Believe it or not, a majority of people suffer from dry skin in one way or another. It also isn’t just an ailment strictly confined to women, as some may assume – it can also affect men quite drastically. But what causes dry skin? Well, it could be a number of things. First, some people are just born with dry skin, just like some people are born with blonde hair. It’s not really something they can control. For these people, the chemicals inside their bodies just can’t produce the correct amount sebum to keep their skin at a comfortable texture. Sebum is the oily, waxy substance their bodies produce to keep their skin just a little bit moist. When their bodies do not produce enough of this substance then their skin can become dry and flaky.
Besides the chemicals inside and outside of the human body, other factors can cause people to suffer from dry skin. One, more common, reason for people to suffer from dry skin is their environment. Let’s say you visit the beach for a weekend. You put on plenty of sun screen multiple times a day; however you have still been exposed to the sun for a great deal of time. It’s only natural for your skin to dry out in this situation. Just like the sun drains us of energy, so does it drain us of most of the fluids and oils in our bodies. So, when you get back home after that weekend at the beach, it’s not uncommon to discover your shoulders, or face may be suffering from dry skin.
Now, how do we relieve dry skin? There are quite a few ways to keep your skin from drying out. The most obvious answer is a moisturizer. Moisturizers exist to sooth rough, dry skin and keep it from cracking even more and causing more pain. If you suffer from dry skin, then you know that really good moisturizers can be pretty expensive. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of natural moisturizers to help out when your skin is starting to dry out.
First, we have the Yogurt Moisturizer. You’ll need half a teaspoon of yogurt, (I would think the flavor doesn’t matter.) some fresh milk cream, and a few drops of oil. Now, what you need to do is put some of the milk cream in a bowl, probably as much as you think you’ll need for one application. Mix in the yogurt and a few drops of the oil and you’re finished! It doesn’t matter which kind of oil you use; for example, you could use olive oil, castor oil, baby oil, or coconut oil.
The Avocado moisturizer obviously contains avocado, so you’ll need ½ a mashed avocado, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of oil. Just like the mixture above, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir it well. Make sure to add your oil of choice last. The difference with this moisturizer, however, is that you can store it for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Lemon Juice Moisturizer
For the Lemon juice lotion, you’ll need lemon juice, 1 egg, coconut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, and liquid lecithin. First, I know you’re thinking, “What is liquid lecithin?” Don’t worry, I didn’t know either. Liquid lecithin is really used as a dietary supplement but can also be found in every day foods such as an egg yolk, soybeans, and peanuts just to name a few. To prepare the moisturizer, you need to first blend the egg. Once you’ve done that, add all of the oils and liquid lecithin and stir them together. Lastly ad the lemon juice and continue to mix well. There aren’t any exact measurements for the amount of oils or lemon juice; however you do want to make sure these are all less than the egg. This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator.
Whether you suffer from dry skin on a daily basis, or you only occasionally experience it, these mixtures will soothe that dry, crackled skin. It’s always a good rule to apply sun screen whenever you go out into the sun for an extended period of time to protect your skin from burning or drying out.