Home Remedies for Dry Sensitive Skin

Home remedies for dry skin are not always the best for sensitive skin! 

Although home remedies are becoming more popular because people are looking for healthier products with fewer chemicals and synthetic ingredients, the wrong home remedy or skin product can wreak havoc on your sensitive skin

Although you would think that natural ingredients are always best for treating the uncomfortable symptoms of dry skin, sometimes these too can cause a red, itchy reaction!

Easy Recipes and Remedies You Can Do at Home

I've been researching to find some tips for adding moisture back to your skin each day, while minimizing the possibility of a bad reaction.

FIRST though, please always do a skin test before trying anything new on your skin, even an innocent looking home remedy!

  • Enjoy soaking in warm bath water that's been combined with oatmeal, baking soda, and pure vanilla extract. Soak for a good while and you'll find that your skin feels moisturized and healthy afterward.
  • Sesame oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil are pure oils that can be spread evenly over the skin after a warm bath or shower to help seal in skin's moisture.
  • Rub honey into your skin, sit and relax for up to 10 minutes, and then hop into the shower or bath to rinse thoroughly.
  • Do you have some ripe bananas sitting in your pantry? Mash them up and use it like a mask on your face. Spread the banana evenly over your face, let sit for about 10 minutes or so, and then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Cleaning Dry Sensitive Skin With Oil

Did you know that oil has cleansing properties? It seems contrary, but spreading oil over your dry skin can truly make a difference.

Mix together a 3 to 1 ratio of olive oil and castor oil or grape seed oil and castor oil. Rub gently in your palm to warm and then spread over the face evenly.

Use a washcloth dipped in hot water to place over the face. Leave it in place until the washcloth is cooled. Rinse out the oil from the washcloth and then repeat the process until your face feels clean and silky.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin - Tips for Relief

  • Get a humidifier - it will put moisture into the air naturally
  • Eat enough essential fatty acids - natural foods like walnuts, salmon, avocado and a pure high quality fish oil (one that does not contain pollutants) will nourish your skin and your whole body.
  • Cotton clothing - this is the best choice because the cotton lets the skin breathe properly
  • Moisturize nightly - gives skin a chance to rest and soak up the moisture
  • Exercise regularly - when you exercise, the pores of the skin open up and release dirt, toxins, and chemicals, which means you'll enjoy cleaner and clearer skin
  • Take warm showers and baths - be gentle with your skin and don't use hot water
  • Drink plenty of clean, pure water - at least 64 ounces per day; more if you are exercising or working hard enough to sweat

Dietary Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Does your skin really react to what you eat and drink? Yes! Provide what your body needs to retain moisture and you'll soon notice more beautiful and hydrated skin.

Examples of good foods to include in your diet:

  • Essential fatty acids - salmon and other foods that contain Omega 3s and Omega 6s and other omega fatty acids.
  • Include spices like coriander, basil, turmeric, ginger, and cumin in recipes
  • Eat your vegetables and fruits - a rainbow of these foods is excellent for helping to create an alkaline balance in your body, which in turn reduces inflammation and increases the chance of eliminating dry skin
  • Avoid sugar-laden foods, high fat foods, and processed foods
  • Add flaxseed oil to your diet by way of supplement or in salad dressings
  • Include a probiotic supplement daily to boost your immune system and to help your body to digest food optimally
  • Eat whole foods like legumes, seeds, whole grains, kefir and plain yogurt
  • Eat foods rich in Vitamin B and Vitamin A - many vegetables especially greens, sweet potatoes and squash have these
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol - both sap the skin of moisture

Adding in a few new foods and trying some of these home remedies for dry skin may be just what you need to eliminate your dry skin symptoms!

Dry Skin is Often Sensitive Skin

Dry skin and sensitive skin are often the same for some people. As the skin becomes drier, whether from aging or from using harmful products, the skin will react by flaking, turning red, and just looking irritated overall.

One of the best group of skin care products for dry sensitive skin is Cleure Facial Pack . This four step cleansing and moisturizing process is fantastic for adding and retaining moisture of the skin without harmful chemicals, and is specially made for sensitive skin.

It's important to keep in mind that the drier your skin becomes, the more sensitive it will be too. Try one remedy at a time to make sure you don't irritate your skin more by using the wrong approach. It may take some time to figure out what works best for getting rid of your dry skin, but the effort is well worth it!

Some Products Can Cause
More Problems

Some products that claim to be good for dry, sensitive skin actually do more harm than good. One common example is the use of baby oil on dry skin, which for some people can cause even more problems.

The reason for this is that baby oil is made from mineral oil which does not allow the pores of the skin to breathe properly. Mineral oil is very inexpensive which is why many skin care companies use it, however regular use often dries the skin more, and in some cases causes the skin to break out.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin - The
Simple Solution

The way to break free from the cycle of dry, itchy skin is to stop using products that can cause irritation.

Other skin care ingredients which can cause more problems for dry sensitive skin are alcohol, witch hazel or other astringents which can dry the skin and cause further irritation.

Another common problem in many skincare products is the use of preservatives or other ingredients which can cause irritation to sensitive skin. I've shared more about this here at our Safe Cosmetics Guide.

Skincare products with a long list of ingredients can also cause irritation to sensitive skin, as there is more likelihood that one of those ingredients may cause a breakout.

That is why I like the Cleure Facial Pack . They are simple products, without a long list of ingredients, and yet they are powerfully effective. Even the cleanser and toner products moisturize the skin without drying, and without parabens, artificial fragrance or other skin irritants. Safe hypoallergenic skincare products are some of the best home remedies for dry skin!

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