Home Remedies For
Dry Skin and Sunburns

Cold, dry weather means dry skin for most people.  This can become a serious problem.  If the skin becomes cracked, it can also become infected.

The causes of dry skin are usually either not enough water or not enough oil in the diet.  If increasing water intake doesn't help, then it's an oil problem.  When it's a lack of oil, even hand moisturizers aren't very effective.

Tips for dry skin

As we grow older, we stop producing as much oil in our bodies, so adding oils to your diet can be helpful.

Sometimes, lotion just doesn't get the job done.

These tips for dry skin can provide relief if used on a regular basis:

  • Substitute olive oil or coconut oil for salad dressings, butter and mayonnaise.
  • Add a good fish oil supplement to the diet.
  • Don't take hot baths!  Hot baths suck the oils right out of your skin.
  • Take warm baths and add a tablespoon of oil.
  • Baby oil isn't recommended because it has a petroleum base and will clog pores.

You're gonna love this!

This recipe for dry skin was actually meant to be a sunburn remedy. I forgot to put sunscreen on, one day, and burned my shoulders pretty bad.

Great...hot flashes and sunburn...

I figured it was going to be a miserable night for me, so I started looking for sunburn remedies.  I ran across this one and immediately mixed it up.  (I keep a lot of essential oils on hand)  I sprayed it on my shoulders and thought, "Wow!  This stuff smells great!"

I had been having trouble with some serious dry skin on my hands, so I sprayed some on my hands and rubbed it in.  And, then...I cupped my hands over my face and breathed it in.   Oh. Wow.  Absolutely decadent.  Oh.  Wow.

Forget the shoulders!  I used this as a whole body oil!  My skin absolutely shimmered! 

I went to bed that night, not knowing if I was going to sleep much due to my sunburn.   I woke up the next morning and realized I hadn't been hot during the night.  When I checked my shoulders in the mirror, my nasty sunburn had turned into a nice tan!

My hands?  Nice.  There was such a difference in their appearance.  They even looked younger.  This was definitely more than just a sunburn remedy.  I felt like I had struck gold! 

I teach a marketing class once a week, so I took my new found home remedy for dry skin to see what kind of response I got from my students.  Wow!  They were begging me to sell this to them!

So guess what?  That's right....I'm going to make this up and give it away as Christmas gifts!

Yep...you're gonna love it!!!!

  • 1 ounce fractionated coconut oil or olive oil  (This helps to keep the burned skin moisturized)
  • 20 drops Peppermint essential oil  (This cools the burning skin)
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil  (This helps to calm the inflammation)
  • Put in a small spray bottle  (An amber glass bottle would be best)
  • Shake, spray and enjoy!
  • PS... It only takes a little, so this will last a long time!

The king of home remedies for dry skin!

Sunburn Remedies  (If you don't go the essential oil route)

We've all done it at one time or another...spent too much time in the sun without protection.  The result?  Agonizing pain for days.

A severe sunburn can even affect the deeper layers of tissue and result in muscle soreness. 

Aloe Vera

An aloe vera plant is everybody's friend.  Ahhhh....there's nothing like the cool, silky feel of the gel as it makes contact with your skin.  The very best form of aloe is when you take it directly from the plant.  This way you know there aren't any chemicals to alter the effects of the gel.


If you don't have an aloe vera plant, you can treat sunburn by putting white vinegar  in a spray bottle and applying to the burn.  It may not smell as pleasant, but the cooling relief will be welcome.

These are completely safe home remedies for dry skin and sunburn.

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