Keeping Dry Skin Healthy
People who have normal-to-dry skin generally have healthy, supple, skin with occasional bouts of dryness.
Not to be confused with combination skin, normal-to-dry skin can become dry by reacting to constant changes in the environment, to allergies, or lack of hydration.
People with this skin type usually keep their skin healthy by making sure they drink enough water to maintain healthy hydration which maintains elasticity, and by following a basic skincare regimen to cleanse, nourish, and condition the skin.
Here are some easy, natural, skincare remedies and recipes for maintaining healthy normal-do-dry skin:
- 1 cup mashed grapes (red or green grapes)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt (or baking soda)
- ¼ cup milk
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Gently wash your face with this mixture every morning and evening. Rinse with warm water.
Why this works: Grapes are high in minerals and antioxidants. Salt or baking soda gently exfoliates dead skin cells. Milk not only helps dissolve dead skin cells, it nourishes and moisturizes the skin.
Or try the basic cleanser below – it’s all you need for clear, clean skin. Now that’s what we call Healthy Skin on a Budget!
Warm Milk Cleanser
- ½ cup warm milk
- 1 tablespoon old fashioned oatmeal (not instant or steel cut)
Warm the milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the oatmeal and mix well. Pour a small amount of the warm mixture on a clean face cloth or sponge and gently wash your face every morning and evening. Rinse with warm water.
Why this works: Oats contain an antioxidant called phytic acid which gently buffs and soothes skin. The lactic acid in the milk exfoliates the top layers of the dead skin, softens and moisturizes the skin.
- 1 cup cubed watermelon
- 1 tablespoon chopped mint
- ¼ cup witch hazel (from any healthy food store)
Blend the ingredients well and strain. Smooth over the face with a clean cotton ball ever evening after cleansing.
Why this works: Watermelon is rich in vitamins A, B and C. Witch hazel is a gentle astringent that tones and tightens the skin, while the mint stimulates circulation.
Creamy Mango Moisturizer
- 1 tablespoon mango
- 1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon instant oatmeal
Blend all ingredients well. Cover face with this creamy mixture morning and evening after cleansing and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
Why this works: Mangoes are packed with powerful phytochemicals and antioxidants that will rejuvenate the skin while locking moisture into dry skin cells. Mangoes are also full of beta carotene, B-vitamins and vitamin C which all promote skin elasticity and slow down skin aging. Oatmeal exfoliates the skin and Greek yoghurt contains lactose enzymes, which dissolve dirt and nourish the skin.
Vitamin E Eye Treatment
This simple solution is hardly a recipe but it is an effective remedy for moisturizing the delicate skin around the eyes.
Simply cup the tip off a Vitamin E oil capsules and gently massage the oil around the eye area.
Why this works: Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that combats free radicals that traumatize skin cells and damage collagen, causing skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles. The beauty of vitamin E is that its antioxidant power helps repair damaged skin cells, which restores collagen, fades age spots, moisturizes the skin cells and reduces fine lines.
Look for Vitamin E that is labeled D-alpha tocopherol, meaning that it is natural and unaltered, not synthetic.