Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

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Dry skin requires particular care and attention as it is prone to a variety of problems. Regular moisturizing and application of other protective lotions and treatments is necessary on a regular basis. This is done to avoid the common conditions that this skin type is susceptible to.

Unfortunately most skin care products that are of a good enough quality come with a huge price tag. Most of us fail to realize that nature offers us some of the best natural remedies for dry skin. These natural remedies are not only cost effective, but also quite efficient and are very easily available.

1. Drink lots of water. It helps to keep your body hydrated and can alleviate dry skin to a great extent. Eight to ten glasses is the minimum quantity, but ideally you should drink much more than that

2. A warm glass of milk mixed with a teaspoon or two of almond oil, before bedtime, can work wonders.

3. Baby lotion is one of the best moisturizing lotions that you can use on your skin. Moisturizing lotions for adults often contain other chemicals that may actually make your skin drier.

4. Before going for a bath, rub some honey all over your body and leave it on for five to ten minutes. Honey is one of the best natural moisturizers.

5.This tip dates back to thousands of years when queens bathed in milk. Yes, soaking in a tub filled with milk and warm water can do wonders for skin!

6. Instead of opting for expensive moisturizing creams that are available in the market, rub some sesame oil all over your body after your shower.

7. Coconut or avocado oil is also really good for treating dry skin.

8. You can even make a paste out of avocadoes and apply it all over your body to nourish your skin.

9. This tip may make you feel as if you’ve been dunked in a bowl of cereal, but it’s an excellent remedy for dry skin. Simply blend some baking soda, oatmeal, and vanilla extract in to a paste and mix it in a tub of warm water. Soak in the tub for as long as you like and say goodbye to dry skin.

10. You can also rub some oatmeal on your hands before washing them.

11. Petroleum jelly is one of the best remedies for dry lips, hands, and feet.

12. Glycerin oil is also a good remedy for dry skin.

13. Conditioned air is dry and really affects your skin. If you can’t avoid sitting in an air conditioned room all day, at least get a humidifier, or keep a bucket half filled with water next to you to humidify the air.

14. Nothing beats a hot shower or soaking in a tub of hot water on a cold winter’s day. Unfortunately, hot water really dries the skin. Opt for warm water instead.

15. The soap that you use may be responsible for your dry skin. Switch to natural soaps that do not contain any harmful chemicals. Doing so can really make a big difference to your dry skin problem.

16. If you use a lot of detergents your hands may become dry and the skin may begin to crack. Wear rubber gloves when handling detergents, or switch to a detergent that is classified as being soft on the hands.

17. Does your face feel itchy every time you wash it? Try this: mix an egg yolk with a teaspoon each of olive oil and orange juice, and add some drops of rose water and lime juice. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off.

18. Oil fish like salmon are not only rich in essential fatty acids, consuming them regularly can also help alleviate dry skin.

19. Are you suffering from dry and cracked heels? Rub the inside of a banana peel on your heels and watch all the dry skin disappear.

20. Bananas can also be used to treat dry skin on your face and neck. Just mash a banana (ripe ones work better) and apply it like a face pack. After some time wash your face with warm water.

21. Do include plenty of fruit in your diet.

22. If you’re a smoker, quit. Smoking is really bad for your skin. If you don’t believe me, Google the term “smoker’s face”.

23. Exercise. How does this work? When you exercise, you sweat. This unblocks your pores, and allows the natural oils to come to the surface and hydrate your skin.

24. Try to include spices such as turmeric, cumin, and coriander in your diet. They help to soothe and relieve dry skin.

25. Get sufficient sleep. Your body requires at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Lack of sleep really affects the skin.

5 Simple Ways Get Rid of Pimples

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While getting pimples is a normal, everyday skin condition that affects all of us at one time or another, having them is painful as well as embarrassing.  But before you explore ways to get rid of pimples, it’s important to know the physiology behind them.  For most people, pimples are nothing more than a reflection of skin irritation that results from an infection of the oil producing glands in the skin.  In most cases, the glands become irritated somehow and simply begin to produce too much oil, which results in a saturation of the gland.  This excess oil traps bacteria normally found on the skin and causes the infection and the resulting pus production.  This is what causes the actual raised area on the skin.

While most people believe that using harsh chemicals, vigorous mechanical scrubbing and even physician supervised skin peels and laser treatments are the best way to treat occasional pimples, oftentimes these treatments just aggravate the problem and make matters worse.  So, for occasional, localized breakouts, here are some great natural remedies that can help you get rid of pimples quickly and painlessly.

1. Ice

For a pimple that has not yet resulted in a pus filled eruption on the skin, ice can be used to reduce swelling and encourage the oil glands to constrict and push out the excess oil and bacteria from the irritated glands. To use ice to discourage the formation of pimples:

  • Wrap the ice in a piece of cloth and hold it on the affected skin area for a few seconds.
  • Wait a few minutes and repeat the process.

Apply the ice multiple times throughout the day and the pimple should resolve in just a day or two.

2. Lemon

Another great way to resolve pimples is to use fresh lemon juice.  The mild citric acid will operate as an antiseptic and kill the bacteria in the gland while working as an astringent to dry up excess oil.  There are a couple of ways to apply this remedy.

  • Using a clean, sterile cotton swab, apply the lemon juice to the affected areas prior to bedtime.
  • For more stubborn pimples, create a paste of lemon juice and cinnamon powder and dab onto pimples for all night treatment.  This will help get rid of pimples quickly, but is not recommended for people with sensitive skin.

3. Honey

Honey has long been known as a natural antiseptic and can help destroy the bacteria in the oil glands quickly, helping to speed up the healing process.

  • First, use a clean, sterile cotton tipped application and dab the honey directly onto the skin blemishes, leaving it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  • Additionally, you can create a paste with cinnamon powder similar to that of the lemon juice and allow the mixture to remain in contact with the pimples overnight before rinsing.

4. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is a great pimple treatment that most people have access to without having to take a trip to the grocery store.  Toothpaste is best used as a follow up to icing to produce the fastest results.  It is important to note that white paste must be used rather than gel.

  • Dab some white toothpaste to the affected areas of the skin before bed and leave overnight, rinsing with cool water in the morning.
  • If you aren’t going anywhere, you can repeat the process during the day, making sure to leave the toothpaste in contact with the pimples for at least thirty minutes to be effective.

5. Steam

Steam has some amazing benefits for the skin, opening up your pores and flushing all the bad stuff out.  This works well for people with pimples.

  • First, fill a large pot with hot water from the tap and then position your face so that it comes into contact with the rising steam.  Under no circumstances should you allow your skin to come into contact with the hot water as this can cause scalding.
  • After thirty minutes, gently pat your face dry and apply an oil-free moisturizer over the entire face.