Winter’s unforgiving weather can take a serious toll on your skin and hair, with cold, dry conditions that add new challenges to your beauty routine. If you dread the itchy skin, chapped lips, and staticky hair that so often crop up during the colder months, you might be tempted to buy every lotion, mask, and lip balm on the market. But your pantry holds a surprising number of simple, natural, and super-effective remedies for winter beauty. Read on to learn more about five of our favorites.
Coconut Oil: If you’re a fan of coconut oil for cooking, you might not know that it’s also a serious multi-tasker when it comes to winter skincare. Coconut oil is an all-natural alternative to traditional lotions; not only is it extremely moisturizing, but it’s also packed with fatty acids that help to heal chapped or damaged skin. Coconut oil is especially great for soothing problem areas like elbows, knees, and cuticles. For best results, apply it to damp skin just after a bath to lock in moisture .
Oatmeal: If you keep oatmeal on hand as a warm and hearty winter breakfast, you can also enjoy a soothing bath to rehydrate dry winter skin. Try adding a cup of plain oats to a warm bath as an easy way to soften and moisturize irritated skin. An oatmeal bath is especially good for relieving itchy skin, helping to rebalance the high pH levels that cause discomfort.
Honey: If you struggle with dry facial skin during the winter months, a gentle mask made with honey might be the answer. Mix equal parts honey and olive oil with a squeeze of lemon juice (which helps to brighten a dull complexion), then apply the mixture to dry skin on your face and body. Let the honey mixture sit for 20 minutes, then wipe clean with a warm washcloth to enjoy smooth, moisturized skin. As an added benefit, honey is naturally antibacterial, so it helps to fight blemishes and soothe irritation.
Almond Oil: Even if you're highly aware of winter’s toll on your skin, you might overlook its drying and damaging effects on your hair. To keep your hair looking its best—and avoid static-induced flyaways caused by winter coats and hats—treat your hair to hot oil mask. We especially love to use almond oil, which is rich in Vitamin E that seals the hair cuticle to retain moisture. To create a DIY hair mask, warm half a cup of almond oil, gently massage it into your hair, and then wrap your hair in a warm towel. Leave the mask in place for at least 30 minutes, then shampoo your hair as normal and enjoy rejuvenated strength, softness, and shine.
Milk: Next time you’re picking up milk for your morning bowl of cereal, consider stocking up on a little extra for some DIY beauty treatments. Milk is naturally anti-inflammatory, making it a simple yet effective remedy for irritated winter skin. Try adding two cups of milk to a warm bath, or using a milk compress for 5 to 10 minutes to soothe itchy skin. Milk also contains lactic acid, which works as a mild exfoliant to brighten and smooth.
Which natural remedies are essential to your winter beauty routine? Share your best tips and tricks in the comments!
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