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Dry skin is very common. for some people, it is their natural skin type and they frequently have problems with dryness, flaking and irritation. For others, dry skin results from one or more factors, such as cold weather, wind, sun, malnutrition, dehydration, harsh products and similar.

Each skin type has its own particular problems. For example, oily skin is more prone to acne. Dry skin, on the other hand, is also often sensitive and prone to allergies. Dry skin feels tight and stretched, tends to peel of or flake, forms white or red areas and develops wrinkles faster than other skin types.

For most people, the basic solution for dry skin comes in form of moisturizing creams and lotions, both for the face and the body. Those who prefer natural solutions can try one of the many homemade masks for dry skin.

Dry skin masks

Great soothing and moisturizing facial masks can be easily made at home, using ingredients found in any kitchen. Certain ingredients, such as honey, are particularly beneficial for dry skin and they are used in many of these masks. For example, honey can be combined with another amazing moisturizer- avocado. One smashed avocado mixed with three spoons of honey should be spread all over the face except for the eyes and left for 15 minutes before rinsing.

Oatmeal is also great for dry and sensitive skin. One half of an apple, mashed and mixed with some honey and oatmeal, makes a very good but also appetizing facial mask.

Honey can also be mixed with milk, another beneficial ingredient. The two should be mixed until a thick paste is formed and the mask is then applied to the face for ten to 15 minutes.

Yet another facial mask for dry skin can be made from one mashed banana and two tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Unlike previous masks, this one is not safe for eating too.

Two tablespoons of butter mixed with two spoons of water will leave the skin feel moisturized, smooth and elastic, but it is important to rinse this mask well, otherwise the face will stay greasy.

Those who wish to add a nice glow to their dry and dull skin should try a mask made of thick milk cream, one teaspoon of rosewater and a pinch of turmeric.

Egg yolk is also great for dry skin. It is best if combined with just a few drops of olive oil and stirred but not battered, until it forms a thick paste.

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