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Natural Dry Skin Treatment
Dry skin makes the whole appearance of a person dull. The lack ofglowing skin not only is a hindrance in getting overall beauty but alsoleads to various skin problems like itchy skin, dry skin spots and patches,skin rashes and ultimately fast aging of skin due to wrinkles. Dry skinconditions are due to the inability of skin to retain moisture. There aremany natural dry skin treatments that can change dry skin from luster lessskin to rejuvenated healthy skin. However, before knowing the various homeremedies and herbs for dry skin, it seems right to know the Ayurvedic dryskin concept.

Ayurvedic Dry Skin Concept

According to Ayurveda, dry skin is theresult of Vata Dosha or Vata vitiation. When vata dosha rises in a body, itleads to reduced kapha and makes body and facial skin dry and wrinkled.Kapha is the element responsible for keeping skin soft and smooth. Dry skinproblem aggravates due environment and weather conditions also. Most of thepeople experience excessively dry skin in winters when the dry and coldweather does not let the skin remain moist enough. However, dry skinproblems are not absolutely absent in summers when it is too hot and dry.Skin getting dry in summers is due to pitta vitiation and not due to vatavitiation. Thus, Ayurvedic dry skin concept lists some of the main causes ofdry skin as under.
  • • Exposure to cold and dry climate (sometimes hot and dry climate too)
  • • Suppressing natural urges such as urination, defecation, hunger,thirst, etc.
  • • Sleep disorders, staying awake till late night.
  • • Irregular and unhealthy food habits
  • • Excessive physical and mental exertion.
  • • Excessive intake of spicy, dry, and bitter food.

Understanding the causes of dry skin makes one able to avoid them so thatthe natural dry skin treatments in the form of home remedies and herbs fordry skin can prove most beneficial to them.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Natural dry skin treatments need somelifestyle changes related to the use of beauty cosmetics, drink and foodhabits, as well as certain home remedies with the help of day to dayingredients found at home and certain specific herbs for dry skin treatment.

Lifestyle Changes for Dry Skin Treatment

  • • Drink enough water each day. You should drink at least 8-10 glassesof water daily.
  • • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Better if they have morewater content like cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, orange. Have plentyof nuts, especially almonds and walnuts.
  • • Get enough sleep. Six to eight hours sleep at night help restoreoxygen level of blood responsible for renewal of body cells essentialfor keeping the young looks of skin rejuvenated.
  • • Avoid hot showers. Hot water robs the skin of its natural oils thatkeep skin moist. In winters, make the bathing water only mildly warm ifyou can't have bath with cold water.
  • • Protect your facial and body skin from UV rays of sun. Always carrysome cloth like scarves or umbrella to protect yourself from sun.
  • • Do not take stress. This is one of the causes of many skin problemsincluding dry skin.
  • • Quit smoking and limit intake of alcohol. The harmful elements inthem cause dry skin.
  • • Never go to bed with make up on. Wash all the applied cosmetics withclean water and if necessary with mild soap having moisturizer. Thenapply some moisturizing cream. Natural, home made or herbal dry skincreams without chemicals are best for skin.

Home Made Dry Skin Lotions, Creams, Facials, Masks

  • • Mix equal quantities of glycerin and rose water. Store thisexcellent dry skin lotion in a clean bottle and apply it on dry facialskin or skin of hands and feet whenever required. It is best to beapplied after having bath for those who suffer from excessive dry skin.Always shake the bottle before use as glycerin settles down at thebottom of bottle (Mix lemon juice to this mixture if you have a mixedtype of skin having combination of oily and dry skin).
  • • Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly and glycerin and apply it onyour dry skin of face and body and keep it overnight.
  • • Mix equal quantities of petroleum jelly, vitamin E oil and glycerin.Apply for half an hour over face and body before taking shower.
  • • Take plain water and glycerin in the ratio of 10:1 and apply it onyour dry skin of hand and feet before going to the bed. This will giveyou soft skin in a few days.
  • • For having a special hand wash soap, mix glycerin with your liquidsoap and fill it in a bottle. Wash your hands with this soap to avoiddry skin on hand.
  • • Take 1 tsp each of egg yolk, rose water, lime juice, olive oil andorange juice and mix them thoroughly. Apply this smooth home made dryskin lotion to your face in the morning and wash it off after 20minutes.
  • • Make a face mask by mixing honey, egg, olive oil and rose water anduse it as dry skin facial mask.
  • • Get ayurvedic massage with herbal oil (made with vata balancingherbs). It is good to have daily body massage for people with dry skinbut if that is not possible, take such massages at least once a week.
  • • Lavender oil and sandalwood oil are also good for dry skin for theirsoothing and cool effects. A few drops of these oils can be used inbathing water.
  • • Mix glycerin, castor oil and rose water with 1 tbsp of 'malai' ormilk cream. Apply this mixture on face, neck and on hands before goingto bed. Wash it off with water in morning. This keeps dry skin hydratedduring the day.
  • • Mix ground almonds, honey and malai (milk cream) and apply themixture at least twice a week and keep it for half an hour.
  • • Mix 1/4th cup yogurt, 1tsp honey and 1tbsp milk powder. Apply on facefor 10 minutes and wash it off with cold water.
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