Normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin; no matter which skin type you possess there always are chances of succumbing to skin hassles. From pesky pimples to stubborn suntan and scalded burns to indelible injury marks, skin woes are not something which is uncommon phenomena these days.
Skin is that organ of our body which is often paid least attention to resulting in the most complex skin related problems. It is an outer protective layer which fights against a host of environmental aggressors. Being a multitasker, skin performs a series of functions indispensable for the human body to function properly.
The six topmost tasks performed by the skin are:
1. Bodyguard – It offers protection providing a barrier from external forces such as harmful ultraviolet radiation and germs. The acid mantle present in skin is of utmost importance in the prevention of bacteria and the infection caused by them.
2. Raincoat – It acts as a barrier to water. Our skin cells need water, yet if the surface of our skin and the walls of our skin cells themselves would not have a “waterproofing” effect, all the water in our skin would evaporate following the demise of the cells.
3. Sponge – It absorbs things. Whilst the outermost layer of skin is designed to repel water, it can selectively soak oily substances as well that are small enough to penetrate in between the cells. To put it in technical words, the keratin creates a semi-permeable membrane which is why the patches of some medications perform as a delivery system.
4. Manufacturing plant – It synthesizes chemicals. Complex chemical reactions are on a continuous stride taking place in our skin to keep cells regenerating, repairing damage and even converting sunlight into Vitamin D.
5. Thermostat – It regulates our body temperature. When we feel hot, our skin cools our entire bodies by perspiring and also increasing blood flow, which allows heat to be lost through the skin. In opposition, when we are cold, the diameter of our blood vessels dwindles, which reduces blood flow, retaining heat in the body.
6. Switchboard – It transfers information. Nerves in the skin respond to discrete stimuli involving pain, pressure, touch and temperature by passing along information to the central nervous system.
Dry cracked skin is one of those innumerable skin problems we tend to suffer from. However, there persists a misconception that we are not vulnerable to dry cracked skin during summers. Sorry to burst your bubble folks but along with cold and wind, sun can also leave your skin dry and itchy. Read the causes of the same which are posing hindrance in flaunting of your smooth and silky skin.
· Harsh weather – Skin is, apparently, driest in winter when temperature and humidity levels drop. But in contrast, when temperatures soar being humidity levels low, then also it can cause dry skin.
· Severe heat – Central heating, space heaters, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces reduce humidity contributing to the dryness in skin.
· Hot showers and baths – Long, hot showers and baths are potential of drying your skin so is the frequent swimming, especially in heavily chlorinated pools.
· Rough soaps and detergents – Soaps and detergents strip your skin off moisture. Generally, it’s the deodorants and antibacterial soaps which do the more damage. Shampoos sometimes also dry out scalp.
· Sun exposure – Besides tanning, sun can also cause you dry skin and its harmful ultraviolet rays penetrate far beyond the top layer of the skin resulting in wrinkles and loose, saggy skin.
Find the following home remedies to heal your dry and cracked skin:
Glycerin is one of those wondrous products which spells magic on your skin making it soft and supple. It does not only have caliber of treating dry skin but also cures chapped lips. Take rose water and glycerin. Mix equal amounts of both to make a solution. Slather this liquid lotion all over your body every night before going to bed.
Needless to say, honey has been used extensively in skin care routine from primeval times. It is a natural humectant which keeps your skin moisturized. No product other than honey can combat dry skin as efficiently as it does. You need honey, beeswax pellets and olive oil. Melt the beeswax in a boiler and remove from heat. Add olive oil and honey to it mixing ingredients well to make a paste. Pour it into a sterilized jar before it solidifies.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil makes for the simplest and effective home remedy you can vouch for. It replenishes and locks the natural moisture of your skin leaving you with velvety soft skin. Coconut oil comprises fatty acids in plenty which compensate for any loss of moisture from the skin. Smear your body with the oil and leave it overnight to yield maximum results.
4. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is known for its healing, soothing and moisturizing properties. It serves as a nutritional healing product. It miraculously works on flaky skin sloughing away top layer constituting dead skin cells. Take an aloe leaf, cut it into two halves and extract out the gel. Apply a thin layer of the pure gel on affected areas of your body. If the gel gets absorb by your skin, there is no need to wash but if it is still sitting on your skin after 20 minutes of application, then rinse it off with warm water. You can also replace your moisturizer with aloe vera gel.
Yogurt, apparently famous as curd, constitutes of lactic acid which prevents dry and itchy skin. As it is made from milk, curd is a storehouse of proteins, calcium and other important vitamins. Yogurt helps in removing dead skin cells, tightening of skin pores, smoothing out fine lines, hydrating dry patches and providing much-needed shine and glow. Apply fresh yogurt all over your body and leave it for 10 minutes. Afterwards, wash it off.
The best thing about all the home remedies is you don’t have to put in many efforts, just open the cabinet of your kitchen and there you go. Arbitrary, there are some who like to straightaway invest in medicines. No worries! Herbal medication comes to the rescue because being natural is the way of life. You can seek expert’s advice and get the best herbal medication for your skin.
Herbal medicines are as old as the evolution of mankind. Unani, being one of the herbal cures, is a primeval medicine practised in the Middle East as well as South Asian countries. Unani is entirely a traditional treatment which heals the body without producing any side effects.
Hakim Suleman Khan is a globally acclaimed, award-winning, licensed herbalist, naturopath and founder of ‘ATIYA HERBS.’ Being a professional health practitioner, published author and dedicated researcher, Hakim Suleman has been striving hard since several years to provide rapid yet permanent relief, better symptoms’ control and root cause elimination to the ailing humanity without any discrimination of age, race, gender or religion.
Hakim Suleman has founded a unique herbal company called “Atiya Herbs” with state-of-the-art research, manufacturing, packing and marketing facilities. Atiya Herbs is widely recognized as a renowned herbal and naturopathic company of India which is being supervised and run by Hakim Suleman Khan himself.