Dry skin can be easily treated at home using a variety of simple and inexpensive household items. Olive oil, coconut oil, milk, cornstarch and oatmeal all help to treat this condition
Several health and beauty websites recommend using milk, either by adding some to a bath or soaking a washcloth in cold milk and laying it on any area of skin that is particularly dry or irritated, making sure to rinse gently afterwards. Milk contains lactic acid that exfoliates dead skin cells. Corn starch and oatmeal can also be added to baths to soothe dry itchy skin. Oatmeal is high in vitamin E,and has been used as a folk remedy for centuries to help with chapped skin.
Dry skin often produces unsightly flaking, so investing in a scrub of some kind, or making one out of sugar and lemon juice, is advisable. One should scrub gently as dry skin is particularly sensitive. Scrubbing must also be followed up with some kind of moisturizer as it can remove the oils the skin needs to remain healthy. Soaking in very hot water can also strip these natural skin oils, so if dry skin is an issue, exposure to hot water should be limited. Petroleum jelly, coconut oil, olive oil, mineral oil or even vegetable oil can be used as moisturizers to keep skin from becoming excessively dry.
Dry skin can also be treated from the inside out by eating at least two servings of oily fish a week and taking a multivitamin every day that includes a B-complex and Vitamins A and D. Above all, drinking lots of water makes the biggest difference.