Winter is a beautiful and festive time for people all over the world.  However, for many, winter weather can wreak havoc because of the harsh way that drying winter air affects their skin.


If you are one of the people who suffers from the tolls of harsh cold weather conditions, read on because I will share some great home remedies for dry, winter skin that will help keep it supple and hydrated during the winter months.


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Proper hydration is vital for not only healthy skin and hair, but it also helps keep your body organs functioning in a healthy manner. (1)


Having said that, ample hydration is one of the strongest building blocks for combatting dry, flaky, winter worn skin.


So, be sure to drink lots of water to assist your body in rewarding you with glowing skin and overall optimum health.


Also, eat foods that are high in water content like celery, lettuce, cucumbers, and citrus fruits.  You’ll not only increase your water intake, but you’ll also boost the amount of natural vitamins and minerals that your body needs to thrive in this earth.


There are several plant-based oils that deliver a plethora of skin-loving benefits that can prevent or fix super dry winter skin.  Plant-based oils are highly effective barriers against drying winter winds and cold temperatures.


There are several oils that you can use either uncut on the skin, or you can add them to other skin care products that are already on the market to enhance that product’s potency.


Plant-based oils are also known as Carrier Oils.  I like to blend several carrier oils together to create my own vitamin- and mineral-rich concoction that I can use to protect my skin.


Below is a discussion on some of the most commonly used carrier oils in natural skincare.


One of my favorite oils for skin care is olive oil.  This oil is one of the most versatile and effective oils for healthy skin.


Olive oil has a slightly thick consistency and contains a hefty amount of saturated fats. These types of fats are excellent for both lubricating the skin and for plumping up skin cells, giving skin a smoother and velvety appearance.


Olive oil also has antimicrobial properties that help to heal cellular damage to the outer layers of your skin. It is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it a great oil for soothing cracked, dry skin.


Like olive oil, coconut oil is very high in saturated fats, which creates a protective shield on the skin. Coconut oil blends easily with other oils and helps assist those other oils with delivering their healing properties into the skin.


Coconut oil is light weight and easily fills the spaces between dry skin cells. This makes it difficult for moisture to escape your skin, keeping it plumped and healthy looking.


So, coconut oil is an effective barrier against cold temperatures for the skin on your BODY.


However, keep in mind that because of coconut oil’s lightweight nature, it can possibly cause clogged pores on your FACIAL skin.  So, if you struggle with acne, you may want to forego using coconut oil on your face as a moisturizer. (2)


Apricot kernel oil is another carrier oil of choice for my natural skin care kit.  Apricot kernel oil is rich in vitamin A, which, in the beauty industry, is used as retinol. (3)


Retinol is a popular ingredient that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the skin.


Apricot kernel oil is also loaded with skin-loving fatty acids which provide a protective barrier against moisture loss from the skin.  It envelopes your skin by leaving a natural sheen without feeling greasy.


The reason is that, as a natural, plant-based oil, your skin will assimilate it easily, allowing for effective absorption to stave off the negative effects of drying winter winds.


Below is a quick discussion about other skin-nurturing ingredients that you most likely have in your cabinets at home.


Each can be used to help protect your skin against cold weather and possibly help slow the aging process of your skin.


Were you aware that the natural sweetener, honey, is a humectant that is full of antioxidants?  These two qualities make honey a perfect candidate as a nutrient-rich facial mask.  (4)


Antioxidants are free radicals that wreak havoc on the cells within our bodies.  So, when you apply honey to your facial skin, you help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals.


Here’s a tip to help make your honey facial mask even more effective:  Blend half a teaspoon of virgin and organic coconut oil with a tablespoon of organic honey. Then apply a generous layer to your skin.


Coconut oil is also full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids.  So, when you mix these two ingredients together, the coconut oil helps to soften your skin even further and helps the honey’s natural enzymes to remove more dead skin cells.


Rinse off with warm water at pat dry with a clean, soft wash cloth.  You’ll love how your skin feels after this decadent treatment!


Be sure to do a skin patch test prior to using honey on your skin to ensure you will not have an allergic reaction.


Due to its skin-nurturing components, aloe vera can be used as a stand-alone skin care product, or it can be blended with other ingredients to enhance the efficacy of the end-result skin care product.


Aloe vera contains copious amounts of water, which makes it a great skin moisturizer.  It also contains healing properties such as glycoproteins and polysaccharides which promote skin regeneration.


Aloe vera also contains vitamins A, C, and E…all of which are potent antioxidants that help slow the aging process of the cells of your body, leading you to healthier and younger looking skin.


Try blending a bit of organic aloe vera gel with your favorite facial moisturizer to deliver its healing virtues to the skin on your face and neck.


Shea butter is one of the most popular ingredients in skin care.  Due to its thick consistency, shea butter is a wonder as a natural, dry skin remedy.


Shea butter also helps your skin produce collagen, which is the connective tissue that helps keep skin taut and youthful looking.


Studies also show that shea butter contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can help promote wound healing and reduce redness of dry, inflamed winter skin. (5)


To make shea butter a bit easier to spread on the skin, combine a tablespoon of olive oil with a half cup of shea butter and apply to your body after your bath or shower.  Then enjoy its softening and soothing benefits.


Do you have a hard time removing callouses and hard layers of dry skin from your feet?


An effective treatment against this is to rub a pumice stone on the bottoms of your feet at the end of your shower or bath before you go to bed at night.  This will assist in easily removing the hydrated layers of dead skin from your feet.


Afterwards, apply a generous layer of shea butter to your feet and cover them with socks made of soft, breathable cotton.  You will be pleased with the look and condition of your feet the next morning.


Here is a tip on how to combat dry lips in the winter.  Before you go to bed at night, dampen your lips with a moist washcloth and gently massage the cloth across your lips to remove any loosened flaky skin.


Then, apply a layer of shea butter to your lips.  You will be pleased at how soft and smooth your lips will become.


You may not believe that you need to wear sunscreen during the winter months.  However, contrary to popular belief, it’s the exact opposite. (6)  The sun steadily shining in the sky even if it is behind cloud coverage.


Research has shown that more than 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds with ease. (7) This can be especially bad because wet air can refract light and intensify how hard those UV rays impact your skin. 


Be sure to cover your facial skin with enough sunscreen to protect problematic areas like the top of your nose and forehead.


When UV light continually hits the skin, it can cause biological oxidation which, in turn, can cause premature aging.


Limiting your skin’s exposure to the rays of the sun can reduce the amount of radiation you absorb and therefore slow the aging of your skin.


By using some (or all) of the natural ingredients mentioned in this article, you will be able to protect your skin and help keep it healthy and young-looking through the months of harsh, winter weather.


Hello there! I'm Edwina, and welcome to my corner of the internet where I embark on a journey toward holistic well-being. With a passion for nurturing both a healthy body and mind, my blog is the place for those seeking a bit more balance and vibrance in their lives. I share stress mitigation tips, discuss the power of healthy eating to fuel and nourish the body from within, and delve into the realm of clean, natural skincare and beauty.  Join me in this wellness adventure, where we will prioritize self-care, celebrate the beauty of natural living, and strive for a healthier, happier life. Welcome aboard!



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