In the months of winter season, skin is predominantly dry. It can get so dry that it starts to look broken and there is flaking . Lips may become chapped. That is because winter climate has a drying effect on the body. It has little moisture in it. Some people have chronically dry skin, which can have a negative impact on their quality of life Simple home remedies can help one get over this problem and achieve healthy, glowing skin.
Dry skin can be caused by a number of factors. In some people, it is just a seasonal issue. However, in many others, the skin may remain chronically dry.
Dry skin condition can show up many kinds of symptoms.
- Dry, parched looking skin.
- Visible flakes on the skin which fly off when rubbed.
- Much more wrinkled and folded appearance of the skin.
- There may be rashes, flaky white spots and itching.
Other symptoms of dry skin ( xerosis ) also depend on the causing factor. For example, people who take medication for acne usually experience a period of intense skin drying. This is done to reduce the natural skin oil ( sebum ) production which actually helps to subdue the acne. In other conditions like eczema and psoriasis, there is a lot more itching and characteristic symptoms of those conditions.
No matter what the underlying cause of dry skin condition, a lot can be done to help you achieve a much smoother and somewhat radiating skin. There are a few natural substances which have been renowned since ancient times for excellent skin care that they provide. Just by using these foods and herbs , one can alleviate dry skin condition, whether it is the winter skin or chronic dry skin.
Home remedies for dry skin on face, feet, body and lips.
1. Healthy Massage Oils
Humans have been extracting oils since the time of civilizations. They are used as fuel and as a skin care ingredient. Some of these oils stand out in their ability to keep the skin healthy. They are also goo moisturizers as they protect the water content under the skin to evaporate by forming a hydrophobic oil layer on top.
Use these oils to massage your entire body at least 2 times per week and 3 times per week in fall and winter, cause that is when the skin needs extra care.
- Olive oil – extra virgin olive oil is slightly greenish in color. Use this variety of olive oil. It heals damaged skin as well. 
- Coconut oil – it is excellent for reducing flakiness on the skin.
- Sweet Almond oil – brilliant massage oil with a light texture.
- Castor oil – somewhat dense oil which stays longer on the skin and moisturizes brilliantly. Adds a glossy shine to the skin and is excellent for preventing wrinkles.
- Avocado oil – very good for treating dry scalp condition.
- Grape seed oil – It is a light oil which is good for a fragrant massage.
- Jojoba oil – good for dry skin on face as it is non comedogenic.
One can also use petroleum jelly or baby oil. But, the oils mentioned above are definitely much more powerful.
2. Natural Humectants ( attract moisture to skin )
A humectant is a substance which attracts moisture. These things, when applied onto the skin stay there for a long time and absorb water vapor from the environment.  The skin therefore receives hydration for a longer period of time. Rub these all over your skin, or wherever the dry skin is.
- Aloe Vera – one of the finest humectants in nature. It combats hundreds of skin condition because of its beneficial properties. Aloe Vera soothes itching, reduces rashes and makes skin smooth and hydrated.
- Vegetable glycerin – This common product is also a nice humectant.
- Honey – Rub a thin layer of honey on your skin. It would feel really sticky, but it works to alleviate dry skin like a treat. It requires much more time to apply and wash honey, so reserve some special time for this treatment.
- Agave nectar – One should always use only high quality agave nectar. It is a good humectant and works for dry skin condition.
Humectants are providers of moisture and oils help to seal it in. So, use an oil coat on the skin after removing your aloe vera, or honey.
3. Exfoliate your skin
It may seem counter intuitive to exfoliate the skin, but this is really necessary. It actually promotes the emergence of new skin cells which function better than the dead skin cells which might be lined up. If you feel dry after exfoliation, don’t worry. Use an oil massage to heal the skin.
- Lemon and Sugar – Take ample amount of sugar cubes. Add fresh lemon juice and rub it onto the skin. Rub nicely for about 2 minutes each small region of the skin. This takes away lots of dead skin cells and exposes healthier skin.
- Clay mask – Use bentonite clay, or fuller’s earth and turn into a mud like paste. Bathe in this mud for about 20 minutes. It draws out toxins from the skin which might be hindering the natural process of moisturisation. It also takes away the flaky skin and feels cool.
- Dry brushing – Get a soft skin brush and scrub the skin with it. Make sure not to irritate the skin. It also relieves the itching. This is very helpful for dry skin on the feet, where dead skin cells and cracks can develop. These thick layers of skin need to filed away to reveal smooth skin underneath.
4. Your Skin need Insulation
In the harsh winter months, the dry air is the main culprit behind dry skin. However, many times one cannot help going out. The skin needs insulation. These are substances that prevent the skin from colder temperatures by forming a protective layer on the skin.
- Lard – apply lard on the skin to protect it from drying in winter, outside.
- Mink oil also has similar effect to lard.
5. Milk products
Milk, and many of its products are excellent for treating the dry skin condition. In some civilizations, there is a mention of bathing with milk which is supposed to lend glowing, smooth skin. Try these remedies to get rid of itching and dry, flaky skin.
- Bathe in cool milk. It may seem out of the box, but it really soothes the skin which is dry and parched.
- Yogurt – massage yogurt into the skin. It cleanses the skin and you feel refreshed. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is a viable treatment for xerosis. 
- Buttermilk – Besides milk, one can also bathe in buttermilk.
6. Healthy Butters
Many people would be apprehensive about applying butter to skin, but these butters are excellent for dry skin.
- Shea butter – This butter comes from the shea nuts. It is relatively expensive, but a brilliant natural skin care product.
- Cocoa butter – This comes from the cocoa beans. It has been used to heal stretch marks and even for dry skin.
If there is one thing that really beats dry skin like nothing else, it is avocados. This fruit is often considered as the most complete food on the planet, as it provides carbohydrates, proteins ( in form of amino acids ) and fats. Grind an avocado after pitting it and then scrub it all over your skin. Also put avocados in various recipes like smoothies, shakes and even meal plans. This food can help on combat dry skin condition in a few weeks.
8. Eat to reduce Dry Skin
By following a special diet, one can get over the chronic dry skin condition. There are just a few things to keep in mind while planning each day’s meal.
- Get more Iron – Anemia is a major cause of dry pale skin. So, get more iron in diet. Eat Vitamin C rich foods to improve its absorption. 
- Eat foods rich in Omega -3 fatty acids – People who are deficient in Omega 3 may suffer from dry skin, inflammation and pain in the joints. So, eat foods like salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds and chia seeds. 
- Get more antioxidants – Our skin may look dull and lifeless if the body is overloaded with toxins and free radicals. Antioxidants are micro nutrients found in foods which neutralize these radical chemical species and prevent our DNA from damage. Eat lots of fruits, and especially berries. Drink the juice of fruits like Kiwis, Indian gooseberry, beetroot, red turnips and especially carrots. Beetroots help our red blood cells to retain more oxygen. This way, each and every cell of the body gets more oxygen.
- Get more water – Eat foods like watermelon, cucumbers and dark green leafy vegetables to get more hydration.
9. Essential Oils for relieving Itchy Skin
If your dry skin is accompanies by itching, then perform an oil massage with these essential oils.
Base oil ( olive oil would be great )
Clove essential oil
Frankincense essential oil
- Directions / How to use
Take an ounce of carrier oil. Add 4 – 6 drops of frankincense essential oil and clove oil respectively. Mix well and test on the hand as a patch test. If there is not reaction, apply it as a massage on dry skin. Clove oil numbs the skin which relieves itching. Frankincense oil helps to heal the dry skin condition.
One can also use some of these home remedies to heal dry skin condition in babies and even on pets, like dogs and cats.
Avoid these things when dealing with dry skin condition.
- Do not apply vinegar, or apple cider vinegar. This has a drying effect on the skin which is not desirable in this condition.
- Do not take very frequent baths. The water at some places has high amounts of dissolved salts (TDS ) which deposit on the scalp and on the skin. This aggravates flakiness.
- Avoid sun exposure during afternoon hours. Sunlight can lead to episodes of dry, peeling skin, especially in very hot climates.
- Avoid using herbs, essential oils or somewhat strong substances on the gentle skin of babies. As for pets, make sure that whatever you use on them would not cause an allergic reaction.
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