How to Beat Dry Skin This Winter
There are many things to dislike about winter. It’s cold, dry, and the days are shorter.
For some, the first sign of winter is the annual bout of dry, itchy skin. In many cases, those who suffer from dry skin don’t find an escape until the season is finally over.
Thankfully, you don’t have to itch and scratch your way to spring. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most effective dry skin home remedies we could find this winter.
Coconut oil is a staple in many households nowadays, and for good reason. It can work as a natural winter remedy for dry skin among several other uses. The oil and fatty acids help to supplement any moisture your skin loses from the dry winter days.
You can apply coconut oil after a bath or shower – or right before you go to bed. Using the oil twice a day will give you the best results.
Those who suffer from dry scalp often think the dry skin is dandruff. They might make the mistake of using anti-dandruff shampoo, which only dries out your skin further.
Applying coconut oil to your scalp after your shower is a great way to keep it moisturised and flake-free throughout the day.
Whether it’s your scalp, skin or hair, coconut oil can be used to nourish and moisturise your body during the cooler winter months.
Avoiding Super-Hot Showers
Sometimes, a hot shower is the only escape you’ll get from the cold winter air. Unfortunately, if you have constant dry skin, hot water (while soothing at the time), is only adding to your dry-skin problem.
We aren’t suggesting you take cold showers in the winter, but warm showers are a feasible alternative to the blazing heat on your skin.
Natural, Gentle Soap
Your soap could be a contributing factor as well. Soap with too many synthetic ingredients will damage your skin. Those with dry skin will notice a particular difference when using natural soap.
Choose a soap that is designed for sensitive or dry skin, and prioritise products with natural ingredients. Your skin will thank you for it.
Milk is one of the stranger dry skin home remedies you’ll find, but it works nonetheless.
A milk remedy works on several levels. First, the lactic acid exfoliates the dead skin on your body, which allows your healthy skin underneath to trap the moisture.
Additionally, milk has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help stop that itchy feeling that dry, cracked skin creates.
You can use a washcloth doused in milk to address the dry patches on your skin, or add some water to the solution and use it on your entire body.
Make sure to wash the milk away once you’re done. Use cold or lukewarm water to wash yourself after applying the milk. As we covered above, hot water can do more harm than good.
Beat Dryness Overnight
This strategy uses one of the solutions we discussed above: coconut oil. You can use olive oil as an alternative if you don’t have any coconut oil available.
Take a relaxing, long bath right before you go to bed. Make sure you stay in the bath long enough for your fingers and toes to get pruney.
After being submerged in the water for a while, your skin will get to the point where it will soak up any moisture you add to it.
After that, get out of the tub, dry off, and lather yourself in coconut or olive oil. Put on some long pyjamas (ones that you don’t mind getting a bit oily) and go to bed.
Your skin will be particularly soft when you wake up the next morning. Add some more moisturiser to keep the feeling going.
Doing this once or twice a week will ensure that your skin stays hydrated and moisturised during the long winter months.
Honey is one of the more popular dry skin home remedies out there. Many people already know about honey’s natural ability to moisturise dry skin.
On top of that, honey is packed with vitamins that help nourish the skin. It’s natural, clean, and contains antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that keep your skin fresh.
Of course, honey is sticky, so you can’t douse yourself in honey and go about your day. You should apply the honey to the dry areas of your body about ten to fifteen minutes before getting in the shower.
You can add some other ingredients like olive oil and beeswax to the honey as well. This mixture takes a few extra steps but can be even more healing and moisturising than honey alone.
Lock the Moisture
Some people have particularly dry skin around their hands, feet, and elbows. If this sounds like you, the strategies above may be helpful, but there are some additional steps you can take to target these problem areas as well.
You should use oil or cream to moisturise the driest areas of your body before bed. After that, you can use rubber gloves, thick socks, or long-sleeves to trap the moisture in your troubled areas.