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Masks to nourish dry skin.

It is not just people who have dry skin naturally that find it difficult to manage; normal and oily skin types can also develop dry patches from time to time on their face. Dry skin is essentially when the top layer of skin lacks the required amount of water (hydration) it needs. This layer starts to break down and develop a flaky texture and/or with visible fine lines or cracks.

Dry skin is less elastic and more prone to tearing, which is why early treatment is the best way to avoid undue skin damage in the future.

Most cases of xerosis can easily be self-treated through proper skincare coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

What Causes Dry Skin?

The lack of moisture in the skin results from a decrease in the fatty acids (lipids) in the skin, which are responsible for locking in the moisture and keeping the skin soft and supple.

Many causes could lead to xerosis, which is an alternative term used for dry skin.

▪️ Changes in the weather, especially during cold and dry winter months.

▪️ Dry air in arid and semi-arid regions throughout the year.

▪️ Heaters (either central or portable).

▪️ Hot baths/showers. ▪️ Chlorinated water from swimming pools. ▪️ Harsh chemicals in soaps and detergents.

▪️ Skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, etc.

▪️ Excessive use of skin cleansers.

Apart from these causes, medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressures, allergies, and acne can also make your skin dry.

If there are problems aplenty, there are solutions too. Let’s begin with simple homemade solutions for dry skin troubles. Some of these remedies can be used on dry skin across the whole body and not just on facial skin.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dry Skin On The Face.

1. Aloe Vera.

Aloe vera gel is often used in the treatment of dry and patchy skin. It is also included in many commercially available lotions and creams. It contains polysaccharides that help to retain the moisture levels in the skin. It also enhances collagen and elastin production in the skin, thus restoring its suppleness and elasticity.

If your dry skin is due to conditions like psoriasis or eczema, aloe vera can also help to deal with them as it has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help to alleviate the symptoms of such skin ailments.

You Will Need.

▪️ An aloe leaf.

What You Have To Do.

1. Cut the aloe leaf diagonally and extract the gel present inside it.

2. Apply some of this fresh gel on the face and massage it in, so it is absorbed into the skin.

3. Leave the gel overnight.

4. Store the remaining gel in an airtight container in a cool place.

How Often You Should Do This.

Repeat this every night before going to bed.

2. Oils For Dry Skin.

(a) Coconut Oil.

Coconut oil can do wonders to replenish and lock in the natural moisture of the skin. It contains healthy fatty acids that replenish the skin’s lessened fatty acid reserve . You can also use baby oil and vegetable oil similarly.

You Will Need.

▪️ Virgin coconut oil.

What You Need To Do.

Apply coconut oil on dry areas of your skin and leave it on.

How Often Should You Do This.

Apply coconut oil 1-2 times a day.

(b)  Jojoba Oil.

Jojoba oil is commonly used as a moisturizer for all skin types. It softens the skin and gets rid of flakiness. It also promotes the growth of new skin cells. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your skin. It acts as a skin barrier repairing agent . It promotes anti-aging and wound healing with its antioxidant effects . Argan oil is an excellent alternative for jojoba oil and can be used to treat dry skin problems.

You Will Need.

▪️ 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil.

▪️ 2 cups warm water.

▪️ Washcloth.

What You Have To Do.

1. Soak the washcloth in warm water and place it on your face.

2.  Keep the washcloth on for 5-7 minutes, and then remove it.

3. Massage the jojoba oil into your skin using gentle, circular motions.

4.  Keep massaging the skin in upward motions for a few minutes.

5. Let the oil soak in and then wipe off the excess oil with the washcloth.

How Often Should You Do This.

1-2 times a week.

Caution: The water should not be too hot. Else, it can scar your skin.

(c) Olive Oil.

Olive oil has moisturizing properties that nourish your skin. The polyphenols in this oil have antioxidant properties and help counteract the damage caused by the sun . Studies also show that it helps promote dermal reconstruction and wound healing . A rat study shows that lavender helps promote wound healing, which may help with itchiness and skin breakage caused by dry skin.

You Will Need.

▪️ 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil.

▪️ 1-2 drops lavender essential oil.

What You Have To Do.

1. Mix the lavender oil with the olive oil.

2. Massage the concoction into your skin.

3. Wipe off the excess oil with a washcloth.

4. Alternatively, you may use a small amount of it as a leave-in moisturizer.

Other oils that can be used instead of lavender oil are grapeseed oil, cypress oil, and black seed oil.

How Often Should You Do This.

Use this every night before going to bed.

Caution: Lavender essential oil can cause skin irritation if used undiluted or in large volumes.

(d) Almond Oil.

Almond oil has been used in ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to treat dry skin. It has moisturizing properties and makes your skin smooth and supple. It can also improve your complexion and skin tone . Geranium oil is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory due to which it is often used in skin care. It can also treat conditions like eczema, which is one of the causes of dry skin .

You Will Need.

▪️ 4 tablespoons sweet almond oil.

▪️ 2-3 drops geranium essential oil.

What You Have To Do.

1. Transfer the almond oil to a sterilized glass bottle.

2. Add the geranium essential oil and shake the bottle well.

3. Use this mixture in place of your moisturizer.

Other oils that can be used instead of geranium oil include rosehip oil, flaxseed oil, and peppermint oil.

How Often Should You Do This.

Do this every night.

3. Glycerin.

Glycerin works wonders not only on dry skin but also on chapped lips. It improves skin hydration and skin barrier function and improves skin health .

You Will Need.

▪️ 1 teaspoon glycerin.

▪️ 1 tablespoon rose water.

What You Need To Do.

1. Combine glycerin with rose water and apply the mixture to the dry patches on your skin.

2. Leave the glycerin mix on for an hour and rinse it off.

How Often Should You Do This.

Use this remedy once every day for quick relief from dry skin.

4. Vaseline.

Vaseline is composed of petroleum jelly or petrolatum. This ingredient is used to lock in the moisture and prevent water loss from the skin . It can be a little greasy, so it is best used as an overnight treatment. Do not forget to cover your pillow with an old T-shirt or towel to prevent soiling your pillowcase.

You Will Need.

▪️ Vaseline.

What You Have To Do.

1. Massage the entire face with a small amount of the jelly.

2. It is best if you leave this on overnight.

In case you find it a little too sticky, leave it on for an hour before wiping the excess off with a tissue or washcloth.

How Often You Should Do This.

Do this once every day.

5. Rose Water.

Rosewater is often used to maintain overall skin health. It soothes, moisturizes, and refreshes for your skin . Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can protect your skin from UV damage .

You Will Need.

▪️ Rosewater.

▪️ Cotton pad.

What You Have To Do.

1. Spritz some rose water on the cotton pad and use this to wipe your face gently after cleansing it.

2. Once it has dried off naturally, apply a suitable moisturizer.

How Often You Should Do This.

Repeat this once every day, preferably after you wash your face once you are back home from a day out in the sun and pollution.

6. Baking Soda.

The grainy texture of baking soda works as an excellent exfoliant to dislodge the dry and dead cells from the skin’s surface. Baking soda has antipruritic (anti-itch) effects that can relieve itching and improve skin hydration .

You Will Need.

▪️ 1 teaspoon baking soda.

▪️ 1 teaspoon almond oil OR coconut oil.

What You Have To Do.

1.Make a paste with the baking soda and oil.

2. Massage this gently on the face using circular motions.

3. Rinse it off after scrubbing for 2-3 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This.

Use this baking soda scrub 1-2 times a week.

Reference :

Home Remedies for Dry Skin by Top10HomeRemedies Team February 18, 2019″, www.top10homeremedies.com

“Top 38 Home Remedies For Dry Skin On Face”, www.stylecraze.com,

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