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8 Home Remedies To Combat Dry Skin

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8 Home Remedies To Combat Dry Skin

Cold weather can be tough on your skin. As soon as the heat goes on, skin dries up. Low humidity during the winter, both inside and outside, enhances the drying effect on your skin, as does exposure to the colder elements of the season’s weather.

When your skin becomes cold, blood vessels that supply your skin become constricted. This reduces the amount of blood that goes to the skin, sweat glands, and other oil-producing glands in your body. As a result, the water content of your skin is depleted causing skin cells to become dry on both the inside and outside. While you may not feel as thirsty in the winter as you do the summer, it is important to stay hydrated. A regular exercise routine will help keep your skin hydrated year-round too.

Try these 8 easy and inexpensive home remedies:

1. Potatoes. Grate 1 or 2 small potatoes and soak them in olive oil for twenty minutes. Place the potato/oil mixture on your dry hands, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse your hands to clean them of the potatoes.

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2. Olive Oil. Dab a thin layer of olive oil all over your dry skin. This works well as a moisturizer. You can also try coconut oil, or avocado oil, which are excellent for the skin.

3. Honey. Honey works really well for chapped, cracked lips. Apply a little honey to your dry lips in the evening and you’ll wake up to smoother, softer lips. Honey also helps soothe cracked heels and rough elbows.

4. Baking soda. Try adding a little baking soda to your dishwater. It is less harsh on your skin than commercial dish soap. Adding baking soda to a bath also does wonders.

5. Water. In addition to drinking it, try putting some water on your wood stove or regular stove to help raise the humidity in your home. Be sure to keep enough water in the pot.

6. Douse while you’re still damp. Applying lotion or oil to damp skin is best bet for retaining moisture. When you get out of the bath or shower, pat, don’t rub, to get rid of just enough water so you don’t leave a wet trail. Then rub on your lotion and work it into the skin. This will help seal in the moisture.

7. Go bananas! Mash a banana with a fork and apply as a thick coat on affected area. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

8. Think natural. Instead of buying a moisturizer, try using Vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, or aloe vera for your hands and legs. Lavender oil is one of the best moisturizing oils, simply add a few drops to your bath water. You can also dilute this oil in your regular moisturizers and use it.

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11 comments

1 Diane Briscoe { 12.16.17 at 12:50 pm }

You can try shorter showers with not-as-hot water to avoid stripping off the skin’s natural oils. Also, using less soap, i.e. less on your arms…. (how dirty can they get?) Also vegetable-based soaps.

2 Chris W. { 02.20.17 at 12:40 pm }

When using essential oils, make sure they are therapeutic grade level. Otherwise, they are adulterated and toxic. This will cause serious effects on and in the body. I’m working on getting rid of all the toxic chemical cleaning agents I use in my home. These aren’t only drying to the skin, but are extremely bad to inhale as you clean.

3 Linda Estes { 02.15.17 at 5:49 pm }

I have asthma but I love lavender oil it doesn’t seem to bother me. all of those are great ideas.

4 Susan Higgins { 02.15.17 at 4:42 pm }

Hi Donna, good point. By all means, if you’re allergic to anything you want to steer clear of it.

5 donna { 02.15.17 at 2:50 pm }

most of your suggestions work, just can’t use the lavendar, it closes up the windpipe, not a good thing. when my daughter in law brought essential oils with lavendar in it for the grand daughter , it was aggravating my windpipe. what is in it..lavendar they said..oh no, can’t use it as my pipe was closing i had to use my rescue inhaler to breath. not a good thing for me, because of my sensitivity to strong smells. i would advise not to use it around children or grown-ups known to have asthma

6 Susan Higgins { 02.15.17 at 10:38 am }

Hi Judy, We ran an article on the benefits of castor oil, that might be of interest: http://farmersalmanac.com/health/2016/01/18/6-health-benefits-of-castor-oil/

7 Judy { 02.15.17 at 8:44 am }

looking for natural remedy for very dry scalp

8 Amber Stawicki { 02.15.17 at 7:49 am }

Never use essential oils neat. Always dilute to appropriate percentages for application based on age.

9 Betty Riordan { 12.04.15 at 1:47 pm }

Don’t waste that banana skin… rubbing the inside of a a banana peel on skin, also helps when you have dry skin!

10 Karen Siegel { 12.03.15 at 8:20 pm }

Argan whipped butter works well. Also cocoa butter is excellent. One thing to remember, don’t take long hot showers or long hot soaks in the bathtub. This will rob your skin of precious natural oil.

11 Carol Hansen { 12.02.15 at 6:18 am }

Does the potato really help the skin, or is it just a vehicle to keep the oil there?

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