Dry, itchy skin is annoying. Constant scratching can be embarrassing and painful – and itchiness can prevent you from sleeping.
Dry, itchy skin isn’t something you should have to live with forever. In most cases, you need only to pinpoint the cause for an easy fix.
Keep reading to learn more about the causes of dryness and how you can fix it with simple home remedies.
What is the cause of having dry skin?
The medical term for dry skin is xerosis. It can be caused by internal factors (i.e. genetic predisposition or menopause) or by external factors like dry air.
Dryness on face and other parts of the body can be caused by a disease or a skin condition, but more commonly arises from these factors:
- Cold, dry winter weather and indoor heating
- Harsh soaps and exfoliation
- Incorrect skin care
- Exposure to sun and wind
- Itchy fabrics
- Long, hot showers
- Irritants like dryer sheets, perfume, and fabric softener
Medical conditions that cause dryness include psoriasis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, malnutrition and eczema.
Home remedies to get rid of dry skin on face
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to cure dryness on the face. There are plenty of hydrating masks and mixtures you can make from common kitchen ingredients that work just as well as (in some cases, better than) expensive cosmetics.
Banana and yogurt mask
One of the best home remedies for dryness on face in winter
Bananas nourish the skin with vitamin C and fight free radicals with antioxidants.
Yogurt acts as a cooling agent, reducing redness and tightening pores.
Honey is a natural antibiotic that can kill acne-causing bacteria. It promotes moisture and keeps the mixture from drying out.
How to make it:
Begin by mashing half a ripe banana in a bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon of honey and ½ cup plain yogurt. Mix until you get a smooth paste.
Apply generously to clean, dry face (using a brush helps); let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then splash some cold water on your face. Pat dry with towel.
Repeat once every two weeks during the winter months for soft, supple skin with a renewed glow. Individuals with extremely dry skin should apply this mask once per week.
Olive oil, egg yolk, and honey mask
Perfect for dry flaky skin on the face
Olive oil is a natural antioxidant that nourishes the skin with vitamins E and K.
Egg yolks include vitamin A, which helps control skin shedding and promotes smoothness.
How to make it:
Separate 1 egg yolk from its white. Mix the yolk in a bowl with1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon honey. Whip until mixture forms into a stable consistency.
Apply mixture to clean, dry face; let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
For best results, add a few drops of rose water and lime juice to the mixture.
Cure dry, scaly skin overnight
Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your face before bedtime each night. Rinse in the morning to reveal soft, hydrated skin.
Individuals with oily skin should avoid applying oil directly to the face. Instead, add a few drops of coconut oil to your regular moisturizer to increase hydration.
Tomato pulp mask
Ideal for people with dry skin and acne
Tomatoes have a high acidity, which helps dry out acne. Tomatoes are also rich in vitamins C, A, and K – all ingredients commonly found in acne lotions.
You can apply the tomato either by slicing it open and rubbing the open end on your face, or by mashing the fruit and applying it as a face mask. If you have severe acne, choose the latter method and leave the tomato pulp on your face for 1 hour before rinsing. Follow with a light moisturizer
In addition to reducing acne, tomato pulp has also been shown to:
- Shrink pores
- Reduce rashes
- Sooth sunburn
- Rejuvenate dull skin
- Prevent clogged pores
Tomato pulp also works well with avocado – another fruit packed with nourishing ingredients. Avocados are high in vitamin C, which boosts collagen production, and vitamin B5, which is a great moisturizer.
Tomato pulp with avocado is also a good option for treating acne in combination with dry skin. It has also been shown to improve early signs of aging.
How to make it:
Mix half a fresh tomato with half an avocado in a blender. Apply to the face and let sit for 20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Follow up with moisturizer.
Bonus: add the rest of the tomato and avocado to a salad for a skin-healthy meal.
Dry skin remedy for body
Great for itchy skin on the legs
Milk cream is soothing to the skin, and the lactic acid in milk helps exfoliate dry skin without making the condition worse.
How to make it:
Mix 2 teaspoons of milk cream with 1 teaspoon milk and a few drops of lemon juice. Rub the mixture on your legs, and relax for 20 minutes before taking a shower.
Repeat once per day for best results.
Another option, which is appropriate for the face and the body, is to mix milk cream with 4 tablespoons of gram flour.
Stir until the mixture forms a thick paste. Apply the paste to hands, face, legs, and any other desired areas. Let sit for 15 minutes then shower in warm (but not hot) water.
Milk and honey bath
Perfect for all-over relief
Milk is very nourishing for the skin (as mentioned above). Honey has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s also super-hydrating.
Next time you’re struggling with dryness on large areas of your body, fill up the tub with warm (but not hot) water. Mix half a cup of honey with boiling water in a bowl or mug. Stir until honey melts. Mix 1-2 cups of milk to the honey before pouring the mixture into the bathtub.
Relax and enjoy!
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