Need home remedies for dry skin? What you put IN your body affects your skin even more than what you put ON it. Soft, supple skin starts with these must-have nutrients to juice it up from the inside.
Here’s the harsh reality…
In your body’s hierarchy of needs, skin comes last on the list. To survive, you need your heart, liver and brain more than you need luscious skin.
So your body will send any available nutrients to your vital organs and brain first. And if there’s nothing left for your dry skin… oh well, at least you’re still alive, even if your skin is like sandpaper.
For juicy skin instead of dried-out leather, you need all the high-quality nutrients you can get.
Because no matter what expensive lotions you put on your dry skin, they won’t help much unless your food and lifestyle nourishes your whole body – including your skin.
This article is about natural remedies that make your skin beautiful from the inside out. For tips about what to put on your skin to keep it soft and supple and other soothing home remedies for dry skin, see the Related Articles at the bottom of this page.
Dry skin is more common with:
Most of these conditions are related to some kind of nutritional deficiency or food sensitivity as well as subconscious beliefs that can be changed. But even if you don’t have any of these health problems, everyone gets that sandpaper feeling from time to time.
Here are the minerals and nutrients that are must-have home remedies for dry skin:
An estimated 80 percent of us are magnesium-deficient. Dr. Norm Shealy says, “Magnesium deficiency contributes to every known disease…”
This mineral is one of the most important home remedies for dry skin. Why? Because every organ in your body needs it and if you don’t have enough magnesium, your skin will definitely suffer.
You can take magnesium as citrate, glycinate, taurate, or threonate. Personally, I prefer mineral drops so I get the co-factors as well.
Another way to boost your magnesium levels is with a warm, relaxing Epsom salt bath. You will absorb the magnesium through your skin.
Silica supports the health of your connective tissue. It’s needed for collagen synthesis so your skin will stay supple. Collagen is the structural protein in your skin, bones, muscles and tendons.
You can take silica internally and also apply liquid silica as a home remedy for dry skin to smooth out wrinkles.
The outer layer of your skin is largely keratinocytes, made from keratin, a sulphur-containing protein. It helps with collagen formation and keeps skin flexible.
To keep your sulfur levels up and support those keratinocytes, one of your best home remedies for dry skin is a good quality MSM powder.
Sulphur is also found in animal proteins including eggs, in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and kale, and in alliums like garlic and onions.
Zinc helps keep skin juicy by protecting the lipids (fats) and collagen-making cells in the top layers of your dermis from sun and pollution damage.
It also helps to heal dry, sun-damaged skin. You can take zinc as a supplement as well as applying it to your skin.
When your skin is dried out and needs repair from sun damage, Dr. Udo Erasmus recommends taking the four minerals listed above along with selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E to neutralize harmful free radicals from UV exposure.
Practically everyone is deficient in omega 3s because so much of our food is cooked and processed, which ruins the omega 3 fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids are essential home remedies for dry skin to improve skin elasticity and hydration.
You must eat them because there’s no other way to get them. These oils lubricate your skin from within.
Where to find omega 3 essential fatty acids…
The best fish oil I’ve come across is Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil. It not only contains the essential fatty acids you need, but also bio-available vitamins A and D which are vital to soft, healthy skin.
Pueraria mirifica or Thai kudzu root is an herbal remedy known for making skin look younger and as an anti-aging supplement.
Dr. Gary Gordon, who has studied it extensively calls it, “…the greatest herb of the decade, and perhaps the century, and maybe even all time.”
He recommends taking a supplement that combines Pueraria mirifica with vitamin B 12 and folic acid.
In Northern Thailand, where it grows, Pueraria mirifica has been used for centuries to keep skin smooth, soft, and wrinkle-free.
But there’s more!
Pueraria mirifica is an adaptogen for both men and women that…
Pueraria mirifica is not needed by pregnant women or women under the age of 18.
Dry skin is often a signal that something is out of balance in your digestive tract. Rebalancing your gut flora with probiotics and probiotic foods is one of the key home remedies for dry skin.
When the flora in your intestines is disrupted, you’re in for a whole host of potential health problems including...
Start repairing your flora with probiotics. Take them regularly and frequently for best results. You want lots of that healthy bacteria in your intestines to help promote good skin!
Don’t rely on commercial yogurt, since it usually doesn’t contain enough active bacteria to make a difference.
If you make your own yogurt, you can ferment it longer to ramp up the bacterial content. Just make sure you don’t have a dairy sensitivity, which will make your skin worse. Sauerkraut and fermented vegetables are also good choices for restoring your flora.
Here’s a detailed article on how to have good gut flora and why you desperately need it!
Water is probably the most important of home remedies for dry skin. It not only lubricates your skin, but you can't live without it. You can go without food much longer than without water.
Problem is, most of us are cranking on coffee, tea, and soda all day – beverages that stimulate your adrenals and do nothing for your skin.
And if you add sugar to your tea or coffee, it ruins your skin’s collagen. Add that to a couple of glasses of wine or other alcohol at night and you’re looking at skin like a dried-out riverbed.
So you need to drink water. Dehydration shows up in your skin.
Herbal tea is also excellent. In fact, herbs like peppermint, camomile, rosemary and aloe vera nourish skin. It’s fine to sweeten herbal tea with stevia extract - which is a sweet-tasting herb rather than a sugar.
Some experts advise drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
I find that water and herbal tea taste even better when you stir in some skin-enhancing mineral drops. Magnesium, anyone?
Water helps to flush toxins out of your body. If you’re not urinating them out, the toxins come out through your skin. Ick!
But make sure your water is free of chlorine, chloramine, fluoride and other chemicals that can dry out your skin and are hard on your digestion. Chemical-free water tastes MUCH better and is healthier for your whole body.
You can make your water into a dry skin treatment now by taking one of these skin-saving actions…
Before you buy a water filter, contact your local water supply facility and find out if they use chloramine in the water instead of chlorine. If so, make sure the filter you purchase will clear out the chloramine, which is harder to remove and will not evaporate out.
If you invest in a water filter for your shower and/or house you will also avoid the drying effects of chemicals on your skin when you use water for washing and bathing.
Fructose is a naturally-occurring sugar in fruit, but also an ingredient of other sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup. Sugar or sucrose is 50 percent fructose. Sugar and fructose are the opposite of home remedies for dry skin.
A study at the Technion Institute showed that sugar damages collagen – the connective tissue in your skin – so you end up with wrinkles and dried-out, old-looking skin.
Interestingly, a later study at Annamalai University, found that lipoic acid prevented the destructive effects of fructose and sugar on collagen. Still, if you want luscious skin, sugar is not your best friend.
But if some sugar falls into your mouth by accident at a birthday or holiday, alpha-lipoic acid can help.
Stevia - a much better choice!
As I mentioned in #8, stevia extract is a good choice of sweetener. Stevia is an herb that will not harm your skin or your blood sugar and insulin levels. You only need a tiny amount in a cup of herbal tea because stevia is estimated to be 300 – 600 times sweeter than sugar!
Personally, I like the taste of natural stevia, but not everyone does. If you think of stevia as having a bitter aftertaste, use the version that contains only stevia rebaudiana extract. It gives you the sweetness without the bitterness.
If you want nice, soft, unwrinkled skin, alcohol and cigarettes are two of your worst enemies. Take a look at anyone who has spent years smoking and drinking. Skin disaster!
The harsh reality is… if it’s drying out your skin, it’s ruining your health.
Simplest remedy? Quit.
I know – easier to say than to do!
When you need help detaching yourself from these addictive substances, EFT Tapping is a very effective way to reduce the cravings and anxiety that drive addictions.
Have you been eating junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged diet food or baked goods, like bread, cookies and brownies?
The problem is, when you have dry skin, you need nutrients. LOTS of nutrients. Protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and essential fatty acids – not just a few synthetic vitamins added back in after processing.
Anything that’s junk, fast, processed etc does not have the nutrients your skin requires. In fact, those fake “foods” are drying out your skin right now because, to process the junk, your body has to use up all the nutrients that would have gone to your skin.
Real, organically-grown foods are your very best home remedies for dry skin. What you eat becomes your cells, including your skin cells.
One of the easiest ways to feed your skin with top nutrition is to eat a Paleo or Primal diet. When I talk to people who make the switch to Paleo, they all say their skin improves. It happened for me, too.
Trash the gluten grains, sugars, processed foods and instead eat real food. Your dry skin will thank you for it. And so will the rest of your body.
And eat regularly – 3 meals and 2 snacks of real food every day.
When you feed your body highly nutritious foods at regular intervals, it doesn’t have to panic that you’re starving and start conserving the proteins and other nutrients that should go to your skin.
I’m not telling you to pig out, just to be sure your body gets what it needs.
That is the answer for good health and the best of home remedies for dry skin.
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