6 Natural Healing Techniques for Dry Skin

The cold windy weather is the ultimate enemy to keeping our skin healthy and hydrated.  The dry air outside, the low humidity and radiant heat inside makes that water in our skin evaporate. It makes it more prone to chapping, chafing and irritation. If you are having a problem with this as well, try our 6 natural healing techniques for dry skin. 

 

6 Natural Healing Techniques for Dry Skin

1. Dab on Olive Oil

When it comes to strategies for natural dry skin care, Gabriel swears by olive oil, an amazing multitasker. It instantly grooms dry cuticles, works wonders on hands and elbows, removes makeup, and soothes and conditions itchy, dry skin all over the body. “When your skin feels extra parched, you can dab a thin layer of organic extra-virgin olive oil under your moisturizer for an extra dose of antioxidants and good fatty acids,” adds Gabriel.

6 Natural Healing Techniques for Dry Skin

6 Natural Healing Techniques for Dry Skin

2. Exfoliate With Yogurt, Papaya or Pumpkin

You can find plenty of options for natural dry skin care in your kitchen, or in the produce and diary aisles of your supermarket. Yogurt, especially the plain Greek variety, makes an excellent cleanser with a mild exfoliating action that will remove dry skin and leave you feeling refreshed and comfortable. It’s a particularly safe exfoliant for very dry skin because it exfoliates using lactic acid, not scrubbing granules.

To add some oomph, try making Pecnikov’s Greek Yogurt and Papaya Enzyme Conditioning Mask for Face & Décolleté: Mix ½ cup of Greek yogurt with 3 tablespoons of mashed-up papaya, and apply to skin.

Pumpkin enzymes are at play in her Pumpkin & Cinnamon Mask for Face and Body: mix one can of pumpkin and a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Leave either mask on face or body for 5 to 15 minutes.

Or treat your extremities to her Three Berry Antioxidant Hand and Foot Mask: Mix 3/4 cup each of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with ½ cup kefir in blender. Drink any leftovers!

3. Make a Homemade Skin Scrub

Economical and effective, a combo of sugar and any oil you may have around the kitchen makes a rich, nourishing body scrub for dry skin, according to Gabriel.

Simply mix equal amounts of fine brown sugar and oil, and rub on using light circular motions.

For an extra dose of vitamins and minerals, add a tablespoon of honey. Pecnikov adds lemon juice to her recipe.

Make sure to shower thoroughly afterwards!

4. Harvest the Healing Power of Honey

PHOTO: Dry Skin RemediesHoney is a time-tested cure for chapped, cracked lips, according to Gabriel.

Apply a little organic honey in the evening and wake up to smooth, yummy lips. This trick also works to soothe cracked heels and rough elbows.

5. Try Natural Remedies for Dry Hair

For dry hair, mix one egg yolk and a tablespoon of liquid castile soap to shampoo your hair and condition your itchy scalp. Egg yolks, when massaged into the hair and left to work for 5 to 6 minutes, may strengthen the scalp, and some believe it prevents hair loss, says Gabriel.

Or try Pecnikov’s Hydrating Mask for Dry Overworked Hair: Mix 1 avocado with 2 tablespoons each of lightly heated rapeseed and olive oil. Massage into hair, and put plastic shower cap on head to retain heat and moisture. Leave on hair for 15 minutes. Double the ingredients for longer hair. For additional natural shampoo recipes

6. Treat Skin From the Inside Out

“A diet rich in magnesium, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and beta-carotene naturally feeds your skin from inside and makes it less prone to dryness,” says Gabriel. She recommends feeding your skin with a meal plan that includes dark chocolate, salmon and other fatty fish, oranges, mango, and carrots. Original Article Here

Keeping your skin healthy during the winter months is a difficulty most of us face. The above 6 natural healing techniques for dry skin will go a long way towards keeping your skin hydrated and feeling moist and healthy.

When choosing moisturizers for the skin during winter months you should always look for the heaviest creams available. Ingredients like: Shea Butter, Lanolin, and Mineral Oil will do more to protect your skin than the lighter lotions that we should be using during the summer time.

Do you have a favorite all natural moisturizer recipe that you love? I’d love you to share it with the our readers below. Thanks!

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