How to Get Rid of Extremely Dry Skin at Home
There are several factors that contribute to dry skin; environmental factors, underlying skin conditions, and aging. But no matter what the cause, dry, itchy, irritated skin is uncomfortable and can keep you from getting a good night’s rest.
Dry skin lacks moisture in the outer layer and if left untreated it can crack, bleed, and become infected.
It’s important to understand that dry skin requires extra care and attention especially in drier climates and during the dry winter months. Keeping dry skin moisturized and hydrated is essential, but unfortunately most store-bought treatments and prescription medications are ineffective and expensive. This article explores a range of preventative tips, home remedies, and our product recommendations.
- Make sure you have moisture in the air with a humidifier during the dry, winter months. We highly recommend having one in each bedroom. You can also have one installed directly to your furnace.
- Limit shower time and use cooler water temperature.
- Use a High Quality Body Cleansers: Commercial cleansers contain chemicals that dry and strip the skin of its natural oils (sebum). Goat’s Milk Soap and Cleansing Oils clean the skin without stripping it. They soothe and soften the skin as they repair and replenish. In addition, these high quality cleansers eliminate the itch, reduce the redness and inflammation, while balancing the production of sebum.
- Remove Dead Skin: We recommend a gentle weekly “exfoliation” to remove dry skin from your hands and feet. Our natural Sugar Whipped Scrub emulsifies into a creamy, cleanings scrub that gently and effectively exfoliates to remove dead surface skin cells, leaving the skin hydrated, silky-soft and smooth without feeling greasy, and it won’t leave an oily ring in your sink, tub or shower. S
- Use Oils and Salts While Soaking Feet: If you love to pamper your feet with an occasional foot soak, be sure to add bath oils or salts so that you don’t take away your hydration. Try adding a few drops of our Facial Cleansing Oil or mix in your moisturizer. Essential oils work wonders too; Peppermint will cool down hot aching feet, Tea Tree will help treat fungal infections, while Rosemary will help to warm cold feet and aid in circulation.
- ALWAYS Moisturize Your Feet and Hands After Your Bath or Shower and Before Bed: Use a rich, thick cream like our NEEM Cream, Whipped Shea Body Butter, or our Solid Foot Lotion Stick that are formulated to soothe, soften, repair, rejuvenate and heal the skin. Cover your feet, (and hands, especially if they are cracked and bleeding) with some cotton socks/gloves and wear them overnight to help the skin absorb all of the nutrients of the moisturizer.
- Take care of your nails: After you shower, push your cuticles back, clean under the nail and trim, straight across. Heal, repair and protect with our Cuticle and Nail Cream that soften and soothes dry splitting cuticles while it strengthens dry brittle nails.
Cuticle & Nail Cream$9.95
- Treat Athletes Foot and Refresh Hot & Tired Feet. Our Healthy Feet Foot Spray relieves the itching and burning of athlete’s foot. It’s not just soothing, it’s antibacterial and stimulates healthy, normal tissue formation, moisturization, and protection, leaving your feet revitalized and silky-smooth, while controlling odors.