If you find yourself feeling self-conscious about your skin we you walk out in shorts, even after applying lotion, you are not alone. Dry skin is real and people all over the world suffer from it. Sometimes it’s not an easy fix like just applying more lotion and cream. The treatment can be related to different causes, which can include something you eat, something you drink, or a medical condition.
So what do you do?
If dry skin is chronic be sure you understand why it is happening. See if removing anything from your diet changes the dynamic. If not, visit the doctor to determine whether or not you have medical condition like eczema. Treatment will be very different if a medical condition is the cause.
If you don’t have a medical condition and taking certain foods out of your diet doesn’t help, try these diy remedies to moisturize, heal, and eradicate the problem:
- Use apple cider vinegar on the area. Just dab the skin with a cotton ball filled with apple cider vinegar 3 times a day until the skin is healed.
- Basil leaves – Not only for eating! Crush basil leaves and run them on the affected area.
- Oatmeal – Apply steel-cut oatmeal to the area (made with just the oatmeal and water). This not only helps the dry skin to get nourishment but it also soothes.
- Exfoliate – Yes, exfoliate. While stripping away dry skin sounds like it would be the last thing you’d want to do, it is actually one of the best ways to eradicate the issue. Use a mix of coconut oil and sugar on clean skin twice a week, making sure to moisturize after.
- Humidifier – Keeping moisture in the air of your house does a lot for the whole body. Your skin is no exception. 30% humidity is suggested for healthy skin.
- Reduce hot showers – We all love a good hot shower every once in a while but they remove moisture from your skin even while they make us feel relaxed afterwards. Opt for lukewarm showers instead.
- Eat more fish. Omega 3s are very helpful in turning around dry skin. Salmon and other fish are great sources of this nutrient. If you don’t like fish, take an Omega 3 supplement.
- Drink more water – you knew this was coming, didn’t you? Moisturizing your skin includes a healthy does of water. If you already drink 64 oz of water a day and still have dry skin you’ll need to add more water intake to your daily regimen.
- Remove skin drying elements from your life – Things like perfumes, scented soaps, and, sadly, bubble baths are the largest culprits. Opt for a moisturizing cleanser with petroleum or glycerin.
You CAN get rid of your dry skin if it is not a medical condition. You just have to make some changes in your eating, health, and beauty regimens to see results. It’s hard work but it is so worth the effort.