Easy Home Remedies for Treating Dry Skin in Winters

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 15, 2014

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Your skin might become dry and lack moisture during winters and therefore, maintaining a healthy skin during the cold weather is very important. If your skin gets super dry during this season, you may try these easy home remedies to treat it.
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    Skin’s Winter Woes

    Dry skin problem is inevitable; especially in winter. And, dry air during the cold season is the most common reason for it. Dry air strips moisture from the skin, leaving it dull and lifeless. Low temperature, low humidity and strong and harsh winds worsen the skin condition. No matter how expensive cosmetics and moisturisers you may use, sometimes, getting rid of the problem of dry skin is hard. Dry skin during winters is normal, however, people suffer from it due to many other reasons too. Bathing with hot water, excessive sun-exposure, atopic dermatitis and thyroid disorders are some other causes of dry skin. Instead of relying on those chemical-based cosmetics, it’s better to try these home remedies, which really work in order to treat  dry skin.

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    Avocado Mask

    Avocado is an excellent home remedy to treat dry skin as it is rich in natural oil, which can make the skin soft and smooth all day long. Take a ripe avocado and make puree out of it. Now, mix it with 2 teaspoonfuls of curd along with ½ a teaspoonful of honey. Put this mask on your face or any dry part of your body. After 10 minutes, wash it off with water. Another way to use avocado to treat dry skin is to use it with papaya. Papaya not only reduces dryness, but it also effectively removes scars. Make a paste using 1 slice of papaya, 1 avocado and 1 banana. Apply it on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes. You may also make a paste out of avocados and apply it all over the face and body to nourish the skin. This is the most effective of home remedies for dry skin on face.

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    Egg Yolk

    Egg yolk is another very popular home remedy for dry skin. Make a face pack using yolk of 1 egg, 1 teaspoonful of milk powder and 1 teaspoonful of honey. Apply this paste on the face and all the dry areas. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash it off with regular tap water. Another remedy using eggs is to make egg and oil face pack. Mix 1 egg with a teaspoonful of honey along with ½ teaspoonful of olive oil, and also add little rosewater. Put this egg and oil mixture on your face for a few minutes. Egg is a conditioning agent, which will make your face soft and supple as ever.

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    Cucumber Face Pack

    Cucumber is extremely beneficial for treating dry skin. It naturally moisturizes dry skin and also lightens skin tone. Make a paste of 1 cucumber and apply on face. Leave the pack for 30 minutes and you will notice visible difference in a matter of few weeks. You could also extract some juice from the cucumber and rub the juice on the face. Leave it on for some time and then rinse it off. It is a great natural remedy for glowing skin. It will also reduce dark circle under the eyes.

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    Honey and Rose Face Pack

    Take 1 teaspoonful of honey and mix it with 1 teaspoonful of rose water and apply on face and neck.  This face pack will cleanse the skin, tone it and make the skin glowing. This is one of the most useful remedies for dry skin. Honey alone can be enough for reviving dry skin too. Rub some honey all over your face and body and sit for 10 minutes. Then, take a shower. You will come out with a soft glowing skin, which will remain glowing throughout the day. Another way to use honey is to add a teaspoonful of it in some curd along with some lemon juice. Yoghurt is a great home remedy to treat dry skin as it nicely nourishes the skin while leaving it soft and supple.

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    Banana Paste

    Bananas can also be used as a dry skin home remedy. Just mash 1 ripe banana and apply it like a face pack. Leave it for 30 minutes and then wash off. Not just banana, but banana peels also contains a number of elements that are good for the skin. The peel contains a good amount of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins which contribute to the wellbeing of the skin. Rubbing banana peel on the dry skin surface will relieve skin inflammation and recover the softness and smoothness of the skin.

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    Aloe Vera Gel

    Apply aloe Vera gel generously on the face and leave it on the skin for 30 minutes. If possible, avoid using readymade gels and try to extract the gel yourself. Just slice a piece of aloe vera and squeeze the gel out and apply on the face. It is not only an excellent moisturizer but also forms a protective layer that will keep away all the impurities from entering the pores. This will make the skin soft and luminous. It will also help to remove dead skin and prevent ageing signs. This is one of the oldest of remedies for dry skin.

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    Almond Paste

    Soak a few almonds overnight, peel the skin and grind to a fine paste. Add 2 teaspoonfuls of raw milk, 1 teaspoon of gram flour and a few drops of lemon juice to this paste. Apply this face pack on the face and leave it for 20 minutes. Then wash off the paste while gently massaging the skin with lukewarm water. This will not only relieve dry skin but will also improve the skin tone. Not just almond as nuts, but almond oil is also an excellent skin-softener and a very good source of Vitamin E, which is an important nutrient for skin care. Due to its non-greasiness, you can readily apply it over your face if you have extra dry facial skin. Use it as a moisturiser, and massage it for about 5 minutes.

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