If you have ever wondered how Japanese women keep such young supple skin, here`s your answer. 10 Home remedies for dry skin.
- Aloe vera gel has a special acid that can remove dead skin cells. It is best to use fresh from the plant. Cut the leaf at the base and split open. Take the gel from inside and place on the needed area`s.
- Eat more cold water fish such as salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel or even sardines. The fatty fish contain omega 3 oils which are great for skin. Japanese are world famous for having youthful looking skin well into middle age in part from our regular inclusion of these kinds of fish several times a week as part of our meals.
- Rice Vinegar known as Komezu in Japanese, is also great for skin. In Japan this particular vinegar has long been held to aid longevity of life and youthful skin. One reason is it increases the potency of vitamin C a powerful antioxidant and is great for complexion.
- Essential Oils. Add ten drops of lavender, 12 drops of chamomile and 8 drops of rosemary essential oils into 2 ounces of sesame oil. After your daily bath rub this on the dry area`s while the skin is still moist from the bath.
- Flaxseed. Take two teaspoons of flaxseed oil each morning. This will help replenish skin oils which will help maintain moisture.
- Hydrotherapy. Prepare a bath and place in it 2 cups of Epsom salt and several pieces of dried seaweed. Try to relax and enjoy this bath for 30 minutes. After finish while your skin is still moist rub a handful of Epsom salt on the most difficult area`s to further aid the healing.
- Homemade facial mask. Mix rice bran known Japanese as Nuka with avocado puree and water into a paste and apply as a mask. Leave on for 30 - 60 minutes and rinse off.
- Replenish the skin with water. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. Eat more fruits, vegetables and soups as these are all good sources of hydration.
- Get your Nutrients. Either eat foods high in beta carotene and zinc or take supplements of 15 milligrams each of these important nutrients for the skin. Orange vegetables are great for skin such as pumpkin and carrots and good sources of beta carotene. Oysters and crab along with Soba, (buckwheat noodles), are good sources of zinc.
- Azuki beans help control water in the body. It will reduce bloating and swelling from excess water retention while aiding the skin to remain supple and moist. If your skin is really cracking and painful seek medical advice as this could be a sign of a more serious condition. Our skin is the largest organ we have and is often the first indicator of something wrong inside. By Kazuko Collins
Reasons for Dry Skin might include:
- Age - As people get older their skin produces less oil
- Low Humidity in the air - cold dry winter air is especially tough on the skin
- Taking Too Many Showers - too many showers removes oils that keep your skin moist
Baking Soda. Baking soda can help to relieve itching caused by dry skin. Add 1 cup of baking soda to your tub of bath water and soak for about 30 minutes.
Vegetable Oil. Use vegetable oil or sunflower oil to coat your skin. This will help to get rid of the dryness.
Vinegar. Vinegar can also bring relief to chapped skin. If you have chapped hands, try applying vinegar to them and putting on a pair of gloves overnight.
Oatmeal. Take some instant oatmeal and add it to your bath. The oats are loaded with vitamin E, a nutrient that is needed for healthy skin.
Salt. Take a handful of salt and massage it onto wet skin after a warm shower. The salt will remove the dry, flaky skin, making it smoother. By Rachel Kremser