Dry skin is a common skin type characterized by a lack of natural oil in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis.
If left untreated, dry skin can become unbearably tight and uncomfortable and if this persists for a long time it can lead to serious epidermal damage like cracking and infections.
Keeping your dry skin hydrated is important, but do you really have a way of knowing if the expensive products from the store will be effective in treating your problem?
Not unless you are willing to try usually more than one of those products.
Unfortunately, not all creams provide protection and comfort for dry skins even though these claims are often slapped on the packaging.
Natural remedies, on the other hand, cost almost nothing, but deliver incredibly fast and efficient results.
So, until you decide which cream looks worth to spend your money on, here are some home remedies for dry skin.
1. Face masks.
Natural face masks are highly effective because they are gentle and non-irritating and result in refinement of the skin texture.
The plant enzymes trigger a beneficial reaction in the skin’s cells and this will result in an increase of cellular regeneration, balance in the skin’s water content, stabilized action on the skin’s pH and even soothe certain conditions like redness and peeling.
Homemade masks can be used by any skin type and are especially beneficial for dry skins because they have the ability to stimulate, moisturize and promote a healthy glow.
The skin is left feeling fresh and soft, free from dead skin cells and with a fine texture.
Vitamins are essential nutrients for the overall functionality of our bodies.
We need vitamins to strengthen our immune system, nervous system, bones, muscles but also our hair, nails, and skin.
There are many causes of dry skin, and one of the most frequent causes may be a deficiency of certain vitamins in your body.
Here are some vitamins that are known to promote healthy skin amongst other health benefits.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.
As an antioxidant, its main function in skincare is to protect against pollution and sun damage.
Vitamin E in our bodies is produced through the ability of the sebaceous glands to produce sebum, the oily substance that keeps our skin conditioned and moisturized.
Vitamin E is particularly beneficial for dry skins, as it can promote the right balance of sebum production.
Besides the supplemental form, you can find vitamin E in almonds, hazelnuts, and sunflower seeds.
High-quality fish-oil supplements are packed with omega-3 fatty acids that can hydrate your skin from within and restore the skin’s natural oil barrier.
Moisture evaporates when the natural barrier is compromised, and this leaves the skin dry and rough, as well as prone to irritation.
Increasing your omega-3 intake will help you strengthen that barrier and increase the skin’s hydration.
This, in turn, will leave the skin feeling smooth and looking supple and noticeably less sensitive.
Zinc is proven to have many health benefits and it is one of the essential nutrients your body needs.
It strengthens our immune system, releases allergies and besides that, it may help you sleep and focus better.
Like all that isn’t enough, zinc also promotes skin renewal, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effect on the skin and it is a terrific acne buster.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, zinc can prevent skin dryness and redness and relieve more persistent skin conditions like rashes and eczema.
Some of the foods high in zinc are red meats like beef, lamb, and pork, shellfish, seeds like sesame and pumpkin seed, peanuts, almonds and cashews, dairy, eggs and even dark chocolate.
Sweat regulates your body temperature and signals your body’s ability to hydrate.
It is good for the skin. The water hydrates while minerals and salts naturally exfoliate and urea and uric acid combat dry skin.
Exercise is a great way to promote sweating and sweating will remove the bacteria, dirt, oils, and impurities from the skin.
Sebum is secreted by the sebaceous glands and when mixed with sweat becomes the acid mantle. The pH balance of healthy skin is between 4.5 and 6.0 and it is the same as the pH factor of the acid mantle.
Shower and cleanse shortly after your workout. It’s important to reduce the number of impurities that could be reabsorbed by the skin.
4. Avoid damaging your skin with harsh textile.
Washing your face and keeping it clean is the best way to boost hydration. Regular facial cleaning with lukewarm water helps in maintaining the right level of hydration.
To avoid further damage of your delicate, dry skin you should consider minimizing the use of bath sponges and harsh scrubbing brushes.
Avoid using towels to rub your face dry. Damp towels trap bacteria from the atmosphere and are the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and reproduce.
Rubbing your face instead of patting it dry can contribute to stretching of the skin as well as scratching which will inevitably lead to redness and possible inflammation.
Your facial skin is really delicate and you need to handle it with utmost care.
Replacing the vigorous movements of rubbing with a gentler touch of patting your face dry using a paper towel instead will decrease your chances of skin irritation.
Trying to cope with my obnoxious acne breakouts forced me into finding a solution to my problem by pursuing a career in the beauty industry. Today, I’m a certified esthetician & I’m passionate about sharing what I know to help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. You can learn more about me here.