Winter is one of the most awaited seasons of the year as it brings many pleasurable experiences. But the thing that makes some people don’t like winter is the dryness of the face, hands, and feet that happen during winter. The skin tends to become drier due to the drop in the temperature and also humidity. This causes the skin to become dehydrated, leading to dry skin patches as well as irritation or itchiness. Fortunately, there are many natural ingredients that can help you to overcome this problem.
1. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is one of the most effective home remedies for dry skin in winter. It contains ample amounts of fatty acids that can compensate for any loss of moisture from the skin. It is also rich in proteins and vitamin E that help retain moisture in your skin.
• Warm up some coconut oil in a microwave for a few seconds and apply it on your skin before bathing. Massage it gently so that the oil penetrates into the skin. Wait 10 minutes, then take a bath or shower. Repeat this remedy once daily.
2. Honey: Honey is one of the most well known natural treatments for dry skin. It has a high content of antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectant properties that help lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth.
• Before taking a bath or shower, rub some raw honey all over your body and massage gently using circular motions. Leave it on your skin for 10 minutes, then take a bath or shower.
• Another remedy is to mix equal amounts of honey and glycerin. Apply it on your hands, wait 10 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
3. Olive Oil: It is a perfect natural ingredient for dry skin. Olive oil contains major antioxidants such as vitamin E that helps neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals that damage collagen and is the main reason of wrinkles, fine lines, and skin dryness.
• For daily use, rub some lukewarm olive oil on your hands, legs and other areas with dry skin. Massage lightly using circular motions and wait 30 minutes. Take a shower to rinse it off, then apply a light moisturizer.
• For weekly use, mix olive oil with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to make a paste. Rub the paste on the dry skin. Leave it for 15 minutes, then wash off with water.
4. Avocado: Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, which protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
• Cut the avocado in half, pit it, remove it from the skin, mash it up, spread it on your face and neck, and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse off.