At this time of year, dry skin can be very common. At this time of year during a pandemic, your hands can be as dry as a bone. Fortunately, there are numerous natural remedies that can help.
Natural Remedies For Dry Skin
There is no way around it - you should wash your hands often in order to prevent getting sick. We are also advised to use antibacterial gels and sanitizers as often as possible. However, alcohol in these gels can dry out your hands even more and let's not forget the toxic chemicals included in them. That's why I only use my homemade antibacterial gel which contains Jojoba oil and Aloe Vera. The use of essential oils such as tea tree essential oil has been proven to provide similar disinfectant benefits (minus the toxicity) as the commercial products. Make your own following this video.
As I tend to have very dry hands during colder months, I wear gloves when going outside. I also wear gloves when cleaning or washing dishes, I avoid using hand dryer and I always carry a natural hand moisturizer.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, but with what?
For decades, medical doctors prescribed Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, as an effective moisturizer. Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the petroleum manufacturing process. Yes, petroleum as in petrol. And while it can be highly effective, it doesn't provide any nutritional benefits and it might be even harmful. Use these instead:
Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera gel absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin. However, it can help treat dry skin, too. I always keep an Aloe Vera plant in the kitchen for small cuts or burns.
Coconut oil - Coconut oil not only helps with treating acne and inflammation, but applying it to your skin can also help keep it hydrated. I use coconut oil to remove make-up as well as in dairy free recipes.
Oatmeal bath - Oatmeal is another natural ingredient that can help treat dry skin. Adding powdered oatmeal to a bath or using creams that contain oatmeal may help to relieve dry skin. Make an oatmeal bath combining lavender flowers, 10 drops lavender essential oil, half cup oatmeal and 1 cup of Epsom or regular salt. Put in a muslin bag and let infuse in your bath.
More Tips to Avoid Dry Skin
It might sound strange, but reducing stress can help to keep you skin healthy. Similarly, avoiding smoking and high alcohol consumption can do wonders. As mentioned earlier, heat can dry out your hands so avoid using hand dryer as well as bathing or showering too often. Remember that quote from Eladio in the Dietland series: ''Showering is the new sitting which was the new smoking. It's so bad for you.''
What are some other natural ways that keep your skin healthy?