Dry and flaky skin is a common complaint in the winter time.

Cold, dry winter air sucks the life out of silky, smooth skin.

Other factors that contribute to dry skin include aging, nutritional deficiencies, and a genetic predisposition.

There are many lotions and moisturizers on the market to combat dry skin. But most of them come with a big price tag.

Natural home remedies are not only cheap, but also quite effective in nourishing and hydrating dry skin back to a healthy state.

Follow these simple steps to keep your face healthy this winter, we share because we care.

1. Cleansing
Cleansing is an important routine to be followed all through the year regardless of what season it is. In winters especially, you can limit the number of times you wash your face from 3 times to 2 times and alternatively cleanse your face with cold milk and cotton ball to cut down on excessive dryness.

2. Scrubbing
Scrubbing is essential for all seasons too!!! But for your winter months your scrubbing routine needs some changes. Avoid daily scrubbing as it may cause severe abrasion and make skin even drier. Thus follow the routine once or twice a week with a mild exfoliating scrub.

You can enhance your scrubbing experience by adding the following ingredients to it to make it into an innovative fruit scrub.

• 2 tbsp. mashed ripe banana
• 2 tbsp. of a mashed apple
• 1 tbsp. honey
• 2 dollops of your Mild scrub.

Mix all and go for gentle circular and anti-circular finger movements to scrub your face for 2 minutes, while washing it off with warm water, ensure you pat dry with a soft towel.

3. Toning
Toning in winter is recommended; it is a must for all those who have aging and sagging skin concerns. Otherwise you can leave your pores open in winter for more oil secretion.

4. Moisturizing:
Moisturizing is not just essential for very dry and flaky skin but regular skin type must indulge in this routine too. You can indulge in natural moisturizing by using warm almond or extra virgin olive oil and use it as a night massage routine. Alternatively, you can mix the oil with your normal cold cream or lotion too.

5. Some essential Face packs that you can use:
There are a hundreds of ingredients in your kitchen, out of which, some are highly effective to make your facial skin become soft and supple in this wintry season. Here are some face packs that you can make use of.

a) Olive oil
Olive oil contains many antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that are good for your skin. It can soothe and condition dry skin all over your body.

Olive Oil

• Dab a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil under your regular moisturizer.

• About a half an hour before taking a shower, rub some olive oil on your hands, legs and other areas with dry skin and massage lightly. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer.

• Mix two tablespoons of olive oil, four tablespoons of fine brown sugar, and one tablespoon of honey. Rub this homemade scrub on your dry skin using light, circular motions for a few minutes. Take a shower and then apply a light moisturizer. It’s one of the oil often used for deep tissue massage. Don’t forget to check the following website https://bodynutrition.org/fish-oil to find out more about good fats for your body.

b) Avocado face
Avocado has extreme moisturizing properties; it’s good for hair as well as for face. This, coupled with a good quality flat iron would give one the silky and bouncy element to the hair, and make it lusciously thick. Use mashed ripe avocado on face for about 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water. Apply a light moisturizer instead of a toner.

c) banana Mask
Mashed ripe banana is a great moisturizing agent for your face. Take 4 to 5 tablespoon of mashed ripe banana and massage it on the face. Wash off after 10 minutes and give your face some massage with honey, go in circular motions for that extra moisturizing feel. Do so for at least 10 minutes and end it on the right note by using a toner.

Milk & Banana

d) Honey
Honey is considered one of the best natural moisturizers loaded with antioxidant, antimicrobial, and humectants properties.
Thus, it helps lock in moisture to make your skin extra soft and smooth. Plus, honey has many essential vitamins and minerals that help improve your skin’s health.

• Before taking a bath or shower, rub honey all over your body and leave it on for five to 10 minutes. Repeat daily to enjoy well-moisturized skin.

• Measure out equal parts of unprocessed honey, beeswax, and olive oil. Melt the beeswax in a small pan over low heat. Remove it from the heat and mix in the honey and then the olive oil. Apply this mixture all over your body and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then take a shower. Repeat daily or every other day.

e) Yoghurt
Yogurt is an excellent skin-hydrating agent. Plus, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry and itchy skin.
Also, its lactic acid content helps get rid of any germs or bacteria that may cause dryness or itchiness.

• Apply fresh yogurt on your hands, face and legs and gently massaging it into your skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then take a bath or shower. The mild exfoliating action of yogurt will remove dry skin and leave your skin refreshed. Do this once daily.

• Mix one-half cup of yogurt and three tablespoons of mashed or blended papaya. Stir in a few drops each of honey and lemon juice. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this once a week.

6. Keep inside hydrated:
Drink plenty of water since it’s essential to keep your body and skin hydrated in the dry weather.

7. Sunscreen:
The sun may be hiding in winters but it still manages to peep through the clouds allowing the UVA and UVB rays to harm your skin, thus never skip on your sunscreen application part.

Sun Screen

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