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Nourish your skin in 15 minutes. Home remedy and skin care tips for dry skin

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Dry skin? Here is a homemade remedy that is easy and nourishing to the skin.

1 TSP oat flour (oatmeal can be ground in your kitchen grinder)

1 TSP mashed banana

Banana

10 drops of sunflower oil

5 drops castor oil

Mix well into a smooth paste. Add some warm water if needed to thin it out. Apply on your skin and let it stiffen up for about 12 minutes. Then wet the mask with warm water and massage in with circular, upward strokes for about 3 minutes. Rinse and apply your serum and lotion for your skin type.

USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT DRY SKIN & BEST PRACTICES TO OVERCOME IT

Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care

Written by: Sheetal Rawal. Scientist (human genetics) & founder of www.apsaraskincare.com

We all have a unique skin type that we come into the world with. Genetics has a lot to do with it of course. However lifestyle and personal care habits can aggravate a skin issue like dryness; by the same token adequate attention and changes in this domain can minimize and heal skin issues.

Many people who suffer from dry skin might not even have a genetic predisposition to it. Dryness might be (and very often is) entirely triggered by the external and internal environment.

External factors include low humidity in the air, living in a hot and dry area, taking hot showers, additives in the tap water, and most importantly harsh chemicals in personal care products like face washes, lotions, shampoos etc.

Internal environment is the situation inside the body. Ayurveda places utmost importance on this aspect. Buildup of toxic materials through food (insecticides, artificial additives, pesticides etc), latent food related allergies (like allergies to gluten, nuts, lactose etc) can manifest themselves as dry skin among many other issues. Scientific studies are beginning to show a positive correlation between food allergies and the prevalence of eczema in young kids, for example.

Inflammatory disorders like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis all have a component of dryness to them. Ayurveda links these disorders to the buildup of ama (toxins) in the body. Emotional disturbances can also create an unhealthy internal environment, which (per Ayurveda) takes a toll on liver health most directly. Result? A greater predisposition to disease, which can manifest externally as skin issues like chronic dryness and inflammation.

Eating foods that are fresh, organically grown, and without any unnecessary additives in them, is a sure way to clean up the diet and our internal bodily environment. Adding herbs and greens like swiss chard, dandelion etc to our diet can help with liver health. Drinking adequate amounts of water helps keep our fluid requirements in balance and can definitely help reduce dryness of skin. Water also flushes out toxins from the body.

Foods rich in good fats can be awesome to raise the nourishment levels of your skin and hair. Good fats like those found in avocadoes help skin cell memebranes remain healthy and retain hydration. Resulting in skin that is not dry.

One of the easiest ways to eat avocadoes is in form of guacamole. We made some at work and filmed the recipe. Here it is for you. Hope you enjoy!


Installing a humidifier in our work area and bedroom means better air quality, which can minimize loss of moisture (which leads to dryness and dullness of skin, hair and nails).

Adding supplements to our diet (like organic flax seed oil) is a wonderful way to keep the skin nourished.

organic flax seed oil

In case of chronic dryness or inflammatory disorders like eczema, it is a very good idea to consult an allergist to rule out the possibility of unknown allergies causing the condition.

I would like to list out a few superstar natural ingredients that have awesome properties in dry skin management and significant reduction.

I feel serious and large scale scientific studies should be conducted to test their efficacy. In the meantime, however, these ingredients are not new or novel. Some of them have been used across cultures, and for 100s of years with great success. Thus they can be called time-tested; they have earned their due repute for obvious reasons and have not gone out of vogue, so to speak.

Almond oil and sunflower oil are both very well esteemed for their very good properties for

Almond oil

dry skin renewal. Sunflower oil is very rich in natural fatty acids and thus nourishes the skin deeply.

Carrot seed oil is also quite the ingredient when it comes to its nourishing and anti-aging properties. Be sure to use a product with carrot seed oil in it twice a day.

Other two are evening primrose oil and wheatgerm oil. The former is reputed particularly to reduce the signs of dryness of skin and scalp; the latter is a source of natural vitamin E, which has some remarkable antioxidant and skin nourishing properties.

evening primrose oil

Vegetable Glycerin is another awesome ingredient for dry skin. It attracts moisture from the environment and deposits is on the skin, thus immediately raising its moisture levels. That means quick relief from dry skin. However, many make the mistake of using it undiluted on the skin. Used thus, it can actually steal moisture from the the skin and make dryness worse.

I hope you found this information useful. Please stay tuned for more tips and information.

In this video I share a very simple homemade remedy to nourish dry skin. Massage it in 1-2 times a week and follow with your daily skin care routine for dry skin:

 

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