Monday, December 12, 2011

Natural Remedies: 10 Items To Help Dry Skin

Dry skin can be uncomfortable and even upsetting. Your skin may feel tight and painful, it might look dull, red or flaky. The worst thing about having dry skin is the itchiness. Dry skin is extremely common though.  What exactly causes dry skin? Well it can be caused by a couple things: The environment, something your doing to your skin, extreme weather conditions, or a health condition. Dry skin is often felt more than it is seen but on some it can be noticeable and very embarassing. Dry skin requires quite a bit of care and attention as it is prone to a variety of problems. It needs regular conditioning, and applying a number of protective lotions and treatments on a regular basis. Unfortunately most skin care products that are a great in nourishing the skin can dry out your wallet. Most people fail to realize that nature offers us some of the best remedies for everything exspecially dry skin. These natural remedies are not only cheap but also more effective and easy available. Here is a number of natural items that help treat dry skin.

1. Water
Drinking lots of water helps keep your body hydrated and can relieve dry skin to a great extent. 8-10 glasses is the minimum quality to consume. drinking water in large amounts can keep skin hydrated and gives a radiant, healthy, and younger looking complexion. Water allows sking to maintain its elasticity and suppleness.

2. Milk
There is nothing more calming than taking a nice, long, warm bath at the end of a busy day to relax. However those suffering from dry skin can enhance this experience by adding milk to your bath water.  Milk baths have been documented far back in Roman and Egyptian history.  Milk bathing is one of the most simplest means to promote healthy skin and is an excellent choice for those with sensitive, irritated, and intensely dry skin. Rejuvenation is key to skin health and improvement. Milk does wonders for moisturizing dry skin.   All you have to do is soak in it for atleast 10 minutes.

3. Honey
I know I have talked about honey what seems like a bajillion times, but I can't stress the wonders of this enough! Honey is a natural humectant, it attracts and preserves moisture. It turns dry, irritated, flaky skin into hyrated and glowy. Honey is also great for dry, damaged hair. Honey contains wound healing capacities that can be used effectively to treat dry skin.

4. Olive Oil
Anciet Greeks knew of the benefits of olive oil as a cleanser and moisturizer, often using the oil in lieu of soap in their baths.  It is a light and mildly antibacterial oil very much like the oil produced in our sebaceous glands.  Olive oil is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that check the spread of free radicals in our bodies.  Free radicals are caused by damaging substances caused by sun exposure, pollution, smoking and alcohol.  Olive oil can help clean and moisturize hair, skin and nails. Like milk, you can also add some into your  bath or you can use in hair or face masks, or even just blot it on directly.

5. Yogurt
Just about everyone by now knows the benefits to eating yogurt, but not many know the benefits it has for skin.Lactic acid in yogurt soothes, softens and tightens the skin, refining the pores. Yogurt's high nutrient content and natural antibacterial and antifungal properties help get rid of germs.  Yogurt can be used by itself as a face mask or you can look at my previous Beauty Tricks Of The Day for some face masks.

6. Avocados.
Avocados are Mother Nature's skin and hair moisturizer. They are packed with healthy fats and phytonutrients that offer remarkable benefits for skin and hair when both eaten and used topically. Avocado oil is close to our skin's natural oils.  Eating a half avocado every other day can help relieve the itchy misery of psoriasis and winter itch. The oils found in avocados work internally towards the surface of the skin to help the skin to literally repair itself from the damage.  Again this can be mashed and applyed directed to the hair or skin.

7. Bananas.
In many countries the banana fruit and peel are considered to be the "Golden Fruit" of nature. It helps promotes natural beauty and keeps the body healthy. Banana peels contains potassium and a number of antioxidants minerals that help the skin restore itself naturally. These key compounds have a positive effect on skin conditions, they leave the skin soft supple and healthy. Banana fruit can be mashed and applied on the face but try avoiding your hair as this could turn into one big sticky mess. Rubbing the inside of the banana peel on irritated skin twice a day can also relieve itchy dry skin. Try using overripe bananas as they hold excess oil.

8. Eggs
For centuries, eggs have been used by women to cure dry skin. Eggs contain lots of vitamin B complex, vitamin A and vitamin E as well as numerous minerals all aiding the relief of dry skin. Eggs can be worn directly on the skin but again avoid your hair unless you like the smell of raw eggs.  Egg yolk contain albumin which helps strengthen skin, use egg yolk if your skin is peeling. Egg whites also strengthens skin but it also tightens and locks in moisture.

9. Pomegranates.
Pomegranates have SO many benefits to skin including dry, irritated and devitalized skin. It is loaded with many skin friendly antioxidants and nutrients.  It is a good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, E and C. It is rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and folic acid. It is very beneficial for encouraging the regeneration and strengthening of the skin and hair. The fresh juice of a pomegranate can be solely applied to skin and/or hair.

10. Green Tea
Government studies have indicated that green tea has the abilty to improve the appearance of your skin. Antioxidants in green tea possess the abilty to renew dying skin cells that lay on top of the skin.  Applying green tea to your skin every day will dramatically change you skin's appearance.

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