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Dry Skin Remedies

There are various effective home remedies for dry skin. Dry skin is not only unsightly but is also more susceptible to dry skin diseases and infections. Dry skin is generally caused by extreme weather or unhealthy bathing practices. Over bathing or having frequent baths with hot (not warm) water, robs the skin of its natural oils, leaving it flaky. Although there are various cosmetic remedies for dry skin available in the market, most of them contain various perfumes and dyes that can irritate your skin.

Castor oil is one of the best dry skin remedies. If you have flaky or scaly skin you can mix a drop of lemon essential oil as well. Lemon oil is citric in nature and helps to slough off the upper layer of your skin so that your skin is visibly smoother with no signs of flaking. Coconut oil is another excellent remedy for dry skin. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that help to protect your skin from cellular damage. After your daily shower, use a little coconut oil instead of your normal moisturizer. You can also mix coconut milk along with a little cow’s milk and use this as a moisturizing lotion before bathing. This will help to prevent your skin from drying due to the detergents in your soap.

Milk cream is one of the oldest dry skin home remedies and is generally used in cases of extremely dry and flaky skin. Milk cream contains fatty acids that are easily absorbed by your skin though it can leave your skin slightly oily. Use milk cream to massage your skin at least 45 minutes prior to your shower. Do not use milk cream as a moisturizer after your bath as this dry skin remedy can attract household pests. Milk cream contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate the uppermost layer of your skin. Mix a little milk cream along with a spoon of honey and some sugar and use this as a moisturizing scrub before your bath. You should also try to    include fish like tuna and sardines in your diet as they are rich in fatty acids. Try to cut down on your consumption of processed flour and sugar products. During winter, you should make sure that your intake of fats is slightly higher as your body absorbs and utilizes fatty acids faster in winter. In addition to this, you can take a Vitamin E oil supplement as a dry skin remedy to increase sebum production and keep your skin moisturized.