Dry skin care

For determining whether you have a dry skin, refer to the post Know your skin type.
Dry skin is easily recognizable as it is more finely textured than an oily skin. Mostly dry skin is noticed around the nose between brows and around the lips. Dry, cold, windy weather evaporates the water in cells and leaves the skin flaky and chapped. Rainy weather on the other hand benefits the skin. Use of wrong soap and over exposure to air-conditioner also contributes to dryness of skin. Ageing is another factor that leads to dryness. As one grows old, the amount of oil secretion is insufficient. A few measures help alleviate dryness and keep your skin supple and, at the same time, guard against premature ageing.

* Always wash your face with a mild, soap-free face wash. Never use soap, as that would further strip your skin or natural oil.
* Dry skin needs deep cleansing lotions which are water soluble. Cleansing must be followed with a toner. Preferably use non-alcoholic toners and apply it with a damp cotton cloth. Rose water is a good toner for dry skin. Toning should be followed by moisturizing.
* Always use a moisturizer during the day. Use upward, circular motion to lightly massage the moisturizer into your face. Make sure not to pull or tug your skin.
* You should consider using a night cream before going to bed at night. It is advisable to use a cream that contains Alpha hydroxyl acids (or AHAs), as they they’re commonly known). AHA’s are derived from sources such as milk, fruit and sugarcane. These acids gently exfoliate the dry, dead, outermost layers of skin while they moisturize the newly revealed layers. They greatly benefit complexions that look dull, dry or flaky and they give the skin a beautiful glow.
* Both AHA and vitamin C help reduce fine lines and other signs of aging. Thus you may get good results quickly by using moisturizer or cream that contains vitamin C during the day and an AHA-based night cream. Most known brands have moisturizers and creams that contain these.
* If you have dry skin that tends to flake off, looks red and has itchy patches that scab, consult your doctor to rule out eczema.
Home Remedies for dry skin
Add ½ tsp of rose water to 1 tsp of honey and apply gently apply to the face. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes, the wash off with tepid water. Honey moisturizes and soothes dry skin, and is gentle enough for daily use.
* Massaging your face regularly with almond oil or olive oil works wonders for dry skin.
* Take one fourths of an apple. Peel off the skin and grate. Cool in the refrigerator. Apply it on the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water. Apple helps soothe dry skin and gives it a pleasant glow.
* Take 1 tbsp of milk cream (malai). Stir lightly till it becomes a smooth paste. Apply to face and neck before bath. It helps remove suntan, tightens facial muscles and makes your skin silky and supple.
See also: Baths / 5 golden rules of skin care /Simple ways of acquiring a clear & blemish free skin / Lemon as a beauty aid / Milk for health & beauty / Buttermilk for beauty / Aloe vera, the wonder herb / Cucumber for beauty and health/Hand and Nail Care / Beauty Masks for a glowing complexion / Home facials / Home facial foul-ups / Banana-medicinal and cosmetic value

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  1. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Sounds like good skin masks. All natural too! Anything I put on my skin has to be absolutely natural.

  2. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Dry skin sucks. It's good to avoid washing your face with hot water or anything too harsh. Sometimes soaps made for acne are so astringent they just aggravate the problem. I love Cetaphil cleansers and moisturizers for my face because they're really gentle and not so greasy. They're pretty cheap, and most drug stores carry generic brands too.

  3. Anonymous5:20 PM

    Try the nivia range. i have sensitive skin and i use the nivia for men range. also if your hands are drying out and sore. remember to wear rubber gloves when doing the washing up or any cleaning when you are using chemicals/products of some sort.

  4. Anonymous5:23 PM

    I find the best cure is to use moisturizing body wash or bar soap and then follow up with a light all over moisturizing lotion to apply post shower.

    Also, if it specifically your face, make sure you are using a lotion that is made for face use so as to not add clogged pores and acne to the dry skin.

  5. Anonymous10:34 AM

    Take one egg and beat it till frothy. Add 1 tsp honey. 1 tsp glycerin, 1 tsp mineral oil. Apply this on the face and other dry areas on the body and wash after 15 minutes.For dry skin this mask works wonders.

  6. keytohealthylife4:17 PM

    This information may sound cliche, but some of the tips may be surprising.

    1. Take Warm Baths Never Hot
    Everyone likes the soothing, relaxing feel of a nice hot bath, but it’s not good for your skin. The intense heat of a super hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barrier in the skin which leads to a loss of moisture.

    2. Use Sunscreen All Year Round
    Just because it’s not hot does not mean the sun’s burning rays are not damaging your skin. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands about 30-minutes before going outside, and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.

    3. Give Your Hands Extra Help
    Your hands are very vulnerable to dry skin and even chapping, cracking, and getting rough. The reason is that they are exposed most of the time, and the skin on the hands is thinner than on most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands. The fact is, it is harder to keep the skin on your hands moist, and therefore, it is important to help that skin with a hydrating, moisturizing lotion, like SmoothnSilky.

    4. Treat Your Feet With Special Care
    Your feet can be one of the prettiest, softest areas of your body, but they take a pounding everyday. It is important to use a strong hydrating and moisturizing lotion on them in the morning and at night. Those water based, minty foot lotions may smell nice, but they evaporate quickly and do not help the skin on your feet hold in the moisture they need.

    5. Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize
    Ultimately, the way to heal and avoid dry skin is to keep your skin hydrated, moisturized, nourished, and healthy. Find a lotion that you love and apply it regularly several times a day, especially in troubled or at-risk areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees.

  7. Shilpa9:44 AM

    One of my children had a very dry skin, so of course I tried many different treatments and sometimes they worked, and other times they did not. My pediatrician suggested to use Vaseline Petroleum Jelly right after bathing, to lock in the moisture of the wet skin. Also, since the hands always seem to have been worse than any where else, I used 100% cotton white gloves over the moisturized hands. It worked fairly well while we continued this process every night. Also, I heard many great things about the udder butter, how wonderfully it works on dry skin

  8. Pratibha5:14 PM

    The main thing that you need to ensure that if you are suffering from dry skin is that you are keeping the skin hydrated at all times.

  9. Sushma5:49 PM

    Great skin care tips

  10. Rachana10:21 AM

    The first step in clearing-up your dry skin is getting rid of the stuff by exfoliating. To do this, you want to get your hands on a prescription or over-the-counter keratolytic moisturizer, one containing lactic or salicylic acid. If you have extremely sensitive skin, just use a soft scrub in the shower

  11. Poorna10:25 AM

    These are great tips, and I will pass these to my friend.thank you!

  12. Maithili4:29 PM

    Moisturizer is excellent for fighting off dry skin, which can occur frequently at the elbows or on the feet

  13. Shruti9:17 AM

    Before you go to bed in night you paste some juice of aloe vera on your face. in Morning remove it gently. your face will shining soon.

  14. Andrew9:18 AM

    1.Exfoliate..try a facial scrub to remove dead skin
    2. Drink LOTS or water everyday
    3.Maybe the sun is drying up your skin? or if you wear makeup up that might be it :/
    4.If you wash your face make sure its something gentle. dont use body soap

  15. Vimala12:01 PM

    For dry skin, grind a carrot with a few almonds, and add enough tomato juice to form a paste. Apply it to the face and leave it on for about 20 minutes, then wash off.
    Additional fruits and vegetables that are a good source of lycopene include papaya, watermelon, grapefruit, guava and rosehip.

  16. Robert4:14 PM

    Dove’s Delicate Cream Oil Body Wash: It is highly moisturizing and contains sunflower oil & soybean that restore the skin’s moisture.

  17. Gupta9:40 AM

    Cetaphil Daily Advance Moisturizer. Best stuff out there.

  18. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Drink lots of water. Be sure to have some milk (preferrably skim) everyday, as your body retains hydration from milk better than it does from water (notice how water makes you pee much sooner than milk does?).

    Remember to exfoliate so you can scrub off all those dead dry skin cells and regrow the new ones sooner. An easy home remedy for a scrub is sugar with honey. Honey aids in healing. I dissolve *uncoated* Aspirin in my masques because I have acne issues, and it has salacylic acid in it.

    You should exfoliate every other day.
    A masque would also be helpful. For example, mix oatmeal with honey and lemon juice.
    What I do is, I stick with the "every other day" thing but alternate between exfoliating and using a masque. So there's always 1 day of rest for my skin.

  19. Sarita9:55 AM

    Make an egg pack with a yolk, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of milk powder. This is beneficial to dry skin types.

  20. Liberal application of a good quality moisturizer is perhaps the most effective way to combat itchy dry skin. After you bath or shower, gently pat the skin dry with a soft towel, and apply a thick moisturizer to lock skin moisture.

  21. Konkan10:14 AM

    Milk will nourish and smoothen your skin. Warm your bath water and put in 250 gram of powdered milk, half tablespoon of almond oil and a few drops of your favorite perfume. Then just lie in it and let your mind wander while the wholesome foam works wonders on your dry skin.

  22. Do not use harsh soaps, cold cream, or cleansing creams on your skin.

  23. Food Expert10:17 AM

    Eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts. Eat quality protein from vegetable sources. Increase your intake of raw foods.Avoid fried foods, animal fats, and heat-processed vegetable oils. Use cold- pressed oils only. Heating oils leads to the production of free radicals, which have a destructive effect on the skin.Do not drink soft drinks or eat sugar, chocolate, potato chips, or other junk foods. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

  24. Disha9:17 AM

    Olive oil can be used as a MOISTURIZER for dry skin. You could apply it all over your face at night and wake up in the morning all soft and smooth skinned.


  26. Raveena9:24 AM

    I have the same problem with my skin and for the worst part, it's also sensitive. When I use any type of lotion or moisturizer, it starts to really itch. I finally bought a daytime moisturizer made by Clarins from Macy's and it works great.

  27. Cocoa butter and oil can be used for the entire body if your skin feels dry. It won’t get sticky either. For hands rub some olive oil and dry thyme into the skin. This will help remove dead cells helps your hands get smooth.

  28. Shrimayi9:03 AM

    Gentle massage of almond oil mixed with olive oil before going to bed can help in relieving from dry skin.

  29. Prachi9:04 AM

    Bathing with milk once a month is also a good solution to dry skin problem.
    Oat meal and honey are mixed and is used as a moisturizer for the skin.

  30. Keerthi9:06 AM

    Grape seed oil massage on the face is a excellent remedy to avoid dry skin

  31. Suhasi8:31 AM

    Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your defoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you'll want a facial defoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.

  32. Pratibha8:35 AM

    sleep sleep , the best thing, this way your skin will glow naturally , this is my experience
    and to get rid of dry skin, apply cream at night before going to sleep, so that it will get absorbed in the skin naturally.

  33. Suhila8:43 AM

    Olive oil can be used as a MOISTURIZER for dry skin. You could apply it all over your face at night and wake up in the morning all soft and smooth skinned.

  34. Malashree8:51 AM

    Apply a mixture of equal amounts of cucumber juice and honey on the face and whole body. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash off.

  35. Lovely8:29 AM

    Dry skin should exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Oily skin should exfoliate 2-3 times a week.

  36. karuna10:41 AM

    sesame seed oil works for dry skin. apply this oil all over ur body and leave it for 20-30 min.
    then have a bath with a moisturizing soap, something like dove.

    this should help.
    but in case it doesnt, better see a doc. and dont scratch yourself, it makes the itching worse.

  37. Expert9:55 AM

    he causes of dry skin to slow down the rapid progress of skin aging.
    Excessive washing of the dermis
    Excessive use of alcohol
    Hormonal imbalance
    Accumulation of toxins and chemicals

  38. Prachi9:57 AM

    Avocado oil and coconut oil are also great for dry skin

  39. Urmila9:58 AM

    A successful way to say goodbye to dry skin is to blend some oatmeal, baking soda and vanilla extract into a paste and mix it into the bath along with warm water. Soak in the mixture as long as you can and your skin will be beautifully moisturized. You may feel like your bathing in a bowl of cereal but the results will be worth it!

  40. Niacinamide also helps diminish skin-hyperpigmentation (acne scars).


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