5 Natural, Homemade Remedies For Dry Skin

UPDATE: This post originally ran on November 13th 2012 but now that we’re in the midst of winter we needed to remind ourselves of these great natural remedies!

One of my biggest annoyances come winter is dry skin.  I literally will not go anywhere without a small bottle of lotion, because in my opinion there are few things worse than when my hands are dry – it drives me crazy. The thing with store-bought lotions, though, is that within a half hour of applying them my hands feel dry again. I’ve been looking into some natural alternatives and it turns out there are some awesome dry skin remedies that I already have in my kitchen!

homemade dry skin remedies

1. Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of those miracle substances that seems to have endless uses (just see this postthis post…and this post…). It works wonders for dry skin, and is actually the base ingredient for many store-bought moisturizers. By using it on its own, you eliminate chemicals and other ingredients in lotions that can actually counteract the power of the oil.  Olive oil is packed with antioxidants that can repair dry, irritated or inflamed skin, and can help prevent and repair damage that can lead to wrinkles or sun spots. Soak cotton swabs in the oil and apply to dry patches of skin; let sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

lemon body scrub

2. Olive Oil, Lemon, & Salt Scrub

If the thought of applying oil directly to your skin freaks you out a bit (which I know it might for some people!) this is a great alternative.  Mix the juice from 1 lemon with 5 tablespoons of sea salt and one tablespoon of olive oil to create a luxurious body scrub.  The fresh lemon scent is invigorating and with the addition of olive oil, this scrub will leave your skin feeling fresh and moisturized and incredibly soft.

homemade dry skin remedies

3. Honey

Honey softens and moisturizes dry skin, and can be applied directly to problem areas – massage gently into skin and let sit for 2-3 minutes and rinse. Repeat daily and you will experience noticeably softer skin!

homemade dry skin remedies

homemade remedies dry skin

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another wonder oil, and one of its specialties is moisturizing! There are so many ways you can use it – lather it right onto the skin, apply to problem areas like your hands, cuticles, and joints, or add a few spoonfuls to your bath! It leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and it also smells amazing.

homemade dry skin remedies

5. Aloe

I got an aloe plant this summer and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made! They live for a very long time and are easy to maintain. When you need aloe, simply cut one of the tentacles off the plant and squeeze the gel directly out – the gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf (not the yellowish substance just under the skin, which is aloe latex). Cutting the plant won’t harm it either, which is evidence of aloe’s amazing healing powers – the plant will seal itself back up and continue to grow!

homemade dry skin remedies

Photos by Julia.

What’s your favorite remedy for dry skin? Let us know in the comments!


  1. Amazing chemical free solutions! Thank you for sharing.
    I have only used previously used Coconut Oil, which for some strange reason leaves my skin much dryer later.
    I hope you don’t mind if I reblog your post (crediting you of course)?

  2. Going to try these tricks! My hands and face are always dry in the winter and I’ve never found a good store bought remedy.

  3. hi ladies! this is a great post! i’ve tried for a long time to find a solution to dry skin on my face, and also things that won’t aggravate my sensitive acne-prone skin. i tried using olive oil for a while, but it can be very hard to get the greasy feeling off since it sinks right into your pores. i’ve actually found a really great face moisturizer that also clears up dark spots, it’s totally organic and i get it at whole foods. i use the “daily cream” and the “night cream”. it’s full of fruits and veggies you wouldn’t think your skin would crave, and has a lot of natural sea elements too! i don’t know much about the other products on this line, but so far the “acne-dote face and body scrub” has also proved to be a miracle. it’s super refreshing with citrus, peppermint and willow-bark!! sorry for the long comment, it sounds like i’m trying to sell it, haha. good luck!!



  4. One great addition to this list is actually milk. For super soft, moisturized skin do a combination:
    seal salt scrub and rinse, then apply warmed honey (not hot, but warmed a little lets it spread easier) and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes and rise with warm skim milk (either in hot water/milk bath soak or just poured over your body depending on preference). The higher lactic content in skim milk makes it a good skin conditioner. This was an ultra-luxe treatment at the 5 start spa I worked at and it leaves your skin feeling amazing.

  5. These are great, but just be warned that lemon juice makes your skin photosensitive, so don’t go outside for a while if you use it!

  6. I would stay away from most of these if you are acne-prone. Do your research on non-comedogenic products!

  7. We are on the same page. Use an olive oil and castor oil combo for cleansing. Love my raw honey mask (actually wearing it now) and mix coconut oil with almond oil as a moisturizer. Chemical free, DIY and inexpensive and all excellent for your skin. Check out my blog for other recipes!

  8. I have been using pure argan oil on my face as a moisturizer for almost a year, and it has actually done wonders for my acne-prone skin! All those chemicals were drying it out so bad, my skin was producing excess oil- hence the acne :( Just a suggestion…

  9. Great post! Love natural skin care. I get dry skin in the winter and use an all natural product call “Winter replenishing body cream” it is sold by a company call purely northwest http://www.amazon.com/Purely-Nothwest-Dry-Skin-Cream/dp/B00AR1FU20/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358487396&sr=8-2&keywords=purely+northwest if you suffer from extra dry skin you should try their body cream. It can be used on the face and does not clog pore or cause breakouts, this was a big plus for me. Leaves my skin velvety smooth all day long. Just love it!!!

  10. Having dry skin is really itchy. I’d better start putting honey on my skin. I’m so excited for the result. May I ask if honey can be a cure to acne? Help me with my problem. Thanks!

  11. I have extremely dry skin, so dry my feet, hands, elbows and knees crack year round. Pedicures are torture because my skin is so dry is looks like my foot grew out of a callus :/ I soak my feet in warm water & olive oil for 10 minutes (or longer if I fall asleep lol) and then rinse whilst using a pumice stone. I swear by this, if I was more diligent I suppose my skin would improve but due to time constraints it’s something I do every other week. It is said that this also aids in toenail health as my toenails (neuropathy) are a bit thick and somewhat hard to trim.

  12. I have more recently found a product that treats my dry skin more effectively than any other topical remedy has to date, it is called Prosanol by Swedish Skin Care. It keeps my skin hydrated for such a long time and after a few days the flaky patches were diminishing greatly.
    I am always looking for things that are quick and have no sulfates, steroids, dyes or perfumes and this product qualifies.

  13. my skin has become very dry,especially my hands. i tried raw shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil.both of these products did nothing for my hands.the coconut oil made me break out on my face.the shea butter was nice on my face.i dony have dry skin on my face.im going to give the olive oil a try.

  14. You got to fillet the Aloe Vera just like you would fillet fish. I buy them at supermarkets. If it is too long you can cut it off and make 2, or 3 pieces. Split in half with a sharp knife scrape it off on a large dinner plate. that way i can scrape off almost 99% of edible, or usable Aloe Vera. Then i pour it in a plastic container with cover, and put it in my refrigerator for later use. With one leave i can make about 5 Oz. 100% pure Juice.

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  19. Thank you so much for the olive oil one it was very helpful. I have had trouble with dry skin for at least 2 years now and it has been irritating the crap out of me but thanks again it works AMAZING!!!

  20. HI everyone mi live is misirible my face is mega dry cracked and burning can someone help me?

  21. My skin is quite dry and I’ve been looking for solutions for long time. I’ll try these tips and see the results. Thanks for your sharing.

  22. i dont know i wanted to be really sure before i try this your therapy, my skin is the oily type and am dark also, will this be good for me.

    Gary @ butane honey oil blog

  23. I go through the Blog. This is an amazing Blog of skin care tips. I want to try this therapy. My skin is very dry and I use Obagi skin care products . Now , I decide to use your all remedies in winter.

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  27. I have very dry skin especially on my face. So I started making my own natural recipes at home. One of the ingredients i have found very effective is papaya. I boil a whole papaya and i put it in a blender I then add vitamins E and orange juice at night.For my dark spots i have been using lemon juice and onion juice mixed together at night. It also leave my skin so soft and it is good for sun damage. In day i use carrot juice. Boil the carrot and when they are soft put them in the blender also add orange juice and vitamins E and mix them together and put them in the refrigerator. These home made recipes have been helping my dry skin.

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  30. for very dry skin you can try coconut oil add a litle to your daily cream try that see if that will help you.
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  34. Wow! I just tried a combination of milk and honey. I soaked the affected area for 7 minutes and then blotted it with Luke warm water. I can already feel a difference. Thank you so much!!! I have suffered with eczema my whole life and this is really helping so far! I can’t wait to try the other suggestions from this article! Again, thank you so so much!

  35. i have a really dry skin even I cant use make ups properly in winter and summer it dose not match my face skin would u plz help me and let me know wut to do?


  36. Over the weekend a spider bit me while I was sleeping and the top layer of my face dried out and flaked off, but now my left side of the face is extremely dry. When I was in Hong Kong they mixed banana with organic honey and that softens your face too, so I think I’ll try that.

  37. Best moisturizer is olive oil or coconut oil combined with steam! Rub any oil you like on your hands and put them on top of hot water so that the oil can infuse your skin. If you have dry skin flakes try the Baiden Mitten. It rolls off the dry skin flakes and leaves your skin silky smooth.

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  42. I have this rich, wonderful mix I use on my feet. It’s a mix of coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil. It’s seriously greasy when first going on but soaks in pretty well after a few minutes. I lather the stuff on before bed and put socks on. In the morning my feet feel amazing!

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  44. I found an amazing natural soap in bars and liquid at sweetbabymine.com. The soap feels more like lotion and it has helped my hands so much. I am an icu rn so I wash my hands alot and this soap has helped my dry cracked skin more than anything I have ever used. The ingredients are listed and are all natural. It also lasts a long time because it’s very concentrated and doesn’t leave a nasty film on my shower door. I encourage anyone with dry skin to try it.

  45. Call me crazy along with Dr. D but we follow the Eat right for you blood type diet and if you follow that along with the oils that are beneficial for your type-you shouldn’t have any dry skin. Unless you are a bit dehydrated or have diabetes etc. I do like the honey and olive oil mixture. Blessings

  46. This is the type of tips that we should give time and importance. Follow these tips and you will be happy and if only your skin could talk, it will tell you: “Good job!”

  47. HI All,
    I am suffering from very bad dry skin and it burns alot the flacks kinda of dry skin comes out i tried all medcines it nt working out kindly advise .

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  49. Really it is very helpful,if we don’t take proper care of our skin then we are damaging ourselves therefore, it’s always good to take proper measures to stay young and dynamic forever.

    Thanks for sharing

  50. LOVE coconut oil. I use a product called CapriClear that is an all natural moisturizer that has been a great addition to my skin care toutine. It helps with dry skin, especially during the winter months!

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  52. Thanks for the wonderful insight… I love all the natural treatment for skin, especially tea tree oil. I add it to bath water , it gives amazing relies beside killing bacteria and fungus, and reduce other skin problems.

  53. THANK YOU for your information! I’m having a tormenting time with my dry skin this winter. I know as we age our skin (and everything else) loses moisture. But I’ve tried everything I can find at stores (natural and full of stuff) just to try to find some relief. Praying that some of your ideas help! Thanks again!!!

  54. Great post! I swear by Olive oil. I have a bottle right by my shower. I apply the oil along with a few drops of essential oils directly onto my skin while it’s still wet. Then I pat my body dry with a yummy fluffy towel (make sure to use a different towel for your hair). Then I’m left with soft sweet smelling skin all over! Thus eliminating the need for perfumes. It lasts all day…

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  57. Great techniques and its great to see users comment their techniques as well. As for me, im a guy and had acne, i used lemon juice + sugar and apply on my overnight and rinse off the next day. It works Perfectly. Later on, i applied blended Tomato or Cucumber and applied on my face for around 20 minutes as moisturizers. It works amazing. Now i have soft and less-visible acne scars on my face. Hope you guys may overcome your problems! PS: Amazing blog you have here, very useful <3

  58. The salt scrub is a great idea! I personally use a coffee sugar scrub from this place called Turtle Creek and it works amazing wonders on my dry skin. I had never felt my hands and feet feel so good and it lasted for a few days too with little maintenance. Somehow removing dead skin with a moisturizing scrub is really effective for me.

    The Turtle Creek brand I use has a lot more ingredients in it then just honey, they use shea butter and avocado oil and olive oil and glycerin and a bunch of other goodies. Perhaps adding these types of things to your scrubs may be beneficial to you all too : ) Olive oil by itself sort of works on my skin, but amazingly my skin is so prone to dryness that it only lasts for a short time. I think shea butter combined with works a lot better for me, personally.

    They are a small brand with great products if you wanna try em out or just see how they make their scrubs to get ideas: http://turtlecreekstore.weebly.com/exfoliants.html

  59. I love this post. I have suffered badly and still am from dry skin. I also had some eczema in between and I know how it feels to want to scratch your skin off. I am sure this will help a lot for people. :)

    thanks a lot.

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  61. I think my skin is well moisturized but since I’m 40+ – I also needed to start using a better moisturizer. I tried the one you recommended, but my dermatologist recommended the Somaluxe Moisturizer – and he was right – its EXCELLENT for dry skin. It’s non-greasy and if you have very dry skin and you need the extra moisturizer, I think you’ll the Somaluxe Moisturizer. Your make-up glides over it, and many others suggest using it on elbows and other troubled spots. . ..

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  64. I also have dry skin and it becomes more dry specially during winter season. I am going to try this solution, it is natural solution and I already use olive oil so I think it will give me good results.

  65. Dry skin problem is really a part of us but these tricks & tips can help people happy from dry skin specially during winter season.

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  66. This winter’s been very rough on my skin, but ive been using the somaluxe argan oil has helped immensely. Its for hair and skin and you can use it on your face – thank god for this. It smells so good and doesnt leave me greasy.

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  73. my skin has become very dry,especially my feet . i tried raw shea butter and extra virgin coconut oil.both of these products did nothing for my hands.the coconut oil made me break out on my face.the shea butter was nice on my face.i dony have dry skin on my face.im going to give the honey a try.

  74. I love using pure argan oil on my face it reduces wrinkles and leaves my face feeling amazing all day long. For the rest of my body I use whipped argan oil OMG wish I had a tub I could just lay in. It also last all day until you wash it off. Both are a little oily at first it takes about 5 minutes to soak in but well worth the wait.

  75. I like to add glycerin to coconut oil and use for full body moisturizer, It makes is easier to rub in and helps even more

  76. I have the worst dry hands because I live in a cold climate – and it got worse when I turned 40. I dont like GREASY lotions – so I recommend the Valencia Orange All Purpose Lotion from Made from Earth. . .I use this as my hand lotion and it works great – NO MORE CRACKS AND WRINKLES. They looked gross. Plus it smells like FRESH oranges and I can carry it in my purse. PLEASE protect your hands, because you dont want wrinkled hands when you get older !!!

  77. I’ve tried for a long time to find a solution to dry skin on my face, and also things that won’t aggravate my sensitive acne-prone skin. i tried many cosmetic products but they only give relief for some period of time. I will surely try out your given home made products.
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  89. Amazing tips. I really like all your tips. I will definitely share your tips to my friends and family who really need to work on their skin. Olive Oil, Lemon, & Salt Scrub , this one seems really amazing and beneficial. Keep posting such amazing skin care tips.

  90. I have tried coconut oil but I haven’t tried any of the other methods. Thank you for this post, Ill definitely have to try these out. With the cold weather setting in, my skin has already started to go dry. I’m afraid that I’ll end up getting my eczema back again. Hopefully, if I try these out, I’ll prevent it from happening. I also found this article about dry and dehydrated skin that I found really useful, I hope you don;t mind me sharing it – https://onlinepharmacyuk.co.uk/health-and-wellbeing-en/defining-dehydrated-skin/

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