Homemade moisturizers for dry skin
treat and repair dry, damaged or winter skin on face or body
Homemade moisturizers for dry skin, done the natural way. If you have dry skin, weathered skin, sun-damaged skin, or winter skin, then homemade creams and lotions will be better for your skin, and your immune system, than store bought products.
Some dry skin can be attributed to taking medications such as diuretics, antispasmodics and antihistamines. Certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea and diabetes, can also result in varying degrees of dry skin. (See my article on eczema here).
External weather conditions play a major part in creating dry skin, such as snow, sun and wind, as well domestic products that contain chemicals and/or alcohols. Lastly, Vitamin A and B deficiencies may lead to damaged looking skin.
Dry skin looks dull and unwashed and can make you appear older than you are. Physically it feels tight and uncomfortable, like a sunburn. Severe dry skin will be chapped and cracked.
Homemade moisturizers for dry skin need these basics:
There are a variety of vegetable oils for skin hydration, and each has it's own benefits. Olive oil is great, but it is also a very shiny oil. Try Rose Mosqueta or Grapeseed oils, these are absorbing without being overly shiny.
For around the eyes, oils are nice but they do manage to seep into your eyes. Although it does not hurt, it feels like how you would image a little oil to feel, just a minor annoyance to your eye. For heavy duty application of oils to your eye area, do this at bedtime, and apply gently without pulling the skin.
Homemade moisturizers for dry skin also include, when you retire for the night, to massage yourself with a homemade nourishing cream (recipe below) or you can use a natural beauty mask consisting egg, honey, olive oil and rose water to provide your skin with nutrients and re-hydration.
Another homemade moisturizer for dry skin is a warm milk bath with a few drops, to an ounce of sweet almond oil, added to it to soften and hydrate your skin like a spa treatment.
Repairing dry skin care also involves knowing what to stay away from. Overheated rooms like saunas, body care treatments that use steam, and sudden changes of temperatures wreck havoc on a dry skin. If going out in freezing temperatures, liberally apply a natural moisturizer, and alternatively apply sunscreen when out in the sun.
What you eat plays a role in the ability to reverse dry and damaged skin. While smoking and fatty foods are a negative on your immune system, fresh fruits and vegetables, along with adequate daily quantities of water, improve the quality of your skin and contain anti-aging properties.
There are also herbs that can be directly applied as a homemade moisturizer for dry skin such as cool calendula tea on damp face cloths, comfrey, and aloe vera gel.
Here is a super simple moisturizer recipe:
Heat up the oil so the wax can melt, then let cool down to a warm temperature. Warm up the water also to warm. Slowly, one ounce at a time, add the water to the oil/wax blend and stir until blended. A fork will work and a wisk is better. Keep adding water and stirring till the lotion is the consistency you like. Less water will make more of a cream-like texture, all the water will create a lotion-like texture. Because there is no preservative, it will only last approx 2 -3 weeks in the fridge.
Making your own homemade moisturizers for dry skin is perfect as you get to select your own oils that are beneficial to your skin.