Loving the skin you’re in can be difficult when that skin is very dry skin. For one thing, it’s likely that you live with the never ending irritation of itchy skin. Scratching only serves to produce even more irritation to the skin cells and you run the risk of getting skin infections. Sometimes the cause of very dry skin conditions is simply genetic. Fair skinned and thin skinned people often suffer from overly dry skin, especially as the age. All older people tend to lose the natural oils which teens usually have in abundance. While you no longer get zits, now you’ve traded one problem for another. This lack of natural oils is what leads to wrinkles! So, what to do? Here are several easy and economical ways to beat the very dry skin syndrome.
During winter when the heat is up, the air in your home becomes very dry. Summer is no better, as air conditioning also decreases the humidity. Do yourself a favor and buy a couple of humidifiers to raise the amount of moisture in the air.
Another simple remedy that works well for very dry skin on the face is to fill your sink basin with some very hot water. Toss in a few dried rose petals and a handful of dried lavender. Put a towel over your heat and give yourself a moisturizing facial. While the flowers don’t relieve the dryness, the steam does. The lavender will tend to leave you feeling relaxed as well.
If you’re a fan of very hot baths and showers, you might want to turn the temperature down and make those shorter events. It’s a fact that hot water in direct contact with your skin is a recipe for very dry skin. Never rub your skin with the towel. Just pat your skin dry and then immediately apply some jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is an extremely effective moisturizer and does not cost any more than a good bottle of lotion. Avocado oil is a bit lighter and has a high content of vitamin E, which is nurturing to your very dry skin. Both can be purchased in bulk at herb shops.
Speaking of lotions, always read the ingredients labels before you buy. Many contain cetyl-alcohol as a major ingredient. Cetyl-alcohol – in fact, any form of alcohol – is very drying to the skin and is best avoided. This also goes for cosmetics. Check that label!
When you’re in the bath, try dissolving a few heaping tablespoons of cornstarch in the tub. This simple remedy will take the itch right out of your very dry skin. A cup of baking soda, added to the tub is another old time remedy to relieve itchy dry skin.
Bath oils can help relieve dry skin conditions. Just be sure to put adhesive non-slip strips in the bottom of the tub, to avoid falling on the slippery surface bath oils produce.
Always wear gloves when doing housework. Most household cleaning products contain chemicals that, while cleaning up the tub or kitchen, will also dry your hands out terribly.
Diet is also important. Vitamins A, C, E and zinc are important to healthy skin, so be sure to load up on those fruits and veggies! Ask your doctor about taking supplements of these vitamins.
All of these remedies will help your very dry skin into a new, more supple state!