Snowy nights, hot chocolate by fireplace, and wool winter coats are headed in our direction, but that’s not all that’s in the forecast. For a large percentage of men and women, the winter season is also a camping ground for dry, irritated skin that may be itchy and flaky. Luckily there are a lot of all natural, simple skin care remedies you can use to combat the bad-skin culprits that move in with the cold.
You might think, “Well, since it’s cold outside I can skimp on the moisturizer”. Think again! Winter nights call for moisturizers just as much as hot summer days, with a twist. While water-based moisturizers may have left you fulfilled during spring and summer, winter requires an oil-based moisturizer that will add a layer of protection to dry skin on face and the rest of your body. Look for moisturizers containing specific oils including avocado, primrose, mineral, or almond. You may also find specialized lotion containing substances such as glycerine or sorbitol. Use on your face, hands, legs- just about everywhere!
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2. Wear Sunscreen
That’s right, sunscreen isn’t just imperative for combatting the harsh summer sun. Sunscreen is almost an important must-have during the winter season too. (You might not see the sun, but believe me, it’s there). Wearing sunscreen (especially all-natural sunscreen with natural ingredients that help soothe and moisturize the skin) is an excellent way to fend off potentially dry, cracked skin that may become irritated. So before you throw out the sunscreen along with your beach toys and balls, think about this important factor!
3. Ditch the Harsh Stuff!
If your skin is uncomfortably dry, cracked, and red, you wouldn’t want to suck up the remaining moisture, right? It is incredibly important to refrain from using any harsh peels, masks, or washes when your skin is miserably dry. Avoid using any type of astringent or alcohol-based products. Instead, find soothing products such as cleansing milk (Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk, 4.9-Ounce Box from Amazon only $31) or mild, hydrating cleaners and toners (Murad HYDRATING TONER only $20 on Amazon). There are plenty of all-natural masks available that are boosted with ingredients that will deeply moisturize the skin. Find them- and enjoy them.
There are two major things you need to remember during the winter (and the rest of the year!): bananas and water. Both are incredibly good for your health and body, and both have shown to provide healthier, younger, and more radiant skin. You can even make at home banana masks using bananas, flax seed oil, and oatmeal. Let it soak into your skin and reap the benefits of alluring, moisturized skin. You may also like the extremely hydrating Juara Avocado Banana Moisture Mask, NEW in Box, All Skin Types, 2.8 oz, only $25 on eBay and even less with an eBay coupon code.
5. Don’t Forget the Lips
Lips are probably the most bothered part of the body during the winter season. And if you’ve ever had dry, cracked lips, you know that it’s simply terrible and little to nothing will fix the problem. Before sore lips even become a problem, try using this simple lip exfoliator you can make at home: coconut oil (or Vaseline) and natural sugar. It’s simple, yet is a surefire way to eliminate crackly lips or reduce lips that have already started peeling. You can make this lip exfoliator in a matter of minutes and find the necessary products at Target. Or try the e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator, only $3 at Target. Don’t forget to use a Target promo code to save on your DIY lip exfoliator.
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