Are you kept awake at night due to excessive itching? Does your skin appear dry and irritated on a regular basis? Are you seeking some natural remedies to ease itchy skin? If you have answered yes to these questions then you’ve come to the right place! We all know how bothersome itchy skin is and for some it can be too extreme, interrupting their daily lives.
With a number of creams and lotions currently available it is often difficult and expensive making the right decision in a bid to ease our skin. What we really need is something natural and something that we can make at home. Below are 5 natural ingredients that are frequently used to ease redness, soreness and other problems associated with itchy skin.
Why do people get itchy skin?
Itches occur for a number of reasons, including:
• Allergic reactions
• Insect bites
• Bedding/clothing materials
• More serious skin conditions – such as dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.
5 ways of metaphorically ‘scratching that itch’:
1. Peppermint oil – this is a great way to ease itching combined with a base oil or lotion. Peppermint is frequently used to treat itching due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. As menthol is the key ingredient, it is designed to soothe, refresh and rid the skin of redness due to itching.
2. Oatmeal – simply sprinkling regular oatmeal into your bath can dramatically ease even the most severe forms of itching (including eczema and psoriasis). Adding milk to the mixture ensures that your skin won’t dry out and will result in suppleness. Oatmeal works because it contains a substance known as avenanthramides, which are well-known for relieving inflammation.
3. Lemon – when lemon is applied directly onto the skin the acid automatically soothes the skin. Both fresh lemons and lemon juice (in the small bottles) can be used to treat itching. Lemon also contains anaesthetic type properties, which are designed to numb areas of the body.
4. Juniper berries – are rich with anti-inflammatory substances. Combine juniper berries with cloves for the ultimate itching relief. Cloves numb nerve endings, which are associated with itching.
5. Aloe vera – if your itching is due to having tight, dry skin then aloe vera may be a suitable aid. Simply slice of a small piece of the plant and rub it on the itching skin. Not only will this ease the itching but it will hydrate your skin. Perhaps add a touch of moisturiser afterwards to ensure the skin stays supple and hydrated. Take care to only make use of the gel found in the leaves! Aloe vera is also great for treating blisters.
It always best to avoid itching the affected area as this will only result in broken skin, potential infection and further soreness. Scratching the area will only ease the symptoms temporarily so it is advisable to try out whichever natural ingredient is more suited to your skin type and needs. For more information visit your local dermatologist.
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