Winter brings with it some amazingly low temperatures and pristine white snow but what’s a rose without thorns? Dry skin is winter’s greatest con and covering oneself from head to toe to hide the white patches isn’t a cure.
“Urgh! How do I get rid of this dry skin!”
Have you been asking yourself this question 368 times a day?
If the answer is Yes, then you are in the right place!
The water content level in skin’s surface layers ranges from about 10% to 30%. Anything below this simply results in dry skin. Dry skin, in turn, results in breaking of the skin, flaking, scaling, itching and in some cases, even bleeding.
Of course, low humidity and cold weather play a major role in stealing our moisture away, but dry skin, in reality, is a result of a lot more reasons than just environment. To understand how to cure dry skin, let’s first understand what brings it on. Prevention is always better than cure. Here’s a list of top causes of dry skin, and how to fight them:
- Taking a really hot bath- oh! How heavenly it feels when hot water hits your back, almost orgasmic, right? But these orgasms do not really serve our skin well. Hot bath dries up the natural oil produced by our skin and strips off essential nutrients. Five minutes of good feeling, or the creamy skin you’ve always dreamt of?
Solution: Use lukewarm water to bathe and limit your shower time to 5-7 minutes.
- Rubbing your skin too hard with the towel - remember, your skin is not a lamp, no genie is coming out of it. The only thing coming out is dry and flaky skin. Be gentle to yourself!
Solution: Instead of rubbing your skin vigorously, gently pat it dry.
- Washing your hands too often (especially with a soap) can leave your skin dry. Harsh soaps trigger dryness.
Solution: Keep a hand cream on your desk and in your bag. Always top up your freshly washed hands with moisturiser!
- Just like hands, washing your face with too cold or too hot water can leave it dry. Wash your face with a moisturising facial cleanser, and top it up with a moisturiser. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise, can’t say it enough!
- If you have dry skin, do not choose water-based products for your skin. Water-based moisturizers and serums can escalate dryness.
Solution: Always pick oil based skincare products to inject moisture into your skin.
- “Oh, who is gonna get out of this warm blanket and go to the kitchen? I am not even thirsty!” Your throat might not be asking for it, but your skin is. Lack of hydration from inside out is one of the leading causes of dry skin.
Solution: Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day for healthy glowing skin.
- Just like drinking alcohol dehydrates your body, wearing alcohol dehydrates your skin. Don’t use skin care products that contain alcohol.
Solution: Instead of alcohol-based products (and artificial fragrances), choose clean beauty products.
- Lack of exfoliating can cause clusters of dead skin cells to sit on top of your skin. These cells prevent all the moisturisers and lotions from reaching the skin and nourishing it.
Solution:Try a homemade sugar exfoliator (Recipe given below) to get rid of these gloomy and dull cells!
- Room heaters and blowers reduce the humidity in the air and disturb your skin’s moisture levels.
Solution: Consider installing a humidifier in the room to bring the moisture back in the air, and back in the skin.
Some say the kitchen is the best pharmacy for the skin. Let's go check out some amazing homemade cures that our beautiful mothers and grandmothers turned to in their time of need. Here’s a list of DIY cures for dry, flaky skin that can be found lying around your kitchen:
The most commonly found ingredient in cosmetic products is something that can produce wonders overnight. Extract the gel from a freshly cut Aloe Vera leaf and apply it directly on to your face. Be it a 20-minute mask or an overnight mask, the effect is profound. Also, it can be used as often as required without having to look over your shoulder for pesky side effects.
The Swiss army knife of homemade remedies, coconut oil solves dryness, patches, scars, and whatnot. It acts as a natural emollient which locks the moisture inside your skin. Once again, the lack of side effects means that one can use it as frequently as required.
In place of coconut oil, jojoba oil, mustard oil or olive oil can be used but limit the usage to two times a week as some people might not find these chemical compounds in these oils aggregable.
Olive oil can also make an excellent exfoliator. Just mix half a cup of brown sugar with a tablespoon of olive oil.
The good old component in Vaseline, it too helps build a moisture-trapping protective shield. A Patronus charm against the moisture-sucking winter cold.
Need an exfoliator and a moisturizer? The most common berry is the answer to your query. A face pack with crushed strawberry mixed with have a tablespoon of coconut oil will do the trick.
Apply glycerine to dry areas of your body, such as feet, hands, elbows and cover it up with socks and gloves. Leave it overnight. You’ll start feeling the difference in less than a week.
Mix one mashed avocado with a tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your face to get creamy radiant skin! Avocado being rich in vitamins A, C and E surely help ACE your skin.
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