Home Remedies For Your Dry Skin
Nobody likes itchy, dry skin. Winter makes it worse, and spending money on expensive over-the-counter remedies often doesn’t work. Ideally, your skin gets saturated with moisture from your sweat glands and tissues that lie beneath the skin, and oil produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands seals the deal by holding onto that moisture. But when your body has trouble holding in the water and oil that it needs to keep skin moist, you end up with dry skin.
Your skin is much more than a covering for your bones. It is a shield against the environment, protecting you from disease-causing bacteria. The skin carries blood vessels and is a home for your nerve endings (that’s why you’re so ticklish). And the on/off nozzle for your sweat glands is found in the surface of your skin. Of course, since it’s also the part of your body that faces the harshest outside obstacles, it tends to get a lot more wear and tear.
Why You’re So Dry
There are lots of reasons why skin loses moisture. Sometimes you inherit the tendency to have parched skin–your skin may not be able to hold onto water very well or your sweat glands may not produce as much moisture as other people’s. And as you get older, your skin produces less oil, which means you can’t retain water on your skin as you once could.
Besides genetics and getting older, there are environmental reasons why skin gets so dry. These include:
The air out there (or in there). The main reason you get scaly skin is low humidity. Anywhere you encounter low humidity, you’ll encounter dry skin. Heating or air conditioning can both dry out your skin.
Too much water, especially from hot showers or baths or from hot tubs, can cause problems. The more you wet down and dry off, the less able your skin is to retain water. So if you take a couple of hot showers a day, you can remove vital oils from your skin that help keep your skin moist. Spending too much time in hot tubs can cause the same itchy, flaky skin problems.
Cleaning up can leave you dry. Harsh detergents, soaps, and household cleaners could give you a case of alligator hands.
Following are a few home remedies that will get you closer to the smooth skin you need and deserve:
6 Home Remedy Treatments for Dry Skin
- Baking soda. Instead of using an abrasive dishwashing cleanser, try sprinkling skin-friendly baking soda in your dishwater. Baking soda is also a skin-friendly alternative to jumping in a hot shower. Try a sponge bath using 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water. A baking soda soak is a folk remedy to relieve itching. Add 1 cup baking soda to a tub of hot water. Soak for 30 minutes and air dry.
- Cornstarch. You may think cornstarch can only be used to thicken your gravy, but it’s also useful in easing itchy, dry skin. Sprinkle a handful in the bathtub and have a soak.