Dry skin is a condition that causes dry patches, flaking or cracked skin in individuals. It is more prevalent in the winter months when the weather is colder. It is also aggravated by a lack of moisture in the air. Hence, cold and dry months can be difficult for those who suffer from dry skin.
There are many organic natural remedies available to help soothe inflamed and itchy skin. By using natural ingredients, there is a lower chance of overloading the body with unnecessary allopathic medicines. Here are a few natural alternatives to adopt this winter -
1. Menthol -
Menthol is an oil which can be found in plants belonging to the mint family. Menthol produces a cooling effect when applied to the skin and helps reduce the urge to scratch at the skin. It can be found in peppermint oil. However, when using peppermint essential oil, it is important to remember to adequately dilute it. 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil can be mixed into a carrier oil such as almond or coconut. The easiest way to apply the oil is to transfer it to a spray bottle and spray it on the itchy and affected area. Massage the oil in gently for best results.
2. Tea Tree Oil -
Tree tea oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and works best when combined with a carrier oil. It is a fairly strong oil and it is recommended that it be washed off after leaving it on the skin for two hours. It works well when combined with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, castor oil or argan oil. Olive oil can feel heavy and sticky when applied to the skin and hence it is best to avoid it. As is the case with peppermint oil, apply it to the skin with a spray bottle and massage gently.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar -
Apple Cider Vinegar is well known when it comes to the effects it has on the human body. Some choose to consume it in order to aid their digestion while others apply it to itchy skin. Try finding apple cider vinegar which comes with the 'mother'. This is nothing but apple cider vinegar which is unrefined and a little murky. It means that the vinegar is unprocessed and is loaded with good bacteria. Combine the vinegar with water in a 1:1 ratio. Apply this to an itchy scalp and allow it to dry. Then wash it off using lukewarm water.