Nothing is worse than dry skin. I am always looking for home remedies for dry skin. I hate having to buy some Walmart creams and lotions only to find out that they don’t work. It’s like I should have put my money in the garbage and set it on fire.
Of course, there are some other creams for dry skin that work, but they are more expensive and we will talk about those in another article.
So, instead of wasting my money at the drug store trying to find something to help with my cracked elbows and itchy arms, I turned to my pantry.
What Are The Best Home Remedies for Dry Skin?
I have tried them all. Some home remedies are great.
Others (like the one that said rub pure honey over your body and then wait 10 minutes) are not that great.
So skip the long lists of 25 home remedies for dry skin and use one of the top three outlined here.
Olive Oil Sugar Scrub
This home remedy is probably my favorite cure for dry skin because I didn’t have to go and buy anything extra. The ingredients were all stuff that I had in my kitchen, so it felt like it was the cheapest home remedy as well.
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Don’t want to smell like olive oil?
The only thing that I didn’t like about the olive oil remedy for dry skin was the smell. Olive oil and honey just create this funky smell.
I don’t know about you, but I want to smell good. I had some lavender oil in my essential oils that I use in my diffuser. I put just a few drops of the lavender oil into the mixture so that I could no longer smell the funky olive oil and honey mix.
Coconut Oil = Skin Savior
I have to give a little disclaimer here. I love coconut oil. I think I use it in everything. I put it in my coffee, and I use it for baking, and I use it as a moisturizer. I may be a little coconutty.
Coconut oil is an excellent home remedy for dry skin. It is even better now that it has become more accessible. A few years ago, no one used coconut oil unless they were making curry. Now even the big chain grocers in small towns carry tubs of coconut oil for sale.
Coconut oil is stable at room temperature
Another thing that I love about coconut oil as a home remedy for dry skin is that it is solid at room temperature. Being solid, it so much easier to spread over the body than the olive oil mixture.
The oil starts to melt on contact with your skin, so it is easy to tell whether or not you’re going to need more. A little bit goes a long way, so start small and add on from there.
Does it stink?
Coconut oil isn’t as aromatic as olive oil. It almost lacks a smell if it has any at all. For those with very sensitive sniffers, you can put a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the coconut oil. The essential oil will give your skin a great smell when you moisturize.
Shea butter is not for the feint of heart. Pure shea butter smells like cows… or maybe it’s fresh leather. I can’t describe it…
If you’re going to use shea butter to help relieve dry skin, be prepared to add fragrance to it.
Trust me when I say you are not going to want to walk around smelling like shea butter. Unless you’re aiming for a rustic cowgirl smell; then leave it alone, you’ll smell great!
The best homemade moisturizer
Ok so aside from the smell, which I think I have covered enough, shea butter is an extreme dry skin cure.
Shea butter could probably hydrate the Sahara desert. I get eczema on my elbows every winter. I also get cracked and bleeding knuckles. Shea butter makes it all better.
Add a Little Prevention
Even though they are not technically remedies for dry skin, there are a couple of ways to help prevent it from happening:
- Drink more water: keep hydrated, your skin will result more moist and elastic.
- Use a humidifier: control the humidity in your home, or at least in your bedroom. Remember, humidity in the home shouldn’t be less than 50%. If you don’t have one already, get one of these humidifiers (they are great as cold remedies and sore throat remedies).
Now you know the top 3 home remedies for dry skin. Go out and try them.
Which one did you like best? Was there one I missed that you think needs to be on this list?