Dry, itchy skin tends to come out in the cold of winter. The bitter temperature drop sucks all the moisture out of your once smooth coating, making the irritation sometimes unbearable. You can avoid the scalding hot showers that warm you up or switch to a milder soap but that will only do so much for your exterior. However, instead of spending all that money on different high-end lotions to combat dry skin daily, try these home remedies that won’t break the bank but instead, will hydrate you throughout the year.
One of the most common and oldest skincare remedies, olive oil contains many antioxidants and fatty acids that will soak right into your skin and soothe the itch. A simple way to use this is to slather the olive oil all over your body about 30 minutes before a shower, then rinse off. Post-shower, apply a light moisturizer to lock in the hydration. Another way is to mix up an exfoliate containing olive oil, honey, and brown sugar, which can be applied before or during a shower. The brown sugar helps scrub away at any flakes leaving your silky smooth.
Milk/ Milk Cream
A common household item, milk will almost instantly relieve the itch left by dry, flaky skin with it’s anti- inflammatory means. Start by pouring a liter of cold milk into a bowl and soaking a clean washcloth in it. After you apply it all over your angered skin, let the milk soak into your exterior for about five minutes. Lastly, rinse off the cold milk with a clean lukewarm washcloth. For an additional touch, add a few drops of rose water to help relieve the redness of the irritated skin. The lactic acid will help ease the itch and acts as a natural moisturizer.
Winter eats up any moisture left in the skin especially in commonly used places like hands, elbows, and feet. Coconut oil works wonders for overnight spot treatment. It contains fatty acids that help consume the moisture into your skin. After you absorb in a luxurious bath, slather a thick layer of coconut oil on your heels, hands and elbows. Don’t forget to cover the greased areas with gloves, socks, or a long sleeve top. Coconut oil can also be used as a daily lotion by applying it after a shower all over your body.
One of the oldest tricks in the book, oatmeal can be used on even the most sensitive of skin. Oatmeal provides natural moisture and helps relieve irritated skin with it’s anti- inflammatory properties. Try an oatmeal bath using 1 cup of plain oatmeal, blended finely, into a soothing bath and relax there for 15- 20 minutes. No need for soap, oatmeal will calm your skin and you are in need of just a pat down. Another method is an oatmeal mask where you can mix it with honey and milk to help get that youthful skin.
This is the only natural remedy you can grow at home. Aloe Vera is a plant that when you break off the leaves, reveals a gooey gel that will diminish that dry flaky skin. People mostly associate this gel with sunburn relief but this plant has many more uses including immune booster, increases energy levels and treats acne. To help the dryness, simply apply the gel to any part of your skin before rinsing it off once it’s hardened. Repeat this twice a day for rejuvenated complexion.
Honey works great in tea, but this natural remedy also locks in moisture on the driest of days. It is packed with antioxidants, antimicrobials, and vitamins that will make your skin flourish and glow. You can apply the honey directly to your skin and let it set for five to ten minutes before showering, or you can make a body mask, which consists of beeswax, olive oil, and honey. Either way continued use is key in remaining with a healthy soft touch.
Like milk, yogurt has the lactic acid that helps relieve the itch left behind by the dry winter. This product will hydrate your skin into looking fresh once again. Try massaging the yogurt into your hands and feet before showering. This will help remove any leftover dry skin, leaving you feeling refreshed. You can also try a body mask, by mixing a half cup of yogurt with a few drops of honey and lemon and let it sit all over your body for ten minutes before rinsing with cold water.
Avocados are jammed pack with antioxidant carotenoids, vitamins and fatty acids that will restore your natural glow and soothe the dehydrated skin. This vegetable can be ingested or used externally. A popular option is to start by mashing up half an avocado and rubbing it directly on the skin for restoration. Let it dry for about ten minutes then rinse off in the shower. In addition, you may add a daily regiment of half an avocado to rebuild hydrated skin from the inside out.
This specific type of oil is loaded with vitamin E, which is a natural lubricant for the skin. Furthermore, this is a type of oil that doesn’t feel greasy so will quickly be absorbed into the skin. Almond oil is excellent when warmed up and massaged into your exterior. Do this at least a half hour before the shower to get the full benefits. You can also add a teaspoon into a glass of milk before bed, and have your skin rejuvenate from the inside out while you are fast asleep.