Smooth on coconut oil or olive oil
Add a little oatmeal to your bath
Another kitchen staple—oatmeal—could help soothe itchy skin. Simply put colloidal oats (that's finely powdered oats) into your bath. "Colloidal oatmeal baths supply anti-inflammatories and a soothing coating for the skin," says Melanie Palm, MD, MBA, a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon at Art of Skin MD, in San Diego, California. "They are great to throw in a warm bath to soothe irritated or sunburned skin." Could your skin-care products be causing irritation?
Break out the Crisco
The vegetable shortening isn't just for cupcakes. "This may sound crazy, but in a pinch vegetable shortening, such as Crisco, is an excellent moisturizer and is often recommended as a DIY or at-home moisturizer for eczema prone skin," Dr. Palm says. Try these 10 all-natural ideas for treating eczema and psoriasis.
Drink lots of water
Grab the baking soda
Load up on vitamin D
Use a little avocado—or some salmon
"Eating extra omega-3 fatty acids, found in avocado, nuts, and salmon, infuse the skin with healthy oils from the inside," Dr. Tareen says. Find out 10+ reasons your scalp is itching.
Go for the aloe
The go-to plant for healing burns also works wonders for itchy skin. "Aloe is anti-inflammatory and therefore a good option for irritated itchy skin," says Dr. Adigun. "However, beware of aloe-infused gels that can be irritating because of the gel it comes in."
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