Dry skin is where the body doesn’t produce enough oil (sebum). It can be itchy, flaky and uncomfortable. Not what the doctor ordered and definitely not helping that attractive look you want for heading out for the evening.
This article sets out what causes dry skin and some of the best natural remedies to eradicate the issue! But before we show you how to get rid of dry skin naturally, let’s first see what causes you to suffer from it.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Dry skin can be caused by a number of different things. So in order to get rid of dry skin, you need to figure out what’s causing it in the first place. Studies show that the top 8 reasons are as follows:
- The weather! When winter starts to arrive, the humidity in the air also drops. This ends up leaving skin dry. Consider a humidifier when indoors. When leaving the house – make sure you keep your body covered against the elements! According to Linda Stein Gold, MD, “once the weather starts to change, I see patients coming in complaining of dry, itchy skin,”
- Hot showers. Most people like a hot shower but it can actually do your skin more harm than good. It removes the natural oils in your skin which in turn create a dry edge to the skins surface. Consider turning that temperature down and keep it short! Don’t be excessive!
- Irritants. Fabric softeners, washing up liquid, hand wash….all of these things contain certain ‘irritants/detergents’ which can affect the skin. Consider using the fragrance free, sensitive skin options to try and minimise this as an issue.
Scrubbing your skin is actually known to enhance dryness….so don’t be harsh on your skin.
Consider a nice soft facecloth or better still your hands!Consider leaving your skin slightly moist and moisturise at that point.
Unfortunately this one is difficult to stop! As you get older your skin is less resilient and can automatically become dryer.
Consider using a rich cream to compact the signs of ageing.
Elemis has an award winning cream specifically for dry ageing skin. http://www.elemis.com/pro-collagen-marine-cream-ultra-rich.html
It’s important to use the correct soap. Some can steal the moisture in your skin and therefore encourage dryness!
Consider using a delicate and fragrance free soap.
- Drying off with a towel
This might sound silly but if you are too rough with the towel after a nice bath, you actually end up taking the moisture away.
Sometimes dry skin is a symptom of a disease. This clearly needs to be treated by a doctor and may be solved by a medication of some sort. Eczema, diabetes or psoriasis can have dry skin symptoms.
Consider seeing your doctor if you’ve tried some of the other suggestions above and you’re not seeing any improvement.
So you know the causes…but what about some home remedies for dry skin? What can you do from the comfort of your own home to help mitigate the affects of dry skin?
Well look no further! We’ve done some research and found some of the top natural remedies for dry skin.
Natural Dry Skin Remedies
Essential Oils For Dry Skin
Our first remedy combines a number of different options. Essential oils are great for a number of different reasons but the key is for their ability to stimulate growth of new cells. They therefore can break down and remove dead skin cells (predominantly where the skin is dry) and replace them with new soft and supple skin.
Essential oils help balance the production and soaking up of the skins oil. They contain many anti inflammatory properties which help reduce any redness and itchiness which dry skin create. They can help reduce the risk of any wrinkles, encourage new skin growth and rejuvenate the skin. They contain a number of anti ageing oils. So they are always worth a try.
Some of the better oils are noted below, but please be aware this is not an exhaustive list!
Coconut oil for dry skin
Coconut oil is known for being an excellent remedy for dry skin. In countries where coconuts are available it it common for them to spread the oil on their skin as a protection against the sun’s UV rays.
Coconut oil is made up of the following:
- Saturated fats
This helps skin stay smooth to the touch. Creates an even tone. Reduces the appearance of pores.
- Capric acid
Strong disinfectant to help mitigate acne break outs. Also an energy enhancer so can be good before a workout!
- Vitamin E
Prevents premature ageing. Promotes healthy skin growth. Repairs wear and tear of the skin. Helps skin stay smooth and soft and works like an anti-ageing cream
Keeps skin healthy and revitalised. Enhances cell recovery.
To use coconut oil for dry skin, place it in your hands and rub on the damaged area.
Remember not to over apply this oil. Only a small amount is needed to ensure you reap the rewards of its beneficial qualities.
If you over apply, your skin could become oily so use sparingly.
Olive oil for dry skin
Olive oil is not only great in the kitchen! It is also a super treatment for dry skin. It has plenty of nutrients which attracts moisture to dry skin. It is known as a great moisturiser and general stimulant for the body’s wellbeing.
Olive oil contains antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin K and other anti-ageing properties.
To use the olive oil, place it in your hands and rub onto the damaged area. As with coconut oil, do not over apply this oil as it could create an oily skin problem instead!
You can also ingest this oil but again sparingly. A tablespoon on a daily basis is more than sufficient on a salad or something else of your choosing.
Almond oil for dry skin
There are 2 kinds of almond oil. The bitter almond oil and the sweet almond oil.
Both of the oils are good for the skin and work as a great lubricant during a massage.
However, bitter almond oil is used as a scent and therefore is not encouraged for use on the face.
Sweet almond oil is great at preventing acne break outs and reducing the effects of dry, irritated and flaky skin.
Almond oil contains antioxidants, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin B. It also contains proteins and other saturated fats.
Heat the oil until warm to touch (being careful not to burn yourself!). Apply to the face in a circular motion for 10 minutes.
Wipe off the oil with a towel. Wash your face with cold water and pat dry.
Flaxseed oil for dry skin
Flaxseed oil contains fatty acids which are high in omega 3 like alpha-linolenic acid. This and other chemicals are known to reduce inflammation.
Omega 3 fatty acids are extremely important for normal body and skin function. They protect the skin by encouraging the production of the skin’s natural oils. This therefore encourages soft and supple skin and reduces the risk of it drying out.
Add the oil to your salad and add to a smoothie. Alternatively, apply (sparingly) to the affected area before bedtime. Massage into the face. Blot dry and leave overnight.
Face Masks For Dry Skin
There are many different face masks that you can use as a home remedy for dry skin. We’ve chosen just one for this article. Our favourite. Banana’s.
Banana for dry skin
Banana’s are fabulous. Not only are they healthy and nutritious for your body, but they are also a wonderful part of a beauty regime.
Banana’s are filled with vitamins and nutrients which help delay any sign of wrinkles!
Banana’s contain Vitamin’s A, B and E along with some potassium. Vitamin B helps reduce any dry patches on the skin. Potassium also does a similar thing by hydrating the skins cells.
So what do you do? Mix a banana to a thick paste type consistency. Apply to your face for about 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Natural Scrubs For Dry Skin
As with face masks there are many different natural scrubs that you can use as a home remedy for dry skin.
Natural scrubs are a great exfoliator. They get away dead and dry skin and encourage new skin growth. They provide a soft and supple result which feels wonderful to touch. It also helps reduce the ageing process so you’re look younger for longer!
Remember when making your own scrubs to use the best ingredients you can. It goes without saying that as you’re planning on putting it on your face, you don’t want to cut costs!!
A natural scrub should be used 2-3 times a week. No more.
So without further delay… The recipe for our chosen scrub:
Mix together 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of sea salt, a tablespoon of lemon zest and 2 drops of grapefruit oil. Wet your skin and massage gently all over your body in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly. Tap dry. Moisturise on damp skin.
If you decide you don’t want to make your own we recommend Green Keratin’s Coco Bamboo Exfoliating Scrub. It provides a smooth and silky texture to your skin after use and is filled with natural coconut oil bamboo stems. It really is the closest to a natural remedy!
With a luxurious cream and a lovely fragrance it really is worth a try.
Milk For Dry Skin
Milk is rich in a number of nutrients. The benefits are vast. It contains a huge amount of vitamins (namely vitamin A and B6 and B12 to aid dry skin), biotin, proteins, lactic acid, potassium, calcium magnesium and selenium! The list does go on!
It nourishes the skin and helps keep it moisturised. It can gently exfoliate the skin and help reduce acne. It can soften skin and remove dry cells. It really is worth a try and most people have it in their homes! So no excuses.
It is also a very simple recipe (even we can do it):
Soak a cotton ball in milk and blot over the dry skin areas. Leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with cold water.
Milk cream for dry skin is also an option. Use in the same way as above!
Yoghurt For Dry Skin
Similarly to above, plain yoghurt is a healthy part of a balanced diet and also can be part of a great beauty regime.
Yoghurt is packed with nutrients such as zinc, lactic acid, calcium, and a number of B vitamins. All of these make it a great natural remedy for dry skin.
Apply to the skin and leave to dry, for approximately 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Pat dry.
Aloe Vera For Dry Skin
Aloe vera is an amazing agent for soothing sunburn and dry skin. Aloe Vera is common within many creams and is renowned for it’s numerous healing qualities. In particular, it contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, minerals, vitamins, zinc, magnesium and much more.
Aloe vera can prevent infections within dry and cracked skin. It can heal the skin using it’s anti-fungal elements. It can repair skin and encourage new skin growth. It creates a smooth complexion and a healthy glow. It has been a highly recommended serum for decades.
Rub the gel of the aloe vera plant into your skin every morning and night. Use as part of your daily routine. Cleanse and tone your skin first and follow with a good moisturiser.