Your skin’s outer layer works like a self-oiled machine, but there are times when oil production can’t keep up with the daily demands. Dry skin will most probably get worse during the winter time, or during the warmer weather when you have to shower a lot, use soap that is too drying, or live in a place where the air is too drying.
The million-dollar question is this: What is the best remedy for dry skin? Most moisturizers can do the trick. But before reaching for that tub or jar, why not try these home remedies:
1. Milk bath: The lactic acid content found in milk can slough off dead skin cells and may also lock in the moisture from the skin. Soak a washcloth in cold milk. Lay the cloth on any area of skin that is particularly dry or irritated. Leave the cloth there for five minutes, and when you rinse off the milk, do it gently, so some of the lactic acid stays on your skin.
2. Epsom salt: For rough patches of the skin, you can use warm water with two cups of Epsom salt to soften your rough areas. Soak for a few minutes and rub on the rough areas of your skin to exfoliate it.
3. Aloe vera: Aloe gel helps moisturize and heal dry, cracked skin. The aloe plant lives for a very long time and is very easy to maintain. If ever you need on, simply cut one of its leaves and squeeze the gel out.
4. Coconut oil: Many people rave about coconut oil because of its many skin benefits, and one of its specialties is that it moisturizes skin. It leaves your skin feeling incredibly soft and it also smells very amazing.
5. Manuka honey: It softens and moisturizes skin. It can be applied directly to problem areas. Simply massage it to your skin and let it sit for 2-3 minutes and rinse. See amazing results when you use it daily!