Winter weather has a way of taking its toll on us—especially when it comes to our skin. The cold temperatures inevitably leave our skin in its worst condition, be that dry, flaky, cracked, or even inflamed. While paying more attention to moisturizing and lathering up with extra lotion are certainly steps in the right direction, they often aren't enough to keep our skin healthy and hydrated as the winter months wear on.
If you want to cure your dry winter skin, there are a number of strategies you can try out at home today. The best part is they all require household items you likely already have lying around. Instead of spending your paycheck on pricey remedies that promise to fix your skin, you can save some money, and your skin, taking advantage of unexpected home staples. From kitchen tools to breakfast ingredients, these everyday household items are your key to healthy, hydrated skin.
Keep scrolling to discover the five household items that can help cure your dry skin this season.
A humidifier can be a godsend for dry skin and can work its magic while you snooze. Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau told Byrdie that with a humidifier, "your skin can grab more hydration without requiring you to buy a new moisturizer" because it regulates the room's environment and adds moisture to the air.
Borrow your kitchen timer for your bathroom if you want to get on track to more moisturized skin. Why exactly will this work? When winter weather has us shivering, there's nothing we want more than to indulge in a hot shower. However, hot water strips the skin of its natural oils. Once its natural oil barrier is removed, skin becomes very susceptible to losing moisture, resulting in dry, irritated, and even chapped skin. You should keep all showers to five minutes or less, and try to lower the temperature as far as you're comfortable.
The ultimate winter beauty hack, oatmeal baths can be a delightfully indulgent way to repurpose your favorite breakfast option to cure your dry, irritated skin. We already know oatmeal is great for us—full of vitamins, minerals, and lipids—but we don't have to settle for enjoying its benefits just for breakfast. By pouring a cup of oatmeal into the tub, filling with warm water, and adding a few drops of your favorite relaxing essential oil, you can enjoy a truly decadent at-home spa experience that will leave you with smooth, silky skin.
It's no secret that coconut oil boasts health benefits in a laundry list of ways. From consuming it to burn fat to simultaneously strengthening and softening your hair to using it to fend off infections, the magic superfood can pretty much deliver solutions to every beauty problem. When it comes to dry, winter skin, there's no better all-natural product to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated and smooth. Lather up while you're skin's still wet from showering to maximize moisture.
Your skin can't stay hydrated if you don't stay hydrated. When the sun's nowhere to be seen and the temperatures are low, it's easy to forget to keep swigging water throughout the day. The simple act of staying hydrated can cure so many beauty woes it's silly to ever skimp on water. Whatever the time of year, make a point to hydrate throughout the day. It's the first and most important step to healthy, moisturized skin, as well as your all-around health.
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