If you’re one of the 100 million Americans with dry, itchy skin, find relief with these home remedies and lifestyle tips.
Step 1: Clean dry skin Make a daily skin cleanser by mixing together an egg yolk, orange juice, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and a few drops each of rose water and lime juice. Apply to your face, wait 15 minutes, rinse, and pat dry.
TIP: Use a soft cloth to dry your skin, and avoid rubbing.
Step 2: Moisturize Moisturize immediately after your morning cleansing with a moisturizing cream. Thicker moisturizers provide a seal that keeps water from escaping.
TIP: Tea tree oil penetrates the skin’s cells. Add a drop to your moisturizing cream to keep your skin smooth.
Step 3: Apply a toning mask Make a toning mask with the other egg, honey, a half-teaspoon olive oil, and a few drops of rose water. Apply, wait 15 minutes, rinse, and pat until the skin is damp.
Step 4: Use a night moisturizer Use a thick cream moisturizer at night. Allow five minutes for absorption and then blot the excess.
TIP: Apply night cream a half-hour before going to bed to prevent puffiness around the eyes.
Step 5: Limit bath time Limit bath time and use moisturizing soaps. Add lavender oil to bath water to promote moisture.
Step 6: Take a milk bath Take a bath once a week with the powdered milk and almond oil in warm water.
Step 7: Use a humidifier Use a humidifier, especially in the winter months.
FACT: Skin is your largest organ, weighing an average of eight pounds and measuring 22 square feet.