People with dry skin tend to have easily irritated skin, dry hair, small pores and less chance of developing acne. It usually feels tight and uncomfortable after washing. Dry skin has a tendency to flake easily and more wrinkled with age than does oily skin. It is due to the inability to retain moisture as well as the insufficient production of sebum by the sebaceous glands.
Dry Skin Symptoms
- Feeling of skin tightness, especially after showering, or bathing.
- Skin is often red, feels rough rather than smooth, scaly and itchy.
- Problem is usually worse in autumn and winter.
- Deep fissures that may bleed.
Home Remedies for Dry Skin
- Oats: Add a cup of oats to bath water to provide coating and soothing effect. After the bath, apply aloe vera cream.
- Egg yolk: Mix an egg yolk and with a few drops of lime and olive oil. Spread on the face and leave it till the skin feels dry and then wash it off with water. Egg yolk is made up of mostly water and fats, which makes it a great water-binding agent that locks moisture into the skin cells. The nutrients in egg yolks work to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize dull skin.
- Cherries: Apply a pulp of fresh cherries to the face at night, before going to bed. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off. This will give you a beautiful complexion and also you will find relief from dry skin.
- Tea tree oil: Add 1 drop of tea tree oil to your favorite day or night cream to help moisturize and smooth skin. Tea tree oil has been known to penetrate into the skin’s cellular level.
- Aloe vera: Apply aloe vera gel topically on affected areas. Aloe vera is soothing, healing, and moisturizing.
- Calendula: Apply calendula cream to small dry, flaky patches on the face or body. Calendula cream makes an excellent skin salve that soothes and moisturizes at the same time.
Do’s for Dry Skin
- Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. These are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant. Such as carrots, cantaloupes, apricots are especially good.
- Include omega-3 fatty acids in your diet such as salmon, mackerel, flaxseed oil to help replenish skin oils.
- Drink plenty of water every day to keep the skin well hydrated.
- Limit your bath or shower time to about 10 minutes or less, and use warm, rather than hot, water. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. If your skin is very dry, bathing every other day may be best.
- Use a non-detergent, non-perfumed moisturizing soap. Try using a wash-off cleanser that is designed to maintain the oil balance of the skin.
- After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin. Immediately moisturize your skin with an oil or cream.
- Use a humidifier to humidify your environment, especially in winter. This helps to reduce the amount of moisture lost from the skin through evaporation.
- Stay out of overheated rooms; avoid sudden changes in temperature; protect yourself from wind and sun.
- Limit sunbathing. Always apply a good sunscreen to all exposed areas of skin when you are out in sun.
Don’ts for Dry Skin
- Avoid strong soaps which take off oil from skin leaving skin dry. Instead, choose mild soaps with oils and fats added to them during the soap manufacturing process.
- Do not smoke. Smoking makes the skin dry and leathery.
- Avoid fried foods, animal fats, and heat-processed vegetable oils. Use cold- pressed oils only. Heating oils leads to the production of free radicals, which have a destructive effect on the skin.
- Do not drink soft drinks or eat sugar, chocolate, potato chips, or other junk foods.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances have a diuretic effect, causing the body and skin cells to lose fluids and essential minerals.
- Don’t use fabric conditioners, they may irritate skin.
- Skin becomes inflamed and bleeds.
- Having still dry, chapped skin after trying the measures described above.