We’ve officially made it through the first month of winter! The days are still short, and for many of us, quite cold. Still, one month of winter is in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, many of us suffer from chapped and cracked skin during the winter months. This can result in itchiness, stinging pain, and sometimes even permanent skin damage.
Fortunately, you don’t have to accept chapped and cracked winter skin. There are several natural home remedies you can use to revitalize your skin now and through the rest of the winter. We’re going to share some potential natural skin care remedies you can cook up right at home!
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Moisturize With Banana-Papaya-Honey Cream
Doesn’t banana + papaya + honey sound like a wonderful natural treat? Many would agree. Even if the taste isn’t your thing, however, the above three can be combined to create an effective natural dry skin treatment. You’ll need:
- A medium-large piece of papaya
- A large, ripe banana
- Three tablespoons of authentic honey
Next, mash up the banana and papaya thoroughly until no lumps remain. Mix in the honey and stir well. Then apply to your face or dry skin elsewhere. The honey will act as a natural moisturizer while the fruit will infuse vitamins and antioxidants.
Let stand for 10-15 minutes, then wash off.
Relieve the Itch and Rejuvenate With Yogurt and Buttermilk
Okay, so what should you use if your skin is itchy and peeling? Use live cultured yogurt and buttermilk! Simply mix one cup of each together, stirring thoroughly. Then, apply to your skin (we recommend doing this in the shower or bath tub). Let stand for 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
The yogurt is rich in calcium, vitamin B6, zinc, and various useful enzymes. Both buttermilk and live cultured yogurt also contain lactic acid which will encourage your skin to peel, helping you flake away dead skin. This can also soothe any itchiness you’re suffering from.
Keep Your Skin Hydrated With Avocado and Honey
Okay, so your skin is moisturized and you’ve soothed the itchiness. Now what? It’s time to make sure it stays hydrated. Bust out the honey jar once again and grab an avocado. Mash up the fleshy part of the avocado until it’s reduced to a smooth spread. Resist the temptation to spread it on some toast.
Then, grab four tablespoons of honey and mix the two together. Apply to your skin and especially areas that tend to dry out. Let stand for fifteen minutes before washing away. (Of course, if you need a smaller amount, simply cut the above ingredients in half. )
The many healthy fats, carotenoids, and vitamins E and C will work together to keep your skin hydrated. And as we’ve already mentioned, honey is a great natural moisturizer.
Read this article for more information and a great resource on your skin type and best vegan moisturizers to use.