Does your skin always feel like it can some moisturizer at any time during the day? If it often looks tired and dull even though you’re diligent with your face routine, and it gives you the feeling that it will just crack up, then welcome to the dry skin club! The only good thing about it is that you’re not alone; millions of women (and surprisingly, men!) from all around the globe are fighting what sometimes seems like a never-ending battle with their skin.
Apart from making you a real special snowflake regarding products you can use on your face – you’ll definitely want to skip everything labeled matte – sometimes even cashing half of your paycheck in a pharmacy won’t do much to help. I mean, there’s only so much store-bought moisturizer that you can use, right?
However, that is exactly why taking matters into your own hands is the very best thing you could do when it comes to dry skin care – all you’ll need to do is stop by your local store and start working your magic with the most basic of ingredients! Treating the skin with natural products will help tremendously in the long run and it’ll bring you that much-needed fresh look on your face!
Why do I have dry skin on my face?
There are multiple reasons why you’ve been dealt the dry skin card, though most of the time, you can blame your genes – it’s just the way you are! However, this doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with a flaky nose forever; you can always do something to improve the situation!
Another big reason is the weather conditions, with some people showing signs of dry skin only during certain periods. For instance, some say their skin feels tight and uncomfortable only during the colder months, while others hate summers and the harsh sun. On top of that, not that the wind is your best friend here; the strongest winds can easily take a really big toll on the skin in mere minutes.
Other reasons include:
- hormonal imbalances,
- over-washing face with products,
- certain brands of cosmetics for some people,
- indoor heating, and so on.
Finding if any external factor has any influence on your skin can dramatically help you improve your condition!
DIY ways to get rid of dry skin on your face
The key thing you’ll want to do here is to give your skin that much-wanted moisture while being gentle with it. So no charcoal peel-off masks for you! However, if your skin is extremely dry and you’re dealing with lots of flakes on your face (those are dead skin cells), you’ll first need to do a round of exfoliation to remove the dead skin and make way for the new, glowy skin underneath.
Here are some suggestions of DIY treatments and masks featuring basic products that can be found in almost every store.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t swear on coconut oil? This thing works like magic for dry skin all over the body, not only the face. You can apply it however you want, whenever you want: whether independently or mixed with milk, honey, and even some fruits like bananas and avocados. However, note that coconut oil is comedogenic for some people, meaning it causes you to build up blackheads – skip it if that’s the case with you!
Milk is a must-try product for dry skin but it’s also great for getting that full Cleopatra-feeling. In fact, it can be used in so many ways, you’re basically free to go wild here: mix it with honey and apply it as a face mask, or just soak in a washcloth in milk and put it on your face a few times per week.
Organic shea butter
Dubbed as the sister of coconut oil, shea butter sometimes gets forgotten along the way. You can apply it independently out of its jar each night and use it as a night serum because it may be too oily for daily use sometimes – just warm it up with your fingers before applying. Or, you could mix it together with milk, honey or Vitamin E oil (which works wonders for your skin elasticity and helps with the wrinkles). However, pay attention that the shea butter you buy is organic; otherwise, the effect may not be the same.
Called the plant of immortality, aloe vera is a nice thing to have around the house, especially for dry skin in summer because it gives that welcoming cooling effect (bonus: use it for sunburns). You can buy a large-sized bottle for a decent price or do-it-yourself and use it as a moisturizer, put a larger amount on your face as an instant hydration mask or use it as a base with other products of your choice to make a ton of face masks!
Olive oil and sugar
If you want to exfoliate dead skin cells but keep skin moisture at the same time, then this is the winning combo. Mixing a spoon of each should be enough to start with; you may need a bit more, though try and keep them in the 1:1 ratio. The sugar is gentle to your skin but still strong enough to exfoliate and the olive oil won’t dry your skin further on.
Oatmeal and honey
Even though you can use both products independently as well (honey works extremely well in tons of DIY face masks) this combo works reaaaally well for dry skin. You can first leave the oatmeal to soak in some warm water before mixing a teaspoon or two of honey (depending on preference, pay attention to the consistency of the mask). However, you could boost its effectiveness and just add milk to the mix as well – your face will thank you later!
Give your skin time
A key thing to remember when treating dry skin with natural products is that they take time to work – don’t give up easily after the second try! Instead, be persistent as possible and your skin will thank you later.
Also, try to balance your diet as much as possible, so you’re attacking the problem from both sides. Drinking more water and staying hydrated at all times has never killed anyone, right?
One of the best things when it comes to homemade remedies is that the relief they provide lasts much longer than the one you’ll get by using store-bought products, so make sure to give some a try!