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Home Remedies for Dry Skin

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Dry and flaky skin is a common complaint in the winter time. Cold, dry winter air sucks the life out of silky, smooth skin. Other factors that contribute to dry skin include aging, nutritional deficiencies, and a genetic predisposition.

There are many lotions and moisturizers on the market to combat dry skin. But most of them come with a big price tag. Natural home remedies are not only cheap, but also quite effective in nourishing and hydrating dry skin back to a healthy state.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for dry skin.

1. Olive Oil

olive oil remedy for dry skin
Use Brown Sugar and Olive Oil Sugar Scrub on Dry Skin

Olive oil contains many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. It can soothe and condition dry skin all over your body.

  • Dab a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil under your regular moisturizer.
  • About a half an hour before taking a shower, rub some olive oil on your hands, legs and other areas with dry skin and massage lightly. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.
  • Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, four tablespoons of fine brown sugar, and one tablespoon of honey. Rub this homemade scrub on your dry skin using light, circular motions for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.

2. Milk Cream

The lactic acid present in milk cream helps exfoliate dry skin. The soothing nature of milk cream also helps preserve the skin’s delicate pH levels. Milk cream is also an excellent moisturizer.

  • Mix a few drops of lemon juice, one teaspoon of milk and two teaspoons of milk cream. Rub it on your hands and legs. Leave it on for a while before you take a shower. Do this once daily.
  • Add enough milk cream to three to four tablespoons of gram flour to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on your face, hands and legs. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do this once daily.

3. Milk

Milk has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that greatly help get rid of dry and itchy skin. Plus, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Also, it helps lighten your complexion.

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  • Soak a washcloth in cold milk and put the cloth on your dry skin for five to seven minutes. Gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. This way this natural moisturizer will remain on your skin. Do this every other day.
  • Add a few drops of rose water to four tablespoons of milk. Rub this solution all over your body. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash your body with cold water. Follow this remedy twice daily.

4. Honey

Honey is considered one of the best natural moisturizers loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties.

Thus, it helps lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. Plus, honey has many essential vitamins and minerals that help improve your skin’s health.

  • Before taking a bath or shower, rub honey all over your body and leave it on for five to 10 minutes. Repeat daily to enjoy well-moisturized skin.
  • Measure out equal parts of unprocessed honey, beeswax, and olive oil. Melt the beeswax in a small pan over low heat. Remove it from the heat and mix in the honey and then the olive oil. Apply this mixture all over your body and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then take a shower. Repeat daily or every other day.

5. Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent skin-hydrating agent. Plus, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry and itchy skin.

ypgurt remedy for dry skin

Also, its lactic acid content helps get rid of any germs or bacteria that may cause dryness or itchiness.

  • Apply fresh yogurt on your hands, face and legs and gently massaging it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then take a bath or shower. The mild exfoliating action of yogurt will remove dry skin and leave your skin refreshed. Do this once daily.
  • Mix one-half cup of yogurt and three tablespoons of mashed or blended papaya. Stir in a few drops each of honey and lemon juice. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this once a week.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is really good for treating dry skin. It has a good amount of fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin.

  • Liberally apply warm coconut oil all over your body before going to sleep. Wash it off in the morning. Do this daily to make your skin soft and smooth.
  • Apply coconut oil on your dry skin after you take a bath or shower. When the skin is warm and supple from your bath, coconut oil is more readily absorbed. Do this daily.

Home Remedies for Dry Skin was last modified: January 14th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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29 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Dry Skin”

  1. Please – warning if you have had your gallbladder removed and are still unable to eat ” fats”. Putting olive oil on your skin will cause havoc on your system.
    I am unable to eat fried foods or anything with oil in it unless it a super low amount and with other food.
    Olive oil I tried on my skin and had 2 days of issues ( not knowing what happened) then I remembered the olive oil on my skin I put for 2 days, well it was more severe due to the fact in got into my system slower and continuos. Be mindful.

    1. If you want moisture added and can’t use olive oil, try a new way: Add it to your skin & leave on for a short time. Then use a cool damp cloth to absorb excess oil.
      Sounds like you have a digestive disorder. Olive oil is a natural food – non allergenic. See your primary care doc and referral to a good G.I. Specialist. I have no gull bladder since 2006.
      Additional suggestion:
      GOOGLE NATURAL MOISTURIZERS. You can even make your own homemade concoctions, but; follow instructions from websites. Final thought:
      Perhaps you are on a medication that is taking moisture from your skin:
      Water pills.

    2. 100% cocoa butter stick! Cheap, easy to apply and works amazingly. I got dry skin and shaving makes it worse, but since using the stick, its been clear! Wal-mart. $3.00

  2. Correlation does not imply causation. If you are really worried that you can somehow eat via your skin, you should talk to your doctor before applying ANYTHING to your skin. After your doctor explains you can’t eat via your skin, you can resume applying lotions and oils. (This is why shampoo bottles, lotions, deodorants, etc don’t come with calorie counts and fat content on their labels.)

    1. The skin does absorb and metabolize what is on it. The opposite is an old school myth. This is why the patch is used to help people quit smoking. Also, pain reducers are administered through the patch because it works!

      1. You are so right!! Used a nicotine patch in the early 90’s to quit smoking. Information that was included with the patch did not say it could cause an overdose with only one patch. (21mg, 14mg. 7mg.) reducing nicotine weekly with lower dosage. I had a heart attack within a 24hr. period. The patch was too strong for my body weight. I should have sued the Pharmacitual Company that made those nicotine patches. Back then, I was just thankful is survived having a cardio infraction /
        heart attack. Every heart attack causes damage to a persons heart. Wasn’t told that back then either. (Doctors should tell us precautions to take &tell us what damage has occurred.)

  3. i will try the coconut oil method. I hope it will be effective, (with aging issue- 49). But a friend of mine suggested that I should take vitamin e aside from applying skin lotion/oil/ moisturizer.

  4. Olive oil is brilliant if you mix a couple of drops with your moisturiser or for extremely dry skin put the oil directly on to your skin .You can make a face mask with oats mixed with boiled water and then spread the cooled mixture on your face after 5-10 minutes wash off with warm water. Aloe Vera is great for getting rid of redness on your skin if like me you have super dry super sensitive skin then sometimes Vaseline is your safest option

  5. Coconut oil is natural and is good for dry scalp by following this method.

    Part the hair row by row apply the oil with a small brush along that row, then follow until entire scalp is oiled.

    Get a pure aloe vera shampoo and wash twice
    For shiney looking healthy hair rub a small amount of oil into the palm of your hands and rub into your hair thoroughly.
    Finally brush hair with a stiff brush.
    Do not artificial shampoo after this treatment.
    During winter always cover your head and keep warm as much as possible.

  6. My daughter had dry skin, it was so bad that her hands had cuts and she couldn’t hold a pen to write. She was given steroids and told it will take weeks to heal. she applied coconut oil and recovered within few days.

  7. Gram flour with milk cream helped me soo much..only once I have applied and I got rid of very bad dry skin..thank you so much for this tip ☺️😀

  8. Hi everybody! I have Sjogren’s’ Syndrome and it make my eyes and my skin extra extra dry i need urgent something really good for my face and my body and if someone know some natural and miraculous drop for my eyes i will apreciate it… the problem im allergic to nuts…
    Thank you 💮⚘🌹🌺🌼🌷🏵🌻 🌸

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