Contrary to what you may think, there’s a difference between dry skin and a dehydrated one. Dry skin is a natural skin type, while dehydrated skin is a condition wherein there’s a lack of moisture on its top layer, mostly due to overexposure to heat and sun. Not eating right may also deprive it of the necessary nourishment that gives the skin a youthful glow.
Thankfully, you can find natural skin care remedies for dehydrated skin in your kitchen. These home remedies are effective in getting your skin back to its normal hydrated condition. Try any of these fixes and see beautiful results without fuss:
Yogurt has both the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties needed to soothe dehydrated skin, which can be itchy or look cracked. The lactic acid in yogurt is also an efficient remedy for removing bacteria or germs.
You can apply yogurt on its own or mix it with papaya and other nutritious ingredients with exfoliating or skin-rebuilding properties.
Here’s the recipe for creating a papaya-yogurt face mask for dry skin:
- 1/2 fresh papaya, diced and with seeds removed
- 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon white tea, brewed and cooled
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 organic egg
Procedure: Blend the ingredients in a food processor or with a fork until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Apply the mask on your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Coconut Oil Hydrator
Coconut oil is great for hydrating the skin thanks to its fatty acids that lock in moisture. Depending on your preference, you can apply coconut oil to dry portions of your skin either before bedtime or after taking a shower. When done after a bath, make sure that your skin still feels warm to soak up the oil better upon application.
A honey and sugar scrub is another natural exfoliator you can try. Although honey feels sticky, this stickiness hydrates and nourishes the skin.
How to make the scrub: Mix one-half cup brown sugar and 3 tablespoon of honey in a small bowl. Stir until it turns into a thick paste. To make the paste a little lighter, try blending in 1-2 tablespoon of olive or coconut oil. Use the paste to scrub your face, neck, and body, then rinse with warm water.
Perhaps you’re familiar with this beauty regimen as done by the rich and famous, from Cleopatra’s time to Hollywood’s A-listers. Aesthetic doctors recommend milk baths because you can get skin-nourishing vitamins from milk, including Vitamin E and Zinc. Milk also has lactic acid that exfoliates and increases the skin’s moisture retention properties.
You can use any of the following types of milk: whole or full-fat milk, cow milk, coconut milk, buttermilk, and soy milk, to mention a few. To use, add about 2 cups of milk to warm, not hot, water. You can also add a few drops of essential oils before soaking in the tub to pamper yourself after a productive day. A luxurious milk bath or two in a week should make your skin happy.
DIY Skin Hydrating Remedies
Regardless of your skin type, you can get your skin exposed to toxins day in and day out, leaving it dehydrated and dry. By using food items that are right in your kitchen, you can remedy the moisture loss in an easy and budget-friendly yet effective fashion.
Penelope is a content marketing professional for Garnier, a skincare brand that aims to help women express their natural beauty and offers a natural way to skin so healthy that it glows. She is passionate about skincare and is an advocate of sustainability and natural ingredients. In her free time, she loves to travel, listen to music, spend time with her friends, and discover new skills.