Dry Skin Home Remedies, Face Packs

Dry skin
Dry Skin
Dry skin has a low level of sebum which makes it prone to sensitivity. It is usually not very smooth to touch and it is also flaky sometimes.

Causes of Dry Skin:

In healthy skin the sebaceous glands release an oily substance called sebum, which keeps the skin moist, supple and waterproof. Sebum, together with other natural oils, known as lipids, and natural moisturising factors (NMFs), form a barrier known as the hydro-lipid system. This barrier acts to keep 'foreign substances' out of our bodies and keeps water inside the body for as long as possible. In dry skin this barrier is no longer intact so the skin suffers from increased moisture loss.

Dry skin becomes particularly prevalent as we get older, as our bodies don't produce these natural oils so effectively. Babies and young children are also often susceptible to dry skin because the oil producing glands haven't developed properly.Whilst some people have an inherited predisposition to dry skin, there are also a number of external factors which can contribute. These are more harmful in skin which is already dry and where the hydro-lipid barrier system is impaired. Dry, cold and windy weather can cause the skin to peel, flake and thicken, as can the sun. Central heating, air conditioning, poor ventilation, chemicals, detergents, soap and solvents can all play a part in causing dry skin. Excessive contact with water also reduces the skin's natural moisturizing factors.

Dry Skin Remedies
Face Packs
1. Ingredients:
5 teaspoons fresh coconut oil
5 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons glycerine
4 teaspoons beeswax
5 tablespoons cucumber juice
A pinch of borax
Method: Melt the oil and wax by the double boiling method. Warm cucumber juices, glycerin and borax in a separate bowl until borax is dissolved. Add the cucumber, borax and glycerin mixture to the oil and whisk the mixture till it thickens. Excess may be stored in the fridge.

2. Ingredients:
1 egg
1 teaspoon of honey,
1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and
few drops of rose water

Method: Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and use as a mask.

Diet for Dry Skin:
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts. Eat quality protein from vegetable sources. Increase your intake of raw foods.
  • Eat foods such as garlic, onions, eggs, and asparagus that are high in sulfur, which helps to keep the skin smooth and youthful.
  • Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. These are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant. Carrots are especially good.
  • Unrefined, cold-pressed flax seed oil used daily on salads and baked potatoes, or mixed into any dishes which do not require heating to high temperatures will make dry skin moist and supple. Flax seed oil contains the essential fatty acids omega-3 alpha linolenic acid and omega-6 linoleic acid. These are converted in the body into hormone, like substances called Prostaglandins, which support skin health.
  • Cantaloupes, carrots and apricots are heating foods for dry skin because they are rich in the vitamins A and C, both important for a supple, smooth skin. Eat them whole or take as fresh juices. Eat foods rich in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), such as quark, raw. milk cheese, natural plain yogurt, kefir, leafy green vegetables, nutritional yeast and wheat germ. Pantothenic acid is need for the synthesis of fats and oils used by the skin.
  • Drink at least 2 quarts of quality water every day to keep the skin well hydrated.
  • Avoid fried foods, animal fats, and heat-processed vegetable oils. Use cold- pressed oils only. Heating oils leads to the production of free radicals, which have a destructive effect on the skin. 
  • Do not drink soft drinks or eat sugar, chocolate, potato chips, or other junk foods.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances have a diuretic effect, causing the body and skin cells to lose fluids and essential minerals.