Dealing with dry skin? Open your kitchen cabinets and grab these home remedy ingredients — they may be just as effective on dry patches as store-bought moisturizers.
Dry skin needs care and nourishment to regain a soft, smooth texture. While beauty department and drugstore shelves are loaded with moisturizers and creams to heal dry skin, you probably already have effective home remedies in your kitchen pantry. With the right ingredients, you can quickly, inexpensively, and naturally soothe dry skin.
Home Remedies: A List of Favorites
For dry skin treatments at home, you can create moisturizing face masks, add oils or oatmeal to your bath, and try many other homemade treatments.
"Olive oil is my favorite at-home remedy," says dermatologist Sandra Marchese Johnson, MD, of Johnson Dermatology in Fort Smith, Ark. "Grapeseed oil is another great skin care ingredient." You can add it to your bathwater or apply it after a bath or shower, and the oil will naturally and effectively hydrate dry skin.
Other home remedies for dry skin on Dr. Johnson's list include Crisco, a canned vegetable shortening, and Vaseline, the petroleum jelly. These dry skin remedies are inexpensive, you probably have them in your house, and they're great for moisturizing a small dry patch or several dry areas on your body. Johnson says "anything bland and plain and greasy" will make a good choice for a dry skin home remedy.
There are other kitchen staples that you can easily turn into skin careproducts. You can add milk to your bath for a dry skin care treatment, says Johnson. It has an effect similar to lactic acid products that treat dry skin, such as AmLactin and Lac-Hydrin.
Oatmeal can also soothe your skin during bath time. Some popular skin care brands’ products, such as Aveeno, contain oatmeal for moisturizing dry patches, but Johnson says that plain old oatmeal also works. Add a cup of it to your bathwater as a home remedy to alleviate itchy, irritated, dry skin in a natural way.
DIY Dry Skin Masks
A facial mask is another way to moisturize and soothe dry skin, and you can make your own masks at home with just a few simple ingredients.
Fran E. Cook-Bolden, MD, a dermatologist and director of the Skin Specialty Group and the Ethnic Skin Specialty Group in New York City, suggests this all-around soothing face mask to hydrate dry skin. Blend 1 teaspoon of softened butter with 1 teaspoon of water, apply it to your skin, and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the mask with warm water.
Avocado Facial Mask
Avocado is good for your heart and good for your dry skin. Try this mask made from the moisturizing fruit. "Mash the meat of the avocado into a creamy texture," says Dr. Cook-Bolden. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the mixture first with warm water; then splash your face with cold water to close up pores.
Banana Face Pack
A banana makes the base for a great home remedy for dry skin. "Mash 1/2 cup of natural yogurt, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1/4 of a ripe banana," says Cook-Bolden. Apply the mask onto your face and neck, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then rinse it off.
The Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel is used in many skin care products, including lotions, soaps, and sunscreens, to help soothe and hydrate dry skin. The gel can also be taken straight from the source — the aloe vera plant. Keep a potted aloe vera plant in your living room for a ready-to-use dry skin home remedy. Just break off one of the long spikes of the plant and dab gently on your skin.
Remember, when choosing home remedy ingredients, you want to treat your dry skin with rich, creamy, and greasy emollients. Take a peek through your kitchen cabinets, and you're sure to find choices that will make your dry skin glow again.