Cold weather is coming and along with it, dry skin. Keep your skin smooth and flake-free this year with these 10 natural solutions for dry winter skin.
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Castor oil is thick, gently sticky and filled with triglycerides to help hydrate you skin. Bonus: Because of its high nutrient content, its also great for growing brows, lashes and nails.
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Apricot shell exfoliator
A natural exfoliator that won’t choke sea animals once you're done is the ideal way to scrub off dry and dead skin and boost circulation. Make sure you use a small handful (or product featuring apricot shells) and rub in small circular motions for best results.
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Hydrating rooibos tea
Beauty starts from the outside in. That’s the saying, right? In any case, hydrated skin starts with what you put in your body, not just on it. Use hydrating rooibos tea, high in minerals and antioxidants to hydrate your skin while reaping the calming benefits of this herbal brew. We love this sleepy time blend from Canadian tea darling Tease Tea.
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Rosehip oil is an incredible hydrator, light enough to use on your face for most skin types. It's rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are integral for tissue and cell regeneration in the skin, and has been known to lighten acne scares and sun spots.
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Oil based balms
When you need something more heavy duty for extra dry areas (think elbows, knees and feet), a thick balm will give you maximum hydration. Choose an all natural formula with an oil base (like castor) and shea butter.
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Already hailed as the beauty world's top ingredient, squalene oil balances oil production, providing just enough moisture to keep the skin clear and healthy. Squalane oil also has powerful anti-aging properties and will help the skin age gracefully as well as anti-inflammatory benefits to help with skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
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This suggestion is low maintenance (no primping required). Using a humidified while you sleep, puts moisture into the air making it easier to breath and keeping skin smooth and hydrated.
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Less hot showers
That hot shower might seem like a nice thing to do on a chilly night, but the shock of the heat could be leading to dry flaky skin. Try to keep your shower temperatures moderate (we’re not saying go full ice bath), to keep your skin comfortable and hydrated.
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Go fragrance free
We don’t often think of perfume and fragrances as drying, but the alcohol content and harsh chemicals can cause drying and irritation to the skin. Consider going fragrance free if you’re having a hard time keeping dry skin at bay.
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Hydrating oat bath
Quit possibly the most enjoyable of all of our suggestions, a nice warm (but not too hot!) hydrating bath with soothing ingredients like chamomile and coconut will keep your skin smooth and soft all season long. We love this luxurious coconut vanilla soak from bath experts Bathorium.