Having dry skin can be very uncomfortable and itchy, whether it is caused by an underlying skin condition, aging, or environmental factors. There are various treatments available to treat dry skin at home, but, which are most effective?
Home Remedies for Dry Skin:
Bananas: Another natural ally to help repair dry skin are bananas. Bananas come packed with friendly antioxidants that helps in replenishing your skin’s natural texture. Mash 1 regular banana into a smooth paste minus the lumps. Apply it as a face pack for about 30 minutes before rinsing it with water at room temperature.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a natural oil that works well in treating dry skin. A 2014 study reported that coconut oil is effective and safe as petroleum jelly in treating dry skin. It was reported to increase the number of lipids (fats) on the surface of the skin and significantly improve skin hydration.
A 2016 research explained, that coconut oil contains saturated fatty acids that contain emollient properties. An emollient is an oil or fat that acts as a moisturizer by filling in gaps in dry skin, therefore, making it smooth.
Honey: A 2012 review of research notes on some studies showed that honey is beneficial for many types of skin diseases.
Benefits of Honey:
Various studies have reported honey to be:
Moisturizing: These are all qualities that suggested honey as an ideal home treatment in relieving dry skin. It is completely natural, and can be applied directly to your skin.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is also a natural ingredient that can help in treating dry skin. Adding powdered oatmeal to your bath or using creams that contain oatmeal may help in relieving dry skin. A 2015 study reported that extracts from oatmeal contain anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, thereby, suggesting it can help to treat dry skin.
Rose Oil: Exfoliation is important during winters for dry skin, as the dead skin build-up leaves behind that dull tinge, while also leaving your skin susceptible to clogged pores.
You can get to work on the flaky feeling by mixing 1 teaspoon of sugar, a few drops of rose water, and 1-2 drops of lavender oil in a bowl. Then gently rub this mixture on the dry areas of your body and face, then wash it off using lukewarm water to reduce dullness and fight inflammation.