The Best Homemade Remedies To Moisturize Dry Skin

There are some natural ingredients that help combat dry skin. However, if there's severe or persistent dryness, it's best to consult a dermatologist.
The Best Homemade Remedies To Moisturize Dry Skin

Last update: 15 December, 2022

In recent years, a wide variety of products have been developed to help treat dry skin. According to information published in the American Academy of Dermatology Association, it’s possible to improve this problem with the use of moisturizers.

Of course, it’s advisable to see a dermatologist, as many cases are a symptom of an underlying problem. However, if it’s something mild, we can resort to some natural products that are effective. Are you interested in learning more about them?

Why is your skin dry?

Genetics play an important role in determining your skin type. However, according to a publication in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, other factors may also play a role, including:

  • Diet
  • Health issues
  • Age
  • Hormonal changes
  • Weather and pollution
  • Toxic habits like smoking

The factors mentioned above show that keeping your skin moisturized can’t be done only by using moisturizing creams. You should consider which one of these is causing your skin’s dryness.

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The top 10 home remedies for dry skin

1. Olive oil

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is more than a key part of a complete and balanced diet. It’s high in nutrients and essential fatty acids, making it a very effective homemade skin care product.

Your dry skin will easily absorb it when you apply it. In addition, according to research published in the journal Plos One, it helps prevent signs of photoaging and sun damage.

  • Try heating the oil a little so your pores could absorb it better.
  • You can also use it to give yourself a gentle facial massage.

2. Avocado

According to information in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, avocado is rich in protein, fat, fiber, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. It therefore contains everything dry skin needs to be hydrated, firm and glowing.

  • Simply mash the avocado and apply to your skin.
  • Let it sit 30 minutes, rinse off with water, and you’ll see its effects instantly.

4. Oats, a great ally for dry and sensitive skin

Sacks of oats.

Oats are a very beneficial cereal for moisturizing the skin without irritating it. In a review published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are said to be effective in case of pruritus, atopic dermatitis, acneiform eruptions, and viral infections.

  • To apply oatmeal to your face, make sure to grind it or use oatmeal flour with a little water.
  • Likewise, you’ll also gently exfoliate your skin while removing it from your face due to its sandy texture.

5. Banana

Banana’s a fruit rich in vitamins and minerals that benefit the skin. In fact, a review published in Food Chemistry highlights that its antioxidants and phytochemicals help fight the effects of oxidative stress.

  • Mash a ripe banana and apply it on the skin for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse and repeat at least 3 times a week.

6. Honey

A bowl of honey.

Bee honey, being a food rich in nutrients and antioxidants, and having an oily and smooth texture, has been considered for many years as a good remedy to alleviate many common mild skin disorders.

According to a review published in 2012, it serves to moisturize, soothe, as well as exfoliate, improve smoothness, and cleanse, when combined with other ingredients such as oatmeal, of course.

  • To take advantage of it, simply apply a thin layer on the skin, leaving it on for 20 minutes.

These natural products can be useful to treat dry skin when the problem is mild. If the dryness persists, it’s best to see a dermatologist for other treatment options.


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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.