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Dry Skin
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Moisture is essential for smooth and soft skin but sometimes especially in winters the skin is not able to retain the moisture resulting in dry skin. Dry skin is also known as xerosis. In sebum level in dry skin is very low making it sensitive and prone to various skin problems.

Dry skin gives a dull and flaky look especially on the cheeks and around the eyes. It needs proper care as dry skin has a tendency for broken veins, flakiness, dry patches and sore skin. After every wash skin gives a tight feeling. Wind, dry weather and extremes of temperatures aggravate the situation. People with dry skin have a history of premature wrinkles.

It is a temporary and not a serious problem but if not treated properly it may become problematic. The lower legs, arms, sides of the abdomen and thighs are more prone to dry skin.

Causes of dry skin
  • Environmental conditions- exposure to sun, dry weather, use of harsh and strong soaps.

  • Nutritional deficiencies- poor diet deficient in vitamin A and B. less intake of fluids also result in dry skin

  • Genetic factors

  • Low sebum level

  • Various skin problems like eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis

Cure for Dry Skin

Dry skin needs lot of care. To avoid further dryness the skin should be washed with mineral water as tap water has many mineral deposits that cause dryness. Using harsh soaps and frequent washing should be avoided. The skin should be immediately moisturized with a good moisturizer after bathing. Daily massage with baby oil is recommended for dry skin as it helps in retaining the moisture of the skin.

Face packs
  • Mix 10 almonds, two spoons oatmeal, four tablespoons of full cream milk, two spoons china clay, juice of half a lemon, and one mashed avocado. Apply on face and leave it for 20 minutes. Wipe it off with a cotton wool dipped in cold milk. Splash the face with cold water and apply a moisturizer.

  • Mash a slice of a ripe peach and apply on the face all over face and neck. Rubbing a peach slice is also beneficial.

  • Make a paste by mixing strawberry and fresh cream. Apply it on the face and wash it off after 20-30 minutes.  

  • Mix together one egg, one teaspoon of honey, half teaspoon of olive oil and few drops of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and neck. Wash it with cold water after 15-20 minutes.

  • Mix together one tablespoon of orange juice with half tablespoon of honey and apply it on the face. Wash the face after 15-20 minutes.

  • Make a paste with a guava and a spoon of honey. Apply on the face and wash after 20 minutes.

Remedies for Dry Skin

A daily routine facial includes three basic steps of cleansing, massage and a face pack.

Apply cleansing milk on the face and neck. Massage gently with the fingers in circular and in outward direction for few minutes. Now splash the face with water and pat dry it with a soft towel or cloth.

Now wet the palms of the hand take some cold cream and massage the face in upward stroking movements. The main purpose of the massage is to provide relaxation to the muscles and it also stimulates the blood circulation. Massage the face for at least 10 minutes for maximum benefits.

The last step in the facial is the application of face pack. Face pack helps in removing dust particles that close the pores and tighten the facial muscles. After a face pack light moisturizer can also be applied on the skin.


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