Dry skin, medically known as pruritus, is a common symptom that affects nearly everyone to some degree. The body produces natural oils, known as sebum, and when the skin is depleted of sebum, it becomes dry and itchy. Itching can be isolated to certain areas or affect the whole body. While there are countless products on the market that boast to be the best treatment for dry skin, many women prefer to use all natural remedies. Natural moisturizers for itchy and dry skin can be found at most grocery stores or farmers markets, and they are easy to use at home.
There are several causes for dry skin that can be either environmental or internal. Environmental causes include hot or cold weather, low humidity, washing or bathing too often, or excessive use of air conditioning or heating. Internal or medical reasons for dry, itchy skin include, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, hives, or thyroid problems.
These products can help reduce itchiness and dryness.
This natural moisturizer has recently spiked in popularity due to its various benefits. Coconut oil can be applied all over the body to nourish dry skin. It is antimicrobial and antifungal, so it can be used as shampoo or conditioner to clean and moisturize skin.
Avocadoes are a rich source of essential fatty acids that are beneficial for skin and hair. Avocadoes provide natural moisture for the skin and can be applied as a face mask or all over and then be left on for 30 minutes for an extra moisture boost.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be helpful for treating dry, cracked, and infected skin. Dilute some apple cider vinegar onto a cotton ball and rub it on to affected areas.
Oatmeal is soothing and moisturizing, and it can help relieve itchiness and nerve pain caused by cracked skin. You can add ground oatmeal to a warm bath for all over treatment.
Honey has been used for thousands of years as a beauty remedy. It is moisturizing, soothing, and antimicrobial. You can apply a honey mask: spread it evenly and leave it on for five minutes, before washing with a warm washcloth.
Lavender oil is antibacterial in nature, making it useful for treating irritations and infections while soothing the skin. It can also be used to nourish the scalp and help remedy dryness and dandruff. The soothing scent of lavender is known to reduce tension and stress.
Itchy, dry skin is irritating and can be painful if it cracks or gets infected. It is important to protect your skin, especially against harsh winter weather. There are many lovely natural moisturizers that can help remedy dry skin. Most of these moisturizers can be found at any grocery store or farmers market, and then easily be applied at home.
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- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014). Itchy skin (pruritus). Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/basics/causes/con-20028460
- University of Washington, Rehabilitation Medicine. (n.d). Maintaining Healthy Skin - Part 1. Retrieved November 25, 2014, from http://sci.washington.edu/info/pamphlets/skin_1.asp