If you have dry skin, you know that it’s not just annoying and even unsightly, it can also be incredibly painful. You’ve probably tried all kinds of moisturizers with no real luck. The reason may be that the moisturizers simply makes your skin oily or irritates the problem even further.
The best way to avoid this is by going natural. Here are some easy, natural treatments to help moisturize your skin.
Drink plenty of water. This one is totally simple, but often overlooked. Your skin needs water to stay soft and smooth. While putting water on your skin will dry it out, putting it in your body is essential for keeping it hydrated. Plus, drinking enough water will make you feel better too!
A really good way to get itchy dry skin quickly is to use soap. Over cleaning your skin is often unnecessary and can really dry it out. Avoid long baths, particularly with very hot water as this is extremely drying to the skin. Quick showers are the better option, for both your skin and environment. Use a natural mild soap sparingly. And follow up with all natural coconut oil to seal in the moisture. You can get 100% natural organic coconut oil which is used both for cooking and moisturizing at most health food stores.
Sometimes the skin on your body is okay but it’s the skin on your face that can be overly dry. For a great natural face wash, mix equal parts yogurt and cooked oatmeal with some cucumber juice. The yogurt and oatmeal help moisturize and soothe while the cucumber juice closes up your pores. Just remember that natural washes aren’t foamy like soap, but that doesn’t mean they’re not properly cleaning your skin.
If you have especially dry skin on your face, the best treatment is also probably the simplest and least expensive one around: honey. Honey has been used for centuries to moisturize, and you really don’t need anything else. Just apply honey to your face like a masque, let dry for 30 minutes, then rinse off. Your face will feel fresh, clean and healthy.
When it comes to moisturizing dry skin, you can usually skip all the fancy moisturizers and use good old fashioned oil. Just massage in daily to smooth, soft skin. While most oils will work, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil are great for moisturizing and treating a variety of skin conditions. You can even mix in some honey (you can heat it to soften and help it mix) for added moisturizing power.
Remember that natural remedies are about fixing the cause as well as treating the problem. It’s best to protect your skin from damage rather than treat it afterwards. Be sure to protect your skin from dry, cold winter conditions by using scarves, gloves, and avoid long exposures to severe cold when possible.
If nothing seems to be working for your dry skin, it may not caused by something you can tackle on your own. There may be an underlying condition or nutrition deficiency that is causing your problem. If these treatments don’t seem to help, try visiting your doctor or natural health practitioner.