By now, winter flurries have fallen (maybe or maybe not...), the dry heat is blasting, and your skin is likely freaking out. But before you run out to buy products to weather winter's assault, check out this list of natural remedies that you can whip up right in your own kitchen.
Scaly Skin Saver. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to your bath water to instantly turn any soak session into a dry skin treatment. Just be careful stepping out!
Guac' N Go. Avocado may pair perfectly with chips—but their unusually high fatty acid content makes for a mega moisturizer, too. Mash and apply the green flesh to a freshly cleansed face, and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Try not to lick. Rinse off.
The Itch Fix. Adding a cup of oatmeal to bath water will soothe itchy, dry skin, and other conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Use colloidal oatmeal for best results, or make your own using traditional oatmeal flakes; just mix in a blender or press in a coffee grinder until left with a fine powder.
Plant Power. Aloe vera isn't just for sunburns. The regenerative skin soother hydrates even the most sensitive skin without irritation. Grow your own potted aloe vera plant, and crack one of the leaf spikes open to apply pure aloe vera gel directly to skin. Think of it as nature's ultimate hydrator.
Dairy Do. Dull skin can be a drag during the winter, but scrubbing only irritates dry skin. Exfoliate instead with a five minute mask of Greek yogurt, which contains gentle lactic acid instead of granules to exfoliate skin. Your face will fill instantly fresh and supple after you rinse the yogurt off.