Home Remedies For Winter Skin Care

The road to hydrated skin is paved with some simple nourishing ingredients.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Seepika Jaiswal, MBBS, FAM
By Shaheen Naser

With comfy blankets, cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and family gatherings, winter brings dry, itchy skin that warrants the use of home remedies for winter skin care. While tons of creams and lotions claim to keep your skin smooth and moisturized, the home remedies shared in this post will help keep your skin smooth, soft, and well-moisturized without the side effects of chemicals.

Top these remedies with warm soups and adequate water intake, and you are ready to face the winter woes head-on! Read on to find out more about these home remedies that can help keep your skin well-nourished during the harsh winters.

Home Remedies For Winter Skin Care

1. Papaya And Honey Pack

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Ripe papayas are rich in antioxidants that can work as anti-aging agents (1). Honey is a humectant that makes your skin soft and supple (2).

You Will Need
  • 1 ripe papaya
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the ripe papaya and add honey to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste on your face, neck, and other areas with dry skin and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  3. Wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This 

Do this two times a week.

2. Milk And Almond Pack

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Almonds are rich in bioactive compounds that restore the moisture balance of your skin (3). Using a face pack of almonds and milk can help reduce the dryness of your skin and make it more supple.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons of homemade almond powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of fresh milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a thick paste by mixing almond powder and milk.
  2. Apply it to the areas with dry skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Doing this one to two times a week can help moisturize your skin.

Caution: If you are allergic to milk and milk products, do not try this remedy. 

3. Yogurt And Honey Pack

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Yogurt moisturizes your skin, prevents transepidermal water loss, and increases skin elasticity (4). Honey, as we already know, moisturizes the skin and keeps it supple.

You Will Need

  • 1 bowl of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix yogurt and honey in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture on the affected areas.
  3. Rinse it off with cold water after 15 minutes.

How Often Should You This 

You can apply this pack two times a week. 

4. Glycerin

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Glycerin is a potent humectant that effectively restores the moisture content of your skin (5).

You Will Need
  • Glycerin
  • Sterile cotton pad
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply glycerin on the dry areas of your skin using a cotton pad.
  2. Leave it on to be absorbed into your skin.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this several times a week.

5. Petroleum Jelly

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Petroleum jelly has been used as a moisturizing agent due to its excellent moisture-retaining properties. It prevents the loss of moisture from the skin surface better than most other natural moisturizing agents (6).

You Will Need

1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly

What You Have To Do

Apply the jelly to the affected areas and massage it gently into your skin.

How Often You Should Do This 

You can apply this once every day.

Note: Do not use this remedy if you have acne-prone skin.

6. Coconut Oil

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The bioactive constituents of coconut oil make it suitable to treat dry skin. It works as an excellent moisturizer and prevents the loss of moisture from the surface of your skin (7).

You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply coconut oil on the affected areas and massage it in gently.
  2. Leave it on. Do not wash off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once a day.

7. Lemon And Honey

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Lemon is rich in antioxidants. Honey is an excellent moisturizing agent (8). Together, they can soothe dry and itchy skin in the winter months.

You Will Need
  • ½ ripe lemon
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Extract the juice from half a ripe lemon and add honey to it.
  2. Mix well and apply it to the affected areas.
  3. Wash off after 15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this at least two times a week.

8. Sunflower Seed Oil

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Sunflower seed oil has been used as a remedy for dry skin for ages. It helps prevent the loss of moisture from the surface of your skin, thereby keeping it hydrated and supple (9).

You Will Need

A few drops of sunflower seed oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some sunflower seed oil in your palms and gently massage it into your skin.
  2. Leave it on to be absorbed. Do not wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this at least once a day.

9. Strawberry Face Mask

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Strawberries are increasingly being used in cosmetic products due to their moisturizing and anti-aging properties (10). They can help eliminate dryness and leave your skin feeling soft, hydrated, and supple.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 fresh strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh cream
  • Honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Slice up the strawberries and mash them.
  2. Make a thick paste by mixing fresh cream and honey with the mashed strawberries.
  3. Apply this pack on your face and neck and leave on for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Wash off with plain water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this two times a week for best results.

Caution: Those allergic to dairy products can avoid fresh cream or add an extra tablespoon of honey to the mix.

Winters can be harsh on the skin, and you may need to take extra care to meet your skin’s hydration and nutrition needs. Winter skin care home remedies can help you relieve dry skin by restoring the natural moisture balance and providing nutrition. Face packs using ingredients like papaya, honey, milk, yogurt, almond, strawberries, and lemon can make your skin soft, hydrated, and supple. Sunflower oil, coconut oil, glycerine, and petroleum jelly are stand-alone ingredients that can be directly applied topically to relieve dryness. Besides using these remedies, ensure that you load up on warm fluids and water throughout winter for healthy and internally nourished skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is rose water a moisturizer?

Rose water is not a moisturizer, but you can mix it with other moisturizing ingredients to hydrate your skin.

Is Vaseline good for the face?

Yes, Vaseline is good to apply on the face. However, ensure to wash it properly; otherwise, it may congest the pores.

Should I put Vaseline on my lips?

You can put Vaseline on the lips to prevent chapped lips. However, do not apply it if you are allergic to it.

What can I use instead of moisturizer?

You can use oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, or argan oil if you do not want to use moisturizer.

Sources

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Shaheen holds a postgraduate degree in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Bharathiar University. She is a Geneticist with proficiency... more

Dr. Seepika Jaiswal

(MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology, FAM)
Dr. Seepika Jaiswal is a cosmetic dermatologist, hair transplant surgeon, and micro pigmentation specialist. After completing her MBBS, she went... more

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