32 Home Remedies for Dry Skin

Dry skin problem is inevitable, especially in winters. No matter, how expensive moisturisers you use, you still can’t get over the problem of dry skin, sometimes. Dry skin in winters is normal, but people suffer from this problem due to many other reasons too. Therefore, instead of relying on those chemical-based cosmetics, it’s better to try these home remedies, which really work in order to treat the dry skin.

Causes

  • Cold weather
  • Heredity
  • Use of harsh soaps
  • Air conditioning
  • Bathing with hot water
  • Excessive sun-exposure
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Psoriasis

Symptoms

  • Dry and rough skin
  • Flaky skin
  • Itching
  • Red patches

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

1. Avocado Mask

Avocado is an excellent home remedy to treat the dry skin as it is rich in natural oil, which can make the skin soft and smooth all day long. Take a ripe avocado and make puree out of it. Now, mix it with 2 teaspoons of curd along with ½ a teaspoon of honey. Put this mask on your face or any dry part of your body. After 10 minutes, wash it off with water.

2. Olive Oil and Castor Oil 

To bring a soft and smooth texture to your skin and remove its dryness, you can try a mixture of castor oil and olive oil. Blend three parts of olive oil with one part of castor oil. Apply this mixture on the face and on other parts of your body where the skin is dry. Now, immerse a clean washcloth in hot water, and then, squeeze it. Now, place this cloth over the body parts where you have applied the oil mixture. Let it remain until it cools down. Repeat this at least 2-3 times till your skin feel soft and smooth.

3. Honey

Rub some honey all over your face and body and sit for 10 minutes. Then, take a shower. You will come out with a soft glowing skin, which will remain glowy throughout the day.

4. Warm Milk

Mix 1-2 teaspoon of almond oil in a glass, full of tepid milk. Take it before sleeping at night. This will make your skin oily and nourished from within while preventing its dryness.

5. Oatmeal

Give an oatmeal scrub to your dry hands and legs before going to bath. It will make your skin soft and smooth.

6. Egg & Oil

Mix 1 egg with a teaspoon of honey along with ½ teaspoon of olive oil, and also add little rosewater. Put this egg and oil mixture on your face for a few minutes. Egg is a conditioning agent, which will make your face soft and supple as ever.

7. Bananas

This is a tried and tested remedy to treat a dry skin. Take a ripe banana and mash it properly. Apply it as a mask on your face to remove the dryness. Banana acts as a moisturizer while making your skin glow with a shiny smoothness.

8. Chocolate Mask

Give your skin a chocolaty texture by applying a chocolate mask. You need to make a mixture of 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado and about 4 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture on your face and body in order to have a soft and glowing skin as it will also help to reduce marks and blemishes from the skin.

9. Mango

Take a fully ripe mango and mash it. Now, mix a teaspoon of mashed mango with a teaspoon of sugar. Use this mixture to exfoliate your skin as a pre-mask. Now, take the rest of the mashed mango and mix it with 3 teaspoons of argan oil. Apply it on your face and leave it for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse it off. Mango is soothing for the skin while it also softens it.

10. Almond & Milk Pack

Take 3-4 almonds and soak them in milk for a night. Next morning, crush the almonds to form a paste. Apply this paste at night before going to bed and leave it. Rinse it off the next morning to get a soft glowing skin.

11. Baking Soda, Oatmeal & Vanilla

Mix together some baking soda, vanilla extract, as well as oatmeal to form a paste. Mix this paste in a tub of lukewarm water. Soak in this water and get rid of the dry skin.

12. Vinegar

This remedy is especially useful for dry hands. Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them. Now, apply some vinegar and leave it overnight.

13. Baby Lotion

Apply baby lotion as a moisturizer on your skin as it is free from harmful chemicals unlike other moisturizers, which are used by adults. Baby oil is one of the best moisturizers that can be applied to heal dry and rough skin. You can add a teaspoon or 2 of baby oil in your bath water for a long-lasting smoothness. You can also apply glycerine oil or petroleum jelly to have a soft skin.

14. Natural Soaps

Have bath with natural or homemade soaps to keep away from dry skin in winter. You can try lavender, orange or sandalwood soaps, which are not only beneficial to the skin, but are also not harsh to the skin as they are chemical-free.

15. Coconut Oil

Massage your body with coconut oil before going to bathe, to have a soft skin. Coconut oil has excellent conditioning properties. It also nourishes dry and damaged skin.

16. Apply Yoghurt

Add a teaspoon of honey in some curd along with some lemon juice. Yoghurt is a great home remedy to treat dry skin as it nicely nourishes the skin while leaving it soft and supple.

17. Aloe Vera

Slice an aloe vera leaf and apply its fresh gel on your face. Aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer while it also keeps the skin free from certain infections due to its healing properties.

18. Papaya

Prepare a fruity mask by mashing a slice of papaya, 1 banana and 1 avocado. Apply it on your face and let it remain for about 15 minutes. Papaya is one of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of dry skin as it also helps in eliminating the scars.

19. Milk Cream & Lemon Pack

For dry skin on face, take a teaspoon of fresh milk cream and mix ¼ teaspoon of powdered turmeric as well as some lemon juice to it. After applying it on the face, let it remain for about 15 minutes. Then, gently massage it for about 5 minutes and rinse it off. It will leave your skin soft and glowing than ever before.

20. Cucumber

Cucumber is very good for skin as it is a natural moisturizer, as well as also acts as a skin-lightening agent. Grate a cucumber. Now, spread it properly on the face. Let it be for half an hour. Repeat the remedy every day for about a week until you notice a substantial difference.

21. Olive Oil & Egg Yolk

Take two egg yolks and beat them properly. Now, mix them up with a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply this mixture all over your body. It will prevent your skin from drying up as the Vitamin A content found in egg yolks will prevent your skin from shedding.

22. Almond Oil

Almond oil is an excellent skin-softener and a very good source of Vitamin E, which is an important nutrient for skin care. Due to its non-greasiness, you can readily apply it over your face if you have extra dry facial skin. Use it as a moisturiser, and massage it for about 5 minutes.

Note- This remedy should be avoided if you are allergic to dry fruits or nuts.

23. Epsom Salts or Dried Seaweed

You can also soak in water containing Epsom salts or dried seaweed. This will help in the removal of dry skin cells, thereby leaving your skin soft and smoother than before.

24. Egg Yolk & Milk Powder

Take an egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of milk powder and ½ teaspoon of honey. Now, mix all these together and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 20-25 minutes.

25. Curd & Fruit Moisturiser

Yes, a fruit works excellent in treating dry skin. Mash some papaya, avocado and banana and mix a tablespoon of curd in it. Now, dampen the skin of your face with a wet tissue and then, apply this mixture while rubbing it in a circular motion. Let it remain for 10 minutes. Afterwards, wash off.

26. Beeswax Moisturizer

You’ll need 1 ounce of beeswax, 4 ounce of almond oil, at least 10 drops of Vitamin E oil, a double boiler, and Vanilla essential oil.

Put beeswax, Vitamin E oil and almond oil into the double boiler and heat them up, till they melt properly. Once they are totally melted, put them off from the heat. Now, mix Vanilla essential oil along with 1/8 cup of water in it. Stir for about 10 minutes. Finally, pour the mixture into a plastic bottle or jar and keep it at room temperature so that it solidifies. Your homemade beeswax moisturizer is ready to use.

27. Honey & Milk

Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of milk and apply it on the face and neck.  Let it be for around 20 minutes, and then, rinse it off with tepid water. This will leave your skin well-moisturised.

28. Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is good for treating dry and flaky skin. Rub sesame oil all over your body before you go for a bath. This will make your skin supple.

29. Homemade Pack

Take 4 tablespoon of wheat flour. Mix a teaspoon of mustard oil and half teaspoon of turmeric powder in it. Add water to make a paste of these ingredients. Apply this paste on your face, and let it dry for some time. Use lukewarm water to wash it off.

30. Glycerine, Rose Water & Lemon Juice

This is a proven home remedy used for the treatment of dry skin, especially in winters. Glycerine is an excellent moisturiser, which locks up the moisture while keeping the skin moisturised for a long time. You just need to mix a tablespoon of glycerine, a tablespoon of rose water along with a tablespoon of lime juice and apply it on your body and face.

31. Lavender Oil

Add a few drops of lavender oil in your bath water to moisturise your body.

32. Brown Sugar

Mix some brown sugar with olive oil or coconut oil. You can also add honey to it. Rub this mixture all over your body in a circular motion before having a shower.

Preventive Measures to Avoid Dry Skin

  • Avoid hot showers in winters and use lukewarm water.
  • Use mild soaps or body washes, and facial cleansers.
  • Apply body lotion on your damp body. This will keep the skin soft for a long time.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will hydrate your skin while avoiding dryness.
  • Don’t drink alcohol as it causes dehydration.
  • Don’t smoke.

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