Dry skin is a common problem faced by the people world over. The problem of dryness of the skin is more pronounced during winter months and this is one reason the condition is also called winter itch. The main cause of dryness of skin is hormonal imbalance that results in less secretion of natural oils by the sebaceous gland. In some people the problem of dry skin is more severe than in others and they suffer from dryness of skin irrespective of the season and weather.
Most of us feel that the best way to combat dryness of skin is to apply thick layers of body butters, creams and lotions but these loaded with chemicals like parabens that destroy the superficial layer of the skin resulting in more harm than good. For this reason we should look at all herbal remedies to tackle dry skin.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Dry Skin
Lavender is the best solution for all your skin problems because it has amazing healing and repairing properties. The wonderful oil of lavender deeply moisturizes the skin thereby getting rid of dead and flaky skin cells.
Since lavender has essential oil you should mix it with carrier oil like almond or grape seed oil before applying on the skin. Massage the oil mix daily in the morning and before going to bed at night for treating all your dry skin related problems.
Calendula is also known as marigold and the flower of the herb has been used in the treatment of skin inflammation, itching and rashes. Calendula based creams are prescribed to people suffering from eczema and psoriasis.
Dry skin often suffers from itchiness and scratching the itch causes redness and inflammation if the skin isn’t moisturized properly. Calendula can be successfully and effectively used in the treatment of dry skin. You can buy calendula herbal creams and lotion from an herbal store and apply a thin layer of the cream or lotion all over the body.
Oregon Grape Oil
Oregon grape oil is found as a major ingredient in many commercially available creams and oil based lotions. The herbal oil is also used in the treatment of psoriasis; this is what makes the oil effective in treating dry skin.
The grape oil has amazing moisturizing properties and its continuous use will not only moisturize the skin but also leave sit feeling soft and supple. The herbal oil is available in all herbal stores and should be used as per directions.
Aloe vera is excellent for treating inflammation and itching associated with dry skin and the herb is often used in the treatment of skin infections as well.
There are many creams and lotions in the market that claim to contain aloe vera but it is best to opt for herbal aloe vera products for moisturizing the skin. Use aloe creams twice a day daily to keep your skin moisturized.
German chamomile treats dry skin by reducing the inflammation and itching associated with the condition.
It has enzymes that prevent the production of leukotriene B4 substance that is responsible for the inflammation. German chamomile creams are hard to come by but can be ordered from online stores.