The list of culprits that cause dry skin is a long one, from daily bathing habits (think hot showers and scrubbing yourself dry with a towel) and wicked winter weather to a lack of natural oils in your skin as you age.
The good news is that unless you’re managing a skin condition, you may not need to visit a dermatologist to soothe dry skin. Instead, you might consider incorporating a home remedy to your skin-care routine.
In fact, the ingredients for these dry-skin fixes may already be in your kitchen. Several of the ingredients we include below, such as coconut oil, tea, and aloe vera, are often collectively referenced as “remedies,” though they have been used for centuries as homeopathic medicines in cultures worldwide. Importantly, though, if you are managing an underlying skin condition that may be causing your dry skin, be sure to consult a board-certified dermatologist before you try any home remedy. Doing so can help you avoid worsening dry skin.
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“Home remedies are great for many skin types, especially if you are in a pinch or opt for alternative skin-care remedies,” says Jennifer Adell, a licensed aesthetician and the senior aesthetician at New Beauty and Wellness in Westport, Connecticut. “However, if you are experiencing chronic skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and cystic acne, consult with an aesthetician or dermatologist.”
Why Opt for a Natural Dry-Skin Remedy Rather Than Buy a Product?
If long ingredient lists concern or confuse you, a home remedy may be worth trying. Over-the-counter products can have a ton of ingredients — they not only contain the active moisturizing products, but they also have preservatives, says Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD, the residency program director and vice chair of the department of dermatology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
That’s often the case for water-based products, because bacteria grow easily in these formulas, according to Michigan State University. But while well intentioned, these preservatives, not to mention additives such as alcohol and fragrances, can contribute to irritation, dry skin, and sometimes allergic reactions.
You may prefer to keep your skin-care routine simple, especially if you have allergies or a sensitive complexion. For example, unlike preservative-laden water-based lotions and creams, oils have a natural base, making them a good choice for dry skin when a skin condition isn’t involved.
Keep in mind, though, that oils and other over-the-counter remedies aren’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so they aren’t guaranteed to be risk free. It’s always a good idea to check with a dermatologist before adding any new DIY recipe to your skin-care routine, to be safe.
How Natural Remedies Can Soothe Dry, Irritated Skin
Your skin naturally produces oil, called sebum, which protects it from moisture loss, but everyday actions — such as forgetting to put on moisturizer or washing your hands with a drying soap — can strip away these natural oils. For people without acne, oils can restore skin’s sheen and protective moisture barrier.
Dermatologists generally recommend that people with acne choose an oil with care, as acne is usually caused by overproduction of sebum, per the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD). One option is tea tree oil, as some evidence supports the idea that tea tree oil may improve mild to moderate acne — including a past randomized controlled study and an uncontrolled pilot study published in the August 2017 Australasian Journal of Dermatology — though you’ll want to consult with a dermatologist before beginning a new acne treatment. Tea tree oil in particular may cause skin irritation.
There are many ways to reap the moisturizing benefits of oils, either on their own or with other ingredients, to make a DIY nourishing mask or an exfoliating rub. Poblete-Lopez suggests that castor oil, lavender oil, and avocado oil may be good ingredients for certain people with dry skin.
Coconut oil is another oil you may have in your kitchen cabinet that can be a good choice for those not prone to acne. In one previous randomized controlled trial, people with atopic dermatitis — a type of eczema and an allergic skin condition characterized by dryness and itching — saw an improvement in symptoms when they used virgin coconut oil on their skin.
Aloe vera, a houseplant with natural healing properties, is also effective as a natural moisturizer. According to a review published in the June 2019 Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, aloe vera gel contains mucopolysaccharides, such as hyaluronic acid, which help lock moisture into the skin and make this another naturally moisturizing skin-care ingredient you’ll want to try.
13 Natural, DIY Remedies to Moisturize Dry Skin
The next time your dry skin needs a little TLC, try one of these easy at-home remedies.
1. Whip Up an Olive Oil Moisturizer to Soothe Dry Skin
If you need extra moisture fast, Adell recommends extra-virgin olive oil as an alternative to your moisturizer — but only if you’re in a pinch.
“Olive oil contains vitamin E, antioxidants, squalene, and other properties that repair damaged skin,” she says. Adell also notes that this may not be a good choice for acne-prone skin, because of the risk of clogging your pores.
Before applying olive oil directly to your skin, double-check whether this solution is right for you by consulting a dermatologist. As research published in December 2017 by the International Journal of Molecular Sciences notes, olive oil may reduce inflammation, but applying it topically on its own may damage your skin barrier.
If you decide to try olive oil, Adell recommends a pure, or regular, form that isn’t refined with other oils, and to use it sparingly, such as applying a few drops to a face mask, or massaging the oil into extremely dry areas like your elbows.
2. DIY a Rich, Creamy Avocado Mask
A homemade mask of avocado is another natural way to soothe dry skin, and Adell has used it at home in her own family. “This face mask is chock-full of antioxidants [and] probiotics that will promote healthy, glowing skin,” she says. She recommends combining ½ avocado with ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt (which may improve skin texture because of its lactic acid content, according to a review in a 2020 issue of Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology), along with a drizzle of manuka honey and 1 teaspoon of turmeric for potential anti-inflammatory benefits and to improve symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, per a separate review in the September 2019 Nutrients. Apply the mixture to clean skin and let it set for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off.
As for the other half of the avocado, eat it! A small pilot study in the September 2022 Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that a group of female participants who ate an avocado daily increased their skin elasticity and firmness.
Another method used in another study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, in September 2020, combined avocado oil with water and saffron extract. Researchers found that this combination rejuvenated the skin and reduced the appearance of wrinkles, though it’s not clear whether any significant moisturization was noted.
3. Make a Natural Coconut Oil and Sugar Scrub
To treat dead skin cells that might be giving your skin a dry texture and appearance, you may consider a gentle homemade sugar scrub. Michigan State University recommends combining 1 cup of brown or granulated sugar with ½ cup of coconut oil. If you want, you can add an essential oil like lavender, which lends a natural fragrance and may promote relaxation and decrease anxiety, as a randomized controlled trial in the January 2022 Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine suggested. Gently rub the scrub into your skin for up to 30 seconds, then wash it off with lukewarm water. Last, the AAD recommends using a soothing moisturizer to lock in the benefits of freshly exfoliated skin.
Keep in mind that physical, or mechanical, exfoliation of this type may not be suitable for all skin types. The AAD doesn’t recommend scrubs for irritated, acne-prone, or sensitive skin.
Adell cautions against the use of sugar scrubs on sensitive skin, especially on the face. “The skin on your face is far more delicate than your body, so physical exfoliation can easily cause irritation and sensitivity,” she says. “My go-to exfoliation methods use chemical peel pads or enzyme powders.”
4. Create an Easy Oatmeal Soak to Calm Your Skin
A cup of oatmeal in a warm bath can naturally rehydrate dry skin, Poblete-Lopez says. “The oat product itself is soothing,” she explains, and it helps your skin retain moisture from the bathwater. Or, for a mess-free soak, tie the oats to your faucet in pantyhose and run your bathwater through them.
If you have eczema, oatmeal may offer relief from dry, inflamed, or irritated skin associated with both atopic and contact dermatitis, says DermNetNZ. In a double-blind study published in March 2020 in Clinical Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology, researchers observed that colloidal oatmeal treated hand eczema with its anti-inflammatory, soothing, and protective effects.
5. Exfoliate Your Face With a Homemade Oatmeal Honey Mask
Oatmeal makes a great exfoliator or mask, too. Mix 2 tablespoons of oats with 1 tablespoon of honey and a dash of water. You can use it just to exfoliate and wash it off right away, or leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes as a soothing, hydrating mask. As a review in the October 2021 Open Life Sciences pointed out, honey may have antimicrobial properties that may also help accelerate wound healing.
6. Apply Coconut Oil Before Bedtime
Coconut oil, which a review in the July 2022 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology noted has roots in African and Indian cultures, is a popular home treatment for healthy hair and skin. “Coconut oil becomes a solid at room temperature, so use it as a moisturizing cream at bedtime or anytime,” recommends Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at SkinSafe Dermatology and Skin Care in Beverly Hills, California. “For chapped heels and hands, apply the oil, then layer with thick socks or nonlatex gloves.”
7. Consider Using Nourishing Oils
“Natural oils are great for moisturizing the skin and helping to recreate the natural skin barrier, which is often damaged by frequent hand and face washing with water and drying soaps that strip the skin of its natural protective oils,” Dr. Shainhouse says. Aside from olive oil or coconut oil, you can test out other natural oils that are free from irritants, including jojoba, argan, and avocado oils. To use, Shainhouse recommends adding a few tablespoons of the desired oil under running bathwater. Treat yourself to a short soak and gently pat your skin dry afterward to avoid removing all the oil.
But as research published in December 2017 in Women’s Health suggests, bathing with oils may not be best for women because of vaginal health risks. Instead, you may consider applying a small amount of your preferred oil to your skin post-shower to keep it soft and moist.
8. Use Milk Compresses for Irritated Skin
“Milk has natural anti-inflammatory properties,” says Shainhouse. “It also contains lactic acid, a mild, natural exfoliant.” In a 14-day controlled study published in the August 2020 Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, the use of a lactic-acid and ceramide-containing lotion twice daily was found to significantly improve skin hydration while eliminating dead skin cells, which suggests lactic-acid products may provide exfoliating benefits. That said, longer-term research is needed to confirm these results.
Additionally, Adell notes lactic acid is “one of the most hydrating [alpha-hydroxy acids] on the market.” She says it’s one of the safer acids for sensitive skin, and may also be used during pregnancy.
To make a milk compress, Cincinnati Health Institute advises soaking a clean cloth (like a washcloth or a towel) in a bowl of cool milk, and holding it in place over any dry areas. Shainhouse recommends using these compresses on your skin for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. It’s especially helpful for irritated skin that’s itchy, too.
Lactic acid can sting cracked skin, though, so use with caution, per Harvard Health Publishing. “Feeling mild tingling is common, but if you experience burning, stop using it and talk to your dermatologist or aesthetician,” Adell says. While research in the September 2018 Dermatologic Therapy notes that lactic acid may be beneficial in restoring the skin barrier and treating related conditions such as eczema, you may want to avoid this remedy if you have an active flare-up with cracked skin.
9. Consider a Fruit Enzyme Cleanser or Exfoliant
Fruit enzymes can be a fun way to ease dry skin. “These alpha-hydroxy acids are great for gently exfoliating the superficial layer of dulling dead skin cells on the face and body,” says Shainhouse. And, as the FDA notes, AHAs not only help remove dead skin cells, but they may also improve the appearance of aging skin and your overall skin texture.
Shainhouse recommends a fruit-enzyme-infused wash or mask twice per week. According to research published in November 2021, some good fruit enzymes to look for include bromelain (found in pineapple), papain (found in papaya), and ficain (found in figs).
10. Apply Aloe Vera to Dry, Irritated Skin
While often thought of as sunburn relief, aloe vera gel can be helpful during the dry winter months, too. It works by alleviating redness and irritation related to excess dryness, and it can even decrease signs of aging, as well as acne breakouts and skin injuries, according to previous research. Shainhouse cautions that some people develop allergic contact dermatitis, a type of eczema, to aloe, so you may want to perform a patch test before you apply it to a large area of skin.
11. Use Honey as a Spot Treatment for Dry Patches
Honey has emollient and humectant effects that can soften your skin and help it retain moisture, according to past research. It’s also an alternative treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, psoriasis, and dandruff.
Honey, and especially manuka honey, is also effective at healing wounds, according to another past review: It’s naturally antimicrobial, keeps the affected area moist, and has a thick consistency that works as a barrier against infection.
These properties make honey a good base for face mask recipes, and it can be a powerful spot treatment for patches of dry, irritated skin. (As Adell notes for the avocado mask, the addition of manuka honey increases wound healing while decreasing inflammation in the skin.) For best results, apply honey in small amounts to your face. Leave on for several minutes before rinsing it off.
12. Brew Tea Bags to Soothe Inflammation
If you already drink tea, you may be able to find other uses for tea bags you have in your pantry. Adell says this includes herbal teas like chamomile and jasmine as well as caffeinated green and black teas.
According to the Cincinnati Health Institu
Nail Artist Lila Robles on the Beauty of Airbrushing and Celebrating Her Xicanx Heritage
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In 2009, Robles was looking for a creative outlet that would allow her to “connect more with people and myself.” She started to invest in getting her nails done, which grew quickly beyond a routine pampering session into a deeply-rooted passion. Hours of surfing the web to find inspiration and artists she could follow eventually led her to M.I.S.S., an online women’s magazine founded by Gabriella Khorasanee and stylist Liz Baca. They shared her love of “weird nail art and would create nail calendars with dead stock sneakers,” Robles remembers.
Shortly after connecting with Khorasanee and Baca, Robles decided turn her passion into a career. She began interning for M.I.S.S., helping them create nail art for shoots and writing as one of the main columnists on their site, while attending school to be a manicurist. In 2014 she received her license, and started working for a San Francisco-based salon that same year.
Fast forward to 2021 and Robles is now an independent nail artist, traveling across the country to create custom designs for a list of devout clientele, collaborating on shoots that span beauty and television (13 Reasons Why), and teaching private classes to aspiring artists.
When it comes to her aesthetic, more is more. “I like bright colors and I like a lot of depth and variation,” she says. “And I love to layer, like creating bubbles for the background and then going back to top it off with charms.” Robles’s inspiration spans “bootleg Patrick Nagel salon window posters and Japanese artist Pater Sato to fellow airbrush artists Malcolm Stuart, Daniel Barrigas, Everett Regua and the early nail designs where you would get sunsets or your name written across in script.” To create the sharp lines she’s known for, she uses the Nail Labo’s AIRTEX airbrush gel system.
Her love of bold, colorful makeup is deeply rooted in her heritage. “Growing up xicanx has definitely inspired me,” Robles says. “I’d listen to freestyle music like Stevie B, my first bicycle was a low rider that my uncle gifted me. I loved the interchangeable custom upgrades you could add on which would then lead me to muscles cars and eventually nails. For me, it’s all one in the same—building and customizing until you create something that is uniquely yours.”
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Lonely No More! Top Ideas On How To Decorate An Emptycorner
Do you have an empty corner in your home but no idea what to do with it? Put them to work with these stunning decor ideas
Most homes have empty corners and sometimes we don’t know what we are supposed to do with them. In some cases, an empty corner looks fine, and other times the emptiness can become glaring making the room look imbalanced. But worry not dear readers, there are umpteen ways to fill empty corners. Bring a lifeless corner to life with Design Cafe’s top ten ideas on decorating empty spaces.
Small And Functional Corner Shelving
Shelving is an excellent idea to add extra storage and is perfect for corner walls. This is also a great option if you want to maintain a minimalistic look. Avoid adding too much visual weight in these spaces so if you are using shelves decorate them with best-sellers or family portraits displayed in wooden frames.
Fill The Corner With A Sofa
A sofa or couch is another simple decor hack for corner spaces. A sectional sofa perfectly nestles into the corner of your living room and provides enough space to move around making it an ideal space to entertain your family and friends.
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Create A Cosy Window Seat
If the windows of your home touch the corner of your living room, then think about a window seat. A miniature sofa with fluffy pillows makes for a pleasant place to relax be it your bedroom or living room. Apart from being a beautiful place to rest it can provide other benefits too like extra storage to keep your belongings such as books.
Illuminate The Corners
Layered lighting is one of the most crucial aspects of interior design in any room. You have the flexibility to create various degrees of atmosphere and what better way than to illuminate an empty corner using lights. Floor lamps are the perfect accessory to fill up empty corners as it brings aesthetic value to any room. If you have a sofa a floor lamp will put your seating in a spotlight.
Add Hints Of Freshness
Plants are a great way to reconnect with nature. Bring some of its beauty into your homes, especially in those dead corners. Use potted plants to give your corners a fresh, vibrant look and add colour into simple decor that needs a hint of green to look complete. Place some plants on gorgeous stands to give your corners a sophisticated look.
Hang Chairs For A Playful Corner
A perfect blend of fresh and cosy! Fill your corner with a hanging chair and make it an ideal place to lounge and relish all those lazy hours of the day. What better than a little enjoyment with relaxation? The perks of having a hanging chair are that it goes with any kind of setting and spruces up corners.
Create A Gallery Wall
You do not need a large wall to create a lovely gallery in your home. Any corner wall works. Use this dull blank space to create an eye-catching display. Choose artwork of different shapes, sizes, and textures for a more significant impact. Use this idea into smaller corner spaces to make the room a bit larger.
A Corner For A Unique Sculpture
Make the most of dull corners of your living room with unique pieces of sculpture. They can fill a space and make a statement at the same time. The choice is yours if you want to place it on a high pedestal or displayed on its own as it adds interest to an unexpected place.
An Ideal Corner Workspace
Try this idea if you have an unused corner create a mini office! Use your living room furniture to give the impression of another room within a room. This will enhance its functionality and make the place look bigger. If your corner has a view to look into, then working will be fun and panoramic.
Add A Fireplace
Not all spaces can accommodate a fireplace, but here is where the corners can shine. You can tuck a fireplace into the smallest of nooks. It will add a touch of warmth and luxury. A corner fireplace will save you space and your room will look pleasant. It will instantly transform into a manner-worthy home with a crackling fire to enjoy.
Whether you are arranging an entire room or looking for items to fill a corner spot, there are ample decor options. And going beyond those listed above on decorating empty corners, if you have any fresh ideas do share it with us in the comment section.
Delightful floor lamp design for the living room
Delightful floor lamp design for the living room
A simple floor lamp design can change the appeal of any corner. A floor lamp can provide diffused light over the whole living room. This rectangular piece with a wood accent creates a warm atmosphere. This pretty floor lamp is also lightweight and takes up very little floor space. The simple design of the lamp matches the rest of the living room interior and makes a cohesive look.
Ceramic contemporary lamp
A classic white ceramic lamp is the ideal addition to any modern home. The lamp design and colour are timeless. Put this lamp in your living room or by your bedside to attract attention to this beautiful piece. We love the combination of the plywood table with the lamp for an elegant look.
Mid-century modern lamps
Embrace the mid-century modern aesthetic into your home with this lamp design. Developed during the mid 20th century, this aesthetic has functional and simplistic designs made with clean lines. This design is made of wood and is very sleek-looking. This lamp will shine in the living room both as decor and room lighting.
Artistic pendant lamp lights
Bring in the Bohemian vibes with this hand-woven cotton rope pendant lamp. This pendant lighting will add a traditional touch to your home. With the appropriate mood lighting bulbs, you can get a warm and welcoming hue in your living room. Add this pendant light on top of your dinner table or kitchen eating to highlight the space below.
Creative lampshade design
Unleashing your creativity into your home decor helps to make it more meaningful. This cute rainbow lamp design is an example of this. This modern furniture will stand out among other simplistic and contemporary designs. The best place for this lamp will be in the kid’s room or nursery.
Lava lamps for creating a fun space
Unlike standard lamps, a lava lamp is a novelty decor item. A lava lamp is made up of a glass container with a clear liquid inside. Wax is present inside the liquid. An incandescent bulb is situated in the container. The heat from the build causes the rise and fall of wax bubbles inside the lava lamp. The gorgeous lava lamp design has a beautiful marble finish making it look very contemporary. The ideal location for this lamp can be a kid’s bedside table.
UFO pendant lamps for an elevated design
A great way of adding ambiance and brightness to the living room is by hanging pendant lights. This lamp design is a lightweight structure with geometric weaving. Put these lights over the sitting area of the living room or over the dining table to add drama. Warm lights are the most complimentary to this design.
Charming pastel lamp design
Black and white minimal lamps are old school, and the color is the talk of the town. Colorful lamps are eye-catching, and they can make any space livelier and joyful. Pastel color lamps can be used to add a Danish pastel or Korean aesthetic to your living room. This blue pastel lamp will give you the feeling of spring throughout the year. Light Up your living rooms, bedrooms, and kid’s rooms with the feminine and sunkissed look of pastel lamp design.
Romantic floor lamp with tripod stand
Every living sofa seat deserves a complementary floor lamp. This floor lamp is a tripod lamp design. It is made with wood and can match contemporary and rustic interior decor. The light-colored lampshade is ideal for diffusing light throughout the living room without dimming the brightness.
A charming and simple retro bedside lamp design is a unique decoration for modern homes. Vintage lighting such as this can be put in the office or living room to create a retro ambiance. We can imagine using this lamp on a dressing table to make getting ready a fun task.
Modern black and white lamp design
You cannot go wrong with a goose-neck black and white table lamp. This design combines all the timeless designs to create a classic lamp. While colour may be the trend right now, every home needs a few staple pieces that will go with the room’s decor. This lamp will be the perfect addition to any home office space or living room table.
Moroccan design lamp experience
A carved Moroccan lamp like the one shown above can decorate the room in a beautiful patterned glow. With this lamp design, you get both luminescence and wall artwork. This lamp would be perfect for a traditional home. We can see this lamp being used in bedrooms and Pooja rooms because of its warm and soothing vibes.
LED-wall lamps for an elegant look
Wall lamp design is another creative way of using lamps for lighting homes. LED lamps such as these decorate the space and provide well-distributed light. Using shapes as shown can make the lamp the focal point of your living room. These Led Lights are an excellent tool for movie nights and create ambiance with their mood lighting.
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