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.

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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.

How to protect your skin the sun

Protecting your skin

Most skin cancer  can be prevented. Use the following tips to protect your skin from the sun. You may decrease your chances of developing skin cancer and help prevent wrinkles.

Avoid sun exposure

The best way to prevent a sunburn is to avoid sun exposure.

Stay out of the midday sun (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon), which is the strongest sunlight. Find shade if you need to be outdoors. You can also calculate how much ultraviolet (UV) exposure you are getting by using the shadow rule: A shadow that is longer than you are means UV exposure is low; a shadow that is shorter than you are means the UV exposure is high.

Other ways to protect yourself from the sun include wearing protective clothing, such as:

  • Hats with wide 4 in. (10 cm) brims that cover your neck, ears, eyes, and scalp.
  • Sunglasses with UV ray protection, to prevent eye damage that may lead to cataracts.
  • Loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Clothing made with sun protective fabric. These clothes have a special label that tells you how effective they are in protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays.

    Preventing sun exposure in children

    You should start protecting your child from the sun when he or she is a baby. Because children spend a lot of time outdoors playing, they get most of their lifetime sun exposure in their first 18 years

  • It’s safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. If you can’t keep your baby out of the sun, cover your child’s skin with hats and clothing. Protect any bare skin with a small amount of sunscreen.
  • Teach children the ABCs of how to protect their skin from getting sunburned.
    • A = Away. Stay away from the sun in the middle of the day (from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon).
    • B = Block. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher to protect babies’ and children’s very sensitive skin.
    • C = Cover up. Wear clothing that covers the skin, hats with wide brims, and sunglasses with UV protection. Even children 1 year old should wear sunglasses with UV protection.
    • S = Speak out. Teach others to protect their skin from sun damage.

      Sunscreen protection

      If you can’t avoid being in the sun, use a sunscreen to help protect your skin while you are in the sun.

      Be sure to read the information on the sunscreen label about its SPF value and how much protection it gives your skin. Follow the directions on the label for applying the sunscreen so it is most effective in protecting your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

      Choosing a sunscreen

      • Sunscreens come in lotions, gels, creams, ointments, and sprays. Use a sunscreen that:
        • Has a sun protection factor of at least 15 or higher.
        • Says “broad-spectrum” that protects the skin from ultraviolet A and B rays.
      • Use lip balm or cream that has SPF of 15 or higher to protect your lips from getting sunburned or developing cold sores.
      • Use a higher SPF at when you are near water, at higher elevations or in tropical climates. Sunscreen effectiveness is affected by the wind, humidity, and altitude.

      Some sunscreens say they are water-resistant or waterproof and can protect for about 40 minutes in the sun if a person is doing a water activity.

      Applying a sunscreen

      • Apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going in the sun.
      • Apply sunscreen to all the skin that will be exposed to the sun, including the nose, ears, neck, scalp, and lips. Sunscreen needs to be applied evenly over the skin and in the amount recommended on the label. Most sunscreens are not completely effective because they are not applied correctly. It usually takes about 1 fl oz (30 mL) to cover an adult’s body.
      • Apply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours while in the sun and after swimming or sweating a lot. The SPF value decreases if a person sweats heavily or is in water, because water on the skin reduces the amount of protection the sunscreen provides. Wearing a T-shirt while swimming does not protect your skin unless sunscreen has also been applied to your skin under the T-shirt.

      Other sunscreen tips

      The following tips about sunscreen will help you use it more effectively:

      • Older adults should always use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to protect their very sensitive skin.
      • If you have sensitive skin that burns easily, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
      • If you have dry skin, use a cream or lotion sunscreen.
      • If you have oily skin or you work in dusty or sandy conditions, use a gel, which dries on the skin without leaving a film.
      • If your skin is sensitive to skin products or you have had a skin reaction (allergic reaction) to a sunscreen, use a sunscreen that is free of chemicals, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), preservatives, perfumes, and alcohol.
      • If you are going to have high exposure to the sun, consider using a physical sunscreen (sunblock), such as zinc oxide, which will stop all sunlight from reaching the skin.
      • If you need to use sunscreen and insect repellent with DEET, do not use a product that combines the two. You can apply sunscreen first and then apply the insect repellent with DEET, but the sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.

      Do not use tanning booths to get a tan. Artificial tanning devices can cause skin damage and increase the risk of skin cancer

HEALTHY SKIN TIPS

FIVE TIPS FOR YOUR HEALTHY SKIN:

Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come.

1. Protect yourself from the sun

One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

For the most complete sun protection:

Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
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2. Don’t smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking

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3. Treat your skin gently:

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

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4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

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5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

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