July 2, 2014: With so many home remedies for dry, itchy skin, there is no longer a need to rely on expensive store brand products. If you are like me, then dry, itchy skin along with an overwhelming urge to scratch can be quite annoying. For instant relief, I often turn to one of these simple yet effective home remedies for dry, itchy skin.
Baking soda tops the list for one of the most effective home remedies for dry, itchy skin. For generalized dryness and itching, add one cup of baking soda to a tub of warm water and soak in the bath for 15-30 minutes. After the bath, gently pat your skin dry with a towel or allow yourself to air-dry. To treat a specific area of dry, itchy skin, you can make a paste of one part water to three parts baking soda, apply to the affected area, and rinse off after a couple of minutes.
Aside from being simply delicious, oats are a great form of treatment for dry, itchy skin. Naturally, oats contain a rich source of vitamin E, anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds that not only soothes dryness and irritation, but also promotes healthy skin. For immediate relief, a cup of powdered oats can be added to a bath of warm water and you can soak in mixture for 15-30 minutes. Alternatively, a paste of oats and water can be applied over irritated skin and rinsed off after a couple of minutes with cold or lukewarm water.
The ever glorious aloe vera plant is full of many health benefits. Nevertheless, when it comes to the skin, aloe vera consist of several antiseptic and antifungal properties that works to soothe, hydrate, nourish and promote the regeneration of new and healthy skin tissue. To use for treatment of dry, itchy skin, cut open a fresh aloe vera leaf and squeeze out the gel. Next, apply the gel to affected area, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and rinse off with lukewarm water. May repeat twice daily.
Beyond the kitchen, coconut oil is another great product that is readily used to treat dry, irritated skin. With a good amount of fatty acids, coconut oil helps to restore moisture back to the skin. When using coconut oil to treat dry, itchy skin, the oil should be applied after a bath or shower when the skin is warm and supple. This helps to ensure that the oil will be adequately absorbed by the skin.
Like aloe vera, milk has a rich supply of anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that provide relief from dry, itchy skin. Additionally, the lactic acid in milk exfoliates dead skin cells and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. For maximum relief, soak a washcloth in cold milk and place cloth on dry skin for 5-7 minutes. Then, gently wash off the milk with another cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Repeat treatment every other day.
Honey is one of the best natural moisturizers to use for treatment of dry, itchy skin. Composed of a rich amount of antioxidants, antimicrobial, and humectant properties as well as essential vitamins and minerals, honey excels at sealing in moisture in the skin. To combat the irritability of dry, itchy skin, rub honey all over your body and leave it on for 5-10 minutes before taking a shower/bath. Alternatively, equal amounts of unprocessed honey, melted beeswax, and olive oil can be mixed together and applied all over the body. Allow mixture to stay on for 10 minutes and then shower to rinse off. Both forms of treatment can be done daily or every other day.