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The 3 Best Remedies to Get Rid of Dry Skin

Get Rid Of Dry Skin

Dry and itchy skin affects many people, including those who usually have oily skin. Dry and itchy skin can be caused by many factors. Cold weather and low humidity can remove moisture from your skin, making it dry and uncomfortable.

Health conditions like eczema and allergies also contribute to skin problems. Even though there are many skin care products available to relieve dry skin, a lot of people don’t know the best ways to use them. In this article, we will go over some of the best remedies to get rid of dry skin.

1. Have a daily routine

To manage dry and itchy skin, it’s important to have a good daily skin care routine. Start with using a gentle cleanser that doesn’t take away your skin’s natural oils. Soap-free and fragrance-free cleansers are usually better because they are less likely to irritate dry skin.

Next, moisturizing is key. The best facial moisturizer contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides which will allow your skin to retain moisture. These ingredients also help to repair your skin’s barrier. It’s best to apply moisturizer right after you shower or bathe to lock in the moisture.

Finally, always protect your skin from the sun. Sun damage can make your skin even drier and more irritated. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, even on cloudy days. Choose a sunscreen that’s also moisturizing and formulated for sensitive skin to avoid further dryness.

2. Try home remedies

There are some effective home remedies and natural treatments you can try which will help you keep your skin from getting irritated and dry. One good option is an oatmeal bath. Finely ground oatmeal added to warm bath water can help soothe itching and moisturize your skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Honey is another great natural moisturizer that’s good for healing and soothing your skin. You can apply a thin layer of raw honey directly to the dry areas, leave it on for about 10-15 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water.

Natural oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil are also helpful for getting rid of dry skin and are easily accessible. These oils absorb into the skin well and provide long-lasting moisture. Apply a small amount of oil on your damp skin right after you shower to lock in the moisture.

3. Make some lifestyle changes

Taking care of your skin can also mean making some changes to your daily habits, especially what you eat and drink. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and flaxseeds, helps nourish your skin. Foods loaded with antioxidants, such as berries and nuts, can reduce skin inflammation. Drinking lots of water is important too, as it helps keep your skin hydrated.

What you wear affects your skin too. Choose clothes made from cotton because they are soft and let your skin breathe, which reduces irritation. Also, use laundry detergents that are free from dyes and fragrances to avoid irritating your skin.


By adhering to a daily skincare regimen, incorporating natural remedies, and making lifestyle adjustments, you can learn how to get rid of dry skin effectively. These holistic approaches will promote healthier, more comfortable skin in the long term.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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