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For those of us who experience occasional dry skin in the winter, here are a few natural ways to rehydrate your skin with items you may already have in your kitchen.
1. Moisturize your skin with coconut oil.
2. Milk your skin - dip a washcloth in milk and apply to skin. Milk is soothing and the lactic acid is good for the skin, especially if you have itchy skin.
3. Or - add 2 cups of milk to your bath and 1/4 cup of honey. Soak and enjoy.
4. Skip the hot shower. Hot water dries the skin, use lukewarm and natural, chemical-free soap gel to keep from drying out your skin.
5. Use moisturizer while skin is still damp from the shower.
6. Oatmeal bath - 1 cup dry oatmeal (blend in a food processor to make it powdery). Soak 15 - 20 minutes. Oatmeal moisturizes, cleanses, is anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory.
7. Make an exfoliant with sugar and oil. Mix equal amounts of brown sugar and oil and rub in circular motion over skin.
8. Use aloe vera. Aloe vera is soothing and has anti-septic and anti-fungal properties that can help combat dry and irritated skin. Cut a fresh aloe leaf and apply the gel on your dry skin. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
9. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water during the day. Rule of thumb, drink half your weight in ounces throughout the day.
10. Feed your skin with salmon, other fatty fish, oranges, mangoes, carrots, and dark chocolate - rich in magnesium, essential fatty acids, Vitamin C and Beta carotene. They feed your skin and make it less prone to dryness.