Dry patches of skin are just as uncomfortable as they are unappealing, aren’t they? The worst part about them is they can appear any time of year – during the harsh, cold winter weather as well as the hot, dry summer months. They can also appear on your face, elbows, knees, feet, and anywhere else that falls victim to mother nature and dry skin.
Depending on your skin type and the degree of dryness, these unsightly and annoying patches could be healed with anything from a little extra lotion to a more aggressive (but natural) skincare routine. We’ve compiled a few ways you can fight your own dry patches to help reveal the soft, supple skin that’s dying to break free.
The best thing about exfoliation is that it’s easy, effective, and you don’t have to do it every day. You can even make your own all natural body scrub with equal parts organic brown sugar and coconut oil, and add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil for a refreshing scent.
Exfoliation removes excess dead skin cells, which can create a barrier that prevents the moisture you need from being absorbed into the skin. Simply use your rub on the dry patches, rubbing it in until the sugar melts. Pat your skin dry, and moisturize accordingly.
Soaking in the bathtub is a remedy anyone can get behind, eh? Simply add a cup or two of your preferred Epsom salts to an already lukewarm bath (water that’s too hot can further dry out your skin), and soak for 10-15 minutes. You can also add in your favorite organic almond/jojoba/olive oil to the bath for extra moisture.
Milk has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe itchy, dry skin. When you have an itch, you scratch it, right? Right. That’s actually a counterproductive, inflammatory cycle that does nothing to soothe dry skin – it just irritates it further.
If your dry skin patches are extra itchy, grab a quart of your favorite organic milk and pour it into a bowl. Use a washcloth to soak up the milk and apply it gently to your dry skin patches – hold it there for a few minutes, then repeat all over.
After a nice shower (remember- not too hot!), your pores are open and your skin is ripe with moisture. If you’ve used an exfoliant while showering, your dry patches are perfectly primed for extra moisture via your favorite body butter, cream, lotion, or oil.
These natural solutions are formulated to seal in the moisture to your skin (especially post-shower or bath), preventing it from evaporating.
It’s an old-fashioned trick, but a valid one. Applying a thick layer of moisture to your skin underneath your pajamas before bed can be messy, but it’s also incredibly effective. You can even make your own DIY, all natural body butter that combines our favorite moisturizing ingredients!
Here’s our favorite, simple recipe: Combine ½ cup organic shea or cocoa butter with ½ cup organic coconut oil and ¼ cup organic olive oil in a small pot on the stove. Heat until all ingredients are melted, then pour into a mixing bowl. Set bowl in fridge for 20-30 minutes, until the sides of the bowl begin to re-harden into a solid (this will create a noticeable “O” ring). Pull from fridge, add in 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils scent (lavender and lemongrass is our fave), and whip until thick peaks begin to form and the mixture resembles a creamy, whipped body butter.
All natural, very effective, and luxurious for your dry skin! Perfect for before bedtime.
The good news about dry skin patches (bear with me here) is that they’re almost never irreparable. Hopefully after trying a few of these simple, natural homemade remedies, your skin is as soft as a baby’s bottom soon enough!
If for some reason these remedies don’t work, or if your dry skin becomes scaly or begins to bleed, please make an appointment to see your doctor.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Alana Mitchell. Alana Mitchell is the day spa owner at Skincare by Alana, beauty/skincare expert and licensed esthetician. Skincare by Alana is a popular online skincare shop for famous brands like Rhonda Allison, Dermalogica skin care and many more. She doesn’t believe in beauty products that are not tried and researched, rather she is excited about natural organic day spa treatments that actually work.