Winter Dry Skin Remedies

I love winter.  It's easily my favorite season for the festivities, jolliness, and snuggle weather.  Eventually it all catches up with us and for some unlucky souls like myself, the face begins to show patches of dryness.  I started experiencing dryness on my nose which ends up looking crusty, then my lips, around the jaw line, and then under the eyes.  It's not attractive when in the middle of the day you catch your reflection, startled at why you're shedding like a snake.  So here are cheap ways to tackle the winter dry skin blues which won't break the bank!

1. Drink more water.  The weather is sucking all the moisture out of your body.  I immediately upped my water intake to 2 litres, drinking about 500ml before lunch, 500ml at lunch, 500ml after lunch, and then 500ml at dinner.  It's a lot easier than you think but it is super frustrating to have to use the bathroom, no doubt, but I would rather that then dry patches on my face. 

2. Baby Oil.  Boots had a 2 for 1 deal on Johnson's baby oil.  I couldn't miss the opportunity (and its so cheap) but found that working into my skin after a shower at night really help seal in any moisture I had in the day and protect my skin from dryness.  Ensure that you clean your skin very well beforehand as oil acts as a strong barrier; trapping dirt and bacteria alongside moisture and natural oils.  You can use other oils such as coconut, jojoba, almond, olive, or even avocado.

3. Stick to one moisture.  Try not to switch up your routine too much and stick to what you know works as some products tend to expedite dryness.  I use my trusty Nivea Soft in the morning and the baby oil at night. 

4. Eye cream.  This is not a necessity but if you find yourself really struggling with dryness under the eyes.  You can also use natural oils like coconut, olive, almond, or jojoba.  A few drops around the eyes will work wonders!

5. Refrain from over exfoliation.  Abrasiveness on the skin will strip it from natural oils that nourish the skin and act to counteract dryness.  Therefore, minimise exfoliation to about 1-2 times a week to shed the dry skin off after following the first four steps.  

Following these five simple and cost effective methods will guarantee a reduction and even eradication of the dry patches within a week.  Like I always say, you do not need to spend an excessive amount of money to feel healthy and glow.  

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