The winter season is like that scary exam you dread to give, no matter how much you’ve prepped for it. Your skin goes through a lot during the winters and the problems seem endless. In fact, they keep popping up like pimples when you’re on your period.

What do you do when these skin issues show up without invitation? You turn to your kitchen. Yes, you heard that right. Your kitchen isn’t something you turn to just for your hunger pangs. Here are some home remedies you can try for your winter skin problems…

 

Coconut oil for dry skin

Coconut oil for dry skin

This is the primary skin condition that is caused because of dropping temperatures. For dry skin, the best and the most effective home remedy is coconut oil. Coconut oil acts an excellent moisturiser and is known to penetrate deep into your skin. Warm some coconut oil and apply it on your body making sure you massage it in.

 

Cucumber for skin redness

Cucumber for skin redness

Give your red, burning skin some cucumber goodness this winter. If your skin is prone to redness, not taking care of it can further lead to rashes and itchiness. Place slices of cucumber straight outta your fridge over the affected area for instant cooling. It’s a combination of vitamin C and water that reduces inflammation and skin irritations. Alternatively, you can also drink cucumber juice to get healthy, glowing skin from within.

 

Olive oil for peeling skin

Olive oil for peeling skin

If only peeling dry skin off our palms gave us the same amount of joy peeling dry Fevicol off our palms gave us. If you’re prone to peeling skin on the palms, you know how irritating and distracting it can get. Heal this with an easy home remedy; smear some lukewarm olive oil on your palms and other affected areas. Keep massaging the oil onto your peeling skin until it gets soft and comes off easily. You can also mix some olive oil with your hand cream and do this. Olive oil contains antioxidants and hydrating squalane (an oil which occurs naturally in our bodies, also found in olives which makes the oil extremely hydrating and absorbent) which helps tame extremely dry, peeling skin.

 

Aloe Vera for white dry patches on the skin

Aloe Vera for white dry patches on the skin

During the winters, you may notice little white patches near your nostrils, sides of the lips and forehead. These white patches occur due to extreme dryness of the skin and can also attract bacteria which can cause them to itch. Apply a small amount of freshly extracted aloe vera gel on the white patches, as aloe vera gel contains auxins and gibberellins–the plant hormones that facilitate cell division and contain healing properties. The transparency and gel consistency of aloe vera gel makes it easy for you to wear it even outside of your home, thus shielding the skin when you’re out and about.

 

Milk for dry skin on the body

Milk for dry skin on the body

Raw milk is loaded with vitamins and the lactic acid in it helps reduce pigmentation and moisturises the skin. Milk is the classic granny-recommended moisturizing ingredient for years now. You can bathe with milk over the weekends as it can get a little time consuming and messy. And as much as a steaming hot shower seems like the best option during winters, the hot water sucks out all the moisture from your skin. So, remember to use lukewarm water! We also recommend using a soap that caters to dry skin post your milk bath for extra moisturisation. We love the Ayush Moisturising Cow’s Ghee Soap that’s a unique blend of various ayurvedic herbs and cow’s ghee that hydrates extremely dry skin.