There are dozens of home remedies for dry skin. Some that make complete sense and others that make you say… “you want me to do what?”. Today I’ll focus on five of the more normal treatments you may have heard of… well maybe four you’ve hear of anyway. One of these did make me scratch my head a bit.
1. Olive Oil
The most popular and well known treatment seems to be Olive Oil. In fact using olive oil for your skin has been around since the Egyptians. While some of our items today act more as an exfoliate and need to be followed up with lotion, olive oil can actually take the place of your daily moisturizer by penetrating deep into skin. Apply extra virgin olive oil (the best to use) after a shower to lock in the moisture. If you don’t like the smell try mixing in some lemon or essential oils to cut the smell a bit. Or you could buy some Dr. Bronner Organic Peppermint Castile Soap which is made with olive oil and other natural skin moisturizing oils. It seems to be quite popular (Google shows a 4.5 out of 5 with over 5,000 reviews) and it can be used for everything from bathing to brushing your teeth.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda seems to be another cure all product. For small dry skin areas rub a little baking soda and water in your hand to make a paste and then rub on the effected areas. For all over relief soak in a tub with a cup of baking soda. With baking soda you should follow up with a moisturizer.
First lets make sure we are all on the same page here. We’re talking plain oats people. Don’t be trying this with your favorite brown sugar instant oatmeal cause you found a pack laying on the bottom of your pantry. Oatmeal like many of our other dry skin remedies today can be used multiple ways. The two most popular are as an oatmeal mask and in making an oatmeal bath.
There seems to be about as many recipes for oatmeal mask as there are home remedies for dry skin. Some cook the oatmeal others don’t. Play around with the recipes and see what works for you. If you don’t cook the oatmeal you are going to need to add honey or egg whites for a proper sticking consistency. Another good recommendation is to add baking soda or olive oil to your mix for even more dry skin fighting effect.
The oatmeal bath is gonna take some work. You can’t just throw some oats in the water. You need colloidal oats (oats that have been ground into a fine powder) so they will dissolve in the water. There are some pre-made packs for sale but save some money and do it yourself. If you have a blender, food processor or coffee grinder you should be able to get the oatmeal to the right powdery consistency. Then sit back soak and enjoy. Apply moisturizer afterwards.
More specifically apple cider vinegar can also be added to a bath to promote healthy skin. Essential oils like Lavender or Rosemary added can help cut back the vinegar smell. Moisturize after to lock in the goodness.
5. Coffee Grounds
This is the one that made me scratch my head but I guess it makes sense. Coffee grounds can be used as an exfoliate. Just take some into the shower with you and rub the effected areas. One good suggestion was to pack the coffee grounds in a muslin bag for easier use. With this method acting as an exfoliate and removing dry skin it is very important to moisturize after.
Hopefully some of these homemade dry skin remedies will help someone out a bit and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the coffee treatment.