Home Remedies for Skin Hydration

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Nearly everyone has dealt with dehydrated skin at some point in his or her life. Dry skin often occurs on the face, cheeks, sides of stomach, lower arms, thighs, legs and chest. Usually, skin hydration is needed during the wintertime when there is less humidity. If skin is severely dehydrated, it can scale and crack. Home remedies for skin hydration can help soothe these symptoms.

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Causes of Dry Skin [1]

Your environment greatly contributes to skin hydration, including humidity levels, coldness, pollution, and sun exposure. Your lifestyle and hygiene habits also pay a role. Harsh soaps and excessive use of cosmetics can affect the hydration levels of your skin. The chemicals found in certain cleansing products can rob your skin of its natural oils, as well as the act of scrubbing the skin too hard when washing. Other causes of dry skin include:

• Oil glands in the skin may create less oil.

• Skin issues, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, can cause skin to become dehydrated.

• If you are deficient in vitamins (like vitamin E, A or B), skin can become dry.

Skin Hydration Home Remedies

Dehydrated skin is no fun, as you lose your healthy shine and battle other annoying symptoms, such as itchiness. Consider the following home remedies for skin hydration to alleviate parched skin:

a) Mineral Water:

Some people enjoy better results when washing their face with mineral water instead of tap water.

b) Peanuts and Milk:

Blend two to five tablespoons of raw peanuts and enough milk to create a fine paste. Add ¼ teaspoon of honey. Apply the paste to the face and allow it to dry. Use cold water when washing off this remedy.

c) Soak in Bath:

According to dermatologists, one of the best ways to get water back into the skin is to soak in it. Fill your tub with lukewarm water and soak for 15 minutes.

d) Bathe Less:

If you are suffering from chronic bouts of dry skin, bathe less and use cooler water, as hot water has a reputation of diminishing your natural body oils.

e) Vegetable Oil:

For people who don’t mind feeling a little “greasy,” vegetable oil (such as sunflower oil, peanut oil, and even Crisco) is an inexpensive method of lubricating the skin during dry spells.

f) Petroleum Jelly:

Use petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, as a moisturizer for dehydrated skin.

g) Mineral Oil:

Reach into your bathroom cabinet for a bit of mineral oil, which helps to rehydrate skin.

h) Oatmeal:

Oatmeal creates effects that soothe the skin – a concept that dates back 4,000 years. Pour two cups of colloidal oatmeal (which as been ground into a fine powder) into a tub of lukewarm water. You can also mix cooked oatmeal with honey to create a moisturizing cleanser for your face.

i) Humidifier:

During the wintertime, skin can become dehydrated because of dry heat. In an effort to keep warm, furnace-heated air can reduce the humidity level within your home to 10% or less. However, humidity levels of 30 to 40% are needed to keep moisture in the skin. If you experience dry winters, it is suggested to use a humidifier, such as a small unit kept close to your bed. Also, close your door at night to keep the moisture in the air.

j) Water:

Drink around seven to eight cups of water on a daily basis to keep skin hydrated.

k) Limit Alcohol and Caffeine:

Since alcohol and caffeinated beverages dehydrate the body, it is suggested to limit your consumption in order to promote better skin hydration.

l) Egg Yolk:

Create a healing paste made from one teaspoon egg yolk, one to two teaspoons of powdered milk, and one teaspoon of honey, which can treat dry skin on the face and neck. Apply the paste to affected areas and allow it to dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off using cold water.

m) Apple:

The potassium and tannin found in apples can help keep your face hydrated. Apples can also remove dry spots on your skin and enhance its natural shine. Grate two to three apples and apply on the skin for 20 minutes. When washing off, use cold water.

n) Cucumber:

The juices found in cucumbers not only cool down the face, but also delivers water that can help reduce dryness.

o) Almonds:

Almond oil softens and removes dryness by providing nourishment for the skin.

p) Lemon and Avocado:

Take advantage of the healing properties of lemon by mixing one teaspoon of juice with one teaspoon of avocado. Apply the blend on the face and allow it to dry for 10 to 20 minutes. This home remedy also cleanses and removes dryness.

q) Aloe Vera:

Snap a leaf of the aloe vera plant and apply to skin for a soothing massage that fights dryness.

Resources

[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/dry-skin/DS00560/DSECTION=causes

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