Herbal Cures: Dry Skin
The fresh gel of aloe vera contains a high level of malic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid valued for its anti-wrinkle effect. To obtain the gel, cut off a leaf at the fleshy base and split it open with a knife. Scrape out the gel with a spoon, taking care not to rupture the green rind.
Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from roasted cocoa, or cacao, beans. The white waxy material can be applied to dry skin as needed; it melts on contact to soothe and protect. Cocoa butter is available in stick form.
The oil in avocados acts as an emollient. Avocado also contains beneficial vitamin E. To treat dry facial skin, puree the pulp and pat it on the face as a mask. Leave on for 20 to 30 minutes.