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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
your skin. Harness the healing powers of Mother Nature's bounty to make yourself
I recently moved from warm and humid Asia to America, and my skin is screaming protest
to sudden temperature changes. My once supple facial skin becomes extremely dry and
flaky, and I also get a few really ugly scaly patches on my legs during the winter
months. I have a real hard time finding moisturizers that will help retain moisture
and improve dehydrated skin. Can you tell me what products can I put on my dry itchy
skin to keep it looking radiant in cold weather? Thank you. – Elaine, New York.
10 Winter Dry Skin Busters From Your Pantry
When exposed to bitter cold freezing temperatures and searing dry winds, the skin
on different parts of your body will start to lose its moisture and show signs of
winter strain. Face, hands and legs become uncomfortably dry and visibly scaly; lips
get chapped and crusty.
Your skin needs some extra care and attention in cold weather so a change in your
skin care routine as well as products is an absolute must. That means concentrating
on improving your skin's moisture level by nourishing with deep-hydrating moisturizers,
regular skin exfoliation plus invigorating weekly facials to revive dry dull skin
for a touchably soft and youthfully supple complexion.
You can find a slew of skin care products specifically formulated to keep overly
dry, flaky winter skin at bay. My tip is look for ingredients that attract and lock
water into your skin so that it feels fresh and well moisturized all day long. Glycerin,
ceramide, lecithin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and cocoa butter are great for
hydrating severely dry winter skin.
I really don't believe in overhyped beauty products and tend to stick to budget-friendly
buys from drugstore brands. I personally favor CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, which is
fragrance free, non-comedogenic (doesn't clog pores) and non-irritating to my acne
prone sensitive skin. Its super moisturizing and quick-absorbing formula leaves thirsty
skin incredibly moist without being too greasy or thick.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant is also another huge favorite
of mine. It can be used on both the face as well as the body, and works exceptionally
well on a host of skin problems such as eczema, cracked dry skin, chapped lips, and
diaper rashes. It's also good for softening and smoothing unsightly rough dry patches
on elbows, knees and heels. You can even use Aquaphor Healing Ointment to seal split
ends, and add a little bright sheen to eyelids.
If you want something all natural that will keep cold weather dry skin very happy
and have softer, more hydrated skin for pennies on the dollar, then take a look in
your kitchen pantry.
What Can You Use to Naturally Moisturize Winter Dry Skin?
Goat milk and coconut milk are amazing natural skin moisturizers that help ease extra
dry, itchy winter skin. Fenugreek seeds (dana methi) together with a bit of plain
yogurt make a great facial scrub to slough off dull skin cells and boost circulation
to give you an instant glow to dull winter skin.
Good old-fashioned oatmeal replenishes lost moisture and provides skin-soothing properties
that relieve dryness as well as itching. Raw manuka honey prevents skin from cracking
and wrinkling in the winter season. Apple cider vinegar (Braggs is best) softens
rough skin while fresh aloe vera leaves your skin feeling lovingly smooth, fresh
Here are some homemade winter dry skin recipes that have worked for me, however there
are many more you can try. Just look through our collection of DIY beauty recipes,
you're sure to find something that suits your skincare needs no matter the season.
Gentle No-Chemical Facial Peel
Take a few (about 2-3) high quality digestive enzymes (I use Digest Gold) and mix
with just enough water to form a paste. Spread on your face, making sure to avoid
the areas around your eyes and mouth. Leave on for no longer than 10 minutes. You
feel a slight tingling sensation, but not uncomfortable. Then rinse off with water
while scrubbing gently in circular motions. Your face complexion will feel cleansed,
appear brighter and more awake than ever!
Ultra Softening Banana and Milk Face Mask
Banana is among the most nourishing fruits as it packs a bunch of antioxidants, notably
Vitamins A, B (folic acid), and E that promote good skin health. Banana flesh is
a natural emollient on its own, and when combined with milk, it offers extra hydration
to keep dry flaky skin moist and smooth in winter.
Mash 1 ripe banana with the back of a fork, and add 1 tablespoon whole milk (also
add a bit of heavy cream and honey, if you want to use it to get rid of dry skin
patches on legs). Mix until well combined. Smooth over your face and neck. Wait for
20 minutes and then wash off thoroughly.
Super Moisturizing Egg Yolk and Olive Oil Body Mask
Egg yolk and olive oil, both rich in Vitamin E, are great hydrating agents that will
leave your body feeling instantly soft and looking incredibly dewy. Lemon juice acts
as a natural bleach to brighten dull, lifeless looking skin.
Blend together 2 egg yolks, 4-6 drops olive oil and juice of ½ lemon (or lime juice).
Apply mixture all over your body with a unused paintbrush, paying extra attention
to dry skin around your elbows, knees and heels. Wash off using a gentle body soap.
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