Looking for some eco-friendly dry skin remedies? Let me help you out.
I don’t know about you, but in our household, all this extra hand-washing is really taking its toll. Luckily, I’ve found some ethical and eco-friendly dry skin remedies for you to try.
Dry Skin Remedies
Whilst handwashing is one of the best preventative measures against infection, as well as staying home if you aren’t a key worker, constant washing is tough on hands. Here are some of my favourite moisturising soaps and eco-friendly moisturisers. These really help washed out hands and dry skin in these dystopian times:
Packed full of organic coconut oil and richly moisturising raw shea butter, Dook’s soap bars are a treat for dry skin.
Their credentials are pretty impressive too – with all of their soaps being free from palm oil and parabens. On top of that, they’re also cruelty-free and plastic-free. Going that extra bit further, all their soaps are packaged in 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper and card.
Dook’s soaps are made up of 50% salt. This sounds drying, but I’ve certainly not found this to be the case – each wash delivers a creamy lotion-like lather.
This is the most expensive bar in this roundup, at £9. However, owing to the salt content Dook’s soap bars are hard and very long-lasting. Some soaps go mushy after a week or two of use. Not this one!
Little Soap Co.
We are using Little Soap Co’s, Eco Warrior Moisturising Hand & Body Bar (£4.50) at the moment to hydrate our hands. It’s definitely been a hit with all of our hands – from the littlest to the oldest.
Made with 99.5% naturally derived ingredients, their soaps are free from detergents, SLS, sulphates, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones, and synthetic preservatives. What’s more, Little Soap Co’s range is also vegan and plastic-free, and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. I would prefer it to be palm oil-free too, but at the moment Little Soap Co appears to be making steps in the right direction.
Soap Daze is a long-standing favourite of mine. I’ve always found their handmade soaps to be rich and moisturising, and this unscented Oatmylk Soap (£6.50) is a great choice for sensitive skins. Oatmeal is known to be an anti-inflammatory and can help calm skin irritations. What’s more, Soap Daze soaps are palm oil-free, cruelty-free, plastic-free, and vegan friendly. An unpackaged bar is available if you wish to eschew packaging, and will save you £1 on your purchase too.
To give dry and washed-out hands a boost the dry skin remedy I swear by most is Skin Food by Weleda.
I’ve been using Skin Food for years and years and years (this post in which I first declared my love for it stems from 2013!). I still swear that it’s magic in a tube. This incredibly rich and moisturising cream makes it a great choice for a facial night cream. It’s also equally great on elbows, knees, and, you guessed it, hands subject to a lot of washing. I tend to have a tube on me at all times, for an on-tap dry skin remedy!
Packaging-wise, it’s packaged in a recyclable metal tube and a cardboard box. Please note, Skin Food contains beeswax, so it isn’t vegan-friendly. If you’re after an effective vegan dry skin remedy then do try this Weleda vegan one instead.
Any dry skin remedies that you swear by? Do let me know!