We know how much of a problem it is to manage skin if we have dry skin. No moisturizer variant or topical cream seems to work in the long run for skin issues. Well, 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.
And, not to forget, it is not just the people who have dry skin naturally that find it difficult to manage; normal and oily skin types can also develop dry patches from time to time on their face. Dry skin is essentially when the top layer of skin lacks the required amount of water (hydration) it needs. This layer starts to break down and develop a flaky texture and/or with visible fine lines or cracks.
Keep reading to know more about the underlying reasons for your dry skin and how to use home remedies to make your skin soft and glowing again.
The lack of moisture in the dry skin results from a decrease in the fatty acids (lipids) in the skin which is responsible for locking in the moisture and keeping the skin soft and supple. Many causes could lead to xerosis which is an alternate term used for dry skin –
If there are problems aplenty, the solutions too are as many. Shall we begin with simple homemade solutions for your dry skin troubles then?
An aloe leaf
Store the remaining gel in an air-tight container in a cool place.
Repeat this every night before going to bed.
Aloe vera gel is often used in the treatment of dry and patchy skin. It is also included in many commercially available lotions and creams, but using fresh aloe gel is the best way to use it. Its polysachharide helps to retain the moisture levels in the skin. It also enhances collagen and elastin production in the skin thus restoring its suppleness and elasticity. If your dryness is due to skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, aloe vera can also help to deal with them as it has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties help to alleviate the symptoms of such skin ailments (3).
Virgin coconut oil
Apply coconut oil on dry areas of your skin and leave it on. It will get absorbed by the skin.
Apply coconut oil once or twice a day, as needed.
Simple to procure and use, coconut oil does wonders to replenish and lock in the natural moisture of the skin. It contains healthy fatty acids that replenish the skin’s lessened fatty acid reserve (4). Baby oil and vegetable oil can be used similarly.
This should be done once or twice a week.
The structure of jojoba oil closely mirrors that of sebum, your body’s natural oil. This makes this oil an excellent moisturizer for every skin type. It softens the dryness and gets rid of the flakiness. It also promotes the growth of new skin cells. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe your skin (5, 6). Argan oil is an excellent alternative for jojoba oil and can be used to treat dry skin problems.
The water should not be too hot; else it can scald your skin.
Alternatively, you may use a small amount of it as a leave-in moisturizer. Other oils that can be used instead of lavender oil are grapeseed oil, cypress oil, and black seed oil.
Use this every night, before going to bed.
Olive oil has moisturizing properties, which nourish your skin. The presence of polyphenols in this oil also helps counteract the damage caused by the Sun (7). 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 (8).
Lavender essential oil can cause skin irritation if used undiluted or in large volumes.
Other oils that can be used instead of geranium oil include rosehip oil, flaxseed oil, and peppermint oil.
To reap the maximum benefits of this remedy, use it every night.
Almond oil has been used for centuries to treat dry skin. It is moisturizing and thus makes your skin smooth and supple. An added advantage of using this oil is its ability to improve your complexion and skin tone (9). Geranium oil is an antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory agent due to which it is often used in skin care. It can also treat conditions such as eczema which is one of the causes for dry skin (10).
1-2 vitamin E capsules
Apply this oil overnight all over your face or on specific problem areas.
Vitamin E oil is used to target excessive dryness because it can improve the skin’s hydration significantly. It is rich in antioxidants that also helps clear the skin. This oil battles skin aging, scaly skin, and other related dry skin problems (11, 12). Evening primrose oil capsules can be used similarly for dry skin management.
1-2 drops mustard oil
Some alternatives for mustard oil, if you don’t have some handy, are hemp oil, sesame oil, jasmine oil, keri oil, and tamanu oil.
Repeat this once or twice a day, preferably every night for a deep moisturizing effect overnight.
The fats present in mustard oil hydrate and nourish the skin, making it soft and supple (13).
2-3 drops kumkumadi tailam oil
Massage the face with this oil and leave it on overnight.
Repeat this every night.
Kumkumadi tailam is an Ayurvedic herbal concoction which has saffron as its main ingredient. This potent mixture works on various levels and factors to improve the skin’s health. It reduces dryness, flakiness, pigmentation, dullness, and even fine line and wrinkles (14, 15).
Apart from the topical application of oils, supplements like cod liver oil or krill oil are also beneficial to get rid of dry skin issues. These oils supply the required fatty acids to the skin from inside the body. Within a few weeks, you will be able to notice your dry patches going away and softer skin coming up to the surface.
If you have never used any of the above-mentioned oils on your skin before, conduct a patch test on the upper forearm to check for allergies.
Use this remedy once every day for quick relief from dry skin.
Glycerin works wonders not just on the dry skin but also chapped lips. It is a wonderful humectant and emollient that locks in the skin’s moisture (16).
Do this once every day.
Vaseline is basically composed of petroleum jelly or petrolatum. This ingredient is used to lock in the moisture and prevent water loss from the skin (17). It can be a little greasy, hence it is best used as an overnight treatment. Do not forget to cover your pillow with an old T-shirt or towel to prevent soiling your pillow case.
Using freshly extracted watermelon juice is recommended.
Repeat this twice a week.
Watermelon has a high water content and is also rich in a variety of skin-friendly vitamins. This face pack will leave your skin moisturized and hydrated. The antioxidants found in this fruit will help repair the damaged skin and also protect against the UV rays (18).
Use this remedy once or twice a week.
Bromelain enzyme found naturally in pineapples removes the dead and dry layer of skin cells, bringing to the surface the soft and supple skin present below this layer. Pineapple juice can also help to get rid of impurities and dirt from the skin’s surface (19).
Apply this face pack 1-2 times in a week.
Strawberry juice exfoliates and moisturizes the skin at the same time. Its vitamin C content plays a significant role here. Your skin will feel refreshed, softer, and radiant (20).
Do this once or twice every week.
This fruit juice can easily exfoliate the skin without causing any irritations. The layer of dead, dry skin will be removed (21).
Lacto calamine lotion
Apply this as directed on the bottle.
Repeat once or twice a day.
Lacto calamine has a specific lotion variant that is designed for dry skin type. It contains zinc oxide that soothes the skin and also reduces the itchiness that often accompanies the dry skin. It acts a suppressor for the inflammation seen in dry skin associated ailments like psoriasis and eczema (22).
Use this face pack once a week.
A clay mask with multani mitti is often recommended for oily skin types because of its ability to absorb the excess oil. This property apart, the clay also soothes the skin and has a cooling effect on dry and irritated skin (23). Using it in combination with the right ingredients can help to get rid of dry skin in just a few applications.
Repeat this once every day, preferably after you wash your face once you are back home from a day out in the sun and pollution.
It is soothing, moisturizing, and refreshing for your skin. It helps in improving blood circulation to the skin’s surface and its astringent properties balance the skin’s pH. This helps to restore the normal oil production by the skin (24).
Do this once a week.
Almonds are rich in vitamin E which is known to nourish and rejuvenate the skin. It will keep your skin hydrated and young looking as well (25).
If you feel that the dry skin problem is localized only to some areas, you can apply it just on those parts.
This remedy should be used twice a week.
Milk, which is a primary ingredient in the preparation of ghee, butter or yogurt, can also be used to tackle dry skin. Its powdered form contains all the healthy fats and amino acids to keep the skin hydrated and moisturized (26). This is another effective home treatment for dry skin.
Do this once or twice a week.
Don’t shy away from using ACV on dry skin. This vinegar contains mild acids that help to re-balance the production of skin’s natural oils by adjusting the pH levels to a normal range. It also contains plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that promote skin health in general (27).
You may use this face pack once or twice a week.
Avocado pulp is rich in natural oils that moisturize your skin. It is also rich in vitamins A and E, and antioxidants like vitamin C and carotenes which help maintain healthy skin (28).
To ensure that your skin stays hydrated, use this face mask once or even twice a week.
Banana can provide instant relief from dry skin because of its moisturizing properties. It also has anti-wrinkle properties making it a wonderful home remedy to opt for because dry skin is more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles (29). Due to the high level of fats present in coconut oil, it deeply conditions your skin, leaving it smooth and supple.
Use this baking soda scrub once or twice a week.
The grainy texture of baking soda works as an excellent exfoliant to dislodge the dry and dead cells from the skin’s surface (30). Its pH neutralizing property can also restore the optimal oil production by the skin (31).
Repeat the application of this face pack once or twice every week.
Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin which possesses most of its beneficial properties. Application of turmeric on the face will moisturize and rejuvenate your skin cells. This will improve the skin’s texture and also brighten up your complexion (32).
Wear an old T-shirt while doing this as turmeric can easily stain clothes.
This can be repeated twice a week.
If you have access to some breast milk, then it can be used to get relief from your dry skin. It is largely composed of palmitic and oleic fatty acids that can prove beneficial for moisturizing dry skin. It also contains a wide range of amino acids and minerals that can promote skin health (33).
Sugar face scrub can be used up to two times a week.
By scrubbing the face with brown sugar, the pores will get unclogged, dead cells will be exfoliated, and blood circulation will improve. This will, apart from improving the skin texture, enhance the absorption of the nutrients from the oil in the scrub (34).
Organic cocoa butter OR raw shea butter
The double-boiler method can be used to melt the butter when it is too solidified to melt using body heat.
Both cocoa butter and shea butter can be used every night to keep the skin moisturized. You can slowly taper down the frequency with improvement in skin texture and dryness.
The oils in shea butter resemble the natural oils produced by the skin. It gets easily absorbed into the skin and exerts its moisturizing and skin smoothening effects. Additional benefits of using shea butter include its anti-aging, antioxidant, and healing properties. Cocoa butter also works similarly when it comes to alleviating dryness and improving the skin’s elasticity (35).
Store the remaining pack in an air-tight container.
Repeat this process twice a week before your bath for best results.
Chocolate, apart from being one of the most sought after confectioneries, also has many benefits for the skin. Its phytochemicals exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. It improves blood flow under the skin and maintains optimal skin health (36).
Apply this once in every 3-4 days.
Traditionally, honey has always been an important part of skin care. It is a natural humectant, so it keeps your skin moisturized (37). Cinnamon is added to improve capillary circulation and also unclog your pores. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent that contains free radical scavenging compounds (38).
Use this once a week for best benefits.
Lemon juice along with honey is one of the easiest combinations to use for dry skin. It will not only moisturize your skin but also cleanse it, tone it, and lighten it (39).
Repeat this twice a week.
Water and vitamin E are the key ingredients in cucumber that the dry skin type can benefit from. They hydrate and soften the skin. Cucumber also contains silica which helps in retaining the skin’s elasticity (40).
Apply the egg mask up to twice a week for best results.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein which makes them a necessary addition to your skincare regime. Their yolk contains vitamins A, D, B, and E along with a healthy dosage of rich fats. Hence, it can make your dryness go away and leave your skin smooth and radiant (41).
Store the jar containing the scrub in a cool and dry place.
Repeat the usage of this scrub 1-2 times a week.
This salt will exfoliate the dead cells, absorb the toxins, and leave behind smooth and shiny skin (42).
Do this twice a week.
The mucilage found in fenugreek works as an emollient that moisturizes the skin. This herb also has anti-aging, skin healing, and soothing effects (43).
Do this once or twice a week for best results.
Gingerols are the phytochemicals found in the highest concentrations in ginger. They have antioxidant properties that reduce the free radical damage that your skin has undergone. Anti-inflammatory compounds are also found in ginger (44). These properties will treat the underlying causes, dullness, and dryness to a great extent. Honey is the moisturizing component of this face pack.
This scrub should be used once a week.
Dry skin can be incredibly sensitive. No matter how rough your skin feels, using abrasive scrubs can make your skin worse. The gentle and moisturizing scrub described above removes dead cells without damaging your skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid that exfoliates your skin and treats dryness (45). The sugar removes any flakiness while the honey hydrates your skin.
You can use this face pack twice a week, depending on how dry your skin is.
One of the most popular healthy variants of tea, green tea is consumed for its high antioxidant content. These antioxidants will have a beneficial effect even when the tea is used topically. The oxidative stress that is damaging your skin and hampered the natural oil production will be taken care of (46).
Include this besan pack in your weekly skin care regime for best results.
Gram flour thoroughly cleanses your skin and removes all the impurities (47). It helps to restore the natural radiance of the skin and counters dryness (48). Milk cream and honey also have nourishing properties, which is why this pack is an effective way to get a hydrated and soft skin.
Repeat this once every week.
Sea kelp is a type of algae that is rich in minerals and antioxidants. It can absorb impurities from the skin really well and also help to reverse free radical damage. It also contains fatty acids and proteins that condition the skin, increase the skin’s elasticity, and make it softer (49).
Apply this neem face pack once in every 4-5 days.
These leaves have the ability to moisturize the skin and also reduce the itching sensation and irritation. They improve overall skin health and also rejuvenate the skin cells (50).
Use this face mask/scrub once or twice a week.
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 (51). Its moisturizing properties will heal the dry patches and visible cracks (52).
Repeat the application of this face mask 1-2 times a week.
Rice flour soothes the irritated dry skin and also softens it. It can also help to fade away blemishes and reduce wrinkles (53).
Do this once in a week.
Dead Sea salt contains a wide range of minerals that detoxify the skin and soothe it. It hydrates and moisturizes the skin, and also reduces patchiness and roughness seen with dry skin (54).
This can be repeated 2-3 times a week.
The inner bark of the slippery elm tree is used to heal a sore throat and digestive issues. Its mucilagenous texture can also be utilized to revitalize dry skin and hydrate it (55).
Do this once a week.
Sandalwood is popularly known as ‘chandan’ in the Indian subcontinent. It has been used in different forms (powder, paste or oil) to tackle various skin issues for many centuries. The oil version of this herb contains fatty acids that nourish the skin and have anti-aging effects too. They also help to treat dry skin conditions like eczema (56).
You may use this homemade mask for dry skin on alternate days.
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 (57).
This vitamin is essential to maintain optimal skin health as it keeps the stratum cornea hydrated and supple (58). It also possesses antioxidant and photoprotective properties. This means that it can protect the skin from UV rays and also prevent any free radicals from damaging the skin (59). Hydration and protection from oxidative stress will keep the skin in good health, without any dry patches, flakiness, or irritated spots. Vitamin E supplements can be ingested on a daily basis or the oil from the capsule can also be applied to the skin.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that the body needs from either food or supplements. Oxidative damage can alter skin function and lead to dryness, wrinkles, reduced elasticity, and dullness. Vitamin C can effectively reverse this damage by eliminating the reactive oxygen species from the skin cells. It can also provide photoprotection, just like vitamin E. The additional properties it possesses are related to reducing inflammation and speeding up the wound healing time. Skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis benefit when the appropriate dosage of vitamin C is ingested (60).
Alternatively known as vitamin B7, biotin supplements are often recommended by doctors to improve skin and hair health. When the right levels of biotin are lacking, the skin can easily be affected by erythema or dermatitis. Its healing and skin moisturizing properties make it a perfect addition when it comes to treating dry skin (61, 62).
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:
Here is a video demonstrating some of the remedies mentioned in this article for your convenience –
What Care Should Be Taken For Dry Skin In Summer?
Using the right soap and the right moisturizer can help greatly when it comes to dry skin management, irrespective of what season it is. Apart from these changes, add home remedies like using aloe vera and honey to your skin care routine. Also, it is very important to stay hydrated during the hot summer months. Your body loses a lot of water by sweating and this needs to be replenished. Have 1-2 liters of water every day to keep your skin fresh and hydrated from within.
Does Bathing Make Your Skin Dry?
Using hot water to rinse your face can definitely make your skin dry. Hot water removes the oils from the skin leaving it dry and dull. Instead of this, use tepid or cool water. Also, using harsh soaps that claim to cleanse your skin thoroughly can also strip away the natural oils from the skin. Use a gentle cleanser for your face to keep the required amounts of oil locked in but still get rid of the dirt and impurities.
What Is A Dry Skin Rash?
Dry skin can become itchy and sensitive. Scratching it can easily cause rashes.
What Can You Put On A Newborn’s Dry Skin?
The skin lotions or moisturizers available for babies in the market are formulated with ingredients that are safe for use on newborns and toddlers. Consult your doctor to know which is the most recommended moisturizer that you can use on your baby’s skin. Home remedies are often not recommended in this case as a newborn’s skin is very sensitive and can react to many ingredients.
Dry skin can be a bane, but with this article, we hope that we have helped you with easy-to-use home remedies to treat your ‘dry as a desert’ face. Give your skin the extra TLC it needs and see it transform into a lush radiance.
Share your experience or any tips and remedies that worked for you in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.