If you have dry skin then you know how difficult it can be to find products that effectively hydrate your skin for any length of time. Commercial products that use petroleum-based chemicals only moisturize the outer layer of skin.

When they wear off, the dryness remains. And besides, they aren’t natural. But some ‘natural’ ingredients like lavender and t ea tree oil can irritate your skin if it’s particularly sensitive. So which ingredients really work and which ones can you trust? Here are a few ingredients to try for getting natural relief for your dry skin.

Jojoba oil
This plant-based oil is high in natural omega fatty acids and is a natural fungicide. It has a highly stable shelf life. Because the jojoba bush grows naturally and plentifully in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico, it is inexpensive to buy in it is pure form, and can be easily found in many natural lotions and creams.

Avocado oil
Along with olive oil, avocado oil is good to include in your diet on a regular basis to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. But that’s just an added benefit when it comes to treating dry skin. Avocado oil is rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids that can be absorbed by your skin and help to nourish and moisturize it naturally.

Emu oil
This oil is high in omega-9 fatty acid and has been used as a natural healing remedy for centuries by Australian aborigines. It is harvested by hand using a soft cloth to wipe it from the bird’s feathers then gathering the resulting oils in buckets. Although Emus are some of the largest bird on the planet, this labor intensive process is the reason that Emu oil is so expensive.

Aloe vera
The gel from the inside of the aloe vera plant not only had moisturizing qualities, but it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent as well. Be sure to use the clear gel and not the yellowish-colored sap (aloin), which can cause irritation.

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