Skin Drying Agent

Although dry skin isn't usually something to be desired, there are instances when the use of a skin drying agent is necessary. Some mountain climbers and those with excessively oily skin for instance may find that a skin drying agent is just the thing to restore the formerly healthy condition of their skin.

There are many different types of skin drying agents commonly used today. Some of the more familiar ones are:

Using Epsom salt

Epsom salt is made from magnesium sulfate crystals. This product has a number of applications, and it has been used anything from health and beauty regimens to house cleaning, gardening and of course, as a skin drying agent.

Although Epsom salt has been used in some form for hundreds of years, there is very little published information dealing with its effects on humans. What is known is that the magnesium and sulfate contained in Epsom salt can be absorbed into the bloodstream with prolonged exposure. When used as a skin drying agent, Epsom salt is commonly applied locally. Epsom salt is a particularly effective skin drying agent for many skin and nail conditions.

Apple Cider Vinegar as a drying agent

Apple cider vinegar is a very effective skin drying agent, and it has the advantage of being totally natural and safe for use on even sensitive skin. One other benefit of this particular skin drying agent is that it removes some of the oil while retaining the natural softness and suppleness of healthy skin. When used for this purpose, apple cider vinegar may be mixed with water if the vinegar proves to be too harsh for the skin.

Clay masks for drying skin

Certain types of clay may also be effective skin drying agents. When packed into a mask, clay effectively removes dirt and excess oil from deep within the pores of the skin. Clay masks can either be made at home from all natural ingredients, or they can be bought from drugstores or department stores. An effective skin drying agent can be made by combining fuller's earth and rose water in equal measure, and applying the resultant mixture to the face for 10 to 15 minutes.

Other skin drying agent options

You can also make a skin drying agent by combining 1 tablespoon of brewer's yeast with 2 tablespoons of yogurt. After leaving the mixture on the skin for 5 minutes, it can then be washed off and the skin rinsed with tepid water.

Yarrow has been used as a skin drying agent around the world for hundreds of years. Particularly effective in drying excess oil from the skin, Yarrow tea can be made by simply by mixing 1 teaspoon of dried yarrow herb in 1 cup of water. After steeping the mixture for 15 minutes, the tea can either be used to wash the face, or it may be drunk just like any other tea.

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