Healthy skin is an important aspect because it is your skin that interacts with the external environment. Dry skin with symptoms like cracked skin and itching is a very common issue today. But there are several natural herbal remedies for treating these skin condition effectively. These herbs not only provide the required moisture, but also provide the vital nutrients that are required for healthy skin.
12 Herbal Remedies for Dry Skin
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, the extract from tea tree, is an excellent remedy for dry skin. It is a natural moisturizer with strong anti-fungal properties, which helps in fighting infections. It works effectively by penetrating deep into your dry skin. It is also used in treating athlete’s foot, acne, dandruff and other fungal infections. For treating dry skin, you may add a drop of 100% pure tea tree oil in your moisturizer, or apply the oil after diluting it with some water or a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil or olive oil.
Avocado is an American fruit having high-fat content, along with other important Vitamins A, D and E, which hydrate and protect your skin. It is another natural moisturizer that softens and nourishes your dry skin. Take a ripe avocado, peel and mash it with a fork and then smooth it over your dry skin. Let it sink for 15 minutes before you wash it off with a cool, damp cloth. You may use this application once in a week or as needed.
Aloe vera is a miracle herb, also used for treating many skin conditions like dryness, itching and inflammation. Aloe vera gel has excellent healing and moisturizing properties which help your skin rejuvenate and shed dry, dead skin. It acts as a hydrating mask for your dry skin. It also reduces the soreness, discomfort, cracking and flaking associated with dry skin. Aloe vera is available in many over the counter skin products such as soaps, moisturizers and lotions. You may add few drops of aloe gel to your night moisturizer to see its effectiveness. If you want to use the fresh aloe gel directly, it is advisable to consult your physician first.
Shea tree, a native herb of central Africa, produces a nut which is rich in Vitamins A, E and F. Shea butter is the fat extracted from this nut. It has moisturizing properties and also provides natural UV protection. It is rich in Vitamins A, E and F, which hydrate and protect your skin. Shea butter works by penetrating deep into your skin and moisturizing it without leaving any kind of greasy residue. It also improves the blood circulation, thereby promoting skin renewal.
Shea butter can be eaten directly or used as an edible oil. It is widely used in cosmetics, soaps and lotions. To apply the raw butter directly over your skin, get yellow color shea butter that has not been bleached or over-refined and rub it thoroughly over the affected skin. You may use this remedy daily until your skin heals.
Jojoba is a desert shrub of North America having excellent medicinal and conditioning properties. It is often used in many cosmetic and moisturizing products of hair and skin. Studies show that topical application of jojoba oil is effective for sunburns, dry and chapped skin. You can get jojoba oil from health food stores or buy it from online stores. For treating dry skin, you can apply jojoba oil directly to your skin. You may also add few drops of this oil to your regular moisturizer.
Cucumber juice has a cooling effect that will keep your skin fresh and slightly wet. Cucumber is effective especially when the dryness is over the face. It reduces the dryness of your skin by restoring the lost water content. For treating dry skin, apply the cucumber juice over the affected areas, also on your face and neck. This will develop glowing skin and also gives you a healthy complexion.
Mixture of Fruits
Fruits restore the important nutrients required for a healthy skin. Make a paste of papaya, banana and peach and apply it over dry skin for about 20 minutes before washing it with luke warm water. Instead, you can apply a paste of banana and papaya overnight. This will give you better results.
Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy emulsion made from egg yolks, oil and seasonings, along with lemon juice or vinegar. Because of these healthy ingredients, it serves as a natural moisturizer and a good herbal remedy for dry skin. Take some natural mayonnaise and add few drops of milk to it, then massage it over the dry skin, rubbing gently in round shape. This will help your skin absorb the wetness and get moisturized.
Herbal Oil Massage
Massage therapy is a natural and effective way to restore healthy skin, especially when you use herbal oils like almond, avocado or olive oils. For treating dry skin, herbal oil should be massaged thoroughly over the whole skin so that the oil passes into the skin. After the massage, you should leave your skin exposed to air for about half an hour and then take a bath.
Apple is a nutritious fruit rich in tannins as well as potassium, which makes it very useful for dry skin. It soothes the dry skin and also gives it an amazing glow. Cut an apple into half and run its fleshy part over your dry skin. Gently apply little pressure and squeeze the apple juice into your skin. Leave it for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
Comfrey is an effective herbal remedy for dry skin because of its allantoin content, a chemical that protects, repairs and promotes new skin. It is also helpful in soothing irritated red skin. Comfrey is available as moisturizing cream in market. Instead, you can apply the moistened leaves directly to the skin as a poultice.
Calendula is another herb known to fight dry skin. Because of its soothing, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, this herb is also used in facial sauna and many other anti-aging creams. Calendula comes in the form of oils, lotions and ointments that can be found in health food stores. You may even create a home made application with a mixture of few dried calendula flowers and olive oil.
To avoid dryness and maintain a healthy skin, it is better to avoid tap water for bathing and use mineral water instead. Also, use a bath soap containing moisturizers.