Natural Remedies: Dry Skin Relief

Looking for home remedies to relieve dry skin? Here's the skinny.

Winter's low humidity and harsh conditions can do a number on your skin, leaving it flaky, itchy, and dry as an old bone. If you don't want to look like a desert tortoise, take a few precautionary measures:

  • As soon as you get out of the shower or tub, while your skin is still damp, slather on the moisturizing lotion.
  • Choose a lotion brand that has petroleum jelly or lanolin high on the ingredients list.
  • Don't go outside in any season without using SPF of at least 15 on your face and hands.
  • Try adding lemon juice or vinegar to your bathwater. Soap, being highly alkaline, may make your skin feel itchy.
  • To soften dry skin, add 1 cup powdered milk to your bath. (It worked for Cleopatra.)
  • Avoid steaming hot water or lengthy immersions, which will strip your skin of its natural oils.
  • Wash gently. Vigorous scrubbing can further irritate sensitive skin.
  • Forgo skin products that contain alcohol, which is drying.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. –Samuel Ullman

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I normally get very bad dry

By Sarah'sNice on April 9

I normally get very bad dry skin in the winter. But I have also get dry and ashy skin right after I take a shower. I tried many different products but they don't seem to work. But I found something that works and works great. They are bath bombs. I was made aware of them from a friend. I now buy them exclusively. There is a company that I tried and seem to be loaded with oils and butters. They are called Simplyorganico.com they also sell soap that do not contain any chemicals. Which are also great for the Skin. Try it you will feel the difference. Simplyorganico.com

2 days ago my legs and feet

By elanie kotze

2 days ago my legs and feet started itching so bad that I'm not getting any sleep... I also don't have a breakout witch is a bit weird.... I've tried everything from moisterizer to bathsalts... I realy have no idea what to do anymore and I'm getting to the point of wanting to rip my skin of my body.... Please help.

Try soaking in a warm (not

By Almanac Staff

Try soaking in a warm (not hot) oatmeal bath for at least 10 minutes. Oats act as an anti-inflammatory and soothe the itch. Add about 1 cup of finely ground oatmeal to your bath. If the itching persists, it may be time to see your doctor. The cause could be internal, rather than external.

Stuff like vaseline and baby

By BettyBeGood

Stuff like vaseline and baby oil seal in moisture, but don't allow the skin to breathe. I've always used olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil for my skin and face, which were all nice, but then my husband surprised me and gave me a full body massage with this product he bought online called Yume Blush. It is made completely from plants and fruits. I've never used anything like it. I love it because it has made my body so ridiculously soft, and I can use it everywhere. Plus, it's edible and tastes better than candy! Really enjoyed your article, made my husband give me a milk bath..lol

What about baby oil? Would

By Bernadine Harmon

What about baby oil? Would it help? Why or why not?

What about baby oil? Would

By Bernadine Harmon

What about baby oil? Would it help? Why or why not?

My favorite remedy is using

By jesmarluk

My favorite remedy is using raw cold pressed (unprocessed) coconut oil. In warm temps, it's liquified. In cool temps, it's hard. I rub it in my hands and spread it on my face, hair and all the rest of me. I love coconut oil for it's wonderful versatility. It's wonderful for cooking. Tastes great, smells heavenly and feels so so good on the skin.

Will it help shaving the

By wendymbrown

Will it help shaving the legs? Today, is the 1st time ever of using coconut oil but on the jar it says to aplly to hair and skin and remove in an hour---is that totally necessary? I have a real BAD problem with sking being way too dry and ingrown hairs all over my legs. Thank You

My favorite moisturizer taken

By Bj Tuininga

My favorite moisturizer taken from living with Italian neighbors, is good old fashioned olive oil. Their secret to beautiful complexions comes from that tiny little fruit. I even use it on my face. A little goes a long way. In the long run it is a lot cheaper then all those chemical and petroleum based products. I put some on a cotton square and remove my make-up with it as well.

I make a scrub of sugar and

By annieisnice

I make a scrub of sugar and olive oil for my extremely dry skin. It feels wonderful! There are no exact measurements. About a cup of each in a coffee mug, heat it up for a few seconds, works great. Be sure to scrub out the tub immediately after because it's slippery ;0)

I understand the resistance

By Debbi Esvelt

I understand the resistance some people have to using petroleum on their skin but the truth is that plain old Vaseline is quite moisturizing--my oldest friend with the most beautiful skin uses a dab of Vaseline with the same amount of olive oil mixed in the palm of her hand for face cream! She wouldn't dream of leaving the house in winter without a protective layer of Vaseline on her face! Gorgeous skin! Some of the softest hands I know are hands that are in some form of motor or engine oil for work--I can't imagine it's healthy, but it moisturizes for sure!

PLEASE NOTE.....this article

By dschoeben

PLEASE NOTE.....this article says to avoid products containing alcohol. Do the research - most products for moisturizing that contain alcohol...it is not drying as believed. There are many forms of alcohol, most of which are made from plants and are very moisturizing. Please know what types are drying and which are not. Stearyl alcohol for instance is a fatty alcohol which is moisturizing and not drying. Isopropyl alcohol is drying because it is a solvent. I have never seen this listed as an ingredient in anything other than some cheap hairsprays.

Petroleum (petrolatum) on the

By dschoeben

Petroleum (petrolatum) on the other hand robs your skin of moisture. It is common sense. Would you soak your hands in gasoline to moisturize them??? I think not! Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil wells

Not only sensitive skin

By L R 7

Not only sensitive skin benefits from this; Pick up a variety of home crafted natural soaps that don't use synthetic ingredients (including colour or fragrance). Most store-bought products of every kind (even food) are made from, or include, petro-chemical by-products. Avoid things that list 'fragrance'. A dangerous chemical reaction in synthetic ingredients can create 'Phthales' and they aren't required to list it. -Yipes! Look that up.

I use light vegetable oil on fingertips to remove stubborn makeup (remove contacts first), and tissue off the excess oil, (without rubbing); then wash with a nice warm facecloth. A scant lather of natural soap may be needed to remove heavier oils around eyes.

Natural oil soaps are lovely and gentle on skin and last a LONG time when not left in water. I have found that avoiding products with petro-chemical ingredients has solved a few problems I had experienced for years!

I've found a natural skin cream that contains Beeswax, Sweet Almond oil, Witch hazel, Vitamin E, and a little Lavender oil. I also apply Sweet Almond oil directly to my skin as a moisturizer. It's very light and goes a long way. I have to share this food-grade oil with friends. Visit the folks at your local farmer's markets. You just might meet a neighbour or 2 with a table of goods you love! Amazingly(?), natural solutions usually solve the problem better, and at a lower cost than synthetics. :)

Can we have the name of that

By Bev Sessoms

Can we have the name of that skin cream? Thanks

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