Dry skin: 7 home remedies that provide moisture

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Home remedies have a reputation as sustainable helpers for minor ailments because they are natural, inexpensive and already available in the kitchen. But can they also be used as cosmetics? What carrots, coconut oil, bran, etc. can do for dry skin, which plagues many people.

If you suffer from dry, cracked skin, you don’t have to immediately resort to cosmetic products: home remedies can also work wonders. Whether as a face mask, peeling or bath additive – these natural care products can be used in many different ways.

1. Quark: Classic home remedy for dry skin

Quark is a classic home remedy. It can be used as a compress for mild sunburn. Dairy products such as quark or yoghurt are also effective for very dry skin. calming and soothingbecause they moisturize and relieve feelings of tension.

Their lactic acid bacteria are also said to anti-inflammatory There is little scientific research into all of this, but it is probably not for nothing that Quark & ​​Co. have had a long and successful career as a household remedy. It is best to try it out for yourself.

Tips for Quark

  • Quark and cucumber are considered a dream team for dry skin. For a rich facial mask, grate half a cucumber, mix with two or three tablespoons of quark and leave on for around ten minutes.
  • If, despite all precautions, you do get a mild sunburn, compresses with curd, buttermilk or yoghurt will provide relief for the stressed skin.
A real classic for dry skin: Quark face mask with cucumber

A real classic for dry skin: Quark face mask with cucumber (Photo: CGissemann/Shutterstock)

2. Carrots: skin care with vitamin A

Every child has probably heard that carrots are good for the eyes. But the colorful beets are also said to have positive effects on the skin. The key factor here is the beta-carotene that carrots contain in abundance, a precursor to vitamin A (retinol).

This strengthens the immune system, regulates growth and new cell formation, stimulates collagen production and keeps skin and mucous membranes healthy. Vitamin A is also known as Skin protection vitamin and is an ingredient in many skin care products. If you want to do something good for your skin but don’t feel like nibbling on several carrots every day, you can make a facial toner out of it.

Tips on carrots

  • To make the facial toner, juice two organic carrots, then massage into the skin and leave for around 20 minutes. Then remove with a damp cloth. It’s even quicker to use store-bought carrot juice.
  • Caution: With regular use, the skin may discolor slightly.

3. Honey: Moisturizer for dry skin

Sweet, delicious and natural. Honey is a great food product, but it also has a lot of potential for skin care. And there is probably a jar of it in almost every kitchen – apart from vegan households.

Bee honey, when applied externally, antibacterial, soothing and anti-inflammatory – and is therefore a proven home remedy for dry skin and chapped lips. It is a natural moisturizer and its acidic pH value stabilizes the skin’s protective layer.

Tips on honey

  • Apply some honey directly to chapped lips, leave for ten minutes and then dab with a cotton cloth or pad.
  • Quick, sustainable facial scrub made from household remedies: Mix some coffee grounds and honey with a few spoonfuls of olive oil.
  • A vegan alternative to honey is maple syrup.

ÖKO-TEST has tested honey brands in the laboratory – read more in: Honey in the test: dirt and pesticides in well-known brands

You can also make a face mask out of honey in no time.

You can also make a face mask out of honey in no time at all. (Photo: Shutterstock/Baryla)

4. Wheat bran: Good for body and skin

Rich in minerals, fiber, trace elements and vitamins: With its ingredients, wheat bran could easily become a superfood. But the “waste product” from flour production also has a lot to offer when applied externally.

For example antioxidant compounds such as ferulic acid, vitamin E or alkylresorcinols. These protect the skin cells, promote wound healing and enjoy a reputation among manufacturers of anti-aging cosmetics as radical scavengers that counteract premature skin aging.

Bran also contains polysaccharides such as pentosan or beta-glucan, which bind a lot of moisture and protect the skin from drying out. It is suitable for dry and sensitive skin but is also good for babies who have sore skin, such as Diaper dermatitistend to. If you buy wheat bran, it is best to choose regional organic products.

Tips on wheat bran

  • Wheat bran is an inexpensive bath additive: for a full bath, put about 100 grams of bran into a cotton bag – less for baby baths – and hang it in the stream of running bath water.
  • For dry skin, mix a facial mask with one tablespoon of wheat bran, two tablespoons of buttermilk and one tablespoon of wheat germ oil.

5. Coconut oil: care for dry feet, elbows, etc.

Almost too good for the kitchen: Coconut oil is a natural and richly nourishing household remedy, especially for dry skin. Due to the high content of saturated fatty acids – especially lauric acid – coconut oil provides the skin with a lot of humidity and supports them in the Re-greasing.

The delicately scented fat is absorbed quite well into the skin, but remains largely on the surface, making even dry or cracked skin on the feet, elbows and knees soft and supple. Lauric acid, which makes up about half of coconut oil, also has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect – and can therefore help with minor skin imperfections and irritated skin calm.

However, if you tend to have oily, very impure skin, you should only use the oil sparingly on your face, as it also has a comedogenic effect. This means that it can clog the pores, which in turn promotes the formation of blackheads and pimples. When buying, make sure you buy virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil – preferably in Organic quality – because it contains more of the high-quality ingredients than heavily processed and highly heated products. It is also the better choice in terms of social and ecological aspects.

Tips on coconut oil

  • Since coconut oil only melts at around 25 degrees Celsius, first warm half a teaspoon of it in your hand and then massage it in.
  • Coconut oil is a good substitute for makeup remover because it also removes waterproof makeup like mascara. After a short exposure time, remove the residue with a cotton pad.
  • Mix a teaspoon each of coconut oil, honey and yoghurt: This makes a face mask for dry skin in no time. Leave on for around ten minutes.
Avocado may be good for the skin – but for environmental reasons it is hardly recommended.

Avocado may be good for the skin – but for environmental reasons it is hardly recommended. (Photo: Shutterstock/popcorner)

6. Avocado: Healthy for dry skin

The fatty berry of the avocado tree contains everything that is healthy – and also benefits dry skin and makes it soft and supple: starting with many unsaturated fatty acids, minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, vitamins A and E and antioxidant acting secondary plant substances.

Avocado is particularly rich in lutein, a carotenoid that protects plants from light damage – but also has a positive effect on the skin. Its oils and fatty acids such as linoleic or palmitic acid also smooth cracked skin, provide it with moisture and support the Wound healingVitamin E (tocopherol), which is contained in many skin care creams, has a strong antioxidant effect. It protects the skin from free radicals, improves the ability of the stratum corneum to bind water and reduces moisture loss from the skin.

Sounds like the perfect home remedy for dry skin. But from an ecological point of view it is more of a problem. On the one hand, growing avocados requires a lot of water – especially in regions that already suffer from water shortages. On the other hand, the exotic fruit travels long distances in refrigerated containers.

Despite all its benefits, we can hardly recommend avocado as a cosmetic home remedy in good conscience. However, if you chop up the green superfood into a bowl every now and then, you can treat yourself to the other half of the fruit for your skin.

Tips on Avocado

  • For a face mask, puree half a ripe avocado and mix in a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of curd.
  • If you eat avocado at all, then it should be organic.

7. Aloe vera: cooling moisturizer

Even great-grandmother had one of the prickly desert lilies on her windowsill and swore by its healing powers for minor wounds. To do this, she cut a slice from the thick, fleshy leaves of the aloe vera and pressed the gel it contained onto the affected area of ​​skin.

For minor injuries, this still works in the same way today. Nevertheless, you should use the cooling and moisturizing home remedy on your own only very dosed Because the top layer of the leaf shell contains aloin, a substance suspected of causing cancer.

It is therefore not advisable to use the prickly plant on a large scale to treat dry skin; it would be better to buy appropriate cosmetic products. Apart from that, the aloe on the windowsill might not grow back quickly enough.

Aloe vera gel has a moisturizing and cooling effect. However, it should only be used sparingly.

Aloe vera gel has a moisturizing and cooling effect. Nevertheless, it should only be used sparingly. (Photo: Shutterstock/Momentum studio)

Tips on Aloe vera

  • For home use, only apply aloe vera to small areas of skin. To do this, squeeze or scrape the gel out of the cut leaves.
  • We last tested aloe vera gels in 2020: The result: We can recommend many products. There is criticism especially for aloe vera gels that contain PEG compounds. Read more about this here: Aloe vera gel in the test: How good are the gels from dm, Rossmann & Co.?

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