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Natural Remedies for Flaky and Dry Skin

Dr. Irfan Ahmed Kakezai

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Having a dry and flaky skin can be a real pain. Spending fortune on products that claim to moisturize your skin and make it oh-so baby soft doesn’t seem like a wise choice most of the times especially when they show limited or no results. Self-care is vital but then what is the best way to take care of your skin, make it look flawless and that to without having to visit expensive spas or buying products that are full of chemicals? Nature is always there to the rescue. There are a few natural ingredients that restore your body moisture, are cheap and obviously totally chemical free. Here are some natural remedies for flaky and dry skin that can help you get rid of the flakes, keep your skin hydrated and help you get that flawless skin that you have always wanted.

1- Olive Oil

Olive oil is the best way to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Olive oil is an anti-oxidant and has essential fatty acids that keep your skin healthy and glowing. You can use it no matter where you are. Here are a couple of ways you can use it in efficiently.

  • Add a few drops of olive oil to your favorite moisturizer and use it every day
  • Apply a few drops of virgin olive oil to your skin; hands, feet, arms and take a warm shower and apply your favorite moisturizer post-shower
  • Here is an amazing homemade scrub that you can use to make your skin baby soft and moisturized – Mix 4 Tbsp of brown sugar with 2 Tbsp of Olive oil, massage it on your skin before you take a bath
2- Coconut oil 

Coconut oil can aslo be used to solve your dry skin issues. It can help raise the quantity of fats on your skin along with imporving its hydration.  This can be used as petroleum jelly to treat flaky skin without worrying about safety issues.

Coconut oil has also been proven to have certain fatty acids that give them mositurizer qualities. Applying coconut oil on your skin make it smooth and glowing.

3- Milk

Milk has anti-inflammatory qualities, and the lactic acid helps exfoliate the dry skin. Milk also helps your skin to retain the moisture and lightens up your complexion. Here are a few ways you can use milk in the more efficient manner to help get rid of the dry and flaky skin.

  • Soak a cloth in milk and put it on your face for 10-15 minutes and then wash your face with lukewarm water; it will keep the moisture in and also help with lightening up your complexion
  • Add a couple of drops of rosewater to 3 Tbsp of Milk and gently apply it to your skin. Leave it for 15 minutes and take a cold shower

You can also use the cream as an alternative. It helps to maintain the natural PH levels of the skin and give your skin the glow that you have always desired.

4- Honey

Honey is said to be one the most effective and active ingredients to restore the skin’s moisture. It is your best solution to most skin related problems, especially if you have dry skin. All you have to do is to apply honey to your skin, leave it for around 10 minutes and then just take a shower. It is as easy as that and without having to use any chemicals that bring more harm than good to your body.

5- Moisturizing on damp skin

You should moisturize when right after you shower or take a bath. This is because moisturizers work to concentrate the moisture on your skin to make it smooth. Applying your creams when the skin still has residue moisture can help make them work it.

6- Oatmeal bath

Oatmeal is a new ingrediaent that can be used to treat flaky and dry skin. Research has found oatmeal to have properties that treat inflammation and provide anti-oxidants to the skin, meaning they can aid with drying skin.

An oatmeal bath simply contains dried oatmeal mixed into water in which you can wash your body. You can also apply oatmeal creams to help deal with flaky skin.

7- Aloe vera

Applying aloe vera gel to the areas of dry skin and covering these areas for some time can help provide relief from dry skin. You can easily do this when you go to bed at night.

If the flaky skin exists on some other part of your body, you can simply apply a lot of the gel and allow to get abosored by the skin to achieve good results.

Hope you find these natural remedies effective to relieve dry and flaky skin issues. Also, remember that if you need professional consultation for any skin related issues, you can book an appointment with a top Dermatologist in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Multan through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your skin-related concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Irfan Ahmed Kakezai - Author Dr. Irfan Ahmed Kakezai is a Dermatologist and Cosmetologist. He has an MBBS, M.D, P.hD (Derm), and CHES (USA) degree along with an experience of 25 years. He is also a member of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). Dr. Irfan Ahmed Kakezai practices as a Dermatologist at Bayview Hospital, Online Video Consultation, and Park Lane Hospital and charges 2000, 2000, and 2000 respectively.
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