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Natural remedies to tackle dry skin

Natural remedies to tackle dry skin
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Natural remedies to tackle dry skin To overcome the biggest dry skin issues, many try bottles of moisturizers; but when you could try some natural home remedies, why spend on endless of beauty products.

Dehydrated skin and dry weather go hand in hand. To overcome the biggest dry skin issues, many try bottles of moisturizers; but when you could try some natural home remedies, why spend on endless of beauty products.


SHEA BUTTER

One needs extra rich nourishment when the skin is stretchy and Shea butter is the perfect choice as it melts at body temperature. Hence gets absorbed rapidly leaving the skin soft but not greasy. According to the dermatologist and founder-owner of the Skin Alive chain of clinics in New Delhi, Dr Chiranjiv Chabbra - Shea Butter also has vitamins A, B along with essential fatty acids that heal and nourish dry skin.

Try – Swap the regular moisturizer with organic Shea butter (unrefined). If not found in local stores, look online.

ICE

Dry skin usually results in itchiness and mild inflammation; scratching can break the skin leaving you with infections. The simple solution you can find is right in your freezer. Cosmetic dermatologist, Cutis Skin Studio in Mumbai, Dr Apratim Goel affirms that Ice actually stops the itching immediately as it numbs the sensory nerves of the skin.

Try – Wrap an ice cube in a soft washcloth and press gently to the itchy skin until it feels better.

OATS

Oats is not just great for your health in the form of nutrition but it is a soothing agent for your skin. 's health, too. Dr Apratim Goel says that Oats is a gentle moisturizing agent that helps retain the moisture barrier of your skin. Soothing properties are called avenanthramides-anti-inflammatory agents which calm the inflammation, redness, even atopic dermatitis and eczema symptoms.

Try – Add 2 cups of Oats with half cup of water in a blender. Ground it and apply on body and face for 15 minutes leaving your skin perkier and prettier.

WHITE VINEGAR

Cracked heel is something everyone is aware of and the fact that no amount of cream will help. But white vinegar is one you should try. Dermatologist, the Skin Centre in New Delhi, Dr Varun Katyal says that White Vinegar has acetic acid that has antimicrobial properties to help heal wounds fast. Dermatologists even recommend White Vinegar to patients recovering from resurfacing treatments. Also, cracked skin is protected from bacterial infections with this vinegar.

Try – Combine 2 Tbsp of white vinegar with 2 Tbsp of distilled water and dampen a clean cloth to the mixture. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and follow up with a foot cream.

BARLEY


Dry skin gets worse when the impossible-to-hide peeling comes with it. A good exfoliant which works well for all skin types including sensitive skin is Barley flour. A Delhi-based herbal beauty expert, Suparna Trikha says that Barley sloughs off dead cells without irritating the skin which in turn can soak moisturizers and creams.

Try – Trikha’s remedy

Pinch of turmeric combined with sandalwood powder and some milk to 5 Tbsp of Barley powder can be used to exfoliate your face and body that can help in the flakes vanishing.

GINGER POWDER

If you want to get your hydration back to track, just spike your bath with Ginger powder. Poor circulation is the reason for extra dry skin and Suparna Trikha says that the ground root will temporarily dilate the blood vessels that add the blood supply on your skin’s surface. Hence the skin cells will get your skin all the nutrients and fluids required. However, caution is to not to use Ginger powder on red or irritated skin.

Try – Add 2-3 Tablespoons of powder into your bath before soaking for 15-20 minutes. Swish it around and once done, feel your senses wake up.



ALOE VERA GEL

Aloe Vera Gel is everyone's go-to sunburn remedy as it has high water content. Dr Varun Katyal recommends fresh aloe vera gel taken from the fleshy leaves to be used for its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.

Try – Use the fresh Aloe Vera Gel on the skin to calm dry, irritated and dehydrated skin. Mix the gel with some distilled water before applying on your skin.

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