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Dry Skin

The skin glands produce sebum, which keeps the skin moisturised. But your skin is exposed to weather changes, pollution and harmful rays of the sun on a daily basis. It may, thus, lose its moisture and softness, and become dry and sensitive. This problem is aggravated when you shower a lot or use deodorant soaps that cause dry, itchy skin. Hence, it is important to give your skin a little pampering and rejuvenation every now and then.

Dr. Health suggests a few home remedies to help you with this problem:

  • Melt 2 tablespoons of lanolin and a teaspoon of white bees wax in a double boiler. To this add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoonful of aloe vera gel, and 2 tablespoons of rose water and let it cool. Pamper yourself with this moisturiser to overcome the problem.
  • Nothing can be more nourishing and enriching for your skin than a milk bath. Milk contains lactic acid, which helps in dry skin exfoliation and increases the skin’s ability to hold moisture.
  • In case there is a particular patch on your skin, which is exceptionally dry, cover it with a face washer soaked in milk. Keep it covered for at least five minutes, and then rinse it off very gently, so that the lactic acid stays on the skin.
  • Fill your bath tub with warm water and add 2 cups of Epsom salts to it. Soak yourself in the tub for a few minutes. You can also rub in a handful of Epsom salt on the dry skin. Epsom salts help to exfoliate and soften rough and patchy skin. Adding some dried seaweed to the bath helps to boost the softening effect.
  • Oats can work wonders when it comes to maintaining a smooth and soft skin, as they have a soothing effect on itchy and dry skin. Add 200 gm of powdered oats to your bath. You can also add ½ cup bicarbonate of soda to your oat bath. Bicarbs aid in removing the dead skin cells.
  • Application of aloe vera gel is like a boon for dry skin. Cut off an aloe vera leaf and scrape out some gel. Apply this on your dry skin. Aloe vera contains acids that eat up the dead skin cells, and promote quick healing, giving you a smooth, supple and soft skin.
  • Apply avocado purée on your face or on the patch of dry skin; this acts as a moisturising mask. Avocado contains oil, which acts as an emollient and vitamin E, which is extremely beneficial.
  • Herbal teas and juices are recommended, as they help to keep your skin moist and soft. Avoid drinks containing caffeine, as they have a diuretic effect on your body and result in dry skin.
  • Include foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Munching on a few walnuts and avocados between meals. These foods are good for the skin.
  • Mix two tablespoons of flax seed oil to your cereal or salad. Flax seed oil is also a good source of fatty acids, and a great remedy for dry skin.
  • A dry environment can also rob your skin of moisture, making it dry. Keeping plants at home not only makes your home look good but also retains the moisture in the environment.
  • These remedies will surely help you regain soft skin, but if you make sure to eat healthy and nutritious food, you will never face the problem of dry skin, as a balanced diet is the key to overall good health.

A human body comprises of 80% water. According to a generalised estimation, an average human being drinks about 16000 gallons of water in his entire life.