Do you suffer from super dry skin? There are many types of skin condition, including dry skin. Regular dry skin isn’t a major issue. However, it can become a problem when your skin is very dry. It’s part of a group of skin disorder known as ichthyosis, which can result in visible problems and discomfort. The good news is that you can take steps to control the environmental factors in part. Some factors include hot/cold weather and low humidity levels, and soaking skin in hot weather.
If your skin becomes severely dry you might have to visit a dermatologist who specializes in skin problems. However, you can also use several types of home remedies to help control the condition. The key is to prevent it from becoming worse, which is one of the keys when dealing with such conditions.
Stop Soaping up with Deodorant Soaps
Such soaps might seem like a wise choice if you want your skin to be fresh and clean. However, the problem is that they tend to dry out people’s skin. Besides that, they have perfumes in them, which can cause the skin to be irritated. It’s better to use liquid soaps. They’re usually gentler on a person’s skin. You can use a squirt bottle by your kitchen or bathroom skin in order to wash your hands with the soap.
Soak in Salt
Epsom salt is technically known as magnesium sulfate. It’s an inorganic salt that has magnesium, sulfur, as well as oxygen. This type of salt can provide many health benefits, and is ideal when you want to treat big patches of dry skin. The first step is to fill up a bathtub with warm water. Then add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water. Soak the large areas of dry skin for a couple of minutes. In order to remove dead skin cells you can also rub a handful of salt on the skin’s rough areas, in order to exfoliate the body’s largest organ. You’ll likely be amazed and pleased at how good your skin will feel after you’re done using salt to treat your dry skin. If you want your skin to be even soften, you can add some dried seaweed to the bathtub. This will help to exponentially make your skin softer.
Moisturizing by Trapping in Moisture
Instead of treating dry skin per se, you can also use products that help to trap in the moisture contained in the skin. There are many ingredients that can help to achieve this goal. They include peanut oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, and vegetable shortening. It’s important to use a small amount, in order to prevent the skin from feeling greasy. However, these products are definitely helpful in preventing the body’s natural moisture from escaping the skin and causing it to become dry.
Shower for Less Time
When you shower it’s highly advisable that you shower for 15 minutes or less. The reason is that when you take long showers you wash away the protect oils contained in the skin. Another key is to use slightly warm water instead of hot water, as the latter can remove oil from skin.
Moisturizers with Acids or Avocadoes
When using a moisturizer on your skin it’s important not to use any old type. For example, you should consider ones that include alpha-hydroxy acids. These acids are effective in loosening up flakes of skin cells. That helps to make the skin softer. Another option is to use lotions that include urea have a similar effect as alpha-hydroxy acids.
You can remove the seed of an avocado. Then puree the fruit’s pulp manually or using machinery. Pat the puree on your face in order to create a moisturizing mask. The oil functions as an emollient, which will make your skin softer. Another big benefit of the mask is that it contains Vitamin E. This vitamin is effective in blocking harmful free radicals from the body, which can have a negative effect on the skin and cause issues such as wrinkles and dry skin.
Milk: Not Just for Good for Bones
When we think about milk we often focus on the benefits of drinking milk in terms of the calcium’s benefits for bones. However, you might be surprised to learn that milk can also provide various health benefits when used topically, including very dry skin. It’s the lactic acid contained in the milk that helps to exfoliate (remove) dead skin cells.
However, besides making the skin smoother, the lactic acid can help it to retain moisture, which can help to reduce the likelihood of dry skin. The first step is to soak a cloth in (cold) milk. The next step is to put the cloth in any area of your skin that’s very dry and/or irritated. Avoid taking the washcloth immediately but instead let it sit there for 5 minutes. Make sure that when rinsing off the cold milk you should do it gently. That will allow a small amount of lactic acid to stay on the skin and help it to keep retaining moisture.
Say Hello to Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is a type of plant that grows naturally in tropical climates throughout the world. It’s grown for various agricultural as well as medicinal purposes. It’s also grown to decorate homes and offices. Aloe vera gel is one effective treatment for dry skin, and will help it to heal at a much faster pace. It helps to treat dry skin because it contains acids. These acids actually eat the dead cells on your skin. Here’s how you can get the gel. First, cut off a leaf located at the base of the plant. Then use a knife to split open the leaf. Use a spoon to scrape the gel out of the leaf. This is one of the most effective ways to treat very dry skin, and is 100% natural so you won’t have to worry about side-effects.
Dealing with very dry skin can be tough. However, the above-mentioned treatments can keep is moisturized.