How to Relieve Dry Skin with Exfoliants Found at Home
Dry skin, it happens to the best of us. Dry skin can occur for several reasons and often becomes most prevalent during the summer and winter months where the air is most dry. Removing dead skin cells helps to relieve the appearance of dry skin, encourage new cell production, as well as, prime the skin for moisturizers which help lock in moisture.
Try these simple exfoliants, that are typically found in your kitchen, the next time you experience dry skin on your arms or legs.
Take a Milk Bath. Milk contains lactic acid which acts as an exfoliant and may also increase your skin’s ability to hold in moisture. If one specific area is dry, soak a washcloth in cold milk and place the washcloth on the dry area for five minutes. Gently wash off the milk to allow for some of the lactic acid to remain behind. If you are feeling dry all over, add a quart of milk to your bath. For additional benefits, you could even add a few tablespoons of honey or oatmeal to the water. Don’t have milk, try plain yogurt- though we don’t recommend using it in your bath.
Take a Salt Bath. Yes, you heard that right. Add two cups of Epsom salt to your warm bath and soak. Take a small handful of additional Epsom salt and use it to scrub the areas of skin that are dry. For a softening affect, add dried seaweed to your bath.
Make a Sugar Scrub. Perfect for showers, a sugar scrub can be applied quickly to your legs, arms and belly. Take a cup of sugar and mix in a ¼ cup of coconut oil. Add your favorite essence if you’d like. Apply the scrub to your skin in a circular motion and rinse off with warm water.
Baking Soda. There is nothing easier than mixing baking soda and water to make an exfoliant. Baking soda is great for sensitive skin and delicate areas such as your face and neck. Simply mix water into a handful of baking soda to make a paste consistency. Apply with circular motions and rinse off with warm water.
Immediately after exfoliating your skin, be sure to apply your favorite moisturizer. Coconut oil with lavender and orange essence is a lovely combination but do note that it can leave the skin feeling a tad bit greasy.
If you are not seeing relief in your dry skin after a week or two of self-care, you may need to see a doctor. Chronic dry skin can be the sign of something more serious.