When your skin becomes too dry, it results in flakiness, scaling, itching, and cracking. Some natural home remedies for dry skin are:
Honey is a natural humectant that locks moisture in your skin and it’s a good anti-inflammatory agent which reduces the harshness of your dry skin.
Description: Add a few drops of rose water into 1 tablespoon of honey and apply the lotion on your dry skin cells and leave it for the entire night. In the morning wash it off with cold water.
Yogurt is a natural skin exfoliator. It exfoliates and moisturizes your dry skin to make it soft and smooth naturally.
Description:Make a paste with a 1/4th cup of unflavoured yogurt, 2-3 tablespoons of sugar, and honey. Stir well until they all are mixed evenly. Massage the paste on your affected skin for a few minutes and leave it for 5 to 10 mins before washing it off. Use the natural scrub once a week.
Almond oil is moisturising in nature that prevents evaporation of moisture from your skin thereby making it smooth and soft.
Description: In a clean bottle mix 20-30 ml of almond oil and 2-3 drops of geranium essential oil and use this solution regularly for better results and to get rid of dry skin.
Aloe vera gel increases the skin hydration and locks in moisture. You can directly apply aloe vera gel in the dry region and leave it overnight so that it can get absorbed in the skin and reduces dryness.
Oatmeal helps to reduce the itching and dryness of skin by locking the moisture in. Oatmeal is also effective for the skin as it contains antioxidants. It also shows anti-inflammatory properties.
Milk contains fats known as phospholipids that are responsible for reducing the skin dryness. Add milk to your diet.
As per the studies conducted by the researchers it has been observed that sunflower seed oil helps to increase the hydration in the skin. It moisturizes the skin.
Petroleum jelly helps to retain the moisture in the skin as it contains mineral oil. It reduces skin dryness and makes it soft. You can directly apply petroleum jelly on your skin and leave it overnight.
Gloves help to protect the skin of hands from hard detergent and dish wash soap. It's highly recommended to wear gloves while you are washing utensils or doing any work which requires your hand to be put in water for long periods. Keep your body well hydrated by drinking sufficient water and fruit juices.
Summary: Skin dryness can be reduced by applying aloe vera gel, sunflower seed oil, petroleum jelly, almond oil, yoghurt, honey, rose water. Take an oatmeal bath. Wear gloves while doing work that involves touching detergent or dish soap.
In rare cases, some people are sensitive towards almond oil and may suffer from allergic reactions that include rashes, itchiness, and difficulty in breathing. Those who are lactose intolerant may suffer from allergies and rashes in rare cases on the application of yogurt.
If you are not aware of what you are sensitive to, you can always consult an expert for further guidance. An expert can evaluate your overall health condition and medical history to recommend the best remedy for you.
While pursuing a solution, you can sense a marked improvement in your condition, if not, it might mean you will have to try another option. Since these are simple home-based ingredients, it will not worsen the condition, so you will have space and time to try out.
In case the condition gets severe, it is best to seek professional help. And one of the prominent medicinal processes of Ayurveda uses simple readily available herb-based remedies as well.
Summary: Despite being effective, certain home remedies have some side effects which vary from person to person, so choose your home remedy only if you are not allergic or sensitive to the particular substance. Do not use any home remedies in excess as it may be harmful to health.
When it comes to dry skin, it is very important to follow strict post-remedy guidelines. Not only that, but the patient should also follow certain guidelines when dealing with dry skin. For instance
These home remedies to prevent dry skin are quite effective and you can feel a differentiable improvement in your skin quality only after 2-3 days of your practice.
If you sincerely and patiently follow the remedies and the post-remedial guidelines then it is possible to get a long-term or even permanent cure for your dry skin problem.
These remedies are completely natural and don’t involve any chemical or inorganic substances. So an expert’s guidance is not required to adopt any of these home remedies to treat your dry skin problem. If you don't find any changes then it's highly recommended to approach a dermatologist.