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Winter is a wonderful time of year, full of holiday gatherings, crackling fires, crisp air, and — for many lucky people — freshly fallen snow. But this season is also marked by cold, dry weather. And the colder temperatures and lower humidity affect the conditions of your skin and hair. We raise the heat indoors, which also dries indoor air. Humidity drops in winter months where temperatures are mild too, so winter is the season when everyone needs a good moisturizer! Even if you have oily skin, you may need to start using one; if you have dry skin, you may want to apply an extra-strength cream or lotion.
Dryness strikes where your skin’s oil glands are weakest. Cheeks, arms, and legs have almost no sebaceous oil glands, and therefore get drier during winter months. The skin on our hands is thinner than in other places, so it also needs extra protection and care. After washing your hands, always dry them thoroughly and apply a good hand cream. Wearing gloves outdoors will protect your skin and keep it soft. And, of course, the Winter Moisturizer Recipe will help hydrate your whole body.
While fresh, local beauty ingredients are limited during winter, spices, natural oils, and dry beans likely still line your pantry shelves. Add the following recipes to your personal care routine this winter, and feel a little more ready to face the season.
Also from Natural Beauty for All Seasons:
- Black-Eyed Pea Cleanser
- Pine Toner
- Basic Shampoo
- Greek Yogurt Mask
- Winter Moisturizer
- Dandruff Treatments
- Olive Oil Shaving Cream
- Herbal Sleep Pillow
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden. She’s the beauty editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, a regular magazine contributor, and a frequent speaker at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS. This excerpt is from her book Natural Beauty for All Seasons, available below.