As winter season is knocking at the door, let’s take care of winter woos with some remedial pampering ….
Got dry skin? There are many things you can do to make it smooth and supple.
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In many cases, all it takes is making a few adjustments to your daily skin care routine. Here are our recommendations:
Oil therapy: Rub on some olive, almond or coconut oil and massage lightly on to your hands, legs and the rest of your body before heading for a shower. Heat the oil and then apply. Post shower, use a light moisturizer / sunscreen.
Scoop some milk cream: Milk cream makes for a very good moisturizer. Mix a few drops of lime, a teaspoon of milk and two teaspoon of milk cream and rub onto your hands and legs. Leave it on for a while before you head for a shower.
Curd: Curd makes for an excellent skin hydrant, and its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties will help soothes your dry, itchy skin. Apply curd just as it is or mix it with some honey and a few drops of lime. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes before you wash it off. It is sure to do wonders for your skin.
Honey: Honey helps lock in moisture, has antioxidant and anti-microbial properties, which makes it a sought after ingredient in many over-the-counter skincare products. Why shell out money on those, when you can buy yourself a bottle of honey (which is cheaper) and use it to treat your skin. Lightly heat 2 tsp. of honey any apply it onto your skin , while warm. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and then wash it off.
Aloe vera: After bath, slice a piece of aloe, squeeze all the gel out and apply onto your face, hands or legs. It will not only moisturize your skin, it will also form a protective layer that will keep impurities from entering your pores. Although aloe is a good skin hydrant, it can leave your skin feeling tight.
Milk: In 4 tsp. of raw milk add a few drops of rose water/ lime and rub it all over your body and wash with cold water. Do this twice a day. And your skin will feel baby soft.
Vitamin-E: Take Vitamin-E capsules( 2 capsules) squeeze out the oil, mix a few drops of lime juice and apply all over your body. Take a shower and feel the difference.
Glycerin: Glycerin helps absorb and retain moisture. Mix a teaspoon of glycerin with a few drops of lime and massage onto your skin. Leave it on for a few minutes before you wash it off.
Coconut milk: Coconut milk not only reduces skin dryness, but also helps combat dark spots and blemishes. Rub it onto your face and body, and leave it overnight. Make sure to spread out an old bed-sheet and pillow cover.
Scrub: Use a body scrub that isn’t very rough on your skin (apricot or walnut) and scrub your body at least once a week.
Do not use any exfoliator until your dry skin heals a little, else it gets worse!
And yes, do drink enough water to keep your skin hydrated.
Avoid scratching: which damages the skin. If itching is a problem, try the following:
Keep the itchy area well moisturized. Dry skin may make itching worse.
Try an oatmeal bath to help relieve itching.
Wrap 1 cup of oatmeal in a cotton cloth and boil as you would to cook it. Use this as a sponge and bathe in tepid water without soap.
Try a nonprescription 1% hydro-cortisone cream for small itchy areas.
If itching is severe, your doctor may prescribe a stronger cream.
If you are using this cream for larger areas like your arms or legs, you may want to mix some of this cream with a moisturizer before putting it on your skin…
Cut your nails short or wear gloves at night to prevent scratching.
Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Avoid scratchy fabrics next to your skin.
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Dr. Nitin Shakya
(A well known Health and fitness expert is an alumni of Maulana Azad Medical College and have been associated with reputed institutions such as Lok Nayak Hospital, G.B.Pant Hospital, Institute of Liver and Biliary sciences, Medcity etc )