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Dry Skin Remedies: 9 Ways to Soothe Dry Skin Naturally

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Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Andreas

We’ll show you nine natural dry skin home remedies that have stood the test of time. Those are just as good as expensive beauty products to cure your stubborn dry skin.

Can’t get rid of your dry, itchy skin? Before you spend tons of money on fancy moisturizers made with mystical ingredients, give these basic dry skin home remedies a shot.

1. Drink More Water

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(Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Studio-Fritz)

The most tried and true of dry skin remedies is water. In the stress of trying to manage our daily lives, we sometimes forget to stay hydrated. Doctors recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. That’s about half a gallon. If you’re having trouble sticking to this, try buying a reusable water bottle and keeping it with you through your day. You could even set alarms on your phone to remind yourself to drink water every few hours.  

2. Pay Attention to Indoor Humidity

Sometimes, the best remedy is to prevent dry skin in the first place. Especially in the winter, make sure that the air in your home or office isn’t too dry. The optimal humidity for a room is between 40 and 60 percent. 

3. Dry Skin Remedy for Summer: Wear Sunscreen

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Prevent dry skin by using sunscreen. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Marijana)

Besides giving you a sunburn and causing wrinkles, exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun can seriously dry out your skin. Remember to stay protected by always wearing sunscreen.

Tip: For the most effective protection without toxic chemicals, choose physical sunscreen

4. Avoid Certain Foods

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Some foods can dry out your skin. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Free-Photos)

Dry skin remedies can be things you add to your routine, or they can be things you remove. If you regularly drink alcohol or caffeine (and let’s be honest, that’s most of us), you’re not doing your skin any favors.

Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics, meaning that they draw liquid out of the body. If you’re not replenishing that liquid, your body will become dehydrated, and dehydration means less moisture in your skin. 

5. Coconut Oil: Exotic Dry Skin Remedy

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Coconut oil is an effective dry skin remedy. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – DanaTentis)

Coconut oil, a classic dry skin home remedy, is rich in lauric acid and unsaturated fatty acids and will give your skin all the nutrients it needs. Rub a small amount between your palms until it becomes liquid, and apply it to the affected areas. 

6. Carrots: Healthy and Good for Your Skin

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Carrot juice is tasty – and good for your skin. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Couleur)

This dry skin home remedy may strike you as odd, but it works! Carrots contain plenty of vitamin A and beta-carotene, which have a positive effect on skin and cells.

To combat dry skin, juice two organic carrots and massage the juice into the affected areas. Leave the tonic to work for about 20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this process daily until your skin is soft and supple again. But be careful: the juice can cause skin discoloration.

7. Aloe Vera: Quick Dry Skin Home Remedy

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You can easily harvest the soothing gel from any aloe vera plant. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – CasellesInGold)

This dry skin home remedy will do more than just nourish your skin. In addition to being very moisturizing, the gel of the desert plant is said to stimulate blood circulation, inhibit inflammation, and itching. Simply apply to dry skin and allow to absorb.

Did you know? Aloe vera also works as a sunburn home remedy.

8. Milk Products for Soft and Moist Skin

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Remember to consume animal products like milk in moderation. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – Couleur)

Whole milk contains a lot of milk fat, which can nourish skin and soothe itching. The lactic acid it contains is said to help skin retain moisture more effectively. To use, carefully apply the organic whole milk or buttermilk to the affected areas and allow it to absorb. If you like, you can also add vitamin-rich fruit or vegetable juices – such as carrots – to enhance the effect.

Utopia’s tip: Be sure to use organic milk products, e.g. ones that have been certified by the USDA.

9. Olive Oil: Traditional Dry Skin Remedy

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This dry skin home remedy is very easy to use. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – StevePb)

Olive oil soothes dry skin, as its composition is similar to that of subcutaneous fatty tissue. Put a few drops of organic, cold-pressed olive oil on your fingertips and massage the remedy carefully into the dry skin areas until the skin is no longer greasy. There are also soaps made from pure olive oil that turn dry skin velvety soft again. 

This article has been translated from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Trockene Haut: die besten natürlichen Hausmittel

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