Having eczema and dry skin can be a complete downer for any season. In the summer, you are forced with having to either show your dry, scaly, or red and patchy skin, or be forced to wear long sleeves and jeans in the sweltering sun. In the winter you are forced to wear long sleeves and sweaters which can cause irritation to your already dry damaged skin. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural remedies for eczema and dry skin that won’t force you to make a trip to the doctor, and doesn’t involve steroid creams that thin the skin over time. Here are 9 natural remedies for eczema and dry skin that will leave your skin baby soft, healthy, and well nourished.
1. Flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil is loaded with fatty acids that help eliminate eczema. One of the fatty acids in flaxseed oil is alpha-linolenic acid, which helps to decrease inflammation. Flax seed oil works great when applied directly to the skin and can be given internally to babies and adults suffering with eczema, psoriasis, or extremely dry skin. A teaspoon a day is sufficient in helping to heal dry skin disorders.
2. Olive oil
Olive oil is another very effective oil when dealing with dry skin conditions. Olive oil helps to soothe irritated skin, as well as helps alleviate redness. A teaspoon of olive oil can be applied to the bath, to ensure that the skin is still nourished even when being dried out by water and sometimes soaps. Outside of the bath, olive oil can also be applied directly to the skin. Very few people are allergic to olive oil which makes it a great natural moisturizer. Olive oil is also one of the main ingredients in the tgin Argan Replenishing Hair and Body Serum.
3. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is another oil that can not only be applied topically but also can be taken internally. When applied topically, coconut oil works to combat itching and flaking in the skin. Coconut oil can be taken internally directly, or added to a drink or even food. Be sure to use virgin cold pressed, coconut oil, to ensure it is pure and has no additives.
Oatmeal can be added to your bath to dry up and calm red, itchy, irritated, and inflamed skin. It is best to put oatmeal in a cheese cloth then tie the cheese cloth so no oatmeal is able to fall out. Adding the oatmeal inside of a cheese cloth prevents a huge mess in your tub. Next tie the cheese cloth bag underneath the faucet in the tub and allow the water to run over the cheesecloth, while your bath is filling up with water. Once your bath is full take the now wet bag of oatmeal and rub it over your skin while bathing. This method helps aid in soothing irritated, dry skin.
As much as creams, lotions and even natural oils can help, a lot of times the problem is coming from within, dairy, wheat, sugars, and spicy foods are often triggers for people with eczema. Try to eliminate these foods as much as possible from your diet and replace them with fresh fruit, vegetables, and plenty of water, and watch how your skin changes.
6.Organic African Shea Butter
Shea butter is a great healer for many different skin and hair conditions, and eczema and dry skin is on the list. Shea butter is rich with vitamin A as well as E, which are both excellent for healing skin. Shea butter also is a natural SPF which is important in protecting sensitive skin again harsh sun rays. Many sufferers of dry skin and eczema who have used tgin’s organic African shea butter say it works great for them in aiding in moisturizing their skin, and healing their eczema
Avocados are very rich in fatty acids, which help to eliminate dry skin conditions. Eating avocados, helps to improve the skin’s condition, and promotes healthy skin. Another option for avocados is to create a paste with avocados and aloe vera gel and apply it to the skin for 20-30 minutes and then rinse. Avocado oil can also be applied to the skin and left on.
8. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential to the skins health. Studies have shown that taking one vitamin C tablet a day can greatly improve skin health.
9. African Black Soap
African black soap is known for its detoxing properties. African black soap has been known to heal many skin disorders including, eczema, psoriasis, acne, and dry skin. Washing the affected areas with black soap helps purge the skin of toxins underneath the skins surface. tgin’s African black soap works perfect for aiding in healing eczema.
Suffering with dry skin and eczema can be very difficult, but there are natural remedies, that won’t break the bank, or cause harsh side effects.
Which one of these remedies will you be trying?
Ashley Renee is a writer, natural hair enthusiast and film maker from Chicago residing in Los Angeles. You can keep up with her on ig@ashleyreneepoet or visit her personal blog poetashleyrenee.