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Home Remedies for Dry Face Skin

Updated on May 19, 2013

What's the Deal With Dry Face Skin?

To people who never experienced it, dry face skin doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but those of us who have suffered from having dry face skin constantly throughout our lives know how frustrating this itchy irritating and unattractive condition is.

As if having dry skin wasn't annoying enough, we find that the products that supposedly rid us of the problem are either unaffordable or ineffective. But who needs them anyway?

Below you will find a list of some of the best home remedies for dry face skin, not only are these inexpensive (some simply require everyday items) but dare I say, a heck of a lot more effective and healthy than the chemically induced crap products around.

Before we begin, let's take a look at the most common reasons for dry skin.

*Thanks to rubyblossom at flickr for the image.

Common Reasons for Dry Facial Skin

As you may have already noticed, winter tends to be the time when dry skin occurs.

This is because of the low levels of humidity during the winter.

On the other side of the spectrum, dry skin also occurs to those who have over exposure to the sun.

Another common reason for dry skin, is that some individuals have sweat glands that are unable to absorb moisture as they should, or a simple case of the skin not absorbing water efficiently.

Now, while some people like to share hundreds of useless home remedies for dry face skin in order to impress you, I prefer to share a chosen few that are actually known to work, let's begin.

Natural Home Remedies for Dry Face Skin

  1. Olive Oil - A natural Anti-oxidant filled with Vitamin E and Vitamin K. The use olive oil for these purposes was famously applied by the Egyptian women thousands of years ago, known for their beautiful skin.

    While it's extremely simple, it is still important that you make sure you're using a natural Olive Oil that isn't chemically induced. I go with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Baja California.

    To use Olive Oil for dry face skin all you have to do is apply a small amount on your face after each shower, BEFORE you dry yourself off.

  2. Oatmeal (Facial Mask) - Making a facial mask out of oatmeal not only helps with dry facial skin, but is also effective in relieving sun burns and various acne problems. The reason why an oatmeal mask is so effective is that not only does it unclog all the dirt from your pores, helping your pores to properly absorb the humidiy, but it also helps maintain the already absorbed humidity in your pores more effectively.

    How to make an Oatmeal Mask : There are dosens of recipes for oatmeal masks out there, but I found that the most effective one for treating dry facial skin requires a few simple ingredients, usually found in every household. You'll need oatmeal, milk, and one ripe banana.

    Begin by mashing up the ripe banana into a bowl, follow by adding a cup of ground oatmeal and start mixing. Now add lukewarm milk to the mix and stir until you get a nice mixture, then simply spread it on your face.

    Don't leave the mask on for more than fifteen minutes, as it hardens and gets quite annoying. Rinse the mask off with cold water and enjoy the results.

  3. Avocado (Facial Mask) - Avocado has everything you need for treating dry skin.

    It's rich in wonderful oils, contains Vitamins A, C, E and B-complex (meaning all the B group vitamins).

    The benefits of an Avocado Mask are natural moisturizing and rejuvenation of the skin, not to mention it dissolves the dirty clogging your pores.

    How to make an Avocado Mask : The advantage of this facial mask is that no other ingredients besides Avocado are necessary as it already contains everything you need. Simply take half an avocado and mash it. Apply the mask either after a warm shower, or after you rinsed your face with lukewarm water. Use circual motions as you apply it onto your face, leave the mask on for about twenty minutes and remove using warm water.

  4. Almond Oil - Most commonly used by massage therapists due to its sweet aroma and the lack of greasiness other oils tend to have.

    The health benefits of the almond oil are numerous. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, B6, as well as several benifical minerals.

    Like the oatmeal mask, almond oil is used for removing dark circles around the eyes, chapped lips, and even repelling mosquitoes, most importantly, treating dry facial skin.

    * Do not use Almond Oil if you suffer from any sort of nut allergy, as that could be dangerous.

    How to use Almond Oil : Begin by applying a few drops of almond oil on your face, than rinse your hands in warm water

    and use them to sort of massage the oil on your face. Leave it on for about seven to ten minutes and remove using a damp washcloth.

    If you've never purchased Almond Oil before, I recommend the one sold by Now Foods, it's surprisingly inexpensive at two bucks, and the quality is suprb.

Great Collections of Home Remedies

Below are some of the best books containing massive collections of home remedies.

I personally found that it saved me a substantial amount of money on overpriced products in the long run.

Preventing Dry Facial Skin

While I have no doubt that the home remedies for dry face skin I've shared will help you, nothing is better than preventing the problem in the first placeo, below are several tips to assist you.

- When showering, try using warm water as opposed to hot water. If you find that this is impossible for you, start taking shorter showers instead.

The reason for doing this is that too much hot water for extended periods of time, melts away your body's natural skin defense, the same one that protects you from dry skin.

- While most people hate to hear it, exercising is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin, as it stimulates better blood flow, water and oxygen levels throughout the body. Also, the sweat coming out during the exercise unclogs your pores thus enabling them to work more efficiently.

- Avoid sugar processed, and fried food. Instead add whole grain food, fish, fruits & vegetables to your diet.

- Install a humidifer in your room to combat the low humidity levels of the weather, this is quite inexpensive yet extremely effective.

- When showering, consider using organic prefume free soap, as most soaps tend to be filled with unhealthy chemicals that cause dry skin.

I personally use Dr. Bronner's Organic Lavender Soap.

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      5 years ago

      I'm going to try olive oil on my face when I sleep again, I've been using raw honey but it makes sleeping very uncomfortable

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      5 years ago

      Will definitely be trying some of these remedies for dry skin, thanks!

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      5 years ago

      Excellent information and lens, thanks for sharing.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      5 years ago

      In the winter, dry face skin is a common problem. Better use what you already have at home!

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      5 years ago

      I found your lens very informative. Thumbs up for this lens!

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      orange3 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great tips! I love using avocado for a facial mask. I feels good and works great too!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very good suggestions here that are easy to try.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      Great info, thanks for sharing. My skin feels better already. =D

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      6 years ago

      I have never heard of using olive oil on our skin. Although my skin is a little oily, it is mostly dry and seems to soak up the lotion, requiring me to put more on later. Thank you for the great tips, I'll try them! Happy Weekend!

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      6 years ago

      Okay ... I'm not a very successful naturalist, but I have extremely dry skin, which means I have hot red cheeks, chin, and eyebrows (which I hide with foundation). A dermatologist once told me my dry skin was because my epidermis (the outer layer of my skin) does not shed properly. I tried the well-known brands of dermatology creams -- they actually made things worse! (My skin did not stay moist for very long, and my cheeks were even redder than before application.) What has worked for me for many years is Olay's Quench lotion. Sometimes, my skin itches a little with it, but then again, my skin itches without it. Point is: I now have smooth skin. I can put the lotion on after a shower in the morning, and my skin still feels moist and soft when I go to bed, which is more than I can say for Keri and others. Just thought I'd share all this, in case other readers are in search of product testimonials. P.S. Thanks for stopping by my Myth lens -- greatly obliged!

    • traveller27 profile image


      6 years ago

      Some good tips here.

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      6 years ago

      My secret to soft beautiful skin is to wash (lightly scrub my face with a mixture of brown sugar & honey and then rinse with rooibos (herb) tea and afterwards moisturise with pure cold pressed olive oil. Works like a charm and it's all natural!

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      Sher Ritchie 

      6 years ago

      Great advice, and great lens too! Thanks for sharing!

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      Carol Fisher 

      6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I'm going to try some of these rememdies. They sound extremely easy to make.

    • Mistl profile image


      6 years ago

      Very good advice. I suffer from dry skin in my face on occasion and the advice given here is certainly helpful. Thank you!


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