Skin can tell a lot about a person. What is your skin saying about you? It doesn’t matter whether your skin is oily, dry, itchy or peeling, it could signify a problem on the inside. Luckily for you, to improve the look and feel of your skin is actually quite easy. Try one of our 10 natural home skin remedies listed below… to soothe and heal what ails you.
Did you know?
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It also happens to be on the outside of your body as well making it susceptible to all sorts of conditions and circumstances. Imagine, that one thin layer of tissue acts as your natural protector from many environmental and infectious organisms that would seek to gain entry into the body. Like an insect has a hard exoskeleton, we have a soft one that is designed to do the same thing.
The skin also reflects what is going on inside the body. It has pores that allow for the exchange of air, water, and oils. When the body tries to get rid of harmful substances, the skin is one way to externalize them. Have you seen whiteheads? They are white because they are filled with oils and other substances the body is trying to remove.
What does your Skin look like?
We all strive for normal healthy skin. But how it looks can be affected by your lifestyle and other conditions. For instance it the environment you live in (humid, dry, sunny, etc.), genes, stress, chemicals, or something entirely different.
Dry skin is a common ailment. Every organ of the body needs moisture for growth and maintenance. The body contains over 80 percent water. But, some is lost through urination, sweat, and respiration. Replenishing that water is a daily need. When you don’t your skin can look dull, lifeless, and become inflamed due to the lack of hydration.
Oily skin can be a problem especially on the face. Even when it’s cold outside, your face is still shining from the excess oil being secreted onto it. Too much oil can clog pores leading to more severe skin conditions like acne, even in adulthood. Certain hormonal imbalances can also increase oil production in the skin.
Do you feel like rubbing or picking your skin raw? Is the itching is getting the better of you. Itchy skin can be the result of allergies, contact dermatitis, chemicals, genes or the environment. Scratching with the fingernails can damage skin and leave it scarred.
Are you peeling your skin like you would peel an orange? For an orange, it’s okay but for your skin, it can compromise it’s protective barrier allowing all sorts of invaders to gain access. Peeling skin can be due to sunburns, wind, and chemicals. The most common cause, however, is overexposure to the sun.
Top 10 Home Skin Remedies
No matter what is bothering your skin, home remedies can be used as the first line of treatment. If skin issues persist or get increasingly worse, consult a dermatologist. But, since they are all-natural, it’s definitely worth a shot!
- Aloe Vera – These beautiful green succulent plants have many uses. If you own an aloe plant, break off a leaf tip and squeeze the juice on peeling skin that has been sunburned. Rub the gel on itching skin to begin the healing process of returning moisture to it. Overall Aloe Vera is a great skin moisturizer and anti-aging remedy.
- Drink more fluids – Because skin is one the outside of the body, it needs more hydration than most. Water is the best to drink, but you can have tea, and juices. Try to avoid caffeine as it can be a diuretic and further sap your skin moisture. Drinking more water is just good practice for optimal health.
- Oatmeal – Add some plain oatmeal to warm bath water to alleviate itchy skin. It is often used for allergic skin conditions but will work for any other cause as well.
- Use an all natural scrub – Mix finely ground almonds with honey and gently rub all over your face and rough skin spots. Continue for about 15 minutes with a warm wash cloth and then rinse off. This can help remove excess oil from the face.
- Baking soda – It can help with many skin ailments. For itchy skin, sprinkle it in a warm bath and go for a long soak. Mix with a little bit of water to create a paste and rub on itchy unbroken skin.
- Apple cider vinegar – It is acidic and can reduce the shine and the amount of oil on your face when used as an astringent. Pour some on a cotton ball and wipe all over the oily areas of your face.
- Avocados – Use the oil or create a paste from fresh ones and apply to the skin to help restore some of the moisture to dry skin.
- Cucumber – You’ve probably heard of this before, but cucumbers can reduce swelling around the eyes and prevent peeling skin. Chop them up in a food processor and then smooth it on your sunburned skin for cooling relief.
- Mint juice – Crush up some fresh mint leaves with a mortar and pestle until you begin forming juice. Spread the juice over the skin to provide hydration and prevent peeling and dryness.
- Juniper berries and cloves – Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory properties to fight itchy skin. Cloves contain a substance called “eugenol” that has a numbing effect on nerves. Create this remedy by melting beeswax and unsalted butter in two separate pans and then combining them together with ground juniper and ground cloves. Applied the cool mixture to itchy skin.
Skin is an important part of the body and plays a crucial role in keeping the entire body healthy. Natural home skin remedies can improve its look, feel, and integrity. Look no further than your kitchen to get started and save tons of money.
Discover more natural skin care remedies via this amazing e-book “Naturally Sensational: Rejuvenating Skin Care Recipes” by Sue Dolan. In her book she unveils many amazing natural skin care remedies that will keep you looking healthier, younger, and more naturally beautiful.
Sue’s website is also full of many free skin care resources and hints and tips. Check out this FOX news special about her book and watch her cook up some simple anti-aging and skin rejuvenation recipes.