin

Dry skin is a very common problem during winter. Dry skin can become flaky when not attended to it at the right time. When the weather is cold or dry, the air in the environment absorbs all the moisture in your skin. Dry skin can also be because of pollution, exposure to too much heat or cold, ageing, genetically passed on, deficiency, travel or even change in water. Dry skin can happen in your facial skin or in any part of the body.

When you see dry skin, you need to hydrate it or moisture it immediately. When not treated, it might lead to dermatitis.

There are plenty of lotions and creams available in the market to moisturize the skin. They do wonders, but they are full of chemicals. It may not do well in the long run. Hydrating your skin naturally will help you treat and maintain a moisturized soft skin.

Remedies to treat dry skin

Let’s see how to moisturize your skin naturally.

Oil massage

All essential oils have necessary fatty acids in them to moisturize and hydrate the skin. You can use any of the oils mentioned below.

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Almond oil

Method

  1. Heat 3 to 4 spoons of oil (of your choice) until it is warm.
  2. Apply the oil all over your body.
  3. Gently massage each body part and leave the oil on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Bath using a mild soap or body wash in lukewarm water.

This will help your skin absorb oil and stay hydrated for longer time. You can follow this method twice a week.

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Castor oil

Castor oil is very effective in removing impurities and works as a natural astringent. It is rich in Vitamin E and strengthens the skin.

Method

  1. Heat 1 spoon of castor oil until it is warm.
  2. Apply the oil on the affected area and gently massage.
  3. Leave it on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with mild soap or body wash with lukewarm water.

You can also leave the oil overnight on your skin. You can follow this remedy on a daily basis for better results.

Glycerin

The easily available glycerin is an effective remedy for dry skin. It has been used since olden times to moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients required

  • Glycerin – ½ spoon
  • Rose water – 1 spoon
  • Lemon juice – few drops

Method

  1. Mix all the above mentioned ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on your skin for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with cold water.

You can use this method every day to treat dry skin.

Olive oil and egg yolk mask

The vitamins in egg yolk works wonders on dry skin. It not only hydrates your skin, it also provides necessary nourishment to your skin.

Ingredients required

  • Egg yolk – 1 (only yellow)
  • Olive oil – 2 spoons

Method

  1. Add both the ingredients in a bowl and whip them well.
  2. Once it blends to form a paste, apply on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Use mild soap or body wash and rinse it off with lukewarm water.

For those who do not like the smell of egg yolk, you can add rose water and few drops of your favorite essential oil to the paste.

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Jojoba oil face massage

The essential oil contains sebum (our body produces sebum to keep our skin hydrated) like compounds in it, which can hydrate and keep our skin nourished.

Ingredients required

  • Warm water
  • 2 spoons of jojoba oil

Method

  1. Wash or rinse your face with warm water.
  2. Pat dry your face with dry towel.
  3. Apply the jojoba oil on your face and massage gently.
  4. Leave the oil on your skin for 20 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water

You can follow this method twice a week. You can also leave the oil overnight on your skin.

Olive oil and honey

Both olive oil and honey have skin nourishing properties in them.

Ingredients required

  • Olive oil – 2 spoons
  • Honey – 2 spoons

Method

  1. Mix oil and honey together.
  2. Apply on the affected area and massage gently.
  3. Leave it on the skin for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

This method can done on a daily basis for better results.

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Oatmeal face mask

Oatmeal is very effective to treat skin problems. When combined with other ingredients like milk and honey, it is used to treat dry skin.

Ingredients required

  • Oatmeal – 3 spoons
  • Honey – 2 spoons
  • Milk – 50 ml

Method

  1. Heat the milk in a pan until it is warm.
  2. Add the warm milk to oatmeal in a bowl.
  3. Add honey and mix the contents to form a paste.(add more milk if required)
  4. Apply it on the whole face like a mask.
  5. Leave it on the skin for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Rinse it off with warm water.

You can apply this mask once or twice a week.

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Avocado and Honey

Avocado has all essential properties to treat dry skin. It also nourishes the skin by supplying Vitamin A and E to the skin.

Ingredients required

  • Avocado – ½ fruit (fully ripe)
  • Honey – 2 spoon

Method

  1. Mash the fruit pulp to form a smooth paste.
  2. Add honey to the pulp and mix them well.
  3. Apply the paste on the facial skin like a mask.
  4. Leave it on the skin for 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

Use this pack twice a week for better results.

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Banana + papaya + curd face mask

Fruits have all necessary nutrients in them. When you apply banana and papaya on your skin, it not only treats and hydrates dry skin. It also nourishes the skin and gives a smooth glowing surface.

Ingredients required

  • Papaya – ¼ fruits (fully ripe)
  • Banana – 1 (fully ripe)
  • Fresh Curd – 2 spoon

Method

  1. Remove skin from papaya and banana. (remove seeds also from papaya)
  2. Mash the fruit pulp to form a smooth paste.
  3. Add curd to the paste and mix well.
  4. Apply this on your face like a mask.
  5. Leave it on your skin for 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse it off with cool water.

Apply this mask twice a week to have glowing hydrated skin.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.