Is the cold air leaving your skin painfully dry? These soothing remedies are sitting right in your kitchen.
Make them minty fresh:
Mix one part Listerine to 2 parts water and soak your feet for 15 to 20 minutes. The mouthwash contains benzoic acid to help shed dead skin and ethanol to protect feet from bacteria and fungus (reducing odor).
Wear socks to prevent cracks:
When your foot is constantly exposed to trauma, it responds by thickening the skin on the sole of your foot. Walking around barefoot is the most common cause. This thick skin can lead to deep cracks in your heels if you don’t treat it. Make sure to wear comfy socks or slippers when walking around your house.
Soothe with a yogurt mask:
For a cheap alternative to that high-end cream, try coating dry feet and hands in full-fat yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt acts as a natural exfoliant to gently remove dead skin while the fats restore moisture.
For an extra boost, mix a teaspoon of raw honey into the yogurt before slathering on skin (its super hydrating). Leave the mask on for ten minutes before rinsing off.
Spritz dryness away:
Rose, lavender, or bergamot essential oils are great for hydrating the skin. To create an herbal spritzer, mix a few drops of any or all of these essential oils with water in a four-ounce spray bottle. Spritz on dry hands and feet whenever your skin needs a boost.
Mash an avocado:
The fats in avocados are extra nourishing for dry hands. Mash half of an avocado and combine with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1/8 cup sugar. The sugar will exfoliate dead skin away while the oils moisturize skin.