Whether you’re coming out of a brutal winter, living in an area with a dry climate or recovering from drying face soaps and other skincare products, there are many reasons why people get dry skin. Nutritional deficiencies can also be a reason, which is why it’s important to eat hydrating foods.
Here are some of our favorite natural home remedies for dry skin, found right in our kitchens.
(Caveat: always do a patch test first, in case you have any allergic reactions.)
- Milk cream
This is a wonderful exfoliant, as milk cream contains lactic acid. The creaminess also makes this a soothing moisturizer.
In-use: Mix two teaspoons of milk cream, 1 teaspoon of milk, and a few drops of lemon juice. Rub it on the dry parts of your body and let it sit for about 15 minutes before you take a shower. Do this once daily.
Definitely get milk if your skin is itchy! Its anti-inflammatory properties and lactic acid will exfoliate and get rid of that dry itchy skin. Milk also does a great job of keeping in moisture.
In-use: Take 4 tablespoons of milk and a few drops of rose water. Rub the mixture all over your body and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Do this 1-2 times daily.
The humectant properties in honey make it one of the best remedies at locking in moisture, keeping your skin soft and smooth. Honey is also packed with nutrients, antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that will improve your skin’s overall health.
In-use: It’s a sticky situation, but it works. Rub honey all over your body and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before taking a bath or shower. Do this once daily, or every other day.
The fatty acids and antioxidants found in olive oil are excellent for your skin, as it soothes and moisturizes.
In-use: If only your face is dry, dab a thin layer of olive oil under your usual moisturizer. If all of your skin is dry, make a body scrub. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Massage the scrub into your body for a few minutes before you take a bath or a shower. Do this once daily, or every other day.
5. Coconut Oil
The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, as well as the fatty acids, are what make coconut oil a powerful remedy for dry skin.
In-use: Put warm coconut oil all over your body before you to go sleep. Wash it off in your morning shower. Do this once daily.
6. Avocado and Honey
We already know the great benefits of honey with dry skin. When you couple this with avocado the results are that much more impressive. Avocado is rich in Vitamins A, E, and natural oils that are nourishing for your skin.
In-use: Take ½ avocado and mash it up in a bowl. Take ¼ cup of honey and add it to the avocado, mixing it together. Gently apply to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Do this 1-2 times a week.
Isn’t it incredible just how much we have at our access? We only need to walk into our kitchens to get everything we need for smooth, soft skin.