Winter’s low humidity, harsh winds and indoor heating can do a number on your skin. From flaky, dry hands to parched lips, your skin is begging for a break. If you are looking for a little relief for your dry winter skin, test out these tried and true natural methods.
Sweeten up! Those busy bees sure know what they’re doing. Honey offers powerful healing benefits that will soothe cracked lips. Apply a dollop of honey with a cotton swab and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Don’t lick it off! Remove with wet wipe or cloth, then immediately apply a moisturizer.
Exfoliate. Exfoliating helps remove dry dead skin cells that build up in the winter months. This is important because in order to hydrate skin properly with moisture creams, you must remove the dead skin to reach healthy new skin cells. Combine sugar granules with olive, coconut, or almond oil. Rub over your skin in the show and rise. Be careful because this will make your tub slippery.
You can also use the same exfoliating mixture for your lips. Use an old toothbrush to scrub dry skin from your lips with the exfoliating scrub and they will feel worlds better.
Cover up. This may seem a bit obvious, but protecting your skin from the elements is an important part of treating winter dryness. When venturing out, wear gloves, hats, scarves, and jackets to protect your skin from wind and weather. After applying moisturizer on your hands and feet, slip on a pair of gloves and socks to help lock the moisture into your hands and feet.
Mask it. For dry facial skin, try a homemade mask of mashed avocado and olive oil. Gently massage into your skin and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals that protect and nourish skin. Your face will soak up all that goodness and be much happier the next day.