Olive oil, oats and honey aren't just for eating - they're good for your skin too!

Dry skin can be a minor annoyance to some people or a persistent problem for others, and sometimes it's easy to think synthetic lotions and potions are the most effective.

But unless your doctor or dermatologist says your condition should be treated by prescription or over the counter synthetic products, natural skin care can be the most effective and least damaging to your skin and health.

Olive oil isn't just good for your insides when ingested, it's one of the best moisturisers for your outsides, too. It even works as a natural cleanser.

You can find olive oil in Burt's Bees Hand Salve - which is great for more than just hands - and Orange Essence Facial Cleanser, as well as Simply Soaps Lip Balm and even beauty cabinet staple Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid Soap.

Another ingredient that's as sweet on your skin as it is in your mouth is honey. It's one of the oldest remedies for dry skin and lips.

You could rub some honey on dry spots about 10 minutes before a bath, or for a less sticky approach, try Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm and Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion (one of my faves!) and Neal's Yard Honey and Orange Facial Scrub. A facial scrub is also a great use for that rough, crystallised honey in the bottom of the container - just be sure to soften it with some warm water.

Finally, another time-tested method of dry skin prevention is the use of oats. Nutrients from oats can combine with the warm water of a bath to help your skin retain moisture. For everyday benefits, try using Simply Soaps Peppermint and Oats Natural Soap.

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