How to care for dry skin plus a DIY scrub recipe

Is your skin feeling like a raisin in the sun? Do you find yourself constantly applying lotion, but still feeling like sandpaper? If so, you may be dealing with dry skin. But don’t worry, we’ve got the recipe for a DIY sugar scrub that will leave you feeling moisturised and refreshed.

 

But before you get your hands dirty with a DIY recipe, let’s talk about what may cause damage to the skin and how to care for dry skin.

 

Cause of dry and damaged skin

 

First things first, let’s talk about what may cause damage to the skin. There are a few culprits that can suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving it feeling rough and flaky.

 

  • Cold/dry weather
  • Hot showers and baths
  • Harsh soaps and fragrances
  • Over-scrubbing or irritating the skin

The above are all bad for skin and can potentially cause it to dry out. Even certain medical conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can lead to dry skin.

 

So, how do you care for dry skin? The key is to keep it moisturised.

 

You can keep your skin moisturised by using natural scrubs, lotions, and gentle soaps that are formulated with nourishing ingredients. Such as our creamy Whipped Body Soap.

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Top tips to get hydrated skin

Protect your skin

 

With summer comes the heat, humidity, and sun. These can also be damaging to the skin, so be sure to keep your skin moisturised by drinking plenty of water and using sun protection.

 

In the wintertime, there are a few things you should keep in mind. For starters, avoid taking long, overly hot showers and baths. While they may feel great in the moment, they can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling even drier. Instead, opt for lukewarm water and keep your showers short and sweet.

 

Clean your skin

 

Another important step in caring for dry skin is to use a gentle soap. Harsh soaps can be incredibly drying, sowe recommend sticking to something that’s mild and nourishing, such as our Whipped Body Soap. And, when you’re done with your shower or bath, make sure to pat your skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing it.

 

Exfoliate your skin

 

Now, for the fun part – the scrubs! Scrubs are great for exfoliating the skin. Not only do they remove dead skin cells, but also promote circulation, unclog pores, and even out skin tone. And there are many options, like making your own or trying a pre-made one. Our Whipped Salt Sugar Scrubs are a delicious-smelling alternative packed with nourishing, skin-loving ingredients that are gentle and moisturising.

 

On their own, bath scrubs, and really any other type of exfoliant can be quite abrasive on the skin. So, when you’re buying one look for a product full of oils. This will leave skin moisturised, limiting the risk of skin irritation and breakouts.

 

Moisturise your skin

 

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Finish any skincare routine with a nourishing and calming moisturiser. We recommend choosing separate moisturisers for your face and body. Your body usually requires a richer more intense moisturiser, which may be too heavy for the skin on your face.

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How does a body scrub (or exfoliator) work?

How does a body scrub help care for your dry skin? Well, those delicious scrubby bits help to remove dead skin cells, which leave your body feeling soft, smooth, bright, and healthy.

 

As a product they’re relatively simple – but they have a long history.

 

The Ancient Egyptians were actually thought to be the first people who used them; a bid to keep skin supple and smooth in the desert heat.

 

For more information about the ins and outs of body scrubs, check out our blog How to use a Bath Scrub.

Bonus! DIY sugar scrub with coconut oil

Okay… you earned it! Here is a little taste of what your life could be like when you introduce a body scrub to your skincare routine.

 

This scrub is easy to make and is great for exfoliating and moisturising dry skin. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • a few drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)

 

To make the scrub, simply mix the sugar and coconut oil together in a bowl. If you’re using essential oils, add them in as well. Once everything is well combined, transfer the scrub to an airtight container and store it in a cool, dry place.

 

To use the scrub, simply scoop a small amount out of the container and massage it gently into your skin, focusing on rough, dry areas. Be sure to avoid sensitive areas like your face and the area around your eyes. Rinse off the scrub with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.

 

For best results, use your scrub twice a week or as needed.

 

No time to DIY but you want a high-quality scrub to come to your rescue? Raw Beauty Box Whipped Salt Sugar Scrubs are a delicious-smelling alternative packed with nourishing, skin-loving, gentle, moisturising ingredients.

Care for skin in summer (and all year round)

Let’s face it, dry skin is annoying. We hope that our tips have helped update your skincare routine to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.

 

Let us know if you try our DIY body scrub recipe or our Whipped Salt Sugar Scrubs. So, go ahead and take a dip in the tub, and let’s make bath time blissful!

 

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