Homemade Remedies To Moisturise Dry Skin
By – Temitope Ojo
The skin naturally produces oil called sebum, which helps protect it from moisture loss. But everyday actions, such as forgetting to put on moisturiser or washing our hands with a drying soap, can strip natural oils from the skin.
There are many ways to reap the moisturising benefits of oils, either on their own or with other ingredients, to make a do-it-yourself nourishing mask or an exfoliating scrub.
Coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, lavender oil, and avocado oil are good natural remedies for dry skin.
Make A Natural Olive Oil And Sugar Scrub
Create a naturally moisturising exfoliating scrub using a combination of olive oil and brown or white sugar. Combine ½ cup of sugar with 2 tbsp of olive oil. You can also add an essential oil like lavender, which adds a natural fragrance and can promote relaxation. Gently rub the scrub into your skin, and then wash it off.
Exfoliate Your Face With Oatmeal Honey Mask
Oatmeal also makes a great exfoliator or mask. Mix 2 tablespoons of oats with 1 tablespoon of honey and a dash of water. Warm up the mixture, then rub it into your skin. You can use it just to exfoliate and wash it off right away, or leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes as a soothing, hydrating mask.
Apply coconut Oil before bedtime
Coconut oil becomes solid at room temperature, so use it as a moisturising cream at bedtime or anytime. For chapped heels and hands, apply the oil, then layer with thick socks.
DIY A Rich, Creamy Avocado Mask
Creating a homemade mask of avocado is a natural way to soothe dry skin. Make a puree with half an avocado and mix it with 1 teaspoon (tsp) of olive oil; you can also add 1 tablespoon (tbsp) of honey for very dry skin. Apply the mask to your face, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, and then wash it off. Your skin should feel moisturised.
Apply Aloe Vera To Dry, Irritated Skin
While often thought of as a remedy for sunburn relief, aloe vera gel works in alleviating redness and irritation related to excess dryness, and it can even decrease signs of ageing, as well as acne breakouts.