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What can I put on dry leg skin to make it smooth? I've a very bad case of extremely dry skin patches on legs in winter that is really itchy and looks like dried snake skin. I've seen a dermatologist and he said there's nothing to worry about. Definitely not eczema; just a temporary dry skin problem due to very cold weather and dry air. I'm so embarrassed to have them seen and wonder what home remedies or products you would recommend to treat and smooth away dry leg skin. Thank you. – Carolyn, Seattle.


how to use honey to heal and get rid of dry itchy skin

Dry Leg Skin Remedies with Honey


Hi Carolyn,

Skin dryness is one of the most common skin issues in extreme weather conditions such as biting winds and bitterly cold winter. The lack of moisture in cold air dehydrates your skin, causing smooth layers of cells that are held together by protein and carbohydrates, among other things, to fall apart. When this happens, microbes and irritants can penetrate into your skin, causing inflammation and itching.

I would advise you apply a rich body moisturizer on your legs, preferably one with a sealant like dimethicone to help seal in moisture and protect dry scaly leg skin from environmental stresses. In my own experience, Vaseline Clinical Therapy and Aqualant by Green Cream Moisture Sealant seem to work very well. Both products soothe dry scaly skin, and create the appearance of softer, more supple, and smoother skin.

If you want a natural and holistic approach to treat and moisturize dry scaly skin, my suggestion is use honey.


How to Use Honey as Home Treatment to Heal and Get Rid of Dry Itchy Skin

Why is honey so good for dry itchy skin? Honey is chock full of natural antioxidants that nourish and keep your skin in tip top condition – healthy, youthful and glowing – by protecting skin against the the sun's damaging UV rays.

In addition, honey is a natural humectant that draws moisture from the air and lock it in your skin to fight skin dryness. Plus, the powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of honey, particularly manuka honey, help smooth and relieve itchy dry skin.


Honey and Milk Leg Bath

Honey will revive and moisturize dry skin while lactic acid in milk acts as an exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells to allow newer, radiant skin to surface. Milk also helps your skin to retain its natural oils and moisture.  

As a bonus, this honey milk bath has super skin whitening actions to get your legs ready for summer micro mini shorts and skirts. Regular honey milk baths will help lighten dark marks, reduce dark pigmented skin on lower calves, whiten dark knees and get rid of dark patches on ankles.

Soak your legs in a warm bath of whole milk (about 1 cup) and honey (2 tablespoons) for at least 15-20 minutes. Lightly pat, not rub, your legs with a soft towel. Then apply a body lotion or moisturizer of your choice to keep your leg skin touchably smooth. If you are interested to make your own body lotion, scroll down for an ultra moisturizing homemade honey-coconut-apricot body lotion recipe.


Honey and Oatmeal Leg Scrub

Oats is an effective home remedy to get rid of dry scaly skin as it gently exfoliates away dead skin while softening and healing skin tissue. Like honey, oatmeal is a humectant and attracts moisture to your skin, leaving it hydrated and feeling luxuriously smooth.

Combine 2-3 tablespoons honey and ½ cup plain uncooked oatmeal in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons rose water, (or spring water) and mix well. Spread honey and oatmeal mixture on both legs. Wait for 10 minutes and gently rub your legs in circular motions while rinsing off with warm water. Do not  use hot water as it robs your skin of its natural protective oils, leading to dry itchy skin. Pat dry with a towel and finish with a slather of rich body lotion.

This simple recipe doubles as a face scrub and mask for all skin types, and is especially great for dry mature skin. Use it once a week to revive tired looking skin and make your face complexion  glow with a healthy radiance.  


Honey Coconut Apricot Body Lotion

Virgin coconut oil is excellent stuff for healing dry itchy skin. Not only it soothes irritated skin, the oil also prevents microbial and bacterial infections. Furthermore, virgin coconut oil won't clog pores and is easily absorbed into the skin.

Sunflower seed oil is rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids) and well-known for its moisturizing benefits. Apricot oil is really wonderful for hydrating sensitive skin and skin that is inflamed or dry.

Place ¼ cup virgin coconut oil in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Slowly stir in 1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil, 2 tablespoons apricot kernel oil and 1 tablespoon pure honey once the coconut oil has melted. Mix all ingredients until well blended. Transfer to a container, label and leave to cool and set.

To use, take a generous amount of your homemade body lotion and lightly massage onto damp skin after your bath or shower.



By Tiffany Moore


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