Q I suffer from severe dry skin on my face and forearms. How can I get rid of scaling?

A Dry skin is a sign of lack of moisture in your body and it requires ample amount of water and oil. There are simple things you can do to ensure your skin stays smooth and soft.

Avoid taking hot water baths, use a light moisturiser on a daily basis and ensure you moisturise your skin before bed every night.
Apply a sunscreen with high SPF before going out in the sun.  Mix rice powder with curd and use it as a facial scrub once or twice a week. Apply this and rub gently into the skin in circular motion, specially on the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash with water. Do not apply the scrub on pimples, acne or rash.

Mix honey and lemon juice in equal quantities and apply it daily on the face. Wash after 15 minutes with plain water. This will also help to remove tan.

Twice a week, apply a face mask. Mix three teaspoons of oatmeal with a teaspoon each of honey, curd and lemon juice, or egg white. Apply on the entire face, avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash after half an hour. This will also help to remove tan over a period of time.

By not scrubbing the affected area too hard, you are saving the superficial layer of your skin.