During the winter, your skin might dry out, crack, and flake. This is going to make you self-conscious about the way that your skin looks, as well as cause you pain. One way to deal with the dry skin is to moisturize it regularly. However, it can be difficult to always remember to have moisturizer with you or to keep moisturizer stocked in your bathroom. Here are some ways that you can moisturize your skin without having to go out into the cold and purchase moisturizer.
1. Use Olive Oil
If you ever bake or cook, the chances are good that you are going to have some olive oil in the house. If you have olive oil in a bottle, measure out between a teaspoon and a teaspoon and half, depending on whether your are covering your hands and arms with oil or your legs with oil. A half hour before you hop into the shower, spread the oil on whatever part of your skin that's dry. Rub it in with small circles. The oil contains fatty acids that help your skin grow new tissue more quickly and pack the existing tissue with moisture. Doing this regularly will help improve the ability of your skin to retain water.
2. Use Honey
Another option is to rub honey on your body a few minutes before you get into the shower. There's a reason why lip balm made out of bee's wax is so popular. It's because the wax and the honey both have the ability to lock moisture into the skin and make your skin much softer. Honey is also able to improve the ability of your skin to fight off microbes that could invade your already cracked skin, allowing you to remain healthy and avoid getting an infection.
3. Use Yogurt
Many people use yogurt to help with sunburns because it helps restore moisture to the skin and reduces the redness of the burn. You can also use yogurt to improve your skin's overall moisture by spreading it on your skin and allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Your dry skin will suck the moisture out of the yogurt and store it for itself. You can also rub the yogurt onto your skin to exfoliate it, removing dead skin and freeing up the new skin underneath.
For more information on restoring moisture to your skin, talk to your dermatologist. For more help with dry skin, contact a professional like those at Dermatology Associates.