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Your best Accessory- Skin

Hi! Great to see you again. Hope you are doing great.

The above title seems funny! Am I right? But believe me its true.

Your Skin Is Your Best Accessory!!! Do Take Good Care of It.

Skin is the largest organ which covers our whole body. And when it comes to skincare never mess up with it….

Just two months for the winters to kick start. Most of us are worried about our skin getting dried. You need not worry until you have a very serious skin condition.

 

Dry Skin

Dry Skin is termed as Xerosis, a Greek word, in medical terms.  Sounds too scary! Oh come on, Its nothing. COOL…

Its just the skin that lacks Moisture in the outer layer. It is quite uncomfortable to have a dry skin. You might naturally have a dry skin. But for some people dry skin may occur due to aging, health, the place where you live ,time spent outdoors, harsh soaps and hot showers.

Symptoms of a Dry Skin

  • feeling of skin tightness, after showering or swimming
  • gray, ashy skin
  • looks and feels rough
  • flaking ,peeling, itching and scaling

Why not sneak peak into your kitchen for our age old remedies which are used by our grandmothers even now.

Ever wondered, how the ingredients used for cooking can be a magical wand for your skin.

Come let’s explore the kitchen for some magic……

Coconut oil- your best friend

A two week study has found that coconut oil can moisturize your dry skin and improve the skin hydration. It reduces inflammation and helps prevent any skin infection caused by itching on dry skin. Coconut oil is gentle enough to be used around your sensitive areas like under your eyes and on your lips. It reduces inflammation, helps in production of collagen which helps to maintain firmness and elasticity of skin, eliminates the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. It is a great moisturizer that creates smooth surface.

How to use- Simply dab some liquified coconut oil by rubbing it gently between your hands and apply it on the dry areas of skin.

Oatmeal bath- the best kept secret

An antioxidant and anti inflammatory ingredient. It treats dry skin and removes dead skin cells. It is a common folk remedy for an irritated skin. A 2015 study reveals that our grandmothers and the great grandmothers used this therapy for centuries. It helps calm itching and soothes irritation. Oatmeal bath is had with Colliad oatmeal. Colliad Oatmeal is made by grinding oat grain into a fine powder. FDA 2013 has officially categorized oatmeal as a skin protectant.

How to use:

  • grind oatmeal in blender or food processor.
  • transfer into a small bowl
  • mix sugar and honey to oats.
  • use in your shower to exfoliate your skin
Sunflower seed oil- natural calming properties

This is a great source of vitamin E, rich in nutrients and antioxidant. It removes dead cell and impurities and gives you smooth and nourished skin. It helps to maintain the skin’s natural barrier, supporting it’s ability to retain moisture.

How to use

Pour a small amount of sunflower oil into your palm directly and massage it gently until it is completely absorbed.

Honey-Excellent Humectant

Honey preserves the natural moisture levels of your skin. Honey is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating other skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It also prevents wrinkle.

How to use

Use one teaspoon of Honey on clean, dry skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and see the results. It will serve as a perfect moisturizing mask.

Avocado- The super food

The natural oils present in Avocados deeply penetrates in the skin and nourishes, softens and hydrates the skin. It reduces inflammation, redness and also fights wrinkles.

How to use- Just take the inside of an avocado and massage it on the dry area. Leave the residue for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Raw Milk- Amazing magical ingredient

Raw milk is rich in vitamin B, Alpha hydroxy acids, calcium and other antioxidants. It has lot of skin benefits. It revitalizes dry and cracked skin.

Dip a cotton ball in cold raw milk and apply it all over your dry skin. Let it sit for 15-20 mins. Wash off with cool water.  Your skin will be moisturized and soft throughout the day.

Prevention

  1. Use warm water and limit bath time. Taking long showers in hot water removes oil from the skin.
  2. Do not forget to apply some moisturizer immediately after bath. Never rub your skin with the towel. Gently pat your skin dry with the towel to retain some moisture.
  3. Choose mild soaps with added oils and fat.
  4.  Wear fabrics which are friendly with your skin.

 

Visit a doctor if the home remedies and store bought moisturizers do not solve the symptoms of dry skin. Remember it is important to keep the skin moisturized and to treat the dry skin as soon as possible.