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Oatmeal eases dry skin. Add some to the bath or wrap use it as a gentle scrub for your skin. — Photo by Renee Comet

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If your skin has lost moisture, help restore it with oatmeal. Roberts calls oatmeal the "single most important natural remedy for people with eczema and sensitive skin." What makes it so effective? A combination of fatty acids, proteins and vitamins help the skin retain moisture and relieve inflammation.

Add a cup of oatmeal to a warm, but not hot, bath, or sponge yourself with a handful wrapped in cheesecloth or a handkerchief.  "While you can use whatever you have in the pantry, the finely milled oatmeal works best in the bathtub," says Hagen. Finely milled oatmeal is sold over-the-counter as colloidal oatmeal. If you use oatmeal from your pantry, make sure it's not instant because preservatives have been added to processed oatmeal.

Exfoliating and moisturizing scrubs also help with dry skin, says Roberts. "Plus," she adds, "scrubs are fun to make." Scrubs are usually sugar-, salt- or oatmeal-based. Mix the exfoliating ingredient with honey or any type of natural oil ingredients until they're a consistency that you can apply on your body and use once a week, she says. The salt scrub will be the harshest, so those with sensitive skin may want to stick with sugar or oatmeal mixed with honey. You can use the salty or sugary concoction as a spot treatment for dry lips, too.

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