Dry skin is a common problem and a very irritating one. I have dry skin which can get itchy with no real reason at all. When I apply make-up, my forehead and cheeks show up white dry patches in spite of using a moisturiser. Well, a few years back I was troubled by T-zone and acne which prevented me from using moisturisers on face. Now, my skin tends to gulp down all the moisture fed to it without hesitation. I could not find how this change came about. But I could find remedies for my thirsty skin.

Dry skin can be caused by a change of weather, harsh soaps and cleansers, air conditioning, hot showers and certain medical conditions. Normally, the skin on your hands, thighs and lower legs are the driest. Skin conditions are also influenced by your age, health conditions, your locale and the amount of time you spend outdoors (exposure to wind and sun). As a result, skin can be red, itchy, scaling, tight and lined. Woman have more issues than men as their skin loses moisture faster. Eczema and Psoriasis are skin irritations which can cause dry skin. Eczema is an allergic response to environmental factors while Psoriasis is a life-term skin disease. Remember that dry skin can also occur if you have thyroid, diabetes and as reactions to medications like diuretics, antispasmodics, and antihistamines. You will have to seek medical attention if your skin is dry and itchy and disturbs your sleep, if you are scratching it too much into infection and if you have scaly skin which does not improve at all.

Just drinking a lot of fluids does not help in this case. You may need an additional supply of Vitamin E and moisture.

  1. Almond oil and honey can be used as moisturisers. They will also help reduce wrinkles.
  2. Break open a Vitamin E oil capsule and apply on face for a light massage. You can follow it with a face pack for oily face. An ideal face pack for dry skin should contain egg yolk, olive oil, honey, (chickpea flour or fuller’s earth) milk cream, almonds, oatmeal and the like.
  3. Use Aloe Vera directly from plant and wash off when dry.
  4. Use Petroleum jelly on your body and a hypoallergenic moisturiser on face regularly.
  5. Coconut milk and red sandal powder is a great combination to soften skin, hydrate it and get rid of the blemishes.
  6. Do not wash your face often. Try to use fertilized water if possible as normal tap water can further dry out your facial skin.
  7. Use lukewarm water while bathing and a short shower
  8. Use less of soap in winter and pat dry gently.
  9. Apply your lotion immediately after your bath.
  10. Do not use cosmetics with alcohol. Some of the acne products have alcohol as their main ingredient.
  11. Use a humidifier if your room is too dry.
  12. A mixture of rose water and glycerin (and avocado oil) can be a soothing night lotion.
  13. Chamomile, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang-Ylang are essential oil for dry skin. You can use toiletries and cosmetics with these ingredients.

Your dry skin should not deprive you from make-up and beauty enhancements.

  1. You can use a souffle foundation or oil-based or water based foundations on dry skin. It will be easier to apply cream or liquid foundation than a paste one. It will give a matte-finish too.
  2. Use chap stick or lip balm before applying lip stick.
  3. Exfoliate your face and lips gently for good results. Almonds and oat meal with milk cream work as great scrubs.

A positive change in the diet with all the vital nutrients and protection from extreme Sun and wind are all crucial for dry skin.

  • Eat a lot of fruits and leafy vegetables for vitamins. You will need Vitamin A, B and E for glowing skin. Apricots, avocado, cantaloupes, wheat germ, natural yogurt, milk are all great to tackle dry skin. Keep aside a little of your fruits for an enriching face pack.
  • You will also need beta-carotene present in yellow and orange veggies like carrots.
  • Sulphur rich foods like garlic, onions, eggs, and asparagus are great for dry skin. Sulphur prevents drying of skin by stimulating the metabolism.
  • Flax seeds are known for their health benefits as well. Throw in a few into your breakfast bowl or add some flaxseed oil into your salad if you can.
  • Keep away from alcohol, caffeine, soft drinks, chocolate, chips and sweets.