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6 Natural Cures For Dry Skin

  • October 14, 2011
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6 Natural Cures For Dry Skin

Soothe the dryness of winter with these spa-approved all-natural tips and treatments.

By Amy Ahlberg, Rodale.com

For many of us, the cooler weather brings parched, flaky skin and flyaway, staticky hair. The culprit: lower humidity in the air, which dries your skin. Central air and heating, space heaters and fireplaces all contribute to lower humidity levels. To combat dryness, try these natural dry skin care treatments from Ilona Pecnikov, director of esthetics at the New York City spa Just Calm Down, and Julie Gabriel, owner of skin care line Petite Marie Organics and author of The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skincare, Hair Care, Makeup and Fragrances (HCI, 2008). You’ll be soft and silky in no time.

1: Dab on olive oil.

When it comes to strategies for natural dry skin care, Gabriel swears by olive oil, an amazing multitasker. It instantly grooms dry cuticles, works wonders on hands and elbows, removes makeup, and soothes and conditions itchy, dry skin all over the body. ”When your skin feels extra parched, you can dab a thin layer of organic extra-virgin olive oil under your moisturizer for an extra dose of antioxidants and good fatty acids,” adds Gabriel.

Lotion vs. Oil: Which is better for your skin?

2: Try natural exfoliants like yogurt, papaya, and pumpkin.

You can find plenty of options for natural dry skin care in your kitchen, or in the produce and diary aisles of your supermarket. Yogurt, especially the plain Greek variety, makes an excellent cleanser with a mild exfoliating action that will remove dry skin and leave you feeling refreshed and comfortable. Gabriel says it’s a particularly safe exfoliant for very dry skin because it exfoliates using lactic acid, not scrubbing granules.

To add some oomph, try making Pecnikov’s Greek Yogurt and Papaya Enzyme Conditioning Mask for Face & Décolleté: Mix ½ cup of Greek yogurt with 3 tablespoons of mashed-up papaya, and apply to skin.

Pumpkin enzymes are at play in her Pumpkin & Cinnamon Mask for Face and Body: mix one can of pumpkin and a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder.

Leave either mask on face or body for 5 to 15 minutes.

Is air pollution the cause of your skin problems?

Or treat your extremities to her Three Berry Antioxidant Hand and Foot Mask: Mix 3/4 cup each of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries with ½ cup kefir in blender. Drink any leftovers!

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    5:17PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

    Yeah, the sugar scrub idea works wonders for the skin. My skin is very very dry, so I need something a bit stronger than just oil....so far my favorite scrub is from Turtle Creek its called Invigorating Body Polish. It has shea butter and other oils that makes it thick and very very moisturizing. My feet and hands are so happy with this scrub.

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    1:13PM PST on Jan 31, 2014

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    10:20AM PST on Jan 31, 2014

    Thanks.

    7:02AM PST on Jan 31, 2014

    I am going to check out the book mentioned here. I made my first lotion but I am ready to adventure to some other oils and aromas.

    12:21PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

    Great tips,thanks for sharing

    12:07PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

    During this time of the year my hands are dry all the time and most skin creams cause an allergic reaction making it even worse, I will definitely try these :)

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