There is no reason for feeling hopeless when it comes to suffering from dry skin these days, although, at the same time, there has never been any preceding time when dry skin and eczema were so prevalent, especially when it comes to children and the elderly. Occurring primarily during the winter months, having dry skin can range from making your skin simply feel taut and inflexible, to being really uncomfortable and even painful, with prominent cracking and bleeding. There are many people who suffer from dry skin issues all winter long, while other, less fortunate souls have to deal with the condition all year long, as a way of life.
What’s to Blame?–Wintertime
The dry skin produced by winter temps can be produced from a few different suspect sources. Among the culprits are some of the most air-drying forms of home and workplace heating, or the brisk, wintry winds that relentlessly whip against your face whenever you are outside. For people with highly sensitive, overly dry skin can even experience a significant increase in the volume of time spent in closed up environments with others who are wearing clothes, makeup and hair products and perfumes that produce skin-drying results. Another causative for dry skin can be found in both over the counter and prescription medications formulated to dry up respiratory secretions produced by winter colds, and the flu.
What’s to Blame?–Year-Round
The list of (non-allergy related) skin-drying antagonists is rather extensive, but a few include soaps and detergents, certain clothing, not drinking enough water, environments lacking proper humidity, excessive bathing, and also aging. There are some forms of exceedingly dry skin that should be treated by a qualified professional, however, that leaves the rest of dry-skin sufferers to fend for ourselves. The good news is that there’s a lot we can do, at home, and you might possibly already have what you need in your kitchen.
Dry Skin Solution #1–The Olive Oil and Egg Yolk Approach:
The host of beneficial ingredients in olive oil is impressive, like vitamin E and K–that support improved hydration, along with its natural antioxidants. With egg yolk, and its vitamin A and essential proteins, moister skin won’t need to shed as much, and will be smoother and softer. Whip well, two egg yolks and one teaspoon of olive oil. Apply to dry skin area and leave until dry. Rinse with plain water, pat dry and follow up with your regular moisturizer. Once daily, for acute dryness, and then once weekly otherwise.
Dry Skin Solution #2–Banana and Yogurt:
Vitamin A is found in bananas and separates moist skin from dry, dead skin cells. Yogurt moisturizes and seals it in. By combining the two, you can exfoliate and moisturize your skin. In a bowl, mash one banana with ¼ cup plain yogurt and apply to dry skin. Let remain for half an hour, then rinse with warm water. Perform as often as needed. If you only have a banana, you can create your mask without the yogurt, as well, or mix in a tablespoon of honey and vigorously rub in circles for 2-5 mins.
Dry Skin Solution #3–Lemon Juice and Sugar:
Vitamin C in lemon makes a great astringent that tightens and tones. With sugar, you have an excellent exfoliant, when you gently scrub in a circular motion to loosen and get rid of dead skin cells. Squeeze the juice from ½ lemon into a small bowl, and add to it one teaspoon of sugar. Apply with a cotton ball, which you will use to scrub the mix in a circular motion, concentrating on any dry or rough spots. Continue for 8 to 12 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Store remainder tightly covered, in the fridge.