Dry and scaly skin is a major problem during the dry and harmattan season, as the dryness that comes with the whether suck life and air out of the skin. There are many cremes and lotions in the market that help with retaining the moisture in our skin, but it is always safer to treat dry skins the natural way, as they are less expensive it does not leave your skin with any possibilities of side effects.
There are various amazing ways to keep your skin looking smooth and moist, at the same time glowing even in the harmattan season.
Oatmeal is a common remedy for irritated skin. Colloidal oatmeal has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation. This remedy is especially effective if you’re seeking to relieve itching. Make sure after your bath you also moisturize your skin to lock in the barrier.
You can make an oatmeal bath at home by grinding your oats to powder and mixing it to your bath water. Or use a food processor to chop oatmeal into a fine powder, then put it into warm water. You can also try one of the many commercial products available to make an oatmeal soak.
Coconut oil has emollient properties. Emollients fill the spaces between skin cells, creating a smooth surface. That’s why the saturated fatty acids that occur naturally in the coconut can hydrate and smooth the skin.
You can use coconut oil daily on even the most sensitive parts of the body. These include the area underneath your eyes and around your mouth. Another advantage of coconut oil is that you don’t need to mix it with anything. Coconut is gentle enough for substantial everyday use.
Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that greatly help get rid of dry and itchy skin. Plus, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Also, it helps lighten your complexion.
- Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for five to seven minutes. Gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. This way this natural moisturizer will remain on your skin. Do this every other day.
- Add a few drops of rose water to four tablespoons of milk. Rub this solution all over your body. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash your body with cold water. Follow this remedy twice daily.
Baking Soda Bath
Soaking in a bath of baking soda for 30-60 minutes can make all the difference. Add one cup baking soda to a tub of warm water. After the bath, it is important to gently pat your skin dry with a towel (or air-dry). For more localized itching you can make a paste of one part water to three parts baking soda.
Avoid Scented Soap
Wash your clothing in unscented detergent. Scented detergent may contain chemicals and other irritants that make skin itch. Unscented detergent is more gentle and will help allow skin to heal.