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10 Home Remedies For Dry Skin That Will Leave Your Skin Feeling Silky And Smooth

10 Home Remedies For Dry Skin That Will Leave Your Skin Feeling Silky And Smooth

Dry skin is one of the most problematic (and annoying) skin types that we can have. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried tons of exfoliators that cost more than you expected to pay. Did you get results? Funny, neither did I. Dry skin isn’t something that you can just forget about, either. In serious cases, your skin will start to crack open and start to itch like crazy (ouch)! That’s not all, either. Dry skin can quickly turn into wrinkles and no one wants wrinkles (especially before their time).

Before you give up on moisturizers altogether, try some of these home remedies that we found to be great solutions to dry skin problems. These helped me a lot and I’m sure they’ll help you too!

Vanilla Body Cream

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    Mmm, who doesn’t like smelling like vanilla? If you’ve got a food processor (or blender), you’ll be able to whip this up in minutes. What you’ll need for this is:

    2 tbsp Shea Butter
    2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
    4 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
    1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Absolute Oil

    Place all of the ingredients in your food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth. Then, place the mixture into a glass (or plastic) jar.

    Voila! You’ve got yourself some amazing body cream that will work wonders on your dry skin. The ingredients above will make about 4 oz and lasts about six months. For the best results, keep this mixture in the fridge.

    Olive Massage Oil

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      Wait, what? Who wants to rub olive oil on their body? It might sound weird, but boy oh boy it works wonders. For this recipe you’ll need:

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      2 tsp 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
      1 to 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

      Mix these two ingredients and you’ve got yourself a date with smooth skin. This mixture can be used for a quick application or as a leave-in moisturizer. Make sure that you wipe off the excess oil with a washcloth if you don’t want to use it as a leave-in moisturizer. Otherwise, use a small amount on the affected areas and do not touch it until it’s dry. Be careful that you don’t use too much lavender, though! Too much can irritate your skin.

      Oatmeal Facial Mask

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        Oats aren’t just used for cereal and oatmeal. In high-end skincare products, you’re almost guaranteed to find oats as an ingredient. Here’s a quick recipe to make a moisturizing facial mask! You will need:

        3 tbsp Oats
        1 tsp Honey
        1/4 cup Milk

        For this recipe, you’ll need two tools: a saucepan and a bowl. Warm your milk over low heat in the saucepan and place your oats in the bowl. Be sure to not boil the milk! When the milk is warm, pour it over your oats, mix it together, and wait about 5 minutes before you add the honey.

        Once the honey has been applied, stir it up a bit more and apply the mixture on your face. Let it sit for about 20 minutes (listen to some mindful meditations while you’re relaxing) and wash it off with a washcloth. Oatmeal contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that will rid you of your dry skin as soon as after a few uses. Neat, right?!

        Sour Cream Facial Mask

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          Before you cringe and skip past this one, know this: sour cream has lactic acid that exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling smoother than ever. It might gross you out at first, but the end result will leave you wanting more. For this recipe you will need:

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          2 tsp Sour Cream
          3 tbsp Gram Flour

          Pour gram flour into a bowl and mix the sour cream in until it becomes a paste. Apply this to your face (or affected area) and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and feel how smooth your skin is. In order for this recipe to work to its fullest potential, apply it every two days.

          Honey Avocado Facial Mask

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            Mmm, mmm! Avocado is one of my favorite foods and it’s also one of my favorite skincare remedies! Avocados are jam-packed with Vitamins A and E, which helps your skin glow. It also contains natural oils that moisturize your skin! For this amazing recipe, you’ll need:

            1/2 Avocado
            1/4 cup Honey

            Thoroughly mash the avocado in a bowl, ensuring that you don’t leave any chunks behind. Add the honey and stir until the mixture is smooth. Apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and relax for the rest of the day. This is a great way to calm down at the end of a busy day and will leave your skin happy (as well as healthy).

            Yogurt Body Scrub

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              Yogurt is good to eat and apply to your skin! This recipe will leave your skin cells singing with joy. This is great for people who enjoy sugar scrubs over lotion. Store-bought sugar scrubs can be pretty rough on your skin, which will cause your dry skin to feel more irritated. With this gentle mixture, you’ll never have to buy another store-bought sugar scrub again. For this recipe you’ll need:

              3 tbsp Granulated Sugar (a good alternative is coconut sugar)
              1/4 cup Plain Yogurt (try using Greek Yogurt for a healthier glow)
              3 tbsp Honey

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              In a large bowl, add the yogurt and honey, and mix until well-combined. Next, pour in your sugar and mix well. Apply this scrub to the affected areas on your body, and massage it in a circular motion for about 2 minutes. Next, leave the mixture on your skin for about 5 minutes and rinse off with cool water. Yogurt contains lactic acid that exfoliates your skin, sugar removes any dead skin that was left over, and honey hydrates your skin. It’s a triple whammy, and it’s amazing.

              Egg Lotion

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                Alright, before you scroll past this one, hear me out. Eggs are packed with protein, which works wonders for your skin. Honey, castor oil, and olive oil will leave your face feeling soft, while ridding you of dry and flaky skin. Orange juice contains Vitamin C, which is known to get rid of blemishes. Try this out for yourself, don’t take my word! The results will leave you breathless. For this odd recipe you will need:

                1 Egg
                1 tbsp Orange Juice
                1 tsp Castor Oil
                1 tsp Olive Oil
                1 tbsp Honey
                1 tbsp Rosewater
                1 tsp Lime Juice

                Put all the ingredients into a bowl (minus the egg). Take your egg and separate the yolk. Place the yolk in with all of the other ingredients (toss the rest of the egg), and mix. Apply this mixture to your skin for 10 minutes and then hop in the shower to rinse it off. Your entire body will feel smooth, your dry skin will start to go away, and you’ll smell pretty darn good. This recipe will amaze you.

                Chocolate Facial Mask

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                  Mmmm, chocolate! Contrary to popular belief, chocolate is known to have amazing benefits for your skin! It’s known to leave your skin smooth, glowing, and softer than ever. Who said chocolate was just for eating, anyways? For this delicious recipe you will need:

                  5 tbsp Cocoa Powder
                  5 tbsp Honey
                  2 tbsp Maize Flour
                  2 tbsp Mashed Avocado

                  Grab a medium-sized bowl and mix all ingredients together until you have a smooth paste. Apply this to your face (or affected area on the body) and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and do this daily (before a bath or shower) to achieve optimum results. Your body will feel smooth and smell delicious. With this recipe, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Enjoy!

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                  Banana and Coconut Mask

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                    Are you sick of buying bananas only to throw them away three days later? Bananas have more than one use to them and are known to be an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. You’ll never want to toss out a banana again! Coconut oil leaves your skin smooth and shiny. This recipe is as good as it gets. You will need:

                    1/2 Banana
                    1 tbsp Coconut Oil

                    Mash the banana with a spoon in a bowl. Once it’s completely mashed, add the coconut oil, and stir until you get a creamy paste. Apply the mask on your face (or affected area) and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and relax. Doing this twice a week will ensure that your skin stays hydrated and smooth.

                    Mango Mask

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                      If you’re looking for something to moisturize your skin to the fullest, look no further. Mango is filled with Vitamin A, which moisturizes and hydrates dead skin. It can also heal flaky skin and rejuvenate dull skin. Olive oil is a great moisturizer and honey is nourishing for your skin. For this recipe you will need:

                      1 Mango
                      1 tbsp Honey
                      3 tbsp Olive Oil

                      Take the skin off of your mango and throw the pulp into a blender until there are no chunks. Add the honey and mix well. Finally, add the olive oil to this mixture and mix until you have a creamy paste. Apply this mixture to your face and leave it on for an hour. Rinse it off with warm water, and your skin will be thanking you. This is a great way to end a stressful day, too! Just put this mixture on, put on some calming meditations, and relax. You’ll be happy with the results!

                      What do you think about the list above? What’s worked for you in the past? Let us know in the comments down below! Be sure to share this article with friends and family members that suffer with dry skin, too!

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                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                      Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                      Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                      If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                      Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                      1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                      Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                      Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                      Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                      2. No Motivation

                      Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                      This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                      If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                      3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                      Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                      A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                      A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                      The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                      4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                      One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                      We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                      Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                      You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                      5. Upward Comparisons

                      Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                      The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                      These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                      Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                      6. No Alternative

                      This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                      Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                      Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                      Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                      7. Stress

                      As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                      When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                      We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                      If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                      8. Sense of Failure

                      People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                      Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                      Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                      If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                      9. The Need to Be All-New

                      People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                      These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                      10. Force of Habit

                      Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                      Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                      These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                      There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                      Reference

                      [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                      [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                      [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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