Dry and wrinkled skin needs extra care and moisture. When the body does not produce enough oil to keep skin hydrated, the skin may appear dry, dull, or flaky. According to the Mayo Clinic, "it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles." MayoClinic.com also asserts that most dry skin is caused by environmental factors like extreme weather temperatures or excessive bathing. With some easy-to-create homemade remedies, you can control your dry skin and wrinkled skin.
The Honey Remedy
Honey is a natural beauty supply that has been used for dry and wrinkled skin for ages. According to BeautifulWithBrains.com, Cleopatra was an early fan of milk and honey baths due to honey's moisturizing properties. The website also provides the following list of benefits for honey as a skin remedy: its rich, thick consistency makes it a great moisturizer; it is a humectant (it keeps moisture in); honey causes the skin to retain moisture so it makes skin appear supple while smoothing dry, rough, wrinkled skin; the moisturizing properties of honey include antioxidants that protect the skin from the sun's UV rays which cause premature aging of the skin. Also, honey is known as an anti-irritant and an anti-bacterial. It helps calm and heal the skin. So if you are dealing with acne along with dry skin, honey is beneficial all around.
Cleansing and Exfoliating
Before moisturizing, it is important to gently cleanse dry and wrinkled skin and to remove dead skin cells to maximize your skin's ability to receive moisture. Add moisture to your skin, even while cleansing, so you don't strip your skin of natural oils, causing even more dryness.
First, cleanse with the homemade remedy suggested on BeautifulWithBrains.com: mix 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup liquid soap, and 1/4 cup glycerin. Apply to skin with fingers, washcloth, or sponge. Rinse with warm water.
If you notice your skin appears dull or flaky, exfoliate with the following homemade remedy: 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp finely-ground almonds, 2 tbsp dry oatmeal, and some lemon juice (or yogurt). Mix the ingredients. Massage the scrub onto your face. Rinse with warm water. Be mindful not to use hot water, as that can dry out your skin. Also, exfoliate when needed; if you find it irritates your skin, cut back on the frequency of exfoliation.
Moisture Mask and Oil
Use a moisture mask after cleansing and hydrating to add intense moisture back into the skin. The following homemade remedy for dry and wrinkled skin appears on BeautifulWithBrains.com: 2 tbsp honey and 2 tsp milk. Mix ingredients. Apply mask to your face. Leave on for ten minutes. Rinse with warm water. Your skin is now primed and ready for a leave-on moisturizer, if you so desire. The Mayo Clinic explains that oil is better than other moisturizers because it keeps water from evaporating from the surface of your skin. For a homemade remedy for a leave-on moisturizer, pick a natural oil such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil; begin with a dime-sized amount, rub into skin, and add more if necessary. Unless you have used too much oil, your skin will appear moisturized, but not oily.
Tarah Damask's writing career began in 2003 and includes experience as a fashion writer/editor for Neiman Marcus, short fiction publications in "North Texas Review," a self-published novel, band biographies, charter school curriculum and articles for various websites. Damask holds a Master of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Texas.