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Your dry skin sometimes demands instant relief, and you may be out of your favorite moisturizer or exfoliating scrub. When this happens, there are plenty of home remedies for dry skin and you probably have everything you need for these remedies in your home already. If you’re looking to get your skin in shape for spring, we’ve got your covered. Keep reading for four quick and easy home remedies for dry skin.
Milk and Honey Bath
Cleopatra was a huge fan of her luxuriously decadent milk and honey baths, and both ingredients are really great for dry skin. However, filling your tub with milk is wasteful and you probably aren’t thrilled with the idea of sitting in a tub full of milk. Run yourself a warm bath (hot water will further dry out your skin) and add two cups of milk and ¼ cup of honey to your bath. The lactic acid in milk is a great moisturizer for dry skin and honey is a natural humectant, so the moisture your receives is kept in your skin longer.
When you don’t have time to take a relaxing and moisturizing bath, you can use milk compresses to target the driest areas of your skin. Simply saturate a washcloth or cotton round with milk and apply to your skin. “Milk has anti-inflammatory properties that often take the itch away,” says Susan C. Taylor, MD, of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Leave the compress on your skin for five minutes then wipe the excess away and apply moisturizer.
Brown Sugar Scrub
Many people mistakenly believe that those with dry skin shouldn’t exfoliate because it causes more dryness. The very opposite is true; regular exfoliation removes dead, dry skin cells from the surface layer of your skin and allows healthier cells to emerge. Chemical exfoliants like lactic or salicylic acids are an excellent option for dry skin, because they are super gentle. However, you can also use staples in your kitchen to create your own gentle exfoliating scrub. Combine four tablespoons of brown sugar with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and one tablespoon of honey. Mix well and then apply all over your skin to gently exfoliate.
Oatmeal baths have been used as a treatment to soothe and calm skin for ages. For the most effective oatmeal bath, blend one cup of oatmeal (you can use instant, quick or traditional oats…whatever you have on hand) in a food processor until you have a powder. Add this powder to warm running water. Break up any lumps with your fingers, then soak for 15 to 20 minutes for less irritated and more hydrated skin.
Other dry skin care ingredients that you have in your home include coconut oil, aloe vera gel and plain yogurt. When caring for dry skin, always remember to use warm rather than hot water, pat your skin dry rather than rubbing and apply your moisturizer as quickly as possible after bathing or washing your hands or face. Proper care of dry skin not only keeps your skin calm, but also smooth and healthy-looking.