Dry skin can happen to anyone, and it can definitely be annoying. Not only is it hard to function when your skin is dry (even smiling can be painful!) but you can also develop skin flaking, cracking skin, itchiness and unsightly redness.
Dry skin often happens to people who live in cold, dry climates. For example, the midwest of the United States gets very cold and dry in the winter months, and the winter lasts a long time. But anyone can have dry skin no matter where they live. It is often a hereditary thing that affects people when they have dry skin in the family. Fortunately, there are some awesome home remedies for fixing dry skin that we have outlined for you below!
- When it comes to removing dead skin when your skin is dry, salt will be your best friend because it is a great exfoliant.
- Right after you get out of the shower, take a handful of salt with a few drops of olive oil in it and rub it on your skin.
- Hop back into the shower to remove the salt and let most of the oil stay.
2. Choose the Right Soaps and Cleansers
- Most regular bar soaps are bad for your skin and will dry them out.
- Use the right stuff by choosing body washes that are moisturizing.
- You can also make your own by combining a few drops of tea tree oil, some glycerin soap and jojoba oil.
3. Get Into an Oatmeal Bath
- When your skin is super chapped and uncomfortable, take an oatmeal bath. Oats have tons of vitamin E in them.
- Simply put some dry oats into a bath along with a few drops of bath oil.
- Sit in the bath for 20 to 30 minutes then rinse in the shower quickly.
4. Go Hard on the Jojoba Oil
- Most people know that oil will benefit the skin greatly when it is dry, rough and chapped. But the problem that many people have is that their skin breaks out with most oils.
- Jojoba oil will not clog the pores, so you can put it anywhere without worrying about breakouts.
- When you have dry skin, slather yourself with jojoba oil, and over time, you’ll definitely be moisturized.
- A cornstarch soak in the bathtub can go a long way at taking care of itchiness. Even though it is a powder, it will mix with water to create a paste that smooths the skin.
- Just dump 1/2 cup to a cup of cornstarch into your next bath and get in for a soaking.
- Rinse off after the bath. Repeat weekly.
6. Breakout the Gloves
- Many people experience dry skin on their hands, and this may be due to cleaning or washing dishes without gloves.
- The next time you clean or wash dishes with hot water, make sure to wear vinyl gloves.
- You should also wear the gloves to prevent getting contaminated by the harsh chemicals in some cleaning products.
- A long time ago, vinegar was used primarily for taking care of chapped hands. You can use it anywhere on your body, however.
- Simply put vinegar onto your skin before you go to bed. If the vinegar is on your feet or hands, put on gloves or socks over the vinegar.
- Go to sleep and rinse in the morning.
8. Drink More Water.
- Your body is made of mostly water, did you know that? It’s true, but still, many men and women do not take care of their bodies because they just don’t drink enough water.
- You should be drinking at least 64 to 70 ounces of water, juice or milk every day.
- Remember, that alcohol and caffeine actually dehydrate you. to help your dry skin, stick to water, juice and milk.
9. Put a Humidifier in Your Bedroom
- Humidifiers add moisture to the air, and this helps a lot when your dry skin is due to dry air.
- Simply purchase a basic humidifier, fill it each night and let it run while you sleep.
- Make sure that you are cleaning it regularly with white vinegar to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
10. Use Cooler Water When You Wash Your Skin
- Did you know that that super hot water that you love coming out of your shower head can actually damage your skin? It’s true. Too much water on your skin from long, hot showers causes problems and removes essential natural oils.
- It may be difficult, but try to take less showers or shorter showers. There is no need to shower more than once a day on a regular basis.
- When you do take showers or wash your face at the sink, use cooling water. It doesn’t have to be cold, but don’t make it hot.
Keep in mind that dry skin can happen anywhere on the body. This is important because a lot of people only focus on the skin of their face. They forget to take care of their body’s skin, and then they get flakiness, itchiness and roughness, and they have no idea what’s going on.
Any of the methods for dry skin mentioned in this article can be used anywhere on the body, and many of the home remedies above will actually benefit the entire body anyway (like using a humidifier while you sleep).
You should make sure that you are taking care of all of your skin when you use these home remedies. That way, you can get that soft, beautiful skin back to optimal hydration levels, and you’ll never have to worry about flakiness, redness, itchiness, pain or dryness again! Good luck on your road to amazing, radiant skin!
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