Many people suffer from dry skin, particularly during the dry winter months. It can cause skin to crack and bleed, and is downright unattractive, not to mention painful. Dermatologist appointments and prescription treatments are expensive, and may not even work. However, several home remedies exist to treat dry skin without wasting your money.

The first step to treating your dry skin is to eat a healthy diet. Dry skin has been linked to a lack of vitamins E, A, and B. A diet rich with fruits and vegetables can help maintain a healthy balance of nutrients. Vitamin E is found in tropical fruits such as kiwis and mangos, and also in blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries. E is found in dark, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and collard greens. The fruits oranges, grapefruit, and watermelon, and the vegetables carrots, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce are high in Vitamin A. High levels of Vitamin B come from watermelon, kiwi, peaches, leafy vegetables, and potatoes. Of course, water-soluble vitamin supplements are always helpful, but fresh fruits and vegetables are best.

The next step to treating your dry skin involves washing. When you take a shower or bath, try to use lukewarm water instead of hot, and do not stay under the water for longer than is necessary. Try using a moisturizing hand soap and body wash instead of normal soap. Also, every time you wash your hands, reapply moisturizer immediately after drying.

There are many treatments for dry skin to be found in your home or grocery store. Applying almond oil or olive oil directly to the skin can be a very effective natural remedy. For severe dry skin, applications of castor oil or avocado oil can help. An application of honey, either alone or mixed with milk, helps heal the skin and replace moisture.

A bath taken in colloidal oatmeal will help sooth dry, irritated skin. You can purchase colloidal oatmeal, or create your own by grinding rolled oats into a powder. Many people have found that a bath in milk and warm water, just once a month, moisturizes the skin and makes it smooth and supple. After all, it worked for Cleopatra!

Finally, right before going to bed, apply Vaseline or a heavy moisturizer to your skin. If the trouble spots are on your hands or feet, put on gloves or socks to keep the cream on your skin and off your sheets. When you wake up in the morning, you will be amazed at how soft your skin is!

The last tip is the most basic: drink plenty of water! Water is essential to all life, and no remedy will work if you are not providing your skin cells with water. Between water, a healthy diet, and a little time pampering yourself with various moisturizing treatments, your skin will be smooth and soft.