Dear Reader, I declare today, Confession day! You and I are now acquaintance, you know so much about my little life in Asia and my quest for natural remedies. Yet, I successfully manage to hide a side of my life away from you. How can I say that without making you run away? Hmm in a few words.
Sabrina = Warm heart & Dry legs
I have always had dry skin legs, religiously dried no matter the expensive cream I buy that reveal inadequate. Today, in OiB, I want to share a few tips that I collected in this and this site that I intend to try for myself and hopefully be able to say:
Sabrina = Warm heart
& Dry legs.
Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition marked by scaling, itching, and cracking. It can occur for a variety of reasons. Some people have naturally dry skin and may experience frequent symptoms. However, even the oiliest skin can get dry at times.
For many, dry skin is not a sign of a skin condition or disease, but is simply caused by harsh soaps, itchy clothing, misusing moisturiser, and long, hot showers.
1. Avocado Oil
In 2014, Elle Magasine wrote about “Is Avocado the New Coconut Oil?” As the name implies, avocado oil comes from the avocado fruit. Avocado oil is made by taking the pulp (the creamy insides of the fruit) and pressing it in a centrifuge (a drum that spins at high speed), which separates both the oil and the water from the pulp. Avocado oil applied topically helps relieve dry and itchy skin.
Once applied, avocado oil is deeply absorbed by the skin, thus making it an ideal moisturizer and skin care agent.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. It can soothe and condition dry skin all over your body. Sharing with you today 3 different options when it comes to use this multi facet oil in your regimen:
- Dab a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil under your regular moisturizer.
- About a half an hour before taking a shower, rub some olive oil on your hands, legs and other areas with dry skin and massage lightly. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
- Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, four tablespoons of fine brown sugar, and one tablespoon of honey. Rub this homemade scrub on your dry skin using light, circular motions for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that greatly help get rid of dry and itchy skin. Plus, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Also, it helps lighten your complexion.
Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for five to seven minutes. Gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. This way this natural moisturizer will remain on your skin. Do this every other day.
Add a few drops of rose water to four tablespoons of milk. Rub this solution all over your body.
Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash your body with cold water. Follow this remedy twice daily.
I already mention on OiB the wonderful properties of Honey when included in your skin care treatment.Honey is considered one of the best natural moisturizers loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties.
Simple, I love it!
Thus, it helps lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. Plus, honey has many essential vitamins and minerals that help improve your skin’s health.
- Before taking a bath or shower, rub honey all over your body and leave it on for five to 10 minutes. Repeat daily to enjoy well-moisturized skin.
- Measure out equal parts of unprocessed honey, beeswax, and olive oil. Melt the beeswax in a small pan over low heat.
- Remove it from the heat and mix in the honey and then the olive oil. Apply this mixture all over your body and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then take a shower. Repeat daily or every other day. It will increase circulation at the site, and encourages deeper moisturizing action.
NOTE: Always rinse well with warm water, and apply moisturizer afterward. Repeat the honey treatment at least once a day to help soothe your dry skin.
Yogurt is an excellent skin-hydrating agent. Plus, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry and itchy skin. Also, its lactic acid content helps get rid of any germs or bacteria that may cause dryness or itchiness.
- Apply fresh yogurt on your hands, face and legs and gently massaging it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then take a bath or shower. The mild exfoliating action of yogurt will remove dry skin and leave your skin refreshed. Do this once daily.
- Mix one-half cup of yogurt and three tablespoons of mashed or blended papaya. Stir in a few drops each of honey and lemon juice. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this once a week.
6. Coconut Oil
You already know from my earlier post that I am a big fan of coconut oil for:
Guess what? Coconut oil is ALSO Really good for treating dry skin. It has a good amount of fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin. You have 2 options
- Liberally apply warm coconut oil all over your body before going to sleep. Wash it off in the morning. Do this daily to make your skin soft and smooth.
- Apply coconut oil on your dry skin after you take a bath or shower. When the skin is warm and supple from your bath, coconut oil is more readily absorbed. Do this daily.