5 Natural DIY Ideas for Parched Winter Skin
1. Tackle Dry Skin From the Inside Out
Adjusting your diet to include more healthy oils like olive, avocado, and flaxseed will do a lot to increase the soft and itch-free feel of your skin. Olive oil, for example, contains antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation and disarm free radicals. If you’re worried that these powerhouse oils are lacking in your diet, consider taking a supplement like Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend from Udo’s Choice. It’s an amazing blend of essential fatty acids sourced from flax, sesame, and sunflower oils. Your dry skin will start feeling richer in just a few days.
2. Drink More Water
Well, duh, right? I know this may seem like a no-brainer, but even if you drink water throughout the day, other beverages like soda and coffee act as diuretics, which contribute to dehydration. Studies have recently debunked the “eight glasses of water a day” rule that we all used to swear by, so there’s no need to be counting cups consumed. But an extra sip or two definitely couldn’t hurt!
And one more thing — don’t turn your nose up at tap water! Numerous studies have shown it to be just as pure (if not more so) than the bottled water allegedly right from the glacier’s mouth, and at 1/1,000th of the price. You can skip the plastic bottle — and the waste and expense, too. Simply use a cup or take a reusable water bottle with you in your purse or backpack.
3. Take Care of Skin Topically
Slather your skin in coconut oil as soon as you get out of the shower. Coconut oil’s small molecular structure allows it to be easily absorbed by the skin. And its solid-at-room-temperature state allows for easy application. Just scoop out a grape-sized dollop and gently massage it into your skin. Repeat as necessary until you’ve covered all 21 square feet of your skin.
4. Address Your Environment
Chances are, if your skin is dry, the air in your home is, too. Try to restore as much moisture into your home as possible by having lots of real plants, using your stovetop rather than your oven for cooking, and opening your shower door wide after you shower. Using a drying rack is a fantastic one-two punch of saving energy by skipping the clothes dryer, while also allowing much-needed moisture to evaporate back into the air. It’s actually kind of alarming how quickly my clothes dry here, even indoors!
5. Get Your DIY On!
The most basic of the DIY solutions — sitting a few bowls or glasses of water on top of radiators — helps the sitting water evaporate into the air. I have forced air in my house, but I still put a few bowls in front of heat registers in the hopes that it’s helping a bit. It couldn’t hurt, anyway (and my toddler daughter enjoys finding these little “pools” for her toys to swim in, too!).