There are a variety of home remedies a person can use to relieve dry skin.
Most of the treatments below can be used as moisturizers unless otherwise stated. The best way to use a moisturizer is to apply it liberally to damp skin after a bath and let it soak in.
Another natural oil that works well to treat dry skin is coconut oil. A 2014 study found that coconut oil is as safe and effective as petroleum jelly for treating the affected skin. It was found to significantly improve skin hydration and increase the number of lipids (fats) on the surface of the skin. Coconut oil contains saturated fatty acids that have emollient properties. An emollient is a fat or oil that acts as a moisturizer by filling in gaps in dry skin, and making it smooth.
Studies have shown honey to be beneficial for many types of skin diseases. Various studies have found honey to be moisturizing, and healing. These are all qualities that suggest honey is an ideal at home treatment to relieve dry skin. It is completely natural and can be applied directly to the skin.
Aloe vera gel may help provide relief from dry skin, A person with dry skin on their hands or feet can apply aloe vera gel and cover the affected area with a sock or glove. People may prefer to do this before they go to bed and leave the gel on all night. If dry skin is on another area of the body, applying aloe vera gel liberally and allowing it to soak in may achieve a similar effect.
Petroleum jelly, otherwise known as mineral oil, has been used as a moisturizer for years.
A research conducted in 2017, stated that the skin barrier in older people improved after they used petroleum jelly. This finding supports the use of petroleum jelly to treat dry skin, especially when caused by aging.
Oatmeal is another natural ingredient that can help treat the skin. Adding powdered oatmeal to a bath or using creams that contain oatmeal may help to relieve the skin. Extracts from oatmeal had anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, suggesting it can help treat dry skin. It is important to keep skin moisturized and to treat dry skin as soon as possible.
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