Dry skin can happen due to a host of different reasons -- cold weather, harsh cosmetics, topical ointments, commercial chemical-laden moisturizers, hormonal changes, and so forth. Whatever the reason behind your dry skin, when it does occur - your skin can end up looking dull, tired, and worn-out, not to mention lined with fine, unnecessary wrinkles (that probably weren’t there just a few days ago).
It’s always important to suitably moisturize at the first signs of dryness because your skin is pretty much telling you that there’s an imbalance that needs correcting. Although moisturizes go a long way in day-to-day hydration, it goes without saying that the most important thing you can do for your skin is to eat healthy and to exercise regularly.
It makes a world of a difference if you incorporate lots of leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, and antioxidant rich, detoxifying foods into your diet. Look at having nutrient-based supplements, based on your body type (and deficiencies, if any). Eating healthy nourishes your body from within (and therefore influences and enhances the way you look), but exercise is the next best thing for your skin. Regular workouts have immense benefits for the body, and sweating out toxins can add that special glow to your skin, really giving your organs the movement and love they deserve.
Over and above these two essentials, we’ve got a few all-natural blends to rejuvenate dry skin and get that fullness and tautness back in place.
Banana & Raw Honey
A classic mask for dry skin, this home-made blend hydrates your skin in several ways. Bananas are rich sources of potassium, vitamins and zinc, all of which nourish and protect your skin. Raw honey contains sugars and enzymes, which not only moisturize but also pump your skin with antioxidants and anti-bacterial goodness to fight infections and acne.
Mash half a banana with a tablespoon of raw honey, and apply it to your face. Leave the pack on for 15 minutes, and rinse off for hydrated, glowing skin.
Cucumber & Aloe Vera
Cucumbers are super refreshing, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, all of which brighten, tone and moisturize your skin. Aloe vera, on the other hand, hydrates, cools and heals like no other natural herb you’ve ever used. In fact, it has for centuries been made use of by skin practitioners because of its immensely soothing properties.
Blend half an unpeeled, chopped cucumber with a few tablespoons of aloe vera. Apply the cooling mix on your face, and leave for about 15-20 minutes. Rinse.
Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
Packed with excellent antifungal ingredients, this intensely moisturizing blend is great when your skin is extremely dry, and needs that extra boost of nourishment. Although coconut oil is pretty light, it works as a potent healer when paired with unprocessed shea butter, which deeply moisturizes and heals your skin. Also, the fragrance is deliciously oh-so-good!
Whip together half a cup of unprocessed shea butter with two to three tablespoons of organic coconut oil, and apply it to your skin. The blend works as an incredible natural body mask and lotion, especially when your skin is flaky all over.
At Arata, we celebrate nature-derived ingredients for your skin. Our Body Lotion is infused with all the natural goodness of shea, cocoa, mango and kokum butter for deep hydration and nourishment. It also contains coconut, olive, and avocado oil extracts that regenerate and moisturize. You can view our Body Lotion here.