How to Prevent Dry Skin Before it Even Begins: Inexpensive Tips

coconut oil for soft elbows and knees

If you’re reading this, you’ve either been on a previous battle with dry, winter skin or are one of the lucky ones and have kept it at bay and want to keep it that way. No matter what the intent, the key is learning how to prevent dry skin before it even begins. Take it from this Northern-born gal, you don’t have to spend a fortune to take advantage of these super simple ways to prevent dry skin! Here’s my best tips and hacks for combating itchy, flaky, dry skin.

Refined coconut oil melts with your body temperature to give you soft skin in winter.
Refined coconut oil melts with your body temperature to give you soft skin in winter.

Living in Northern Maine as a child, it was so easy to have dry skin for several months every winter. Combine the harsh winter with super dry air and it was a perfect combination for me digging my skin raw. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few hacks to keep myself from having super dry skin as an adult and I’m happy to share.

Using coconut oil on hands, feet, elbows, knees is an inexpensive trick to avoiding dry skin in winter.
Using coconut oil on hands, feet, elbows, knees is an inexpensive trick to avoiding dry skin in winter.

Coconut Oil Is Your Friend

The more I want to use unrefined coconut oil, the more I WANT to use it. Personally, I like to use non-GMO, but you do you and use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Happily, unrefined coconut oil melts with your body heat so grab a teeny amount (a little goes a long way) and use it for:

  • Dry skin patches
  • Lips
  • Cracked heels

Not a skin hack, but I like to warm up a little in my hand and rub it into the ends of my hair for extra softness. There’s no scent to coconut oil, either, so even if you’re not a fan of how coconut smells you’ll want to give it a try.

Dry skin shower hacks
Don’t go overboard with super hot water in winter to spare your skin from getting dry and flaky. Blech.

Dry Skin Shower Hacks

There’s two takeaways for showering in winter. First, keep your time in the shower to a minimum. I know, it’s so relaxing to stand in the hot water and breathe in the steam. But, the more you stand under that hot water, the more likely you’ll be to score a bad case of itchy, dry skin.

Second, try not to go overboard with the temperature. The hotter the water, the better the chance of needing to cure dry skin. Prevention is key, remember?

Gallon plastic bags and lotion equals super soft hands and feet.
Gallon plastic bags and lotion equals super soft hands and feet.

Plastic Bags = An Easy Dry Skin Treatment

Ok, this one’s fun, especially when you’ve got a little down time. In winter, I try to do this hack at least once a week. And I really don’t like taking pictures of my feet but I took one for the team on this hack.

After I shower or bathe, I grab four gallon-sized freezer bags and my favorite moisturizing lotion. I slather a generous amount on both feet first and cover each one with a freezer bag, zipping it closed as much as possible. I then proceed with my hands. Yes, the last hand is a little tricky but I promise it’s worth the effort. Leaving them on anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, I sit back and read or watch t.v. and let my own body heat create a moisturizing sauna inside the bags.

Once you remove the bags, rub the lotion into your skin. You’ll be surprised at how soft your hands and feet will feel!

As for the lotion I use, it’s my tried and true favorite, ┬áJohnson’s┬« Bedtime Baby Lotion. I used it as a child, I used it on my daughter when she was a baby, and I continue to make it a staple in my home. I also have to comment on its scent – it’s so subtle and I adore it.

My Secret to Healthy Facial Skin

It’s a definite mood boost to have someone tell me how young I look. And, honestly, I’ve tried loads of different facial washes but I always go back to my tried and true favorite: Baby Wash. It’s balanced so my skin doesn’t get dry in winter or oily in summer. It doesn’t leave a residue or film, and I like to use it once or twice a day.

I’m not kidding, I’ve used it since I was in high school and was really hunting a a product to wash my face with that would keep it balanced. I really like the mild scent and, love how soft it keeps my face. Bonus: it’s really inexpensive, too!

 

Take it from this Northern-born gal, you don't have to spend a fortune to take advantage of these super simple ways to prevent dry skin! Here's my best tips and hacks for combating itchy, flaky, dry skin.

What’s your best hack for combating dry winter skin? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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4 Thoughts to “How to Prevent Dry Skin Before it Even Begins: Inexpensive Tips”

  1. I have loads of coconut oil at home. I am so going to use it now on my elbows which have become dry lately. Thank you!

  2. Coconut oil has so many good benefits, I use it for my hair too, it makes it less dry.

  3. I am always cold and so I LOVE hot showers. My skin does get very dry during the winter though. So maybe I add in some baths in bath water with essential oils.

  4. Crystal Marie

    With Winter and washing my hands so much for my newborn, this post was perfect timing. I want to try the coconut oil AND the gallon bag with lotion. Thanks!

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