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Dry or flaky skin is normally seen mostly during the winter season. It can appear either on the face or different parts of the body. Depending on the cause, dry skin can seem to be flaky, scaly, peeling or even sore.
But it is not necessary that it can appear only during the winters. Dry skin can also be the result of many other factors.
The cosmetics and soaps you use can make your skin dry, and the ageing process can cause skin to become dry because the sebaceous glands become sluggish with age. Some other causes can be due to climate changes, certain medications, contact dermatitis, peri-oral dermatitis, makeup and cosmetics, seborrheic dermatitis, etc.
For some, this can be chronic and for some, this can be easily treated if you put in some effort in taking care of your skin. If it is chronic, it's better to seek medical help, otherwise some natural home remedies and tips will help you in treating flaky or dry skin easily.
Tips To Follow for Dry Skin
Do Not Stand Under The Shower For A Long Time
Excess bathing leads to stripping off of the natural oils from our skin. This may leave our skin dry and flaky. It is recommended not to stand under the shower for a long time, as the skin may lose its moisture. Maximum recommended time is 10-15 minutes.
Exfoliation is very important in keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised. Proper exfoliation prevents the skin from drying. Make sure that you exfoliate your skin using a scrub, twice or thrice a week. However, over exfoliation can lead to further damage of the skin.
Keeping the skin moisturized from the outside is not enough to get rid of flaky skin. You can prevent your skin from becoming dry by keeping your body hydrated. And this happens only if you drink water and keep your body hydrated. So, make sure that you drink enough water in order to prevent flaky and dry skin.
Use Lukewarm Water
Avoid washing your face with hot water, since it strips away all the essential oil present on your skin, which is important in keeping the moisture in place. Instead, you can wash your face with lukewarm water. This will keep up the moisturisation of the skin and can help you to get rid of flaky skin.
Do Not Scratch
Avoid scratching on the dry area of your skin. This can further cause irritation to the skin and may also start bleeding. Try applying a cube of ice over the affected area if it is itchy. This will help you to reduce the redness and itchiness of the skin.
Choose Your Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an essential and must-have product with you at all times. But be careful while choosing your sunscreen. Always go for sunscreens that have olive oil or aloe vera as a base. This will help you in keeping your skin hydrated.
Use A Humidifier
Using a humidifier is recommended if it is winter season. Generally, your skin gets dry during this season. So, use a humidifier at home to keep up the moisture of your skin. You can do this before going to bed every night.
Some Home Remedies to follow for Dry Skin
This is the easiest way to get rid of flaky and dry skin. Just apply some petroleum jelly on the skin or wherever the affected area is. Gently massage and leave it. You can do this before going to bed every night and in the morning as well. Petroleum jelly is the best natural moisturizer available.
Almond oil has several beauty benefits whether for the skin or hair. Just apply some almond oil on your flaky skin and gently massage. You can also use it with aloe vera for better and faster results. Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera and 1 teaspoon of almond oil and apply it on your skin.
At times, the inflammation on your skin can turn out to be red and itchy. This causes further irritation and so, you can easily prevent this using ice cubes. Cover the ice cube in a towel and rub it over the dry and flaky area. Make sure that you do not apply the ice directly on the skin, as it can cause more damage to the skin. You can try out this remedy twice a day.
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, making it an effective moisturizer, and it gets absorbed quickly. It helps to even out the skin tone and calms down any redness on the skin. It also helps in making the skin soft and radiant. Apply some coconut oil every day on your skin and see the magic.