If you struggle with a dry skin type, you’re not alone. A clinical study done on 994 subjects found that 44.6% suffered from sensitive skin issues.* Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is incredibly common. The skin produces oil, also known as sebum, on its own. Sebum protects the skin from moisture loss, yet those who suffer from dry skin typically experience the stripping of these oils due to everyday activities like washing with harsh soaps or showering with hot water.*
Wondering how you can improve your dry skin from home?
Keep reading to learn more about dry skin issues and how to make DIY face masks just for you!
Causes of Dry Skin
More often than not, dry skin is seasonal and/or temporary. Signs and symptoms can vary based on age, health, environments, sun exposure, and a plethora of other factors. We recommend consulting your dermatologist to learn more about what your personal skin care needs are and what might be causing your dry skin.
There a lot of possible causes for dry skin, but here are just a few:
- Low quality moisturizer (we recommend our Aloe Vera moisturizer).
- Colder weather.
- Central heating units.
- Hot water when showering/bathing.
- Excessive showering/bathing.
- Soaps with harsh ingredients.
- Vigorous towel drying and/or scrubbing.
- Topical products containing alcohols and/or fragrances.
How to Tell if You Have Dry Skin
There are a lot of feasible signs that you have a dry skin type. In the skin care world, there are four types of skin: normal, dry, oily and combination skin. Your skin type is determined by your genetics, but the condition of your skin can vary due to the kinds of internal and external factors it is subjected to.
There a lot of possible symptoms due to dry skin, but here are just a few:
- A feeling of tightness.
- Skin that is rough to the touch or has the appearance of roughness.
- Fine Lines.
- Redness and/or Irritation.
- Burning Sensation.
It’s important to note that dehydrated skin is different from dry skin. Dry skin is a skin type that lacks oils, or lipids, while dehydrated skin is a skin condition that occurs when there is a lack of moisture in the skin.*
If you have a sensitive skin type, experts recommend simplifying your skin care routine.*
Here are five face masks you can make in the comfort of your home that are soothing remedies and can potentially ease dry skin issues. We recommend applying a quality moisturizer after rinsing off each of these masks to retain moisture and boost hydration.*
*Always consult your dermatologist or skin care professional before attempting these masks. All skin is different and has varying levels of sensitives to certain ingredients. It is recommended to try the ‘patch test’ before application to test for any reactions.*
Moisturizing Coconut Oil Face Mask:
Coconut oil is best for those not prone to acne.*
- Coconut Oil
- Brown Sugar (optional)
- Plain Yogurt
Put 2 teaspoons of coconut oil into a bowl. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (about 5 seconds). Add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Mix well. Apply a thick coat of the mask to your skin. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. If you’d like an exfoliating effect, add brown sugar into the mixture and gently scrub onto your skin and then rinse off.
Nourishing Avocado Face Mask:
- One Avocado
- Plain Yogurt
- Olive Oil
Mix the flesh of one avocado with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix well. Apply a thick coat of the mask to your skin. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
Easy Oatmeal & Honey Face Mask:
Mix 2 tablespoons of plain oats with 1 tablespoon of honey, and just a dash of water. You can apply the mixture as is, or warm it up in the microwave for about 5 seconds. This mask can be used as an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells, or can be left on for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinsed off with lukewarm water.
Lactic Acid Milk Face Mask:
- Powdered Milk
- Aloe Vera (optional)
Mix ¼ cup of powdered milk with water in a bowl to form a thick paste. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix. If you’d like to add aloe vera, we recommend adding 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel into the mix. Apply a thick layer of the paste to your skin and let it harden, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Brightening Turmeric Face Mask:
- Turmeric Spice
- Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)
- Plain Yogurt or Milk
- Rice Flour (optional)
Mix 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt and/or milk with ½ teaspoon of honey in a bowl. Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and mix. If you’d like to add apple cider vinegar, we recommend only a few drops. If you’d like to add rice flour, we recommend about 2 tablespoons. Apply a thick layer of the paste to your skin and let it dry for about 10 to 20 minutes. When rinsing off with lukewarm water, scrub gently to exfoliate.
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What is your favorite dry skin remedy? Which face mask did you prefer? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.
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