10 Natural Remedies for Dry Skin

Coconut Oil

Posted by Audrey (Gardner, Kansas) on 07/17/2007
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coconut oil=so far helped my cracked feet and under eye dark circles...I have had dry feet 4ever...in the last year they have severely cracked...I have been applying the coconut oil for 2 days at night...feet are healing like crazy and circles are diminishing

Coconut Oil and Beeswax

Posted by Farrelly (Traverse City, Mi) on 11/16/2010
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Hi All, I find that the coconut oil would wash away so I put some beeswax in it. Just melt some coconut oil, (any edible oil will do), minimally hot, and shave some real beeswax onto it. Test it while it is in the melted state to see if it is the right consistancy. When to desired thickness put into containers for convenient use. The beeswax keeps the moisture in. I recommend putting on the oil and bee's wax combo on right after getting the area you want to treat wet. Dry off and immediately moisturize. Where I live this is survival in the wintertime.

Replied by Equiana
Ithaca, Ny
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This stuff works!!! My son has had a chronic dry skin problem. He's ten years old now and ever since he was a baby we tried every kind of lotions on market, some even organic. We tried castor oil, ACV, etc. Nothing seemed to work. But after I read this post, I rushed to a healthfood store and got beeswax and made this balm and lo behold... He tells me his skin feels dramatically different! I am so thankful that somebody posted this. At first I tried 50/50 combination of oil and beeswax, but that is a little too hard to rub on skin (but made an EXCELLENT lip balm -- far better than any commercial lip balms, including those that claim organics like Kiss My Face) so I tried 2/3 oil and 1/3 beeswax combination in the second batch, which is softer and more handleable for rubbing into a large area of skin.

For oil, I used EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and some castor oil too.


Replied by Stubzilla
Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Hey, I have suffered from terrible dry skin for years and want to try this. Could you PLEASE explain how you made this balm. Did you add wax shavings to oil then heat all three? or did you heat the wax and then add it to oils? Do you have to make single batch or can you make it and then store it?

Replied by Ophelia Grey
Columbia City, Indiana
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To concoct this recipe, I suggest the following.

For a cream consistency you'll want to take the previous commenters advice and make a ratio of 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil. Oils have different healing properties, so choose accordingly.

If you are experiencing simply dry skin, I suggest using olive oil (does not have to be Extra Virgin ). If you are also experiencing a rash or skin peeling, I suggest using a cold pressed coconut oil. (Very effective for fungal infections). For a lighter cream, perhaps for spring and summer, I reccomend using sunflower oil.

Now for the recipe... Take 1 part beeswax and put it in a small pan. Heat on the very lowest setting, stirring with a wooden spoon regularly.

When the wax reaches a smooth consistancy, add in your oil of choice. Mix thouroughly. At this point you can also add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice. Add only a FEW drops, as essential oils can be very potent. If you do decide to add essential oils, I suggest testing a small amount of the cream on the inside of your elbow and allow to sit for a few hours to ensure you do not have a sensitivity to the mixture.

While the cream is hot, pour into a small air tight container. Your cream is now ready to use. Do not place the mixture in the refrigerator because it will harden and become difficult to use.

Coffee Grounds

Posted by Timvalsm (Victoria, Bc Canada) on 10/13/2010
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Coffee Grinds cured my facial dry flaking skin. My skin was very flaky after years of wet shaving with soap based cremes. I applied damp coffee grounds to my affected facial skin, light rubbing to release the natural oil from the coffee grinds. After two applications, my skin looks new, again, with not even a sign of redness. By the way, I am also a daily ACV user after it cured a stubborn sinus infection.

Posted by Teacher (Houston, TX) on 04/13/2009
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Coffee grounds for exfoliations has worked very well for me. Immediately after washing my face with the grounds, I noticed a difference in my skin. It was softer and looked brighter. My family members even complimented me on a more glowing complexion. I plan to continue to use them. I have not tried the cellulite treatment yet, but intend to soon. My brother, who is a nutritionist, says that I should use organic coffee grounds because they are free of chemicals.

Posted by Sreis (Jacksonville, Florida, USA) on 11/16/2008
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Seconding the coffee grounds idea: I learned about using coffee grounds in a spa class. They are great to exfoliate with, especially since you can consider it recycling to use them after your coffee is brewed. They are said to help with cellulite because of increasing circulation in the targeted cells. That's from caffeine plus the action of rubbing your skin. Not sure if proven.

FYI about exfoliation: Exfoliation is for removing the surface layer of dead skin cells, polishing off excess build-up and any flakiness. It also really helps to increase cell renewal. Never exfoliate inflamed or cracked skin. Never exfoliate without moisturizing after. If you don't moisturize, you may see results at first but later your problems will be worse. The reason is that you're abrasively removing the outer protective layer, including good oils, and possibly causing damage to living cells. If you don't replace the oils to help protect and nourish your skin then it will dry out again, more quickly this time. Also, do be gentle.

Moisturizing: There are lots of great oils out there you can use right on your skin. Try to go as natural as you can and avoid anything with mineral oil, petroleum, alcohol or plastics. A few good oils: sweet almond (less greasy), emu, avocado, coconut, jojoba, olive, sesame.... Whenever I'm cooking with olive oil I like to rub some on my hands and elbows. It soothes and prevents drying too badly from washing dishes.

Posted by Jolie du Pre (Chicago, IL) on 02/05/2008
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A cure for dry skin is to exfoliate. There is no need to buy a product from the store. Use the grounds left over from your daily cup of coffee. Keep the coffee grounds in a container with a lid and store the container in your bathroom. Apply the coffee grounds in the shower. It's messy, but the grounds will not clog your drain. Use the grounds all over your body, including your face. Coffee grounds are full of antixodiants. It's a great cure for cellulite as well.

Posted by Susan (USA)
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02/05/2008: Jolie du Pre from Chicago, IL writes: "A cure for dry skin is to exfoliate. There is no need to buy a product from the store. Use the grounds left over from your daily cup of coffee. Keep the coffee grounds in a container with a lid and store the container in your bathroom. Apply the coffee grounds in the shower. It's messy, but the grounds will not clog your drain. Use the grounds all over your body, including your face. Coffee grounds are full of antixodiants. It's a great cure for cellulite as well.

Egg Facial

Posted by My2cents (Sc) on 10/10/2018
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I have had problems with skin that is either very oily in the day, or very dry at night after washing my face. I seem to be sensitive to many face creams so I went searching for natural ways to help this problem. I saw an egg white or egg yolk facial online and just went for it. I have had very good results using this daily.

Here is my method:

Beat one whole egg and place in a small covered bowl or jar. Apply to clean face. I usually apply 2-3 layers of the egg. I leave it for around 10-15 minutes then wash it off when I take my shower. I do this daily.

While my goal was to moisturize, I have noticed other benefits. I see a reduction in fine lines, as well as less blackheads and my pores seem to be tightening up. I had very large pores to start. I am very surprised by these results after using tis mask daily for a week. I am going to continue using this as it has been the best thing I have ever used. Also at night I pat my face down with rice water and leave it to dry. I do not rinse this off. It makes my skin feel very smooth and I do not need to moisturize when I use this. Maybe this will help someone else who is also at their wits end.

Replied by Sandy
Naperville, Il

How to you make rice water?

Epsom Salts

Posted by Dawn (Cedar Rapids, Ia Us) on 10/25/2010
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Empsom salt soaks gets rid of dry feet:). I just take a usual bath & put in about 2cups of empsom salt I do this 3-4 days a week!!!


Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 12/23/2020
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All of this extra hand-washing is important to help contain germs, but it can sure be hard on the hands! My hands were getting really dry. At home I switched over to glycerin soaps. I have a bar of glycerin soap in the shower and a pump soap at the sink with glycerin for handwashing.

I do also use a lotion bar, especially on my heels. It contains cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil.

If you are inclined to make such a thing it is simply the following:

  • 4 ounces beeswax
  • 4 ounces coconut oil
  • 6 ounces cocoa butter

You can add a teaspoon of peppermint essential oil and it will smell like a peppermint patty. :)

I melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler. Then gently melt in the cocoa butter. Add the peppermint oil once you remove it from the heat. You can pour it into soap molds.

You hold lotion bar in your hand and it melts a little off. It can also be placed in lip balm tubes to make a lip balm instead.


~Mama to Many~

Posted by Dana (Boston, Ma) on 09/30/2009
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Dry skin: I used all posible lotions, creams, oils even lard nothing helped much. Someone said to buy glycerin soap wich helped, then I started to read ingredients of all these lotions and creams and all of them contain glycerin. So I went to wall mart and bought pure glycerin (first aid section) diluted with equal parts of water. Rub it in than rinse it because its sticky. Its also great for lips. If you can stand sticky part apply it and sleep with it (use pajamas, it won't stain) that would be great, at least once a week. I am off lotions and creams for a year now and I feel great. Good luck!

EC: You can find glycerin at most pharmacies and grocery stores. Usually near the iodine.

Replied by Dallas
Amesbury, Ma
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Hey Dana,
Thanks for posting this remedy. I too, have tried every cream, lotion etc. I have had super dry skin since I was a teen. Other kids battled with zits and envied me - my skin was clear and beautiful. But I told them that while it looked great, it was not so great to be wearing this tight mask of skin over my face. Since menopause, it is even drier and tighter and skin creams that I have used before no longer work for more than about 1/2 an hour. I tried the glycerin last night, full strength. This a.m. my skin feels a LOT better than usual. What a relief! Thanks again. :)


Posted by New To All This (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/01/2011
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Winter 2010/11 was my fourth using honey to keep the back of my hands smooth. To test whether I still needed it, I waited till after the weather got cold to see if my skin got dry and rough and it did. I again used cheap grocery store honey for several nights and quit. My skin was fine for the rest of the winter without treatment. I did get two small cuts that I couldn't attribute to any event, daubed them with honey and had no further problems--till today, the first of May, when the weather was slightly chilly in the morning. I again noticed a minor tear but didn't treat it until late afternoon when I saw some blood and applied honey.

It's odd that colder weather a couple of months ago didn't affect my skin yet it couldn't take milder dry wind today.

Replied by New To All This
La, Ca

Winter 2011-12 was my fifth year using honey to stop the back of my hands from getting so dry they bleed, as they did form many years before I used honey.

Surprisingly, this winter it didn't work quite as well as before, even though the Southern California weather didn't seem colder, hotter, wetter or drier than usual. Instead of applying the honey for several days and then having smooth skin all winter, I had to apply it about every couple of months. It never got as bad as before I tried honey, though.

At first I thought it was because I was using old supermarket honey, but the new organic honey I switched to had to be reapplied before winter ended, too. Even so, it was far better than the hand creams and the prescription cream I tried before discovering honey.

This year I paid more attention to my chapped lips, which needed reapplication much more often than my hands.

Posted by Sp (La Vergne, Tn) on 11/07/2010
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After reading a post about honey, I've decided to give it a try. I use raw honey to wash my face every day. Have been doing this for almost a year now and will continue to use it forever. I love the way it makes my skin feel, cleansed, and soft, not tight. I also use Borax (about 2-3 times a week) as a scrub. It works great. My skin feels smooth and soft. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Martha (Orange, Texas) on 03/01/2009
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Dry skin on face: Wash your face with raw honey. It will make your skin nice and soft also. Just rub the honey all over face, let it dry and rinse off with tepid water. I love it.

Posted by Candy (Riverdale, NY) on 07/12/2007
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Taking a bath in honey will heal dry skin. My cousin's 18 month old daughter had cronic dry skin since birth and I suggested this remedy(I read somewhere that Ancient Egyphian Queens took daily baths in honey). The baby no longer has dry skin, from just one bath in honey and it's been almost 3 months since the remedy was used. When my cousin took her daughter to the pediatrician for her regular check up, the doctor was surprised by the results b/c she (the pediatrician) had prescribed several remedies, all of which never worked.