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These 5 home remedies for dry skin work!

Soothe dry skin naturally with these home-made packs.

Written by Kriti Saraswat |Updated : March 19, 2015 10:27 AM IST

People who have dry skin often find their skin feeling itchy or notice white lines if their skin isn t moisturised well. This worsens in the winter season as the lack of moisture and harsh weather further takes a toll on the skin. Even people who have normal skin find their skin to be dry in the winter months. Though there s an array of moisturisers available in the market these days, if you want to moisturise your skin whilst reaping in more benefits, you should opt for natural moisturisers. Here s how to make them.

Papaya

Papaya is packed with vitamin A and C which is not only nourishing for dry skin but also increases collagen production which keeps the skin looking younger for a longer time. Your skin will feel supple within a few days of using this pack.

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Almond oil

Almond oil contains vitamin E which is an excellent moisturiser. It also helps prevent stretch marks (and lighten existing ones). The oil is full of antioxidants which will prevent skin damage as well.

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Raw milk

Raw milk can help keep your skin smooth and supple. It also helps brighten your skin tone and reduce spots due to the lactic acid present in it. But you need to apply it for a couple of weeks before you see noticeable results.

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Chocolate

Don t we love eating them? Now use chocolate to make a natural moisturiser. The cocoa content in it also helps increase blood flow to the skin and the flavonoids absorb UV light. Chocolate also helps in the skin renewal process.

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  • Get dark chocolate (more than 70% cocoa) powder.
  • Add curd to and make a thick mixture.
  • Add a few drop of olive oil for added moisture.
  • Apply all over and let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
  • Now wash off with lukewarm water. Also reap in these health benefits of cocoa.

Petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly is often used in the winter months as it intensely moisturises the skin. People who have dry skin can make good use of the same otherwise too. It repels water which helps lock in moisture in your skin for a longer time.

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  • Buy a good brand of petroleum jelly and apply it on your skin.
  • Do this at night and wash in the morning with lukewarm water.
  • If applying on your feet, wear socks so that it stays all night long. Here are some more ways to use petroleum jelly.

A few tips to keep in mind

  • It is important to remember that you do not use harsh soaps to bathe or cleanse your skin as it will dry out the skin further.
  • Use a moisturising sunscreen with SPF 30 when you step out and reapply it after four hours.
  • If you have a skin condition such as eczema, get proper medication for the same from a skin expert.
  • Also, since too much layering can cause itchiness, make sure you allow your skin to breathe once home for a few minutes before you layer up again.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking enough water as this will help manage dry skin.

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