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8 Home Remedies To Combat Dry Skin

8 Home Remedies To Combat Dry Skin

It’s wintertime, and there’s a good chance your skin is looking a little scaly. Cold weather can be very tough on your skin. As soon as the heat goes on, skin dries up. Low humidity during the winter, both inside and outside, enhances the drying effect, as does exposure to the colder elements of the season’s weather. Ready to try a few off-the-beaten-path home remedies?

Why Does Skin Dry Out in the Winter?

When your skin becomes cold, blood vessels that supply your skin become constricted. This reduces the amount of blood that goes to the skin, sweat glands, and other oil-producing glands in your body. As a result, the water content of your skin is depleted causing skin cells to become dry on both the inside and outside. While you may not feel as thirsty in the winter as you do the summer, it is important to stay hydrated. A regular exercise routine will help keep your skin hydrated year-round too.

8 Home Remedies To Combat Dry Skin

Try these 8 easy and inexpensive home remedies:

1. Potatoes. Grate 1 or 2 small potatoes and soak them in olive oil for twenty minutes. Place the potato/oil mixture on your dry hands, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse your hands to clean them of the potatoes.

2. Olive Oil. Dab a thin layer of olive oil all over your dry skin. This works well as a moisturizer. You can also try coconut oil, or avocado oil, which are excellent for the skin.

3. Honey. Honey works really well for chapped, cracked lips. Make a quick scrub by combining honey and some sugar to make a paste and apply it to your dry lips. Give them a light massage, then rinse. You can also apply honey to your lips in the evening and you’ll wake up to smoother, softer lips. Honey also helps soothe cracked heels and rough elbows.

A scrub made of honey and sugar can smooth dry lips.

4. Baking soda. Try adding a little baking soda to your dishwater. It is less harsh on your skin than commercial dish soap. Adding baking soda to a bath also does wonders.

5. Water. In addition to drinking it, try putting some water on your wood stove or regular stove to help raise the humidity in your home. Be sure to keep enough water in the pot.

Keep moisture in the air by putting on the kettle!

6. Douse while you’re still damp. Applying lotion or oil to damp skin is the best bet for retaining moisture. When you get out of the bath or shower, pat, don’t rub, to get rid of just enough water so you don’t leave a wet trail. Then rub on your lotion and work it into the skin. This will help seal in the moisture.

7. Go bananas! Mash a banana with a fork and apply as a thick coat on the affected area. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

8. Think natural. Instead of buying a moisturizer, try using Vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, or aloe vera for your hands and legs. Lavender oil is one of the best moisturizing oils, simply add a few drops to your bathwater. You can also dilute this oil in your regular moisturizers and use it.


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  • Laura Jackson says:

    Since I have extremely dry skin, when I shower I use a very tiny amount of soap and as someone else suggested, I don’t use it all over my arms, legs or torso. Using a wet and somewhat rough washcloth, I pour on a light, natural oil and rub all over to exfoliate my skin. Only patting dry to keep from dripping. Same for my dry hair, only using shampoo once or twice per week. In between, just a rinse and light leave-in conditioner.

  • Patricia Lellock says:

    Never use essential directly at 100%…They need to be mixed with a carrier oil first to the percentage desired …I use olive oil or coconut oil.

  • Diane Briscoe says:

    You can try shorter showers with not-as-hot water to avoid stripping off the skin’s natural oils. Also, using less soap, i.e. less on your arms…. (how dirty can they get?) Also vegetable-based soaps.

  • Chris W. says:

    When using essential oils, make sure they are therapeutic grade level. Otherwise, they are adulterated and toxic. This will cause serious effects on and in the body. I’m working on getting rid of all the toxic chemical cleaning agents I use in my home. These aren’t only drying to the skin, but are extremely bad to inhale as you clean.

  • Linda Estes says:

    I have asthma but I love lavender oil it doesn’t seem to bother me. all of those are great ideas.

  • donna says:

    most of your suggestions work, just can’t use the lavendar, it closes up the windpipe, not a good thing. when my daughter in law brought essential oils with lavendar in it for the grand daughter , it was aggravating my windpipe. what is in it..lavendar they said..oh no, can’t use it as my pipe was closing i had to use my rescue inhaler to breath. not a good thing for me, because of my sensitivity to strong smells. i would advise not to use it around children or grown-ups known to have asthma

    • Susan Higgins says:

      Hi Donna, good point. By all means, if you’re allergic to anything you want to steer clear of it.

  • Judy says:

    looking for natural remedy for very dry scalp

  • Amber Stawicki says:

    Never use essential oils neat. Always dilute to appropriate percentages for application based on age.

  • Betty Riordan says:

    Don’t waste that banana skin… rubbing the inside of a a banana peel on skin, also helps when you have dry skin!

  • Karen Siegel says:

    Argan whipped butter works well. Also cocoa butter is excellent. One thing to remember, don’t take long hot showers or long hot soaks in the bathtub. This will rob your skin of precious natural oil.

  • Carol Hansen says:

    Does the potato really help the skin, or is it just a vehicle to keep the oil there?

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