Home Remedies for Dry Face Skin
What's the Deal With Dry Face Skin?
To people who never experienced it, dry face skin doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but those of us who have suffered from having dry face skin constantly throughout our lives know how frustrating this itchy irritating and unattractive condition is.
As if having dry skin wasn't annoying enough, we find that the products that supposedly rid us of the problem are either unaffordable or ineffective. But who needs them anyway?
Below you will find a list of some of the best home remedies for dry face skin, not only are these inexpensive (some simply require everyday items) but dare I say, a heck of a lot more effective and healthy than the chemically induced crap products around.
Before we begin, let's take a look at the most common reasons for dry skin.
*Thanks to rubyblossom at flickr for the image.
Common Reasons for Dry Facial Skin
As you may have already noticed, winter tends to be the time when dry skin occurs.
This is because of the low levels of humidity during the winter.
On the other side of the spectrum, dry skin also occurs to those who have over exposure to the sun.
Another common reason for dry skin, is that some individuals have sweat glands that are unable to absorb moisture as they should, or a simple case of the skin not absorbing water efficiently.
Now, while some people like to share hundreds of useless home remedies for dry face skin in order to impress you, I prefer to share a chosen few that are actually known to work, let's begin.
Natural Home Remedies for Dry Face Skin
- Olive Oil - A natural Anti-oxidant filled with Vitamin E and Vitamin K. The use olive oil for these purposes was famously applied by the Egyptian women thousands of years ago, known for their beautiful skin.
While it's extremely simple, it is still important that you make sure you're using a natural Olive Oil that isn't chemically induced. I go with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Baja California.
To use Olive Oil for dry face skin all you have to do is apply a small amount on your face after each shower, BEFORE you dry yourself off.
- Oatmeal (Facial Mask) - Making a facial mask out of oatmeal not only helps with dry facial skin, but is also effective in relieving sun burns and various acne problems. The reason why an oatmeal mask is so effective is that not only does it unclog all the dirt from your pores, helping your pores to properly absorb the humidiy, but it also helps maintain the already absorbed humidity in your pores more effectively.
How to make an Oatmeal Mask : There are dosens of recipes for oatmeal masks out there, but I found that the most effective one for treating dry facial skin requires a few simple ingredients, usually found in every household. You'll need oatmeal, milk, and one ripe banana.
Begin by mashing up the ripe banana into a bowl, follow by adding a cup of ground oatmeal and start mixing. Now add lukewarm milk to the mix and stir until you get a nice mixture, then simply spread it on your face.
Don't leave the mask on for more than fifteen minutes, as it hardens and gets quite annoying. Rinse the mask off with cold water and enjoy the results.
- Avocado (Facial Mask) - Avocado has everything you need for treating dry skin.
It's rich in wonderful oils, contains Vitamins A, C, E and B-complex (meaning all the B group vitamins).
The benefits of an Avocado Mask are natural moisturizing and rejuvenation of the skin, not to mention it dissolves the dirty clogging your pores.
How to make an Avocado Mask : The advantage of this facial mask is that no other ingredients besides Avocado are necessary as it already contains everything you need. Simply take half an avocado and mash it. Apply the mask either after a warm shower, or after you rinsed your face with lukewarm water. Use circual motions as you apply it onto your face, leave the mask on for about twenty minutes and remove using warm water.
- Almond Oil - Most commonly used by massage therapists due to its sweet aroma and the lack of greasiness other oils tend to have.
The health benefits of the almond oil are numerous. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B6, as well as several benifical minerals.
Like the oatmeal mask, almond oil is used for removing dark circles around the eyes, chapped lips, and even repelling mosquitoes, most importantly, treating dry facial skin.
* Do not use Almond Oil if you suffer from any sort of nut allergy, as that could be dangerous.
How to use Almond Oil : Begin by applying a few drops of almond oil on your face, than rinse your hands in warm water
and use them to sort of massage the oil on your face. Leave it on for about seven to ten minutes and remove using a damp washcloth.
If you've never purchased Almond Oil before, I recommend the one sold by Now Foods, it's surprisingly inexpensive at two bucks, and the quality is suprb.
Great Collections of Home Remedies
Below are some of the best books containing massive collections of home remedies.
I personally found that it saved me a substantial amount of money on overpriced products in the long run.
Preventing Dry Facial Skin
While I have no doubt that the home remedies for dry face skin I've shared will help you, nothing is better than preventing the problem in the first placeo, below are several tips to assist you.
- When showering, try using warm water as opposed to hot water. If you find that this is impossible for you, start taking shorter showers instead.
The reason for doing this is that too much hot water for extended periods of time, melts away your body's natural skin defense, the same one that protects you from dry skin.
- While most people hate to hear it, exercising is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin, as it stimulates better blood flow, water and oxygen levels throughout the body. Also, the sweat coming out during the exercise unclogs your pores thus enabling them to work more efficiently.
- Avoid sugar processed, and fried food. Instead add whole grain food, fish, fruits & vegetables to your diet.
- Install a humidifer in your room to combat the low humidity levels of the weather, this is quite inexpensive yet extremely effective.
- When showering, consider using organic prefume free soap, as most soaps tend to be filled with unhealthy chemicals that cause dry skin.
I personally use Dr. Bronner's Organic Lavender Soap.