Any pharmacy or beauty counter will be full of products claiming to be “deep moisturizing” or “anti-aging” and many of these can work well. However, the problem is that most of them are very pricey or have chemicals which can cause skin irritation or simply mask over the problem instead of actually curing it.
A far better solution is to try one of the many all natural remedies for dry skin that you can make at home for a fraction of the cost. With these simple treatments not only are you in control of exactly what you’re putting on your skin but you’ll find that they are even more effective than a commercial product because they are so pure and simple.
The first step to curing dry skin is to gently but thoroughly exfoliate it. This removes the dead upper layer that prevents your skin’s natural oils from reaching the surface and blocks any moisturizers that you apply from permeating deep enough.
An added bonus to daily exfoliation is that over time it will soften and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating the renewal of skin cells which “plump” up the region and fill in small cracks.
- Oatmeal is one of most commonly found ingredients in exfoliating soaps and cleansers because it is mild and non-irritating. You can easily prepare it on your own by grinding it finely in a food processor and mixing it into a paste with either honey (for added moisture) or the juice from a lime or grapefruit (for toning). Apply it by rubbing over your skin in circles and rinse off with warm water.
Salt or sugar
- Scrubs made from salt or sugar are great for softening very tough skin and gently removing any dead cells. Both scrubs are made by mixing the ingredients in a 2-1 ratio with mineral oil and applying to rough or dry patches.
- Note: Salt scrubs are slightly more exfoliating but can cause irritation in people with sensitive skin. Sugar scrubs have a finer crystalline structure which is gentler on the skin and is easier to remove.
Naturally exfoliating enzymes
The words “chemical peel” may sound extreme, but if you pick the right enzyme combination you’ll find that it can gently dissolve away dead skin without any of the abrasion caused by using a scrub.
- Papaya and yogurt is a time-honored combination because the yogurt softens with lactic acid (a very gentle, natural exfoliator) and the papaya is an excellent moisturizer that deposits vitamins deep into the lower layers of the skin.
- If you’re looking for a slightly more potent cleanser a good option is pineapple juice. Not only does it smell wonderful, but it contains higher concentration of both vitamins and mild alpha-hydroxy acids which both exfoliate and help encourage skin-cell renewal.
- To apply: first open up your pores by either taking a warm bath or applying a wet, warm washcloth over your face for a few minutes. Next, use a fork to mash up a few pineapple wedges into a chunky paste and rub it into your skin. Leave the pineapple on for a maximum of 5 minutes and wash off before apply a rich moisturizer.
Nearly everyone suffers from dry skin at some point in their lives. For many people, especially those that live in northern or desert climates, this can become a chronic problem that can result in discomfort, premature aging, and skin damage.
However, even if you live in a humid climate, your skin will become drier as you get older and it’s important to find the right natural beauty products to keep your skin youthful and hydrated without causing buildup and clogging your pores.