Dry skin – the big, green monster that nobody likes to see, but somehow it always peaks its big, ugly head out. We typically see dry skin during the winter when the air is cool and crisp – but, it also happens during the summer when the summer heat is upon us and we get sunburn after sunburn, drying our skin out.
While dry skin can be a pain, thankfully, there are a few home remedies that you can try to clear it right up and get you back to a face as smooth as a baby’s butt!
Check out these eight home remedies to try this season for dry skin:
- Olive oil scrub. Olive oil contains antioxidants and fatty acids that are very healthy for your skin. These properties allow the oil to soothe and condition dry skin. Try mixing 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 4 tablespoons of fine brown sugar together. Rub this homemade scrub on the effected area, using light, circular motions and continuing for a few minutes. After you have completed this step, rinse the scrub off.Bonus tip: For even better results on your face, try starting the day by applying a thin layer of just plain olive oil on your face, under your regular moisturizer.
- Avocado and honey pack. All you need for this home remedy is ½ avocado and ¼ cup honey. Simply mash the avocado and place it in a bowl – make sure you do not leave any large lumps. Next, add the honey to the avocado, mix until the consistency is smooth, then apply to the affected area and keep it on for 15 minutes. Once the timer is done, rinse it off using lukewarm water.
- Yes, you read that right – like the milk you drink with your fudge brownies. Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that are very helpful in getting rid of dry and itchy skin. Soak a washcloth in cold milk, put the soaked cloth on your dry skin for five to seven minutes, gently rinse it off with lukewarm water and repeat this every other day.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for a wide variety of things – including moisturizing dry skin. This home remedy is incredible simple – apply the coconut oil to the area of dry skin and leave it. The coconut oil will be absorbed by the skin. Repeat this process once or twice daily, as needed.
- The high protein content in oatmeal not only relieves dry skin, but it also helps protect against future dry skin. Oatmeal leaves a protective barrier on the skin which will prevent water loss and help maintain moisture, keeping your skin smooth and moisturized for longer. Run a bath full of warm water, pour in one cup of plain oatmeal and add a few drops of lavender oil – if you please. Soak in this soothing bath combination once a week.
- You only need one thing for this home remedy – pure ghee. Before your shower, gently rub some ghee onto the affected areas in a slow, circular motion so that it can be absorbed by the skin. Let it set on your skin for a few hours and then step into your shower, like normal.
- Mango Mask. This is geared more towards someone looking for a home remedy for a dry face, but you could still apply it anywhere. Separate one ripe mango from the skin, put the pulp into a mixer and turn it into mush, mix a tablespoon of the mango with one tablespoon of honey, add three teaspoons of olive oil, mix and apply. Leave this mask on for an hour and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Chocolate pack. This combination might be hard to eat since it smells just like a sweet treat! Mix together five tablespoons cocoa powder, five tablespoons honey, two tablespoons maize flour, two tablespoons mashed avocado. Apply this mixture onto your dry skin and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water to complete.
Home remedies can both save you time and money. You don’t have to go to the store and spend time searching through all the many products offered, simple run by the grocery store and grab the ingredients (or you might already have them on hand), follow these instructions and apply.
Two other great things about home remedies: you can store them and you can sell them. If you find that you like a few of these different combinations, make a few in advance (be sure to choose ones that would store well) and label them. You can give them a quirky name and cute tag! Then, when you need one, you already have it ready to go and know exactly where it is. On the label, you could also include ingredients in case you decide to share. Always be sure to let someone know what is in something before they start applying it to their skin.
If you put your own little spin on one of these combinations and find that it works better for you, try selling it as a craft. You would be surprised how many people would rather buy natural, home remedies than store-bought items. This is another great label opportunity! You can personalize catchy, personalized labels for all your home remedy products. Come up with the perfect, catchy name to give your label and your product a unique spin – and it will be sure to catch you customer’s eyes!