Ease Dry Skin Naturally
Parched lips, flaky skin and flyaway, staticky hair—we can thank winter’s lower humidity, and the central heating, space heaters and fireplaces we use to counteract it, for a whole host of cold-weather beauty woes. To keep your skin and hair from bumming you out all winter, try these natural skin care treatments and you’ll feel soft and silky in no time.
Dab on olive oil.
When it comes to strategies for natural dry skin care, olive oil is key, it’s an amazing multitasker. It instantly grooms dry cuticles, works wonders on hands and elbows, removes makeup, and soothes and conditions itchy, dry skin all over the body. When your skin feels extra parched, you can dab a thin layer of organic extra-virgin olive oil under your moisturizer for an extra dose of antioxidants and good fatty acids.
Try natural exfoliants like yogurt, papaya, and pumpkin
You can find plenty of options for natural dry skin care in your kitchen, or in the produce and diary aisles of your supermarket. Yogurt, especially the plain Greek variety, makes an excellent cleanser with a mild exfoliating action that will remove dry skin and leave you feeling refreshed and comfortable. It’s a particularly safe exfoliant for very dry skin because it exfoliates using lactic acid, not scrubbing granules.
Pumpkin enzymes for Face and Body: mix one can of pumpkin and a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Leave either mask on face or body for 5 to 15 minutes.
Homemade skin scrub
Economical and effective, a combo of sugar and any oil you may have around the kitchen makes a rich, nourishing body scrub for dry skin.
Simply mix equal amounts of fine brown sugar and oil, and rub on using light circular motions. For an extra dose of vitamins and minerals, add a tablespoon of honey. You can also add lemon juice to her recipe. Make sure to shower thoroughly afterwards!
The healing power of honey
Honey is a time-tested cure for chapped, cracked lips. Apply a little organic honey in the evening and wake up to smooth, yummy lips. This trick also works to soothe cracked heels and rough elbows.
Try natural remedies for dry hair
For dry hair, mix one egg yolk and a tablespoon of liquid castile soap to shampoo your hair and condition your itchy scalp. Egg yolks, when massaged into the hair and left to work for 5 to 6 minutes, may strengthen the scalp, and some believe it prevents hair loss.
For Dry Overworked Hair: Mix 1 avocado with 2 tablespoons each of lightly heated rapeseed and olive oil. Massage into hair, and put plastic shower cap on head to retain heat and moisture. Leave on hair for 15 minutes. Double the ingredients for longer hair
Don’t forget to treat your skin from the inside out
A diet rich in magnesium, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, and beta-carotene naturally feeds your skin from inside and makes it less prone to dryness. Feed your skin with a meal plan that includes dark chocolate, salmon and other fatty fish, oranges, mango, and carrots.