Pandemic times made us wash our hands about six times more than before COVID-19. We use antibacterial gels more often, which contain desiccative alcohol. All of this leads to irritated, sensitive skin that cracks, and itches. Here you will find the best home remedies for dry skin.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Dry skin is mostly a result of an inappropriate skincare routine, for example, you may be using too many exfoliating products or cosmetics that contain alcohol. Your skin can be dry due to freezing or scorching weather. Spending too much time in heated or air-conditioned rooms may also cause dryness. Remember that too restrictive diet low in nutrients, especially in healthy fats can lead to dry skin.
How To Take Care Of Dry Skin?
To get nice and glowing skin, you have to drink about two liters of water every day. Also, don’t forget that your diet matters, try to include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Always apply a moisturizer and don’t stay too long in the sun, even while using a sunscreen product.
The most common mistakes when it comes to facial skin care are using scrubs which intensively exfoliate the skin. Such scrubs are great for oily or combination skin, but may severely damage dry skin. Washing your face with soap is also a bad idea, as the soap has alkaline pH, which may cause dryness. Another mistake is tugging and rubbing your skin when removing make-up or washing your face. This way you rub from your skin sebum, which is essential for its proper functioning. Also, avoid going to the swimming pool, because chlorinated water will make your skin dry.
When To Go To The Doctor?
Dry skin in most cases indicates mistakes in skincare but sometimes dryness is a symptom of severe diseases. Diabetics may have dry skin because of the impairment of insulin secretion- too low insulin level equals too high blood sugar level and a high blood sugar level dries out the skin. Also, if you have thyroid problems, you will suffer from dry feet, elbows, and knees, you may also feel weakened and tired as well as have weight fluctuations.
Sometimes dryness is caused by dehydration. We talk about dehydration when you don’t drink enough water and therefore you don’t provide enough electrolytes. If you are thirsty all the time, have chapped lips (see our other article on chapped lips) and dry skin, this is probably dehydration.
Atopic dermatitis or psoriasis also cause dryness of the skin. If you suffer from one of those diseases, consult with a dermatologist, remember about drinking plenty of water, and don’t forget to moisturize and nourish your skin.
How To Moisturize Dry Skin?
Dry skin needs appropriate moisture. If you take care of that, your skin will be glowing and radiant again, all unpleasant effect will be gone. Additionally, good skincare means lower vulnerability to adverse weather conditions. Cosmetics for dry skin should contain glycerin, panthenol, strongly hygroscopic substances such as urea or vegetable oil.
Avoid products that have fragrances as they may cause allergy. Also, try not to use products with alcohol or artificial colorings. You have to be consistent, stick to your skincare routine, and don’t forget about drinking plenty of water and remember to maintain a healthy diet.
Natural Skincare for Dry Skin
Now it’s time to concentrate on how to take care of your skin when it’s dry. It’s important to use plant-based natural products, which will gently moisturize and soothe your skin. You need to include oils to your skincare routine because they work excellently for sensitive skin.
Argan oil, also known as „Morrocan liquid gold” is one of the world’s most expensive oils. It contains fatty acids and vitamin E, which soothes irritation and reduces redness. Stigmasterol and tirukallol which are chemical compounds of argan oil helps in epidermis regeneration and prevent wrinkles or other skin problems.
Jojoba oil chemical composition resembles natural human sebum in 30%. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. This product is very cheap and this is the reason why you should buy it. It contains vitamins A, E, and F, phytosterols, and elastin- these ingredients help delay the aging process, prevent excessive water loss, and boost skin regeneration.
Hemp oil is a total must-have when it comes to dry skin. In 80% it consists of unsaturated fat, particularly omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp oil helps to restore skin hydrolipidic film and build skin resistance to weather conditions.
Shea butter will improve skin tone, elasticity, and increase collagen production. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E, which improve the regeneration of skin tissue and neutralize free radicals. Karite is a very common ingredient of moisturizing cosmetics and hand protective creams.
Coconut oil deeply nourishes dry skin and thanks to that it can be a great moisturizer and anti-aging cream. Antibacterial properties make it a good choice for everyone struggling with acne. Additionally, coconut oil protects the skin from UV radiation just like cream with SPF 10.
Cocoa butter is a great natural, hypoallergenic, moisturizing cosmetic. It protects the skin from air pollution, irritation, and inflammation and that’s why it is highly recommended to everyone who lives in large agglomerations. Cocoa butter stimulates collagen production and helps complement deficiencies of vitamins and elements such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.
Also, you can’t forget about the good moisturizer. The best choice for dry skin would be rich cream that will hydrate your skin. It should be a sunscreen product, which will protect your skin from drying. Your night cream has to not only moisturize but also nourish the skin. Choose products with ceramides, plant oils, urea, and emollients.
You can also do the DIY moisturizing cream. You will need:
- 50 ml of sweet almond oil, which soothes irritation, moisturizers and calms the skin
- 50 ml of aloe vera extract, that refreshes, hydrates your skin, and removes scars
- 10 drops of orange blossom essential oil, which will stimulate collagen, improve firmness, and gives amazing smell as well as fabulous radiance
- 10 drops of rosemary essential oil, that nourishes and has an antibacterial effect
- 20 drops of vitamin E, which is a natural preservative, but also make you look younger
Mix sweet almond oil with aloe vera extract and then add all essential oils, mix well. Store in a refrigerator in a glass bottle for about 15 days.
Firstly, your make-up remover can’t contain alcohol, which dries out and irritate your skin. The best are cleansing oils, emulsions and toners made for dry skin. You can also use micellar water for dry skin because they rebuild a protective layer of the epidermis. Once a week use a gentle exfoliator and then apply a moisturizing face mask.
You can do a simple face mask using the products you have in the kitchen. For example, try using egg yolk, apply it on the skin for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. The egg face mask will regenerate every type of skin, whether its combination or dry and sensitive skin. Unsaturated fats in egg yolk nourish skin and heal different skin problems like eczema or acne. Vitamins A, E, D, and B-complex vitamin with phosphorus and potassium intensively soothes the skin.
Dry skin needs appropriate moisturize and nourishment. The best solution is to first apply a moisturizing cream and then cover your skin with oil. A cream will regenerate the corneum which maintains high moisture level and oil will fortify your skin with an appropriate lipid level that protects the skin from loss of moisture. Avoid washing your face with soap, and choose cosmetics without alcohol. Remember not to use scrubs, but gentle exfoliators and stop rubbing your face while removing make-up.