13 Effective Home Remedies For Winter Skin Care November 25, 2016

I personally love winters. The chilly season makes me feel fresh and alive. Cozy jumpers, boots, scarves, and what not! But, unfortunately, winter is the time when our skin does not like to cooperate with us.

During these months, our skin tends to get dry, itchy, and dull due to lack of moisture. We usually look around for good cold creams and body butters to moisturize dry skin. In our search for the best solution, we often overlook things available at our home that can enhance our skin care routine.

Here is a list of top 13 home remedies for skin care in winter. Use them, and you will fall in love with your skin all over again!

Winter Skin Care Home Remedies

  1. Papaya Face Pack
  2. Milk And Almond Face Pack
  3. Yogurt And Buttermilk Face Pack
  4. Glycerine
  5. Petroleum Jelly
  6. Olive Oil And Egg Yolk Face Pack
  7. Avocado And Honey Face Pack
  8. Coconut Oil
  9. Lemon And Honey Solution
  10. Sunflower Oil
  11. Strawberries Mask
  12. Banana Mask
  13. Honey And Raw Milk

Get Rid Of Winter Skin Woes With These Remedies

1. Papaya Face Pack

Papaya-Face-Pack

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Ingredients
  • A piece of ripe papaya
  • A banana
  • 2 tablespoons honey
How to Apply

1. Mash the papaya and banana so that no lumps remain.
2. Add the honey and mix well.
3. Apply this paste on your face and other dry areas on your body.

Benefits

Papayas contain antioxidants and bananas are known for their vitamin content. These two fruits also work as anti-aging agents (1, 2). Honey is a natural moisturizer for the skin (3). Using this pack will help rejuvenate your skin, making it firmer and younger looking.

Precautions

None

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2. Milk And Almond Face Pack

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon almond powder
  • 2 tablespoons raw milk
How to Apply

1. Make a paste and apply it on your face.
2. Keep it for 10 minutes.
3. Massage gently and wash off with water.

Benefits

Almonds are rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids (4). Milk is a wonderful moisturizer for the skin. Its acid content and enzymes will exfoliate your skin and make it soft, supple, and glowing (5). Using this face pack will reduce dryness and make your skin softer.

Precautions

Do not use this face pack if you are allergic to milk and milk products.

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3. Yogurt And Buttermilk Face Pack

Yogurt-And-Buttermilk-Face-Pack

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
How to Apply

1. Mix equal quantities of yogurt and buttermilk.
2. Apply this mixture all over your body and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
3. Wash off with water.

Benefits

Yogurt is rich in zinc, calcium, vitamin B6, and other useful enzymes. It cleanses the skin and also lightens blemishes (6). Buttermilk contains lactic acid that has a mild peeling property and helps to clear dry and dull skin in winter. It also soothes the itchiness that accompanies dry skin (7).

Precautions

Do not use this face pack if you are allergic to milk products.

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4. Glycerine

Glycerine

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Ingredients
  • Glycerin
  • Cotton ball
How to Apply

1. Wash your face and pat it dry. Leave it slightly damp.
2. Dip the cotton ball in the glycerin and apply on the face. Avoid the eyes and the lips.
3. Leave the glycerin on. Do not wash it off.

Benefits

Glycerine is easily available and is used to solve various dry skin problems. It is a natural moisturizer and helps to restore hydration of the skin, making it soft. This is because of its humectant and emollient properties (8).

Precautions

None

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5. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum-Jelly

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Ingredients

Petroleum jelly

How to Apply

Apply petroleum jelly all over your body and massage for a minute or two so that it is absorbed into the skin.

Benefits

Petroleum jelly is easily available and comes very cheap. It can be used on dry skin, dry lips, and cracked heels – the remnants of winter on our body. Petroleum jelly is an emollient and has skin moisturizing properties (9). It helps to get rid of the above-mentioned dry skin conditions.

Precautions

If your skin is prone to breakouts, do not use this remedy

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6. Olive Oil And Egg Yolk Face Mask

Olive-Oil-And-Egg-Yolk-Face-Mask

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Ingredients
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3-4 drops olive oil
How to Apply

1. Add the olive oil to the egg yolks and whip them to get a stable mixture.
2. Apply it on your face and keep it on for 20 minutes
3. Wash off with water.

Benefits

Olive oil is rich in natural antioxidants and vitamins E and K (10). Egg yolk contains vitamin A and lecithins that nourish the skin and treat dryness effectively (11). Using this face mask twice a week during winters will make your skin glow.

Precautions

None

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7. Avocado And Honey Face Mask

Avocado-And-Honey-Face-Mask

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons honey
How to Apply

1. Mash the avocado and add the honey to it.
2. Apply the mixture on your face and neck.
3. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with water.

Benefits

Avocado and honey are both humectants and help cure dry skin problems during winter. Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamins E and C, and carotenoids. They protect the skin from free radical damage and keep it hydrated (12). Apart from moisturizing properties, the antioxidants in honey keep the skin young looking (3).

Precautions

None

[ Read: Simple Winter Care Tips For Oily Skin ]

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8. Coconut Oil

Coconut-Oil

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Ingredients

Virgin coconut oil

How to Apply

1. Dab coconut oil on the affected area and massage until it gets absorbed into the skin.
2. Do not wash off the oil.

Benefits

Coconut oil makes the skins softer and provides moisture to the skin naturally. It is rich in fatty acids and prevents moisture loss (13, 14). During the winter months, apply coconut oil at night before going to bed.

Precautions

None

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9. Lemon And Honey Solution

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Ingredients
  • Half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Cotton ball
How to Apply

1. Squeeze out the juice from half a lemon and add this to the honey.
2. Mix well and apply it on your face with the cotton ball.
3. Leave it for 10 minutes and then rinse with water.

Benefits

Lemon is rich in vitamin C while honey has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to soothe itchy, irritated skin during the cold winter months (15, 16).

Precautions

Use a good skin moisturizing lotion after using this remedy.

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10. Sunflower Oil

Sunflower-Oil

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Ingredients

A few drops of sunflower oil

How to Apply

1. Apply the oil on your face and massage gently using your fingers.
2. Let the oil be absorbed naturally into the skin. There is no need to wash it off.

You can also use sunflower oil to moisturize your whole body.

Benefits

Sunflower oil is an effective remedy for dry skin in winter. It is rich in vitamins and fatty acids. It helps to keep your skin youthful and hydrated as it is an emollient and retains moisture (17). This remedy is best done before hitting the bed.

Precautions

None

[ Read: Home Remedies For Glowing Skin ]

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11. Strawberries Mask

Strawberries-Mask

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Ingredients
  • 2-3 strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cream
How to Apply

1. Mash the strawberries and add honey and cream to it. Mix well.
2. Apply this on the face evenly, avoiding the eyes and lips.
3. Let the face mask dry for 10-12 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
4. Rinse with cold water to close the skin pores.

Benefits

The high vitamin C content present in strawberries helps in relieving dryness. It makes the skin soft, smooth, and moisturized. It is also a natural exfoliant. Its mild acids remove the dead skin cells and impurities that have accumulated and brighten the skin tone (18). Fresh cream and honey are moisturizing agents as well (19).

Precautions

If you are allergic to dairy, add an extra teaspoon of honey to the face mask instead of fresh cream.

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12. Banana Mask

Banana-Mask

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 teaspoon honey
How to Apply

1. Mash the banana and add the honey. Mash the banana well so that no big lumps remain.
2. Apply this on your face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes.
3. Rinse with water.

Benefits

Banana moisturizes and nourishes the skin with its vitamin C, B6, and A content. These help in retaining water in the skin and keeping it hydrated. An additional benefit of using this face mask is that banana also possesses anti-aging properties and will smoothen out fine lines and wrinkles (20, 21).

Precautions

None

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13. Honey And Raw Milk

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons raw milk
  • Cotton ball
How to Apply

1. Mix the honey and milk.
2. Dip the cotton ball in this mixture and apply it on the face and other dry areas of your body.
3. Let it dry naturally for about 10 minutes.
4. Rinse with water.

Benefits

The moisturizing benefits of honey are well known. Milk will help in gently removing dry and flaky skin and making your skin smooth. It also moisturizes your skin (22).

Precautions

If your skin is sensitive or allergic to milk, do not use this remedy.

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So, now that winter is setting in, your skin may be covered with layers and layers of clothing. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of it. How else will you flaunt those cute short dresses in summer?

With these natural remedies, you can keep your skin soft and glowing all through the winter months, and be ready to flaunt perfect skin this summer.

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