There are days when you feel like your skin is feeling kind of rough. As if something’s not right with it. It feels stretchy and flaky. That happens when you have dry skin. Dry skin is very common and it can occur in the skins of people of all ages. An infant as well as an oldie, anyone can have dry skin. All of us have been plagued by dry skin, one time or another. The most unavoidable reasons, however, is seasonal dry skin. No matter how the weather is; Is the weather cold and dry? There you go, DRY SKIN. Is the weather hot and dry? Say hello, to dry skin, again. In fact, the only time your skin doesn’t feel dry and is glowing and moisturized naturally, is when it’s pouring so heavily that you cannot go outside and flaunt your naturally, beautifully, moisturized skin! Tough times!
Dry skin is not usually serious, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, dry skin is mostly caused by environmental factors that can be at least partially controlled. These factors include hot or cold weather, low humidity and soaking in hot weather.
SYMPTOMS OF DRY SKIN
Symptoms of dry skin are relative. It depends on the age of the person, their health conditions, their habitat, their surrounding, how much time do they spend indoors and the cause of the problem. Basic dry skin symptoms include :
- A feeling of tightening of the skin, especially after taking a shower or going for a swim.
- Itchiness in the skin.
- Fine lines and cracks can be seen taking place.
- One might spot grey achy skin.
- Skin starts looking and feeling rough.
- Slight to severe flaking, scaling or peeling of the skin.
- At times, there may be redness or deep cracks that may bleed.
CAUSES OF DRY SKIN
Dry skin, also known as xerosis, often has an environmental cause. Certain diseases might also cause dry skin. Let’s look at some of the factors that cause dry skin :
- Weather: Skin might become dry in weathers with low humidity such as extreme cold and extremely hot and dry weather.
- Heat: Central heating, fireplaces, wood burning areas.. basically, all the places where humidity becomes low due to external heat, might cause dry skin to happen.
- Hot baths and showers: Taking hot and long showers also make your skin go dry. Swimming in heavily chlorinated pools also affects your skin and makes it dry.
- Harsh soaps and detergents: Many popular soaps and shower gels are designed to remove excess oil from your skin. They do their job properly, undoubtedly, but in the process, they tend to remove all the moisture from your skin, thus making it dry.
- Other skin conditions: People with major skin issues, such as atopic dermatitis which is known as eczema in common terms or psoriasis, are also prone to getting dry skin
HOME REMEDIES FOR DRY SKIN
The good thing is, you don’t need to rush to your dermatologist to get your dry skin checked. In fact, the remedy to it might already be present in your own kitchen. Let Vaidyanath help you with this :
- ALOE VERA
Aloe Vera is often used in the treatment of rough and patchy skin. It is also one of the main ingredients in the making of lotions and creams, made specifically for the purpose of healing or moisturizing skin.
How to apply :
- Take an aloe leaf and cut it diagonally. Extract all the gel and juice out of it.
- Apply this fresh gel on your face and slowly massage your face with it, until it totally absorbs into your skin.
- Leave the gel overnight and wash your face in the morning. It will be as glowing as ever.
- Repeat the same process every night, before going to bed.
- COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is simple to procure and use. Moreover, it does wonder in replenishing and locking the moisture inside the skin.
How to apply :
- Take a tablespoon of coconut oil and dip a cotton ball into it.
- Apply coconut oil on the areas where you have dry and patchy skin.
- Leave it on the skin, until it gets totally absorbed.
- Later in, wash your face with a mild face wash so that the skin doesn’t look oily.
- You can repeat these steps once or twice a day.
Glycerin does wonders, not just on your dry skin, but it also heals chapped lips. It is a wonderful emollient that locks in the skin’s moisture.
How to apply :
- Take 1 teaspoon of glycerin and mix it with 1 tablespoon of rose water.
- Dip a cotton ball into it, and apply it on the dry patches of your skin.
- Leave the glycerin mix on for a few hours.
- If it feels too tacky, you can rinse it off after an hour or two.
Vaseline is made up of petroleum jelly. The property of petroleum jelly is to lock in moisture and prevent water loss from the skin.
How to apply :
- Take a small amount of Vaseline between your fingers.
- Slowly massage your face with the vaseline.
- Let the skin absorb the petroleum jelly properly.
- It is best for the skin if you let it stay overnight. But if it feels too tacky, feel free to wipe off your face with a washcloth or tissue and remove the extra jelly from your face.
- MULTANI MITTI (Fuller’s Earth Clay)
Multani mitti or Fuller’s Earth Clay has a cooling effect on dry and irritated skin and also soothes it.
How to apply:
- Take 2 tablespoons of Multani mitti, 1 tablespoon of cucumber juice, along with 1 teaspoon honey or milk.
- Mix everything together and make a face pack out of it.
- Adjust the consistency with water, if required.
- Apply it on your face for 15 minutes, and wash it off when it dries.
Try out these natural home remedies, with ingredients that come right out of your kitchen, and meet with your glowing, moisturized skin again!