Dry and itchy skin is a common problem that plagues a significant proportion of the population. Irrespective of the overall nature of your skin, legs, thighs, arms and the sides of the abdomen are regions where dry skin is most common, and it is especially so during the winter. Whether it’s due to dry weather; some skin diseases like eczema, hives or excessive bathing; insect bites; reactions to detergents or soaps; or due to some medication, itching is always an annoying feeling. And the worst part is that you can’t scratch it because the more you scratch, the more it itches!
While there are a number of creams and lotions as a means of solution, you can try out some effective home remedies too, during the initial phase. Here is a combined list of some of the most effective home-made solutions as well as medicated therapies that will help you to get rid of itchy and dry skin:
1. Moisturize your body from the inside – The first step to get rid of a dry skin is to moisturize your body properly. Make sure that you take in lots of healthy fats like salmon, avocados, walnuts, fish oils and foods that contain Vitamin E. Also, you should put restrictions on the intake of alcohol, junk foods as well as smoking. Most importantly, you must drink sufficient amount of water and eat fresh fruits as well as vegetables to keep yourself hydrated from within.
2. Keep your skin moisturized, always – Moisturizing your skin only when it is dry or applying a thick layer of moisturizer once a week are not going to work. You need to be frequent and consistent enough with the process as that is the most effective way to get rid of the problem, gradually. Another good trick is to apply the moisturizer when your skin is slightly wet as this helps to seal in more hydration. If your skin is still dry, consider applying a second layer of moisturizer after the first layer is properly soaked in.
3. Use Oatmeal – You might be surprised to hear this, but this actually works. Since colloidal oatmeal contains antioxidant compounds like avenanthramides, which has soothing and anti-irritating effects, it works as a good remedy for itching. Whole oats or unprocessed oat flours can also be used in case you don’t get colloidal oatmeal. You can either make a paste of oat flour and water, and apply it to the area of itching or you can immerse yourself inside a tub of warm water, after adding 1 or 2cups of uncooked oat flour to it.
4. Apply a paste of baking soda – Due to its anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, baking soda happens to be the most common home-remedy for all types of itches. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer and offers very quick relief. You can make a paste of baking soda and water in a 3:1 ratio, apply it on the affected area, and keep it for as long as you need to. You can also add 1 cup of baking soda in a tub of cold water and soak yourself into that for 30 minutes to one hour. However, remember that baking soda cannot be applied on any open wound or broken skin.
5. Use lemons – The major proponents of lemon, citric and acetic acid, have great anesthetic, antiseptic, anti-irritating and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, lemons are extremely useful for offering relief to itchy skin. You can either directly squeeze some lemon juice on the affected area or use a cotton pad for doing the same.
6. Apply cold water – In case you can’t find any of the above mentioned products to apply on the itching skin, you can simply apply cold tap water on the affected area, take a cool shower for a long time, use a wet towel, or put some ice packs on the region.
7. Moisturizers – While there are all these home-made remedies, you can also use some medicated product like Obagi Nu Derm Action moisturizer, prescribed by most of the renowned dermatologists. This is considered to be extremely effective in healing the harmful effects of environmental stresses, right from the deepest layers of your skin. Just as the term ‘nu’ refers to glowing skin, it acts as an ideal solution for all the problems plaguing all skin types.
Bio: This post is written by Gayovica Miller. A Make-up artist specializing in Wedding Make-up and write reviews on a variety of Beauty Treatments and wrinkle removal products.