Home remedies for dry skin
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You are looking for, and just found, powerful and effective home remedies for dry skin. Is your skin getting really dry and starts to look a bit dull? Or did it start to look flaky and scaly and even started to itch?

If so, don't worry we got some amazingly effective home remedies for dry skin for you

Let's beat this dry skin together!

These powerful, effective and proven suggestions are here to help you. You will find the dry skin treatment that helps you get your soft and smooth skin back

Most ingredients for these home remedies for dry skin you probably already have at home somewhere in your kitchen or medicine cabinet. They are easy to apply and very powerful. And if you don't have them, most are very affordable or downright cheap, so nothing will stop you from getting the smoothest skin possible

First home remedies and prevention tips, then symptoms and causes of dry skin

Home Remedies for Dry Skin
Dry skin treatments

This part of the home remedies for dry skin are actual treatments you can use on your dry skin. Combined with all the things we will mention in the prevention part later on, this should clear you a clean path to a smoother and softer skin

Facial masks
Home remedies for dry skin

Masks as a dry skin treatment are extremely useful and have been in use for as long as we people can remember. You can apply them on your face or on basically any dry skin area as a body mask

First some masks that are made of ingredients that cleanse moisturize and rejuvenate your skin. We begin with very basic fruit or cucumber masks followed by some mixed and more laborious varieties

Home remedies for dry skin

Cucumber mask

Yes the world famous cucumber mask, we can't have a dry skin treatment list without this one. The cucumber contains a lot of water as you probably know and is therefore used to moisturize the skin. You can either put slices on the dry skin or grate the cucumber and apply this to the skin. Leave it for 30 minutes

Home remedies for dry skin

Apple mask

Apples do more or less the same than cucumbers but with the added bonus of cleaning and feeding your skin with healthy ingredients. It moisturizes the skin and makes it look shinier

Grate one apple or as much as you need and apply it on the dry skin. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off using lukewarm water

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Banana mask

For this dry skin treatment skin pack simply mash one banana, or as much as you need, and spread it generously on the dry skin. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes and splash it off with alternately cold and warm water

Home remedies for dry skin

Apricots & Olive oil mask

How much do you need:

  • 4 Apricots
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to do it:

Slightly warm up the olive oil, not too hot, you don't want fried skin...right? Mash the apricots and mix them with enough of the olive oil to make a paste. Apply it on your dry skin, lie down and leave it for 10 minutes. Then wash it off with alternately cold and warm water

Home remedies for dry skin

Avocado & Lemon juice mask

How much do you need:

  • 4-5 drops fresh Lemon juice
  • 1/2 Avocado

How to do it:

Peel the avocado and mash it, mix this with the lemon juice and spread the paste on the skin. Lie down, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then wash it off with alternately cold and warm water

Home remedies for dry skin

Avocado, Banana & Papaya mask

How much do you need:

  • 1 ripe fresh Avocado
  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 1/2 Papaya

How to do it:

For this dry skin treatment you mash and mix these fruits into a nice paste and apply it on your dry skin. Let it dry for 15 minutes then use alternately cold and warm water to clean it. Very fruitful and extremely effective dry skin treatment

Home remedies for dry skin

Milk & Honey mask

How much do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons dark organic Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Whole Milk

How to do it:

For this dry skin treatment first warm up the honey until it becomes runny (not too hot!) by putting it in a small glass or metal bowl which is immersed in hot water (or a few seconds in the microwave)

Mix the honey and milk and spread it over the dry skin. Lie down, leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with alternately cold and warm water

Honey is a natural humectant, that means it attracts moisture and keeps it where it supposed to be: under your skin

Home remedies for dry skin

Mustard & Honey mask

How much do you need:

  • 2 tablespoons Mustard
  • Whole Milk

How to do it:

Mix the mustard with enough milk to make a paste. Apply it on the dry skin. Lie down, leave it for 20 minutes and clean with alternately cold and warm water

Home remedies for dry skin

Egg yolk, Milk powder & Honey mask

How much do you need:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • Milk powder
  • Dark organic Honey

How to do it:

For this dry skin treatment make a paste with equal parts of these ingredients. Apply the paste the dry skin and let it dry for 10-15 minutes. Then wash your face alternating between cold and warm water

Home remedies for dry skin

Yogurt, Cucumber, Honey & Oatmeal mask

How much do you need:

  • Plain unflavored Yogurt, with active cultures
  • 2 tablespoon dark organic Honey
  • Cucumber
  • Oatmeal

How to do it:

Peel the cucumber and cut it into cubes. Put them in a food processor and mash it. Add enough of the yogurt, honey and oatmeal until you have a paste that is consistent enough so it will stay in one place without it running off

Apply to the dry skin, lie down and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash it off with alternately cold and warm water

This is one of the more complete dry skin treatments

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When you apply these dry skin treatments or facial masks to the face, always keep the area around the eyes clear

Lemon, lime and orange juice contain citric acid, which is basically a very useful ingredient in natural skin care. However if you use too much it can cause acid burns. So always be careful with what and how much you use. Also always do a patch test on a small piece of skin to see how your skin reacts

Relaxing and moisturizing baths
Home remedies for dry skin

Home remedies for dry skin

Oatmeal bath

Even as long as 4000 years ago people knew about the skin soothing properties of oatmeal. So it would be a crime against the history of home remedies to leave it out this list

For this dry skin treatment grind oatmeal to a fine powder, or if this is too much work you can buy the Aveeno variety, at your pharmacy. Take two cups of the grounded oatmeal and pour it into a lukewarm bath and enjoy

You can also put some of the ground oatmeal in a washcloth, tie it and use it to wash your body. It will immediately soothe your skin

Tip: Take a look at our homemade oatmeal bath page and see if you can find more ideas to pamper yourself

Home remedies for dry skin

Milk, Honey & Almond oil bath

If you want to bathe like Cleopatra you will have to fill your bath tub with milk. Ahh a tub full of milk is a bit too much... We understand. We have a good alternative: add 2 tablespoons of honey, 8.5 to 9 ounces (250 gr) of powdered milk and 1/2 tablespoon of almond oil to your lukewarm to warm (not hot) bath. For the purpose of smell you can add a few drops of your favorite perfume in it

Ease yourself into this royal bath and dream yourself into ancient Egypt or any other place you'd rather be right now. The ingredients of this dry skin treatment will work wonders on your skin

These are 2 of the most ancient and trusted home remedies for dry skin

Herbal home remedies for dry skin

Herbal Home remedies for dry skin

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is not only the herbal queen of skin care in general and for dry skin treatment in specific; this miracle cure is useful for almost every ailment you can imagine

She soothes, heals and moisturizes your skin. On top of that she also helps removing dead skin cells

Preferably you should use the fresh juice straight from the leaves. But since not everybody has an aloe plant in their garden or on their balcony you can apply aloe vera gel to the dry skin areas

Herbal Home remedies for dry skin

Chamomile, Lavender & Peppermint

For this fresh and fragrant dry skin treatment use these herbs in a facial sauna once a week

Take a pan or pot and fill it with 2 quarts (or 2 liters) of water. Mix equal parts of dried or fresh chamomile, lavender and mint leaves and add 4 tablespoons of this mixture to the water. Slowly heat it up until it starts to boil

Then put it in front of you on a table and hang over the pan at a comfortable distance so the steam can clean your face. You can close the "sauna" off covering your head and pan with a towel; this will make it even more powerful

Keep this up for 15 minutes, then splash your face with cold water like in a real sauna and gently pat your skin dry with a towel. To seal the skin off it is best to apply a natural moisturizer or oil

Herbal Teas

Regularly make and drink a tea with one of these herbs. These home remedies for dry skin will help clean your system and clear and revitalize your skin

Natural dry skin remedies 

Chamomile tea

Make a tea from 3/4 tablespoons of chamomile flowers in 1 glass of boiled water. Filter or strain it and enjoy, you can add honey or lemon to taste

Breaking Scientific News: Studies have shown* that chamomile relaxes and soothes and after drinking a cup or so it makes you wear sweatpants and sit back braless in a comfortable chair or sofa and read a good book. AMAZING what this little flower can accomplish!

*by me

Natural dry skin remedies 

Dandelion tea

Take 6 dandelion leaves (preferably leaves from young plants with broad leaves) tear them up and put them in a cup. Pour boiling water on it and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Then strain it. Dandelion has quite a bitter taste so adding honey to taste is a good idea

Natural dry skin remedies 

Peppermint tea

Bruise about 1/2 cup of packed mint leaves in a tea pot, add 2 tablespoons loose-leaf Chinese gunpowder tea or green tea and pour 4 cups of boiling water on it. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes and then strain it. You can add honey or lemon to taste

Natural dry skin remedies 

Oolong tea

Making a good oolong tea is considered an art form in Asia. We can only direct you a bit in the right direction to try and make a decent cup of fresh tea. Or you can follow the instructions on the package when you buy some in a good health or tea store

Use filtered water if possible, put it in a kettle and warm it up until it is between 190 and 203 degrees F (85 to 95 degrees C). You can tell when it is this hot just when the big bubbles start to come up. Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of oolong tea in a warmed up cup, pour the water over it and leave it for 3 to 4 minutes. Then enjoy your master piece, you're almost a master tea maker now

Ah yes don't throw away the leaves when you are finished. You can still make two or three cups of tea with the same leaves…and probably read your future in it

How to prevent getting dry skin
Home remedies for dry skin

This second part of the home remedies for dry skin, are basically preventative home remedies, these will hopefully keep your skin from getting dry again

First let's correct one misconception; the idea of drinking 7 or 8 glasses of water per day to get your skin re-hydrated is actually a bit nonsense. The water is good for you don't get us wrong, but if you are a normally hydrated person you will never fix your dry skin with drinking extra water

Now take a closer look again at the possible causes of your dry skin and see which elements you can influence. Now let's continue

First of course some Do's

Natural dry skin remedies (Do's)

Healthy diet

Most important is to start eating a balanced and nutritious diet with vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts; basically a normal healthy diet. It's the most basic dry skin treatment. Include things like:

  • apricots
  • carrots
  • eggs
  • garlic
  • quark
  • onions
  • asparagus
  • raw milk cheese
  • natural plain yogurt
  • leafy green vegetables
  • flax seed oil or any unrefined, cold-pressed oil
  • fatty fish like salmon (omega-3 fatty acids)

These foods are all especially good for a dry skin treatment and support your skin all for different reasons

Natural dry skin remedies (Do's)

Good soaps

Good ones to use for your face are: Cetaphil or Cera Ve, they have nondrying cleaning ingredients

The best dry skin treatment therefore in bath or shower is to use the fatty soaps instead of normal ones

Normally soaps contain a substance called lye and this irritates the skin

Soaps like Dove (which is scientifically not even a real soap but sort of a cold cream), Basis or Neutrogena are best for dry skin. They have stuff like coconut oil or butter, lanolin or cold cream as fatty ingredients. Basically any product with these ingredients should do. Make sure your skin feels soft and not tight after using these in the shower or bath

Natural dry skin remedies (Do's)


Humidifiers in the house can help, but only on a small scale. Next to your bed with the door closed will do the trick for the night, but a whole house is quiet difficult

Natural dry skin remedies (Do's)


This dry skin treatment is essential, moisturize your skin after each bath to keep the water in. It seals your skin off like the skin of an apple so to speak. First pat yourself dry (don't overdo it) and apply moisturizing lotion

We recommend the more affordable but nonetheless far superior moisturizers. They're not only cheaper they also work much better than most commercial moisturizers out there. You could use beauty aids like:

  • Bag Balm
  • Petroleum Jelly (e.g. Vaseline)
  • Corn Huskers Lotion
  • Udder Cream

Or any mineral oil like:

  • Sunflower oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Almond oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Extra virgin Olive oil
  • Baby oils 

It's a bit greasy we must admit but they are an extremely useful in treating your dry skin

To get some more great ideas for natural moisturizing recipes you should certainly go to our own

Homemade Moisturizing page

Natural dry skin remedies (Do's)

Sleep & Exercise

Get sufficient sleep and exercise a lot, this keeps your skin healthy. We're not sure about you but to us this sounds like a dry skin treatment we should use a bit more often...and not only for the skin

Then some Don'ts

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

No hot showers

Don't take such hot showers or baths; instead take a lukewarm shower or bath, lukewarm water will seriously hydrate the skin the most

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

Don't over-clean

We also have to inform you that, unless obviously necessary, bathing every day is not really necessary. According to almost all dermatologists we in the western world are the most over-washed, over-soaped and over-clean people around

Just to make sure you get the message: this is NOT good, over-cleaning is BAAAAD

Over-cleaning is almost just as bad as poor cleaning. Over-cleaning is responsible for a dramatic rise in all kinds of skin diseases. The reason is that you not only wash off the bad stuff but also all the good bacteria on your skin that are guarding you against all kinds of attacks from outside

So the advice is shower or bathe less often, for a shorter period (15 minutes max) or with cooler water and don't use that much soap. We support the message put forward by dermatologists:

"If it's not dirty, don't wash it!"

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

Avoid harsh soap

Another important dry skin treatment is to avoid the harsh and anti bacterial soaps or cleansing creams on your skin. Again theses also not only take the bad but also the good stuff from your skin

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

Watch your food

Avoid soft drinks, sugar, chocolate, potato chips, or other junk foods as well as alcohol and caffeine; these last two take fluids from your body which is a big No NO in dry skin county

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

Not too much sun

Don't get out in the sun too much or protect yourself good. Also in cold and windy weather protect your skin well with clothes and / or a protective fatty cream

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

Not too hot indoors

Try not to crank up the heat so much in winter; we know it's difficult but heaters of any kind dry out the air in your house or office and start to make your skin itch. So if you manage to keep your place a bit cooler it will definitely help

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

No synthetics

Try to avoid synthetic clothes and wear comfortable cotton clothing; it lets your skin breathe better and it prevents chafing. Wash the clothes with softener before wearing to make them nice and soft

Natural dry skin remedies (Don'ts)

Stop Smoking!

And finally, we know how this is going to sound but we are going to say it anyway: Stop Smoking! Smoking harms your skin. For one thing it keeps your skin from getting enough oxygen and nutrients which it so badly needs…and it's not healthy in general…there, we said it

Symptoms of dry skin

Well you are here looking for home remedies for dry skin, so we guess you got a pretty good idea of what it looks and feels like for you. But to be a bit more complete let's take a look at some general symptoms of dry skin

  • Skin feels a bit tight, especially after bathing, showering or swimming
  • You have a dull or dehydrated looking skin; it looks shrunken
  • Your skin feels and looks ruff instead of smooth
  • Your skin starts to look and feel flaky and scaly, sort of peeling off
  • Your skin also started to itch, sometimes even very seriously
  • Your skin started to show fine lines, wrinkles and cracks
  • Your skin is getting red
  • In cases of severe dry or seriously dehydrated skin, it is chapping and cracking and sometimes even bleeds

Normal cases of dry skin (xerosis) are uncomfortable and don't really look that attractive, but are generally not too serious. It can successfully be treated with all kinds of natural dry skin treatments or home remedies

For very serious and even chronic cases of dry skin you can start with the home remedies for dry skin. And keep an eye out for environmental factors which play a role in creating your dry skin. But you should contact your doctor or dermatologist for further advice

The symptoms and signs of dry skin also largely depend on your age, how healthy you are, where you live, how much time you spend outside or the underlying cause of your skin problem

Causes of Dry Skin

The most common causes of dry skin are:

  • Weather - For most people it is a seasonal, temporary problem. It happens mainly in winter. The temperatures and air humidity drop dramatically during this period, drying your skin or making an existing skin condition even worse. Or the other way around if you live in the desert, the high temperatures and low air humidity can also do a trick on your skin

  • Sun - This one is of course connected to the one above. The sun dries out your skin, nothing new; we all know that heat takes the water from your skin. But the UV rays also damage your skin deep inside. This leads to wrinkles and loose, sagging skin

  • Hot bath or shower - Too many hot baths or showers break down the protective lipid barrier in your skin. This barrier in your upper skin layer is meant to protect you from the sun, wind, hot and cold like the brick walls protect your house

  • Frequent swimming in chlorinated pools - The chloride does exactly the same to your skin as taking too many hot showers; it breaks down the lipid barrier of your skin leaving it open to the elements

  • Air conditioning, fire places & central heating - These usually very convenient appliances also dry out your skin by reducing the humidity level in your house or office

  • Harsh soaps and detergents - A lot of our modern day pretty harsh soaps and detergents do a good job at cleaning everything we want. But a nasty side effect is that they also break down the lipid barrier and dehydrate your skin. Deodorants, shampoos and anti bacterial soaps are the greatest culprits

  • Insufficient nutrition - When you don't get enough vitamin A, B and / or E your skin will also dry out even quicker. Generally when your diet is not in balance it will show itself also in your skin

  • Aging - One of the drawbacks of getting older is, as we all probably know, that the skin gets thinner, starts to wrinkle and get dryer. We have not found a home remedy against aging yet…we'll keep you posted

  • Underlying diseases - Diseases like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea or thyroid disorders also cause very dry skin. If this is the case you can use these home remedies but contact your doctor or dermatologist first before you start

  • Genetics - Your genes also play a part in getting dry skin; you can inherit the sensitivity for it from your parents. And also fair skinned people are more likely to have dry skin, especially when they get older

Final note

Remember that all people still are individuals just as all cases of dry skin can be different. What works for one person in one situation might not work for another. So don't despair if a home remedy doesn't immediately work for you, you can try another one probably with more success

The home remedies for dry skin we suggested should basically take care of the normal simple dry skin cases. If however these dry skin treatments do not work and they don't relieve your symptoms or if your symptoms worsen, contact your doctor or a dermatologist

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