Top 20 Home Remedies For Dry Skin On Face March 8, 2017

Dry skin giving you trouble?

I know how annoying that can be! Out of the numerous skin types, dry skin is easily the most problematic. It needs constant and regular moisturizing.

It is time to stop wandering the aisles at the beauty store as we have compiled a list of the best home remedies that will make your dry skin go away. Here’s how to use these remedies to make your skin soft and glowing again.

Natural Remedies For Dry Skin On Face

  1. Jojoba Oil Therapy
  2. Olive Oil Massage
  3. Sour Cream Face Mask
  4. Honey Revitalizing Balm
  5. Oatmeal Moisturizing Mask
  6. Rejuvenating Avocado And Honey Pack
  7. Coconut And Banana Mask
  8. Gentle Yogurt Scrub
  9. Almond Oil Moisturizer
  10. Olive And Castor Oil Moisturiser
  11. Egg Mask
  12. Chocolate Pack
  13. Besan Pack
  14. Mango Pack
  15. Ghee
  16. Milk
  17. Lime Juice And Mustard Oil
  18. Coconut Oil
  19. Vitamin E Oil
  20. Glycerine

Shall we begin with Simple Homemade Solutions For Your Dry Skin Troubles?

1. Jojoba Oil Therapy

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You Will Need
  • 3 cups warm water
  • Washcloth
  • ½ teaspoon jojoba oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the washcloth in warm water and place it over your face. Keep the washcloth on for five to seven minutes, and then remove it.
  2. Massage the jojoba oil into your skin using gentle, circular motions. Keep at it for about 10 minutes
  3. Let the oil soak in, and then wipe off the excess oil with the washcloth.
How Often Should You Do This

This should be done once or twice a week.

Why This Works

The structure of jojoba oil closely mirrors that of sebum, your body’s natural oil (1). This makes jojoba oil an excellent moisturizer for every skin type. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your skin (2).

Caution

The water should not be too hot; else it can scald your skin.

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2. Olive Oil Massage

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 drops lavender essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the lavender and olive oils.
  2. Massage the concoction into your skin, and wipe off the excess oil with a washcloth. Alternatively, you may use a small amount of it as a leave-in moisturizer.
How Often Should You Do This

The olive-lavender oil combination can take the place of your regular moisturizer and can be used daily.

Why This Works

Olive oil has moisturizing properties, which nourish your skin. The presence of polyphenols in olive oil also helps counteract the damage caused by the Sun (3), (4). Since time immemorial, lavender oil has been used to treat a multitude of skin conditions. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which help with itchiness and irritation caused by the dry skin (5).

Caution

Lavender essential oil can cause skin irritation if it is used undiluted or in large volumes.

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3. Sour Cream Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons gram flour
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the sour cream to the gram flour to make a paste.
  2. Cleanse your face and apply the mask. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

You may use this homemade mask for dry skin on alternate days.

Why This Works

Dryness can cause your skin to turn flaky. The lactic acid in sour cream gently exfoliates the dead skin cells and moisturizes your skin, making it smooth and supple (6).

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4. Honey Revitalizing Balm

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons beeswax pellets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Remove from heat and add the olive oil and honey to it. Mix well so that all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Pour into a sterilized jar before it solidifies.
  4. You can add two tablespoons of orange juice for added skin cleansing benefits.
How Often Should You Do This

This is an intensely moisturizing balm that can be used daily if your skin needs extra fortification.

Why This Works

Traditionally, honey has always been an important part of skin care. It is a natural humectant, so it keeps your skin moisturized (7). There have been numerous studies on the benefits honey has to offer. One research conclusively proved that honey, when used along with beeswax and olive oil, can help combat dry skin and conditions associated with it (8).

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5. Oatmeal Moisturizing Mask

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You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ cup milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Warm up the milk in a saucepan.
  2. Place the oatmeal in a bowl, and add the milk to it. Wait for a few minutes before adding the honey to the mixture.
  3. Apply the face mask. Keep it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

Use this face mask once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Oatmeal is one of the most effective home remedies for dry skin on the face. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which help you deal with the symptoms that dry skin causes (9).

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6. Rejuvenating Avocado And Honey Pack

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You Will Need
  • ½ avocado
  • ¼ cup honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the avocado and place it in a bowl. Make sure there are no large lumps present.
  2. Add the honey to the avocado and mix till the consistency is smooth.
  3. Apply the pack on your face, and keep it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often Should You Do This

You may use this face pack once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Avocado pulp is rich in natural oils that moisturize your skin. It is also rich in vitamins A and E, which help maintain healthy skin (10).

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7. Coconut And Banana Mask

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You Will Need
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the banana using the back of a spoon.
  2. Stir in the coconut oil to make a smooth paste.
  3. Apply the face mask and keep it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

To ensure that your skin stays hydrated, use this face mask once or even twice a week.

Why This Works

Banana can provide instant relief from dry skin because of its moisturizing properties (11). Due to the high level of fats present in coconut oil, it deeply conditions your skin, leaving it smooth and supple (12).

Extra Tip: The next time you eat a banana, do not throw away the peel. Instead, rub the inside of the peel on your cracked heels. Be patient and follow this as many times as you can. You will be surprised at how soft your heels will feel in a few weeks.

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[ Read: Beautiful Skin Secrets for all skin types ]

8. Gentle Yogurt Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 3 teaspoons honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the yogurt to the honey, and stir till they are combined.
  2. Add the granulated sugar to it.
  3. Apply the scrub all over your face, and massage in gentle circular motions for a few minutes.
  4. Keep the scrub on for five minutes, and then rinse it with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

This scrub should be used once a week.

Why This Works

Dry skin is incredibly sensitive. No matter how rough your skin feels, using abrasive scrubs can make your skin worse. The best way to exfoliate is to use a gentle and moisturizing scrub that removes dead cells without damaging your skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid that exfoliates your skin and treats dryness (13). The sugar removes any flakiness while the honey hydrates your skin.

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9. Almond Oil Moisturizer

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You Will Need
  • 20 ml sweet almond oil
  • 2-3 drops geranium essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Transfer the almond oil into a sterilized glass bottle.
  2. Add the geranium essential oil and shake the bottle to combine.
  3. Use this mixture in place of your moisturizer.
How Often Should You Do This

To reap the benefits of almond oil and geranium, use this moisturizer as a part of your CTM routine.

Why This Works

Almond oil has been used for centuries to treat dry skin (14). It is moisturizing, and it makes your skin smooth and supple. Geranium oil is an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory agent due to which it is often used in skin care (15). It can also treat conditions such as eczema.

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10. Olive and Castor Oil Moisturizer

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You Will Need
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the olive oil and the castor oil and warm the mixture.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face.
  3. Take a warm washcloth and place it over your face and leave it till the oil is soaked in by the skin.
How Often Should You Do It

You can do this daily.

Why It Works

Oil has cleansing properties that make it extremely beneficial to dry skin. Applying castor oil to dry skin repairs the damage caused to it in winter. Castor oil penetrates the skin up to three layers more than any other oil  (16).

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11. Egg Pack

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You Will Need
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
What You Have To Do
  1. Take an egg and separate the egg yolk.
  2. Mix the yolk with all the other ingredients.
  3. Apply this mixture every morning before having a bath.
  4. Leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse it off.
How Often Should You Do This

Apply the egg mask every morning before having a bath for best results.

Why This Works

Eggs are an excellent source of protein which makes them a necessary addition to your skincare regime (17). Orange juice, due to the presence of vitamin C, helps in getting rid of blemishes (18). Honey, olive oil, and castor oil are known for their moisturizing properties, which will help you get rid of your dry, flaky skin and achieve a soft, supple skin.

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12. Chocolate Pack

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You Will Need
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maize flour
  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
What You Have To do
  1. Mix the aforesaid ingredients thoroughly to make a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this pack onto your dry skin.
  3. Leave it on for half an hour.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often Should You Do This

Repeat this process daily before your bath for best results.

Why It Works

Chocolate, apart from being one of the most sought after confectioneries, also has many benefits for the skin. Lathering molten chocolate onto dry skin makes the skin soft and glowing.

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13. Besan Pack

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons besan/gram flour
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients till they form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this pack onto your dry skin and leave it on till it dries.
  3. Rinse off with warm water.
How Often Should You Do This

Include this besan pack in your daily skincare regime for best results.

Why This Works

Besan hydrates dry skin due to the presence of a humectant which prevents water loss from skin (19). Lime fights blemishes due to the presence of vitamin C in it. Milk and honey also have nourishing properties, which is why this pack is an effective way to get hydrated and soft skin (20).

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14. Mango Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Take the ripe mango and separate the pulp from the skin. Put the pulp in a mixer to turn it into mush.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of this mush with the honey.
  3. Add olive oil to this mixture and mix well till you get a smooth paste.
  4. Apply this mask to your face.
  5. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse off.
How Often Should You Do This

Apply this mask onto your dry skin three to four times a week for a moisturized and glowing skin.

Why This Works

Mango is a rich source of vitamin A that hydrates and moisturizes dry skin. It also heals dry, flaky skin and rejuvenates dull skin (21). Honey is known for its nourishing properties, and olive oil has great moisturizing benefits on dry skin, thus making this mask ideal for those with dry, flaky skin

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15. Ghee

You Will Need

Pure ghee

What You Need To Do
  1. Gently rub in some pure ghee onto your face and other affected areas in slow and circular motion so that it is absorbed by the skin.
  2. Leave it on for a few hours before you step into the shower.
How Often Should You Do This

Do this every day before taking a shower.

Why This Works

Ghee is one of the most effective dry skin treatments at home. You can buy some pure ghee, or get butter and make ghee at home. Ghee helps in activating sebum secretion and healing the dryness (22).

[ Read: Homemade Beauty Tips For Fair Skin ]

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16. Milk

You Will Need

1 cup milk

What You Need To Do
  1. Boil the milk till it becomes thick and reduces in quantity.
  2. Allow the milk to cool down and apply it all over the skin.
  3. Allow the paste to dry up completely before washing it off.

If you feel that the dry skin problem is localized only to some areas, you can apply it just on those parts.

How Often Should You Do This

This remedy can be used every day.

Why This Works

Milk, which is the primary ingredient in the preparation of ghee, butter or yogurt, can also be used to tackle dry skin. The healthy fats and amino acids in milk keep the skin hydrated and moisturized (23). This is another effective home treatment for dry skin.

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17. Lime Juice And Mustard Oil

You Will Need
  • A slice of lemon
  • Mustard oil
What You Need To Do

Dip the lemon slice into the mustard oil and rub it onto hardened surfaces like soles.

How Often Should You Do This

Use this every night and cover your feet with socks for best benefits.

Why This Works

Lime juice along with warm mustard oil is one of the best combinations to exfoliate dry skin (24). With regular use. your hard and dry soles will become soft and supple.

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18. Coconut Oil

You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil

What You Need To Do

Apply coconut oil on dry areas of your skin and leave it on. It will get absorbed by the skin.

How Often Should You Do This

Apply coconut oil once or twice a day, as needed.

Why This Works

There is a general misconception that application of coconut oil on the skin may increase the growth of hair. This is just a myth that keeps scores deprived of the many benefits of coconut oil. Simple to procure and use, coconut oil does wonders at replenishing and locking in the natural moisture of the skin (25).

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19. Vitamin E Oil

You Will Need

Vitamin E capsules

What You Need To Do
  1. Pierce the capsules and empty the oil into a bowl.
  2. Apply this to the affected areas and massage for a few minutes.
  3. Leave the oil overnight.
  4. Wash off with a body scrub made of honey for best results.
How Often Should You Do This

Since the oil is thick and greasy, apply it on problem areas before you hit the sack every night.

Why This Works

Vitamin E oil is used to target excessive dryness. It is rich in antioxidants that also helps clear the skin. This oil helps in fighting against skin aging, scaly skin, and other related skin problems(26, 27).

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20. Glycerine

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
What You Need To Do
  1. Combine glycerin with rose water and apply on the dry patches of your skin.
  2. Leave the glycerin mix on for a few hours.
  3. If you feel that it is too tacky, you can rinse it off after an hour or so.
How Often Should You Do This

Use this remedy once every day for quick relief from dry skin.

Why This Works

The word glycerin brings to my mind the many Pears soap ads. An innocent and cute child who cannot resist touching her mother’s soft and supple skin. If you thought the ad was a farce, you are wrong! Glycerin works wonders not just on the dry skin but also chapped lips. It is a wonderful humectant and emollient (28).

Here is a video demonstrating some of these remedies for your convenience –

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Each remedy listed in this article is beneficial to treat your dry skin. In addition to using these remedies on a regular basis, it is important to maintain a healthy diet. Lack of vitamins in your daily diet can also be one of the reasons for dry and scaly skin. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water to combat dry skin issues. Add almonds, corn, olive oil, and fruits in your regular diet as these superfoods are known to keep the skin hydrated and glowing from within. Here are a few more tips for you:

  • Switch to soaps made of herbs.
  • Use a baby moisturizer that is bound to be softer on your skin.
  • If possible also use a humidifier to add moisture to the room where you spend most of your time.

Now that you know how to treat your dry skin, what are you waiting for? Dry skin needs extra TLC, so don’t forget to use these remedies to moisturize and protect your skin.

Share your experience, or any tips and remedies that worked for you in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.

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  • llllllll

    good tips for everyone…………..

  • ranae

    i will try these ,for my mother has real dry skin.

  • Bhindu

    very informative article and thoroughly researched. It’s been a long time since i read a good article. Great post and really simple tips. Would love to come back for more articles:)

  • bellinah

    i have a very dry skin my whole body is dry.. i have a 3 year old son with the same problem

  • Asha

    Fabulous tips!!! I personally have tried curd paste and banana paste and was surprised by the results. Thanks for such simple yet effective tips. I find your website to be very informative and have even bookmarked it :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/richag/ Richa

      Thanks Asha !!! It means a lot: D
      Hope you are engaging yourself with new articles.

  • imtiyaz ali

    pls any one advise me my 6 year dater’s is right cheek is dry.
    below eye only skin no fat pls advise me

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

      Hi Imtiyaz, to treat a dry skin you can apply Papaya And Avocado Paste or Cucumber Face Pack or any other pack mentioned above in the article, below the eyes. As all these packs are made of natural ingredients they are effective and harmless to the skin but beware of any allergic reaction. Before applying any of these packs ensure to get a patch test done on the skin.

  • Ella James

    The sun’s damaging rays can still reach your skin in the winter. So, it is recommended to use a face moisturizer with an SPF, or sun protection factor. Dermaxsol Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF-30 nourishes and hydrates your skin while helping to defend against sunburn.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thanks for the tip Fablore !

  • HerGamut India

    Perfect explanation to enhance our beauty with home remedies, The loved the way to putting down the points over here, very clearly. This could assists many of us. Great job & keep going..!!