Now that it’s nice out, you’ll be spending a lot more time outside — gardening, dining al fresco, etc. — which will expose you to dry skin, bug bites, sunburns and more. Before you run off to the drug store for sprays and ointments, try these easy fixes.
By Ashley Vactor, iVillage.com
Solution: Here’s an awesome DIY recipe to soothe that boiling skin. You’ll need a 1/4 cup of dried milk, a tbsp of sea salt, and 2 cups of water. Simply combine these ingredients and apply them to your burnt areas with a cotton ball every hour or so. You can use a compress for the larger areas. It will help draw out heat and reduce the dreaded banana effect (you know what I’m talking about — peeling skin, ugh). You can also use undiluted apple cider vinegar to take away some of the sting.
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Problem: Bee Sting
Solution: Reach for meat tenderizer. It’s rich in papain, which is a digestive enzyme that helps break down the inflammatory proteins bugs leave in your skin. Mix a 1/2 teaspoon of tenderizer with just enough water to turn it into a thick paste, and then dab it on the site of the sting. Let it sit for five minutes. If the pain returns in a few hours, repeat the same steps.
Problem: Mosquito Bite
Solution: Take an oatmeal bath. Oats are rich in avenanthramides, plant compounds that naturally jumpstart the healing process and help reduce redness and itching symptoms. Make your own mix by grinding up 1 cup of instant oatmeal until it’s a fine powder and stir it into a lukewarm bath. Do this daily until you’ve achieved relief. Got a tick bite? Need a scrub after you’ve been at the beach all day? Check out our other DIY remedies for skin and bug-related woes. You’ll be good to go (back out) in no time.
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Problem: Dry Skin
Solution: Try a chocolate milk bath. Dark chocolate is preferred, as it is high in antioxidants and doubles as a great moisturizer for the skin. All you need is 1 cup of bubble bath, a 1/2 cup milk, and 60 grams (or about a 1/2 cup) of crushed dark chocolate. You bring the milk to a boil, stir in the chocolate until it melts, and let the mixture cool. Then, once the mixture settles, you mix it into 1 cup of bubble bath liquid. Use 1/2 a cup of the mixture for each bath and this should last you about four baths. Voila! Dry skin be gone.
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