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Top 38 Home Remedies For Dry Skin On Face

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Top 38 Home Remedies For Dry Skin On Face December 6, 2017

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.

What Causes Dry Skin?

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 –

  • Changes in the weather, especially during cold and dry winter months
  • Dry air seen in arid and semi-arid regions throughout the year
  • Heaters (either central or portable) can reduce the humidity in the air
  • Hot baths/showers
  • Chlorinated water from swimming pools
  • Harsh chemicals in soaps and detergents
  • Skin conditions like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, etc.
  • Excessive use of skin cleansers

Apart from these causes, medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressures, allergies, and acne can also make your skin dry (1, 2).

If there are problems aplenty, the solutions too are as many. Shall we begin with simple homemade solutions for your dry skin troubles then?

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dry Skin On Face

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Oils
  3. Glycerin
  4. Vaseline
  5. Juices
  6. Lacto Calamine
  7. Multani Mitti
  8. Rose Water
  9. Ubtan
  10. Milk Powder Face Pack
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar
  12. Avocado Face Mask
  13. Banana Face Pack
  14. Baking Soda
  15. Turmeric Face Mask
  16. Breast Milk
  17. Brown Sugar Scrub
  18. Butter On Face
  19. Chocolate Face Pack
  20. Cinnamon And Honey
  21. Lemon Face Pack
  22. Cucumber Face Pack
  23. Egg Face Mask
  24. Epsom Salt Scrub
  25. Fenugreek
  26. Ginger
  27. Yogurt
  28. Green Tea Face Pack
  29. Gram Flour Face Pack
  30. Sea Kelp Extract
  31. Neem Leaves
  32. Oatmeal Face Scrub
  33. Rice Flour Mask
  34. Dead Sea Salt Bath
  35. Slippery Elm
  36. Sandalwood Face Pack
  37. Sour Cream
  38. Vitamins

Natural Remedies For Dry Skin On Face

1. Aloe Vera For Dry Skin

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You Will Need

An aloe leaf

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the aloe leaf diagonally and extract the gel present inside it.
  2. Apply some of this fresh gel on the face and massage it in, so it is absorbed into the skin.
  3. Leave the gel overnight.

Store the remaining gel in an air-tight container in a cool place.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

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).

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2. Oils For Dry Skin

(a) Coconut Oil For Dry Skin

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

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.

(b)  Jojoba Oil For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Washcloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak the washcloth in warm water and place it over your face. Keep the washcloth on for 5-7 minutes, and then remove it.
  2. Now, massage the jojoba oil into your skin using gentle, circular motions. Keep massaging the skin in upward motions for a few 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. 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.

Caution

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

(c) Olive Oil For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 drops lavender essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the lavender oil with the olive oil.
  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. Other oils that can be used instead of lavender oil are grapeseed oil, cypress oil, and black seed oil.

How Often Should You Do This

Use this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

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).

Caution

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

(d) Almond Oil For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons 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.

Other oils that can be used instead of geranium oil include rosehip oil, flaxseed oil, and peppermint oil.

How Often Should You Do This

To reap the maximum benefits of this remedy, use it every night.

Why This Works

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).

 (e) Vitamin E Oil

You Will Need

1-2 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. Rinse your face as usual in the morning.
How Often Should You Do This

Apply this oil overnight all over your face or on specific problem areas.

Why This Works

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.

(f) Mustard Oil For Dry Skin

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You Will Need

1-2 drops mustard oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Lightly warm up the oil in between your fingertips and apply on the dry patches of your face.
  2. Leave it on overnight.

Some alternatives for mustard oil, if you don’t have some handy, are hemp oil, sesame oil, jasmine oil, keri oil, and tamanu oil.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day, preferably every night for a deep moisturizing effect overnight.

Why This Works

The fats present in mustard oil hydrate and nourish the skin, making it soft and supple (13).

 (g) Kumkumadi Tailam For Dry Skin

You Will Need

2-3 drops kumkumadi tailam oil

What You Have To Do

Massage the face with this oil and leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night.

Why This Works

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.

NOTE

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.

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3. Glycerin For Dry Skin

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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

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).

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4. Vaseline For Dry Skin

You Will Need

Vaseline

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a small amount of the jelly, massage the entire face.
  2. It is best if you leave this on overnight. In case you find it a little too tacky, leave it on for an hour or so before wiping the excess off with a tissue or washcloth.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every day.

Why This Works

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.

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5. Juices For Dry Skin

(a) Watermelon Face Pack For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons watermelon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the fruit juice and honey.
  2. Apply on the face and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.

Using freshly extracted watermelon juice is recommended.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

 (b) Pineapple For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey OR few drops of olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine the pineapple juice with either honey or olive oil.
  2. Apply the pineapple juice on the face and keep this on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off using cool water and pat your skin dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy once or twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

(c) Strawberry Face Pack For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil OR coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cream
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend everything together and apply as a face pack.
  2. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this face pack 1-2 times in a week.

Why This Works

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).

 (d) Apple Face Pack For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey OR few drops of glycerin
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the apple juice with the honey.
  2. Apply on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse the face pack off with water and pat your skin dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice every week.

Why This Works

This fruit juice can easily exfoliate the skin without causing any irritations. The layer of dead, dry skin will be removed (21).

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6. Lacto Calamine For Dry Skin

You Will Need

Lacto calamine lotion

What You Have To Do

Apply this as directed on the bottle.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat once or twice a day.

Why This Works

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).

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7. Multani Mitti For Dry Skin

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons multani mitti (Fuller’s earth)
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey OR 1 tablespoon milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix everything together to get a thick paste. Adjust the consistency with some water as required.
  2. Apply this as a face pack and let it dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack once a week.

Why This Works

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.

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8. Rose Water For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • Rose water
  • Cotton pad
What You Have To Do
  1. Spritz some rose water on the cotton pad and use this to gently wipe your face after cleansing it.
  2. Once it has dried off naturally, apply a suitable moisturizer.
How Often You Should Do This

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.

Why This Works

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).

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9. Ubtan For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 6-7 almonds
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil OR olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil the almonds in water for a few minutes.
  2. Strain and rinse the almonds with cool water to bring down their temperature.
  3. Now, soak these almonds overnight in the fresh cream.
  4. Blend the soaked almonds along with the cream and add the oil too.
  5. Once everything is blended into a smooth paste, apply the ‘ubtan’ as a face pack.
  6. Rinse it off after 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

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).

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10. Milk Powder Face Pack For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • Water
What You Need To Do
  1. Mix the milk powder with honey and turmeric powder first.
  2. Now, to adjust the consistency, add some water and mix well.
  3. Apply the paste on your face.
  4. 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 should be used twice a week.

Why This Works

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.

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11. Apple Cider Vinegar For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Dilute the ACV with water and mix this with honey.
  2. Apply this just on the dry patches or on the entire face.
  3. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

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12. Avocado Face Mask For Dry Skin

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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 until 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, and antioxidants like vitamin C and carotenes which help maintain healthy skin (28).

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13. Banana Face Pack For Dry Skin

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. 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.

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[ Read: Beautiful Skin Secrets for all skin types ]

14. Baking Soda For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon almond oil OR coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste with the baking soda and oil.
  2. Massage this gently on the face using circular motions.
  3. Rinse it off after scrubbing for 2-3 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this baking soda scrub once or twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

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15. Turmeric Face Mask For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon full-fat yogurt OR olive oil OR argan oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix everything together to get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply on the facial skin and leave the face pack to dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat the application of this face pack once or twice every week.

Why This Works

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).

Tip

Wear an old T-shirt while doing this as turmeric can easily stain clothes.

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16. Breast Milk For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • Breast milk
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Using the cotton ball, apply the milk on the dry patches on your face.
  2. Let this dry naturally before washing it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

This can be repeated twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

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17. Brown Sugar Scrub For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Gently mix the sugar and oil together.
  2. Scrub your face with this using gentle upward, circular motions.
  3. Keep scrubbing for a few minutes. Leave it on for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with tepid water.
How Often You Should Do This

Sugar face scrub can be used up to two times a week.

Why This Works

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).

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18. Butter On Face For Dry Skin

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You Will Need

Organic cocoa butter OR raw shea butter

What You Have To Do
  1. Melt some cocoa butter in between your palms.
  2. Apply this on the face and leave it on overnight.

The double-boiler method can be used to melt the butter when it is too solidified to melt using body heat.

How Often You Should Do This

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.

Why This Works

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).

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19. Chocolate Face Pack For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons maize flour
What You Have To do
  1. Mix the ingredients mentioned above thoroughly to make a smooth paste.
  2. Apply some of this as a face pack onto your dry skin. Leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Store the remaining pack in an air-tight container.

How Often Should You Do This

Repeat this process twice a week 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. Its phytochemicals exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. It improves blood flow under the skin and maintains optimal skin health (36).

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20. Cinnamon And Honey For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine honey and cinnamon powder and apply on the face.
  2. Wash this off after 15 minutes.
How Often Should You Do This

Apply this once in every 3-4 days.

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 (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).

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21. Lemon Face Pack For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey OR almond oil
What You Need To Do
  1. Combine the lemon juice with honey.
  2. Apply on the face and keep this face pack on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with water.
How Often Should You Do This

Use this once a week for best benefits.

Why This Works

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).

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22. Cucumber Face Pack For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt OR aloe vera gel
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the cucumber into small pieces and blend them to get an almost smooth paste.
  2. Add yogurt or aloe vera gel according to your preference and mix them together.
  3. Apply this on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash off the face pack with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

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23. Egg Face Mask For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
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 on the face 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 up to twice a week for best results.

Why This Works

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).

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24. Epsom Salt Scrub For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • 1/4 cup petroleum jelly OR olive oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil OR geranium essential oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients together and transfer them to an air-tight container.
  2. Before taking a bath, dampen your face and use a tablespoon or so of the prepared scrub on the facial skin.
  3. Scrub gently in circular motions for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Rinse the scrub off with tepid water.

Store the jar containing the scrub in a cool and dry place.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat the usage of this scrub 1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

This salt will exfoliate the dead cells, absorb the toxins, and leave behind smooth and shiny skin (42).

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25. Fenugreek For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • Few drops of olive oil OR coconut oil
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Finely grind the fenugreek seeds.
  2. To this powder, add the oil and enough water to get a paste of medium consistency.
  3. Apply this on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

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).

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26. Ginger For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon ginger juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract fresh ginger juice and add honey and rose water to it. Mix everything together.
  2. Apply on the face using your fingertips or a face pack brush.
  3. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a week for best results.

Why This Works

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.

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27. Yogurt For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt (or curd)
  • 2 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 this and mix gently.
  3. Apply this 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 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.

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28. Green Tea Face Pack For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon green tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cream
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the green tea to the cream and mix them together.
  2. Keep this aside for a few minutes.
  3. Give the face pack a mix again and then apply on the face.
  4. Massage the face for 2-3 minutes with it and leave it on to dry for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse it off with regular water.
How Often You Should Do This

You can use this face pack twice a week, depending on how dry your skin is.

Why This Works

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).

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29. Gram Flour Face Pack For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons besan (gram flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cream
  • Rose water
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. This usually takes 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with warm water.
How Often Should You Do This

Include this besan pack in your weekly skin care regime for best results.

Why This Works

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.

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30. Sea Kelp Extract For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon sea kelp extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey OR 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the sea kelp powder with either honey or aloe vera gel. Both combinations work excellently for dry skin.
  2. Add water, if required, to adjust the consistency of the paste.
  3. Apply the paste as a face mask and keep this on for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once every week.

Why This Works

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).

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31. Neem Leaves For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons dried neem leaves
  • 1 teaspoon honey OR milk cream
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine the leaf powder with honey and turmeric powder first.
  2. Then, add some water to get a smooth paste.
  3. Apply on the face and let it dry for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this neem face pack once in every 4-5 days.

Why This Works

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).

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32. Oatmeal Face Scrub For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 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. Mix them together.
  3. Wait for a few minutes and then add honey to the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Apply this on the face and keep it on for 10 minutes.
  5. Wet your fingertips and using a scrubbing motion, remove the face pack.
  6. Rinse it off thoroughly with cold water.
How Often Should You Do This

Use this face mask/scrub 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 (51). Its moisturizing properties will heal the dry patches and visible cracks (52).

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33. Rice Flour Mask For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon cucumber juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients together. Adjust the consistency if required with some water.
  2. Apply on the face. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash the face mask off with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat the application of this face mask 1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Rice flour soothes the irritated dry skin and also softens it. It can also help to fade away blemishes and reduce wrinkles (53).

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34. Dead Sea Salt For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon Dead Sea salt
  • A cup of tepid water
  • Few drops of olive oil
  • A face towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the salt and oil to the water and mix well.
  2. Dip the face towel in this and wring out some of the excess water.
  3. Place this wet towel on your face and leave it on for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the towel and splash your face with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once in a week.

Why This Works

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).

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35. Slippery Elm For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon slippery elm powder
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the herbal powder with aloe gel and apply on the face.
  2. Leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

This can be repeated 2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

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).

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36. Sandalwood Face Pack For Dry Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk powder
  • 4-5 drops sandalwood oil
  • Rose water
What You Have To Do
  1. Firstly, add the sandalwood oil to the milk powder and then a little bit of rose water to get a face pack like consistency.
  2. Apply this on the face and let the face pack dry naturally for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

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).

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37. Sour Cream For Dry Skin

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 (57).

38. Vitamins For Dry Skin

(a) Vitamin E For Dry Skin

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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.

(b) Vitamin C For Dry 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).

(c) Biotin For Dry Skin

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:

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

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Here is a video demonstrating some of the remedies mentioned in this article for your convenience –

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

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.

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