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Organic Care for Dry Skin

Annette McDermott
Woman applying skin cream

Organic skin care for dry skin helps to balance moisture in the skin without causing further damage from the manmade chemicals that are in conventionally produced dry skin treatments.

Organic Products that Help Dry Skin

There are thousands of products on the market that claim to treat dry skin, but only a small percentage are organic. Options include moisturizers, cleansers, lotions, and shower gels. Following are some highly acclaimed products to consider:

Josie Maran

Josie Maran Argan Oil is grown organically in Morocco. This argan oil makes a great head to toe moisturizer to relieve dry skin anywhere on your body. This product receives consistent five star customer reviews. One satisfied customer says, "this product is a must for my dry, sensitive skin." A 1.7 ounce bottle costs $48.00.

Sheaterra Organics

Sheaterra Organics Shea Butter is 100% pure and can soothe even the driest skin. The American Shea Butter Institute states that shea butter makes a great moisturizer and helps relieve common skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and insect bites due to its high Vitamin A content. Says one user on Amazon, "I have very dry skin and have tried everything. I mix some of this with my regular lotion and it is fabulous!" Sheaterra's pure shea butter costs $14.00 for a four-ounce jar.

Juice Beauty

Juice Beauty offers a full line of organic skin care products, some formulated especially for dry skin. Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk removes make-up and cleanses skin using grapeseed and sunflower oils mingled with soothing calendula and chamomile. The product receives consistently positive customer reviews and a 6.75 ounce bottle costs $22.00.

Bubble & Bee Organics

Bubble & Bee Organics offers a superb line of 100% organic lotion sticks and body butters to treat dry skin. The products are made from soothing oils including shea, jojoba, almond, coconut, and macadamia nut oils and come in delicious scents such as raspberry and vanilla, sweet jasmine, coconut and lime, and lavender orange. There are also unscented options for people with scent sensitivities.

One happy body butter user has this to say. "I am also in love with the raspberry vanilla and coconut lime body butters. They smell incredible and my skin has never felt so soft." A four ounce body butter costs $16.95 while the eight ounce package costs $24.95. A .63 ounce lotion stick costs $7.95.

Homemade Organic Care for Dry Skin

Many people are interested in making their own organic skin care remedies because they can be assured that all of the products being used meet their high standards and do not contain potentially irritating or dangerous chemical ingredients. Luckily, there are many simple recipes available for dry skin products that you can make at home.

Moisturizing Masques

  • Mayonnaise masque: Mayonnaise is high in oils that contain essential fatty acids. These acids help hydrate the skin. To make a mayonnaise masque, rub a tablespoon or so of organic mayonnaise into your skin; leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  • Fruit masque: Natural fruit purees offer moisturizing and antioxidant benefits to the skin. To make a fruit masque, rub pureed banana, peach, avocado, mango, or papaya (alone or in any combination you choose) into your skin; leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water. A bit of honey may be added for extra moisturizing benefits and to make the mixture easier to spread onto the skin.

At Home Moisturizing Tips

If you have dry skin, there are many easy steps you can take at home to relieve the severity of your symptoms.

  • Wash your face with mineral water instead of tap water.
  • Never use hot water to bathe or wash your face and hands, as this can dry your skin further.
  • Use natural, organic oils such as olive, grapeseed, coconut, or jojoba as a moisturizer anywhere on your body, including the lips and hair -- be careful that you don't sit down or touch anything until the oil is completely absorbed.

Cleopatra knew the skin benefits of bathing in milk and you can easily harness those benefits as well. Milk contains hydrating fatty acids that soften and soothe the skin. To take a milk bath at home, simply fill the tub with warm water and a couple tablespoons of powdered milk, along with a teaspoon or two of almond oil or olive oil. Or, pour whole buttermilk directly under the running tap water. Soak as long as you like, but remember to pat dry rather than rubbing and moisturize well after your soak.

Keeping Your Skin Healthy

Once you've started to get the moisture back in your skin, you'll want to keep it that way. Make sure you drink plenty of water and use sunscreen on exposed skin every day. Moisturize after bathing and after washing your hands. Short showers or baths are better for the skin. The less soap you can use the better, since soap strips away your skin's natural moisturizers. Use a humidifier in the house or in your office to provide a little more moisture in the winter months, and remember that regular aerobic exercise is great for the skin.

Organic Care for Dry Skin