Dry skin patches can have many causes, including allergies, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Determining the cause of dry skin allows a person to find the right treatment.
Dry skin is a common problem during the winter months, when the skin is exposed to colder temperatures and lower levels of moisture in the air. In these cases, using moisturizer is often enough to soothe and eliminate dry skin patches.
The skin can become dry, scaly, or flaky for many everyday reasons, such as being exposed to chemicals in soaps or harsh, windy weather.
Other causes of dry skin include:
- using hot water
- excessive hand-washing
- poor nutrition
- lotions that contain alcohol
DIY Beauty Cures for Dry Skin + Rough Patches
Body Balm With Yogurt
- ½ cucumber, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 cups plain full-fat yogurt
- ½ cup raw honey
In a food processor, purée the cucumber until smooth. Add the milk, yogurt, skin. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Creamy Egg Avocado treatment
Brimming with beauty benefits because of their vitamin A, cholesterol, and fatty acids, egg yolks, when applied topically, heal dry skin and rough patches by gently exfoliating, healing, and hydrating—all at the same time. Mixed with lactic acid and protein-packed sour cream to gently exfoliate and restore skin’s moisture, and avocado, with its especially hydrating fats, this recipe can take your skin from Sahara-like to silky smooth in no time. If skin is especially flaky, add honey for a more deeply penetrating effect.
- 1 avocado
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 tablespoons raw honey (optional)
In a small bowl, mash the inside of the avocado with a fork until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks.
Add the egg yolks, sour cream, and honey, if desired, to the avocado and mix until well combined. Apply a thick layer to dry, dull skin and let it sit.
After 20 minutes, use a dry washcloth to scrub covered areas, exfoliating the softened skin. Wash with warm water and pat dry.
Lemon Sugar Scrub for Elbow, Knees
With citric acid in lemon helps to break down dead, dull, dry skin and sugar to scrub it away, this easy at-home lemonade-like remedy is the ideal way to take skin from rough and rugged to soft and silky.
- 1 lemon
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil
Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze about half of the juice from each half into a small bowl.
Rub the exposed side of the squeezed lemon halves on any dry, dull skin. (Don’t be afraid to really dig your elbows, knees, or heels into the rind.)
Add sugar to the bowl with the lemon juice. Stir to combine, without letting the sugar melt.
On the area already primed with lemon juice, rub in the sugar mixture to scrub away dead, dry skin. Rinse with warm water and pat dry before massaging skin with coconut oil.