By Ana Margarita A. Olar| GetHealthAccess.com
Our skin is our first line of defense against pollutants, dirt and microorganism. Also, the health condition of our skin is an important determinant of our overall health. A dry skin is a signal that something is not right with our body. So here are some homemade remedies to soothe dry skin:
- Apply Aloe Vera Gel. Aloe Vera has soothing, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. It helps dry skin to be moisturized because it contains acids that eat away dead skin cells and prevents flaking. To obtain the gel, cut off a leaf at the base. Split it open with a knife. Scrape out the gel with a spoon.
- Try avocado for healthy skin, inside and out. Eating avocado boosts the skin health by providing fatty acids, vitamin A, and antioxidants. It can also help moisturize dry skin by mashing it and mixing with honey. Apply on face and body.
- Have an Epsom salt body scrub. If you have rough patches of skin, fill a tub with warm water, pour two cups of Epsom salt and soak yourself for a few minutes. While your skin is still wet, rub a handful of Epsom salt on rough areas to exfoliate the skin.
- Smother with oatmeal. Oatmeal contains high levels of protein that leave a protective barrier on the skin, which helps prevent dryness and seals in moisture. It also contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Honey. It is a natural moisturizer known for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant property. Just like oatmeal, it helps to seal in moisture to soothe dry skin. Plus, it has essential vitamins and minerals for overall skin health.
- Soak yourself in a milk bath. Milk contains lactic acid that helps in exfoliation and retains skin moisture. Plus it also has anti-inflammatory property to help soothe dry skin. It also helps you to achieve a fairer complexion.
- Not very fond of milk bath? Apply a milk cream instead. You can also achieve the benefits from lactic acid by mixing few drops of lemon juice, 1 tsp. milk, and 2tsp. milk cream. Apply it on hands and legs. Leave it on for a while before taking a shower.
- Natural oils. You can also try applying different kinds of oils as a moisturizer. These include coconut oil, almond oil, and olive oil.
Keeping your skin moisturized and healthy doesn’t need to cost you much. Just check out your garden or your kitchen, perhaps? And find the home remedy that suits you best.
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