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Jan

Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

by Tiffany in Beauty

Winter time is famous for dry skin. Even though I am venting my dryer indoors and the windows are usually all steamy my youngest and I are still having dry skin issues. If you have dry skin, you know that it’s not just annoying and kinda gross looking, it can also be incredibly uncomfortable. Your face feels tight and your lips may get chapped and your body itches. Conventional moisturizers are a waste of time usually, in my experience at least. The reason may be that the moisturizers simply makes your skin oily or irritates the problem even further and they are loaded with unsavory ingredients as well.

The best way to avoid this is by going natural.

Drink plenty of water. This is the area where my son and I are lacking I think. When it is cold we don’t drink as much and we don’t eat as much raw, hydrating food. This remedy is totally simple, and often overlooked.  Your skin needs water to stay soft and smooth.  While putting water on your skin will dry it out, putting it in your body is essential for keeping it hydrated. Plus, drinking enough water just makes you feel better too!

A really good way to get itchy dry skin quickly is to use soap.  Over cleaning your skin is often unnecessary and can really dry it out. In the winter we tend to take long baths and showers, particularly with very hot water and this is extremely drying to the skin. I know I like to do this too, I need to stop. Quick showers are the better option, for our skin and the environment. Use a natural mild soap like Dr. Bronners, sparingly. Dry brushing regularly can help slough off old skin cells and uncover healthier, smoother skin. Another tactic is too use a homemade or store bought sugar scrub. If homemade isn’t your thing than I recommend Organic Fiji Sugar Polish in Pineapple Coconut. Yum!! Follow up with all natural coconut oil to seal in the moisture. You can get a wondrous Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Cream from Tropical Traditions. It is heavenly.

If you have especially dry skin on your face, the best treatment is also probably the simplest and least expensive one around: honey.  Honey has been used for centuries to moisturize, and you really don’t need anything else.  Just apply honey to your face like a masque, let dry for 30 minutes, then rinse off.  Your face will feel fresh, hydrated, clean and healthy. I prefer to use a thick, buttery style of raw honey and not the ooey gooey kind you find in bear shaped bottles.

Good old fashioned oil does the trick to. Coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil are great for moisturizing and treating a variety of skin conditions.  You can even mix in some honey and heat it to soften it and make it easier to go on.

We have to remember though that natural remedies are about fixing the cause as much as they are about treating the problem.  It’s best to protect your skin in the first place.  Be sure to protect your skin from dry, cold winter conditions by using scarves, gloves, and avoid long exposures to severe cold when possible. Drink lots of water, humidify your home if you can, and remember that forced air heating systems will only dry skin more so if you can put on a sweater instead of turn on the heat, do it!

I am doing a honey mask myself  tonight and I will do a mini-one on my son as he sleeps. I am also going to make sure we drink more water and green smoothies… even if the cold makes me shy away from them. And even though I might look ridiculous picking up my kids in a ski mask… I am seriously considering THAT to!

Also a really cool book that shares time tested beauty practices from days loooong ago is Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Its a very interesting read. Women a long time ago were concerned about this stuff to and they used natural ingredients with great success.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

12 Comments

  • Tammy Sanders

    Thanks for the post. My son’s skin does not shed anturally and is in dire straits as of reason days. I am going to try the honey mask on him and see how it works. Great advice.

  • andiscandis

    I tend to get dehydrated in the winter, too. You can’t drink cold water in January in Ohio! I try to keep a stock of herbal (non-caffeinated) teas so that I can get warm and hydrate at the same time. Just make sure not to overdo the chamomile tea too early in the day!

  • http://mariawj.blogspot.com Maria

    Very timely tips! Thanks!

  • http://steepingtea.blogspot.com Katharyn

    Add some milk to your bathwater, it makes a huge difference!

    My post olive oil face is feeling so much better! Thank you for the suggestion.

  • smilinggreenmom

    Oh I just posted about this at your post on acne too! I love using olive oil on my skin and it feels so great all winter long!!

  • http://www.KristensRaw.blogspot.com Kristen’s Raw

    Mmmmmm coconut oil! :)

  • Hunter

    I love that coconut scent – lots of baby products seem to use it as the active. Have you tried any of the foaming baby washes? My fam loves them.

  • Nicole L

    great post, I try to stick to natural as much as possible. WE love coconut oil, it took away my babies cradle cap!

  • http://www.talesofarantingginger.com/ Gingermommy

    It is always so much better to find a natural cure than to go the other route. i am going to bookmark this for later. I always get dry skin in the winter. Actually, being a redhead, I get it often lol

  • kathleen kennedy leon

    I’ve book marked this–hoping to come back tonight after all the weekend chores are done and spend alittle pamper time -thanks for sharing

  • Melissa Vera

    thanks for the cool tips. I will have to try the coconut one I love anything with coconut.

  • Nikki

    I love sugar scrubs, they make my skin feel awesome! I agree with Kathayrn too, adding milk to the bathwater works great! I use powdered milk mixed with sea salt.