Herbal Remedies for dry skin and wrinkles

Dry skin is more prone to premature ageing when compared to normal or oily skin. Dry skin generally lacks moisture, and hence the skin loses its suppleness and smoothness and tends to develop laugh lines, fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin generally looks dehydrated and shows signs of cracking or chapping, and fine lines tend to appear pretty early in life.

Dry skin gets even worse during change in climatic conditions and should therefore be kept well hydrated, by drinking plenty of water (a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses per day). It is better to stick to an oil-based cleanser for face wash and avoid the usage of soaps. Using a thick creamy moisturizer will help in sealing as much moisture as possible. It is suggested that massaging dry skin with musk rose oil or sweet almond oil at least twice a week during bed time is ideal for dry skin.

There are several herbal remedies suggested in Ayurveda for dry skin care.

Rose water and honey is to be taken in the ratio of (½ : 1) and applied on the face and rinsed after about ten minutes with lukewarm water. Honey is a good moisturizer and is safe and gentle enough to be used on a daily basis.

Apple (about quarter piece) could be peeled, grated and refrigerated. This could be applied for fifteen minutes and rinsed with cold water. Apple helps in soothing dry skin and gives it a wonderful glow.

A fine paste of one banana, papaya, peach or avocado could be applied and left to dry for twenty minutes and rinsed off with lukewarm water. This could be followed by moisturizing with natural vegetable oils or margarine. Aloe vera gel is excellent for soothing, moisturizing and healing of dry skin, in addition to removing dead cells.

Adding a few drops of oat extract or lavender oil to the water used for bathing and applying an aloe vera cream thereafter, helps dry skin and prevents wrinkles. Oil of Tea tree has the property of penetrating deep into the skin and helps in moisturizing and softening the skin. Adding one drop of this oil to any day or night cream could help in preventing wrinkles.

Also just massaging dry skin with a few drops of olive or almond oil could work wonders for dry skin.

Apart from the said herbal remedies, premature ageing and wrinkles can be reduced to some extent by making necessary changes in ones diet and lifestyle. One important step towards preventing appearance of fine lines and caring for your skin is drinking plenty of water, avoiding oily and spicy food, drinking fruit juices in plenty, drinking herbal tea with a few drops of lemon juice on an empty stomach and sleeping for minimum of seven to eight hours per day. Trying to avoid usage of air conditioners and room heaters as much as possible could help, because they tend to develop dryness in the skin. Finally, bringing in yoga and meditation to ones day to day life, and trying to remain calm and cheerful, will surely help delay the process of ageing, thereby preventing appearance of wrinkles.