If you are suffering from dry skin, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what is causing it because there are various reasons why your skin can dry out. Often dry skin may be caused by your environment and climate. Dry skin happens most often in winter when the temperature and humidity levels are at their lowest; however, living in the south or a warmer climate the winters may not affect you as severely.
Other causes of dry skin include:
- Heat from your central heating, a wood-burning stove, space heaters and fireplaces which contribute to creating a hot and dry environment with little humidity.
- Hot baths and showers are also a culprit when it comes to dry skin because the hot water can dry your skin out.
- Swimming in pools with high concentrations of chlorine
- Harsh detergent and soaps can cause skin dryness because these products are designed to remove oil which can cause dryness
You also may be more likely to suffer from dry skin if you are 40 years of age or older because as we age our skin begins to lose its natural oil and dries out more quickly.
It is always recommended if you’re having chronic symptoms and problems regarding dry skin that you seek professional help from a dermatologist.
Natural ways to treat dry skin
You may be surprised to realize that you probably already have some of these things in your kitchen pantry.
1. DIY Avocado Mask
Create an easy face mask by blending half of an avocado and a teaspoon of olive oil, you can also add a tablespoon of honey for extra dry skin. After applying the mask, leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off. For extra moisture you can also apply your moisturizer after you have washed your face off.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great natural supplement to help alleviate and relieve dry skin. You can apply it to your hands, heels, or other areas of skin irritation before bed so your body can absorb the moisture while you sleep.
3. Aloe Vera
It should be no shocker that applying aloe vera to your dry and irritated skin will help since aloe vera is frequently used to treat burns and scrapes. Just like olive oil, you can wear socks or gloves while you sleep to help your hands and feet absorb the aloe vera better.
4. Oatmeal Soak
The next time you take a bath, try adding a cup of oatmeal to help hydrate and moisturize your skin. The oatmeal helps your skin to absorb the water from your bath and may help reduce irritation and reduce dryness; oatmeal has been found to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which can help alleviate your dry skin.
Honey has many benefits that can help to heal and moisturize your skin and like oatmeal, contains anti-inflammatory properties. You can simply apply it to your skin or combine with oatmeal to make a honey oatmeal face mask.
Biotin is a natural supplement that is used to treat dry skin conditions like dermatitis. It is necessary for cellular metabolism and fatty acid creation. It’s known to help infants with seborrheic dermatitis and adults with doses up to 200 mg per day. Not to mention, the other great benefits it provides for hair and nails.