Dry skin is mainly caused by a lack of moisture and many other culprits. The winter weather can also lead to dry skin patches. Lucky for us, natural skincare products take good care of your skin and can be helpful as remedies to dryness. Let’s see how you can get rid of these patches on your skin with everyday products.
Treat Dry Skin Patches From The Comfort Of Your Home
There are quite a few everyday ingredients that you likely already have at home that can help to treat dry skin patches. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil contains vitamin E, an antioxidant essential to the skin. Sunflower seed oil also has omega 6 and omega 9, oleic acid and linoleic acid. These components are vital for cell regeneration.
Dry skin patches usually come from dead skin tissue and cells on the skin’s surface. Regular use of sunflower seed oil can speed up the regeneration of new skin cells and tissues to get rid of dry patches. Linoleic acid also helps to lock in moisture on your skin.
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce damage caused by environmental irritants that result in dry skin patches. Coconut oil has also been found to contain emollient properties through its saturated fatty acids.
Therefore coconut oil is very effective in building a protective layer around your skin, trapping in moisture and leaving you well hydrated. Lauric acid in coconut oil boosts your body’s production of collagen that improves your skin’s firmness.
Oatmeal’s reputation as a skincare product dates back centuries. Colloidal oatmeal is rich in minerals, lipids, vitamins, and polysaccharides, making it ideal for soothing the skin and getting rid of conditions such as itchy and dry patches. Oatmeal is also effective in locking in moisture.
Oatmeal is often infused in body washes, lotions, and even facial creams. Alternatively, you can simply add a couple tablespoons directly to your bath for a relaxing and moisturizing experience.
Honey is a great natural option to treat dry skin patches. It contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help clear clogs in the pores so moisture can penetrate easily. Raw honey also has moisturizing properties that leave the skin glowing after use.
Honey could be harmful to people with pollen allergies, on the other hand so test it out on a small piece of skin first to see if you have a reaction.
Shea butter is rich in crucial fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acids. Shea butter is, therefore, an excellent emollient that hydrates and soothes your skin naturally. This is an excellent reason to use shea butter as a moisturizer as it will lock in moisture and help repair the damaged skin.
Applying aloe vera on the dry skin patch and leaving the gel on all night long is an excellent remedy. Aloe vera gel contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also rich in beta-carotene and vitamins E and C, essential for good skin health.
Unlike store-bought products, natural aloe vera moisturizes your skin without leaving it greasy; this way, the moisture is directly absorbed in the skin, clearing all dry patches.
When dead skin remains on the surface, you could notice that dry patches and clogged pores start to develop. Exfoliating regularly helps clear this blockage leaving your skin looking radiant.
There is no need to sweat about booking a facial, as you can exfoliate with ingredients available in your pantry.
Coffee grounds, almonds, finely grounded sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon are a few natural products you can use to exfoliate your body. For your face we recommend fine bicarbonate soda (baking soda), honey, and clays like bentonite or kaolin. By rubbing their respective mixtures on your skin, you will slough away the dead skin cells that cause dry patches.
Remember to moisturize appropriately after exfoliating.
Wear Gloves When Doing House Work
Our hands are prone to contamination from several environmental and artificial irritants we touch as we do everyday chores. Extreme temperatures and handling water often also takes away moisture from the skin. This way, we expose our hands to harmful environmental irritants and other parts such as the face, which we may touch without knowing.
Wearing gloves, especially when handling water and cleaning supplies such as detergents and bleach, protects your skin. Having on insulated gloves while doing household chores can reduce inflammation on the skin and help to retain moisture that will eliminate dry skin patches.
Use Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
While sanitizing removes dirt and germ particles on your skin, alcohol-based sanitisers can dry out your skin. Switching to a moisturizing sanitiser will do your skin a big favor. You can also make hand sanitiser from the comfort of your kitchen using natural ingredients such as aloe vera, clove, eucalyptus and peppermint.
Aloe vera comes in handy as a disinfecting agent and a natural moisturizer.
Limit Hot Showers
Prolonged contact with water removes sebum from the skin leading to dryness. It’s recommended to use lukewarm rather than hot water. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it too dry.
It is also important to apply moisturizer immediately after taking a bath, shower or cleaning your face to help lock in the moisture.