There is nothing more annoying than dry skin, it makes your face look lifeless. Dry skin is not a very serious problem, but the itchiness and scaling can be irritating. Dr. Balukolar, M.D (Ay), R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company gives you simple herbal remedies to tackle dry skin. These 21 herb and herbal oils can be bought from a grocery shop or an ayurvedic store.
Almond oil - Prunus amygdalus - Sweet almond oil is an excellent emollient that softens and soothes the skin; helps restore moisture to your dry and cracked skin. It also relives irritation, inflammation, and itching due to dryness.
Cocoa butter - Theobroma cacao - The velvety texture, pleasant fragrance and emollient properties of cocoa butter have made it a popular ingredient in products for the skin. It promotes healing and prevents the skin from drying and cracking. Cocoa Butter also contains antioxidants that can help repair your damaged skin.
Olive oil - Olea europea - Olive oil is loaded with essential nutrients and is a natural humectant that actually helps attract moisture to your dry skin. Enriched with vitamin E, it nourishes, protects and softens skin, and prevents chafing. It has soothing and antimicrobial properties, which ensure that your skin is healthy.
Grape seed oil - Vitis vinifera - possesses astringent property, and its application helps to tighten and tone the skin. Grape seed has a high content of linoleic acid, a fatty acid essential for the skin. This oil also aids in tissue regeneration, and so is helpful in the healing of scars. Its ability to lock in moisture and repair tissue, makes grape seed oil extremely useful and effective as a skin moisturizer.
Sunflower oil - Helianthus annus - the oil from the sunflower seed is extremely rich in vitamins A, C, D and E. It is excellent in helping the skin retain moisture, and it can provide the skin with a natural barrier of protection against bacteria and other irritants which cause most blemishes.
Coconut oil - Cocos nucifera - Coconut oil is an emollient and can help create a thin imperceptible layer that recreates the soothing benefits that our own skin produces and prevent moisture evaporation.It effectively delays the onset of wrinkles and skin sagging which typically become prominent with age. It also helps in treating various skin diseases like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.
Kokum butter - Garcinia indica - Kokum Butter is rich in essential fatty acids, which are needed for effective processing of nutrients. Kokum Butter is rich in antioxidant vitamin E, which is excellent for your skin. By regenerating skin cells, it also supports skin elasticity and maintains flexibility. It effectively softens dry, cracked and calloused skin.
Mango butter - Mangifera indica - a gentle butter obtained from the fruit kernels of theMango is rich in essential fatty acids necessary to restore skin tone, elasticity and flexibility. It is a great moisturizer especially for mature, dry or sun-damaged skin. It provides relief from the dryness of skin especially in conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Safflower oil - Carthamus tinctorius- Safflower oil functions as an emollient when applied topically , thus keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized. It is a rich source of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant which prevents damage to your skin cells that may be wrecked by the sun or dry air. It may be used as an alternative to synthetic emollients and helps prevent dry skin by providing barriers to moisture loss.
Wheat germ oil - Triticum sativum- is a nutrient rich oil and particularly high in vitamin E which is a powerful natural antioxidant. This oil helps to improve the conditions of dry skin because of its high content of protein, minerals and vitamins A, B, C, D and E. It is often used in facial massage oils to soften and rejuvenate the skin. Great for reducing stretch marks, the delicate skin around the eyes and as facial oil for dry skin. Wheat germ Oil helps soothe the irritation and redness from eczema and psoriasis. It also helps to relieve itching and promotes new cell growth.
Apricot oil- Prunus armeniaca- is excellent for skin protection, since it is both emollient and nourishing. It is known for its revitalizing and hydrating properties, which makes it an excellent addition to your skincare routine. It is beneficial in relieving the itchiness caused by eczema and is most suitable for sensitive, dry and aging skin.
Neem Oil and Neem leaves - Azadirachta indica- are excellent skin care ingredients. Neem oil helps to prevent wrinkles and repair dry skin by functioning as a natural skin protectant and moisturizer. The oil relieves dry skin and soothes itching, redness and irritation. It also improves general skin health, combating bacterial infections such as acne, boils and ulcers.
Aloe Vera - A natural UV inhibitor, its hydrating, softening and intense moisturizing properties nourish the skin. Aloe Vera helps your skin retain its natural moisture owing to its humectant property.
Cucumber- Cucumis sativus - cools, invigorates refreshes and helps maintain skin's moisture. It keeps skin soft, has healing and soothing effects on damaged skin. It is also a natural sunscreen. The abundance of antioxidants and silica in Cucumber rejuvenate the skin and leaves a soft and smooth feel.
Pongamia Oil - Pongamia pinnata- is highly recommended for inclusion in skin and hair care products where emolliency is desired. In skin care, it is used to treat eczema, psoriasis, skin ulcers, dandruff and to promote wound healing. It is a natural moisturizer that keeps your skin hydrated.
Papaya - Carica papaya - is a key ingredient in skin whitening products because it contains papain, a natural enzyme that promotes skin renewal and cell turnover. It helps in exfoliating the skin to reveal newer cells and has restorative properties that soften the skin. Papaya is rich in vitamins A, C and E, and other antioxidants that help give skin the moisture and protection it needs. In addition, the nutrients contained in the papaya fruit help heal the skin.
Tamarind seed - Tamarindus indica - Polysaccharides obtained from the seed of tamarind has been shown to improve the expression of filaggrin, a protein associated with moisture maintenance. It has shown strong hydrating, elasticizing, anti wrinkle and re-densifying properties and beneficial in dry skin conditions.
Mowrah Butter - Madhuca indica- is high in oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and linoleic acid. It is known to combat the degeneration of skin cells, prevent wrinkles and restore skin flexibility. It is regenerative and emollient making it ideal for preventing skin dryness and improving skin texture.
Pumpkin Seed Oil - Cucurbita pepo- is great for your skin as it contains essential fatty acids, zinc, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Its oil is very conditioning and has been historically used in lotions, soaps and massage oils as it helps to retain moisture to skin and effectively hydrates dry skin.
Olive butter - Olea europaea -Olive Butter is also a rich emollient that can be used on dry and sensitive skin. It exhibits excellent spread ability on the skin, making it very ideal as massage butter or a carrier for skin care products. It is also a natural moisturizer that promotes skin elasticity and prevents fine lines and wrinkles.
Shea butter - Butyrospermum parkii- The protective and conditioning qualities of Shea butter make it an excellent choice for dry skin care. Dry skin responds quickly to the nutrient rich moisture of shea butter, with increased elasticity and more efficient moisture retention. The texture and elasticity of dry skin improves with regular use of shea butter, making it a superb natural dry skin care treatment. It is an excellent moisturizer for sensitive skin and for use with babies and children .