Sometimes the best way to heal dry skin is the natural way. In fact you might be surprised at how many of the over-the-counter moisturizers are just natural treatments with added preservatives. The most glaring example being aloe vera. Many moisturizers on the shelf are made with aloe. The next time you find yourself with dry skin try one of the following natural remedies first. Not only will you save money, you may find they work better at delivering great skin than the fancy, overpriced moisturizers.
The gel inside the aloe vera plant is made up of over 75 different ingredients that include vitamin E, beta carotene, amino acids, saponins and salicylic acid. Aloe has also been shown to be much more effective when you use the fresh gel from the plant so breaking open a stem and applying directly to your dry skin is the preferred method. The anti-inflammatory properties of the salicylic acid will also help ease any itching associated with the dryness. It is easily one of the most popular organic skincare remedies available.
If you have some extra virgin olive oil in your cabinet this may be the best moisturizer in the house. Use some on your dry area after a bath or shower. The olive oil absorbs quickly and locks in moisture. Olive oil has also shown to be a good scalp psoriasis treatment as well. The oil helps to loosen the dry scales. Follow the oil treatment with a shampoo to rinse out the scales. It also adds shine to hair.
With a blender and some plain oats in the house, you have the makings of one of the most relaxing home remedies for dry skin. Oatmeal baths are not only relaxing, but they are great for your small patches of dry skin. This is due to healthy fats which help soften your skin along with saponins which help cleanse your pores. Grind about a cup of oats into a fine powder then mix the powder into the water. Add some essential oils for an even more relaxing experience.
Cornstarch can be used for everything from sunburn to deodorant. Even baby powder has turned into baby cornstarch now. For dry facial skin make a light facial mask out of 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 egg white, and 2 tablespoons of milk. For other dry areas mix cornstarch and water to form a paste then apply to effected areas.
Last and certainly not least is water. This may seem like obvious, but the fact remains that most people do not drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. If you aren’t drinking the proper amount of water this could be one of the main reasons you have dry skin in the first place.