A Skin Care Remedy
Dry skin, technically known as xerosis, is not a serious medical problem, but it can make life uncomfortable, with itching, scaling, and an unpleasant tight feeling, especially after washing. A result of insufficient production by the oil glands in your skin, dryness usually affects the thighs, lower arms, cheeks and the areas around the eyes. The main culprits are weather, exposure to air conditioning and heating, allergies, the use of harsh soaps and detergents, and exposure to the sun. Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, thyroid disorders and vitamin deficiencies can also cause dry skin.
Fortunately, there are homemade remedies you can use for relief from dry skin.
Dry Skin Egg and Oil Mask
Whip one raw egg until frothy, then mix in a teaspoon of honey and a 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Eggs contain L-cysteine, an amino acid that works as a nutrient for skin.
Apply the mixture with cotton balls, and leave on for 30 minutes.
Rinse off with cool water and pat dry. Then apply a high-quality moisturizer that you have used with good results in the past.
Soothing Herbal Sauna
Simmer a tablespoon of chamomile and a tablespoon of lavender in a quart of water to make an herbal sauna that can help to alleviate and moisturize dry skin. According to the Health Learning Information website, chamomile contains antioxidant flavonoids that can soothe irritated skin.
Place the steaming pot on a potholder and sit with your face--or affected part of your body--a comfortable distance from the steam for 15 minutes.
Splash your skin with cool distilled or filtered water, then pat dry with a soft towel. Apply a moisturizing lotion.
Repeat the herbal sauna weekly.
Nourishing Avocado Paste for Dry Skin
Mash up a ripe, peeled avocado, a ripe, peeled banana and half of a peeled papaya. According to the Ageless website, avocado is high in sterolins, or plant steroids, which help to soften and moisturize the skin
Apply the paste to areas of dry skin, and leave for 15 minutes.
Wash the paste off with lukewarm water, and pat dry. Follow treatment with a moisturizer.
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