All-Natural Skin Care for Winter

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 Written by contributor Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home.

Along with frigid temperatures, the winter months bring a variety of skin care challenges. For many of us this means dry, thirsty skin that needs some extra attention.

Today we will discuss five natural ways to take care of our skin this winter.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water helps your skin stay in good shape no matter the season.

During the colder months we spend a lot of time inside, with heaters blowing or fires crackling; our bodies are losing moisture and it needs to be replenished.

Keep the kettle going and sip herbal tea throughout the day or fill a jug or bottle with water in the morning with the goal of finishing it by dinner time.

Apparently drinking with a straw helps you suck down more water.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but if you’re struggling to drink enough, it might be worth a try.

Exfoliate

Dry skin means dead skin cells. Dead skin cells mean dull skin. Take care of both by exfoliating weekly.

Inexpensive, homemade sugar or salt scrubs are excellent exfoliators for the body.

To make a basic body scrub: add a cup of sugar or salt (or a mixture of both) to a bowl and stir in a little oil until the desired consistency is reached. I usually use around 1/3 – 1/2 cup of oil and 1 cup of sugar).

For further details, see my ebook, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give or try one of my favorite recipes: Lemon-Lime Sugar Scrub.

To make a facial scrub, mix ground oatmeal, cornmeal or oats with a little water or milk until a paste forms. Apply in circular motions, staying clear of the eyes. Leave to sit for a minute of two and rinse off with warm water.

Scrubs usually work best when applied to damp skin.

Never use scrubs on broken skin or skin that is wind-burned or sun-burned.

Moisturize

Many commercial moisturizers don’t hydrate skin effectively and often contain chemicals and fragrances that can be drying.

Oils such as coconut, olive, safflower and jojoba are perfectly natural and actually nourish skin as well as moisturize.

The best time to apply oil is right after drying off from a bath or shower. It’s not necessary to be completely dry, a little dampness is a good thing.

This has a different feel to regular lotion, but doesn’t take long to get used to.

Oil can be used straight from the bottle, however it’s also easy to make scented body oil, if you’re so inclined; simply add 20 to 30 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of oil, or try these lovely combinations from Crunchy Betty.

Keep Shower and Bath Temperatures Low

Hot water dries out your skin. It’s a sad fact, I know. I love my hot showers, too.

If you’re serious about taking care of your skin, then you need to turn the temps down in the tub or at least shorten the duration of your soak. We’re not talking cold here, just warm instead of sizzling hot! (You shouldn’t look like a lobster when you exit the bathroom. Not that I’ve ever been accused of that. Ahem.)

It’s also worth getting a shower filter since the chlorine in most city water is not beneficial to your health in any way (including the condition of your skin).

Protect Yourself from the Elements

This is probably a no-brainer, but I’ll say it anyway: wear hats, gloves and coats when outside.

Winter wind and cold can be very harsh. In fact, a strong, icy wind has the potential to cause burns.

It’s sometimes hard to remember that the sun can also burn when it’s cold, but it can. On the days when you’re out for extended periods of time, be sure to cover up.

Do you have any tips for taking care of your skin in winter months?

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About Stacy

Stacy Karen is a homeschooling mom of three and minister's wife. She credits growing up in Australia for her green mindset and remembers fighting inner battles about buying recycled paper over the cheaper "new" paper as a young teen. Stacy is mildly obsessed with making anything and everything from scratch and shares many how-tos on her blog A Delightful Home (as well as encouragement for mamas striving to create happy homes for their families).

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  1. For really dry skin on your hands and feet try moisturizing with oil right before bed and putting on socks and gloves.
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  2. The last tip is my number one advice to people with dry skin. Using a shower filter dramatically helps the health of my skin. I actually can tell when we are getting near the date to change the filter because my skin will start to get itchy and/or dry again. Something else that I was told before, but was recently reminded is how fish oil really helps with dry skin. I had ran out of fish oil for about 3 weeks and I was starting to suffer from abnormally dry skin for me. A week into taking the fish oil again and my skin is already noticeably healthier.
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  3. Oooh, thank you for this! Tonight, after I’ve put my daughter to sleep, I’ll make myself a sugar/oil scrub with maybe some essential orange oil and have myself a Friday night home spa. It’s been way too long since I did that. :)

    I’d never thought of a shower filter, though, but it makes so much sense. Will have to check it out!
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  4. Thanks for the tips.This is one of my problem during cold days. I have not
    found the right remedy for my skin. hope this works on me.
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  5. Great post Stacy! I am totally lovin’ the Lemon-Lime Scrub! Pinned it so I can make it later:) Thank you for all of the great information.
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  6. Wonderful post! I’ve pinned it so I can make some sugar body scrub! Thank you!

  7. Will try the oatmeal face scrub tonight – thanks for the tips!

  8. Oh, these are great tips. the only one I”m really faithful to do is using coconut oil as a moisturizer. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
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  9. I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with your comment about Chlorine. Chlorine is used to disinfect the water, and ensure that the city/municipality has a safe drinking water supply. Although other disinfection methods can also be used (such as UV treatment), chlorine is one of the only disinfection methods than can ensure that the water stays disinfected from the time it leaves the treatment plant, to the time it reaches your tap. Other disinfection methods lose their effectiveness over time. Chlorine can also kill cryptosporidium, which is a nasty parasite that is responsible for GI illnesses, and very common in sources of raw surface water, such as streams and lakes.

    Yes, chlorine is an imperfect disinfectant. However, effective disinfection and treatment of our water supply prevents illness and loss of life due to water-borne pathogens. So, in that way, it IS beneficial to your health.

    • While your comment is true, partially, a very high percentage of the urbanized population still have many parasites, including crypto, residing in their GI’s. It’s a fact also, that it isn’t the chlorine that does the greatest in the way of sniping water – borne pathogens, (and that bleach in general, with chlorine or without doesn’t do half of what people think it does, but that’s another subject) but rather other chemicals and solutions (whose names and functions I won’t bore you with) that bind such things to themselves and are then extracted from the water that do the majority of the cleansing and preserving. Some of your statements are accurate, but just thought I’d warn you to not stand dogmatically on all of your conclusions in this vein.

  10. My son has been having REALLY severe chapped lips, in addition to dry, rough skin patches on his hands. Keeping them moisturized helped for a little bit, but the effects eventually wore off. Someone online recommended we up our oral intake of Vitamin C, so we tried it. Let me just say in two days the change was definitely noticeble and we were completely amazed! His lips look beautiful, and the skin on his hands is 80% more hydrated. He’s 11 and took 1,000-2,000 mg. of C (in couple divided doses) each day. I know it has to be the Vitamin C because it’s the only change he’s had recently. It’s like it healed his skin from the inside! Just had to share…

  11. Using natural products with beeswax or shea butter are an excellent choice for winter months. Not only do they moisturize, they also form a barrier that keeps moisture in and protects your skin from dry cold winters. (without clogging up your pores) A diet low in B Vitamins can also make skin dry, itchy and flaky.

  12. Thanks for this wonderful sharing well ! Skin care involves different steps i.e. cleansing, toning, moisturizing. There are thousands of skin care products are available in market at economical rates.
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  13. It’s merely for the sake of exfoliating and protection but how about having it permanently? Is it possible? I mean taking those things on a daily basis like foods that can help you nourish your body and skin as well and increase your water intake to alleviate dehydration that will cause dryness on your skin.
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  14. Oscillating Saw Blades says:

    Just never go out of water n your bag and consider having a lot of it during winter and summer to replenish your body and help you maintain the moisture of your skin.
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  15. For dry skin we can use cold cream with few drops of glycerin before going to bed at night time

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