Dry skin won’t go away on its own. Luckily, there are home remedies that work—and you’re probably stocking some in your home right now.
Why is your skin so dry?
“There are many reasons why people get dry skin,” says Alexander Dane, DO, of Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA, in New Jersey. “Some people can inherit conditions genetically where they have a tendency to have dry, cracked skin. Others develop skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, which aren’t necessarily inherited, but they’re acquired.”
Dry skin can affect your appearance and your quality of life, and itchy dry skin can make it hard to concentrate at work and at home. These home remedies for dry, itchy skin might be just what you need. Of course, Dr. Dane reminds us that sometimes dry skin can be too severe for home remedies to work, and that’s when it’s time to see your dermatologist. Here is what your skin care routine should look like if you have dry skin.
Natural dry skin remedy: Extra virgin olive oil
This pantry staple isn’t just for cooking. When it comes to natural dry skin remedies, Dr. Dane recommends mixing a few drops of extra virgin olive oil with your moisturizer. Alternatively, he says, a thin layer of olive oil applied directly to dry skin can be used as an intensive overnight treatment; simply rinse off in your morning shower. Olive oil contains fatty acids and antioxidants that help soothe and heal dry skin. Here are 11 amazing ways olive oil improves your hair, skin, and more.
Natural dry skin remedy: Humidifier
Dry air can cause dry skin to become irritated and even itchier, experts say. If the air in your home is dry, try using a humidifier to add moisture to the air; it can help prevent an extremely dry face. Portable humidifiers or those that attach to a furnace can work equally well to make your home’s air less dry.