Winter is beautiful…but goodness, it is harsh on our skin. Below, we’ve gathered some great home remedies, shopping recommendations, and general tips to help you survive winter without cracking, itchy, or splotchy skin.

#1: Use Lukewarm Water to Wash Up

Hot showers are fine, but use moderately-heated water when washing your hands or have. The lower temperature keeps your skin from drying out too quickly.

#2: Always Moisturize Right After Showering

Moisturizing right after a shower helps “seal” the water into your skin. It keeps your skin softer for longer (and helps you use less water on a daily basis—so that’s a win for the environment too!).

#3: Use Glycerine to Moisturize

Dip a cotton ball in some glycerine and apply to the dry areas of your skin: elbows, knees, hands. Avoid applying to your eyes or lips though.

#4: Make Home Moisturizer with Pantry Items

The recipe is simple: 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Once mixed until smooth, apply all over legs, arms, and face before showering. Then, apply light moisturizer after the shower.

#5: Use Coconut Oil as an Overnight Moisturizer

Apply warm coconut oil all over the dry areas of your body before going to bed. It’ll keep your skin soft during the night—just make sure you wash it off in the morning.

#6: Buy a Heated Humidifier

Indoor heating is probably the best thing since indoor cooling, but it leaves our skin more dry than the winter air. Buying a small humidifier balances out the dryness caused by the heater—creating a more comfortable home to boot!

#7: Eat Veggies & Fruits with High Water Content

Cucumbers, celery, watermelon, carrots, and cantaloupe are all high in water content. By consuming more water, you’ll be equipping your body to keep your skin smooth and moisturized.

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