Dry skin is one of the leading skin issues that we deal with regularly. The colder months of the year makes the issue even worse, as the cold air saps all of the moisture from our skin, leaving it feeling parched and raw. Here we’ve compiled a list of the top eleven home remedies to effectively treat and hydrate your dry skin.
1. Jojoba Oil Treatment for Dry Skin
First gather your essentials: 3 cups of warm water, a clean washcloth, and ½ teaspoon jojoba oil. Soak the washcloth in the warm water, then lay it over your face for 5-7 minutes. Remove the washcloth, then apply the jojoba oil to your face, in a circular motion. Allow the oil to sit for about ten minutes, then gently rinse off.
By warming the skin beforehand you’ll be opening the pores to absorb more of the oil and keep in in your skin instead of having it just wash right off. You can utilize this treatment one or two times every week.
2. Olive Oil Treatment
Combine 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil. Massage the oil mixture onto your face then remove the excess. Use it in small amounts as your daily moisturizer to nourish your skin, protect it from the sun, and soothe any inflammation.
3. Avocado and Honey Combination
Mash ½ of one avocado very well, then combine it with ¼ cup of honey. Apply the mixture to your face as a natural dryness-fighting mask, and let it sit for about fifteen minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Avocado is rich in vitamins A and E which help hydrate and plump your skin, and honey has long been used as a natural moisturizer; this results in a dynamic duo that can be used once or twice every week to nourish your skin.
4. Banana and Coconut Mask
Thoroughly mash ½ of one ripe banana and stir in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Once it looks like a smooth paste, apply it to your face and let sit for about twenty minutes. Rinse the mask off with cold water.
The healthy fats in coconut oil combined with the nutrients in a banana will help satiate your thirsty skin, especially when this mask is used weekly.
5. Almond Oil
Using a sterile glass bottle, combine 20 mL of almond oil and 2-3 drops of geranium oil, and mix well. You can use this every day in place of your normal moisturizer. The geranium oil in this concoction may also help treat skin inflammation (which can help with the appearance of acne) as well as eczema.
6. Castor and Olive Oil Combination
Combine and warm 3 teaspoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of castor oil. Apply the oil mixture all over your face, then gently lay a warm washcloth over your face. Let this set until your skin has absorbed all of the oil.
Cold, dry air naturally strips the skin of its natural moisture in the form of oil, so this mixture helps to replenish the skin and can penetrate deeper than most other combinations.
7. Chocolate Pack
Sorry, this doesn’t mean you get to eat a whole package of chocolate. Instead, combine 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 5 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of maize flour, and 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado; mix the ingredients thoroughly until they make a smooth paste. Apply it to your face and let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. This treatment can be used daily and will help give you healthy, glowing skin.
8. Mango Mask
Take the pulp of one ripe mango, and place it in a blender or food processor until it’s mashed up. Take 1 tablespoon of the mango mush, and combine it with 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. After all ingredients are mixed together well, apply the paste to your face and leave it to sit for a whole hour before rinsing it off.
Mango’s abundance of vitamin A will help not only moisturize your skin, but improve your overall complexion as well. You can use this mask 3-4 times per week.
9. Lime Juice with Mustard Oil
For dry skin in areas other than the face (elbows, heels) dip a lime slice in some mustard oil and apply the mustardy lime to the area. This mixture will exfoliate and soften the hardened areas of skin.
10. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is extremely effective at locking in the skin’s natural oils and moisture, and thus can be used all over the body wherever you have dry skin.
11. Vitamin E Oil
You already know that vitamin E is great for your hair, nails, and skin, so it makes sense that vitamin E oil would also work wonders for your dry skin. Be warned that this oil is a little thicker and greasier than others, so a good use for it is to apply it to dry hands or feet before bed, then wear socks or gloves through the night to avoid a mess.
Although many of us deal with chronic dry skin, especially during the winter months, it is not an insurmountable obstacle in life. These remedies listed above are hands-down the most effective at treating dry skin from your face to your feet.