For those of us who live in temperate climates, winter always takes its toll on our skin.



As the outdoor temperature drops so does the humidity.

The cold dry, windy air outside combined with the dry heated air inside reduces our skin's natural moisture levels and depletes its natural defenses. As the seasons change our skin goes into overdrive in an effort to rebalance itself to the new environmental conditions. Winter skin has different needs and is begging for an extra bit of moisture.

The seasonal changes can cause the skin to crack and become flaky, itchy, dry, red and irritated. For those with normally dry or sensitive skin, symptoms will often worsen during the winter months.

Using simple, gentle wholesome skincare with a few simple changes to your regular routine can leave even winter skin feeling protected, nourished, and pampered. 


1. Choose a Moisturizing Natural Soap

Natural Winter Survival Soap

One of the most common causes of dry skin is your soap. A mild natural, moisturizing soap is recommended for dry skin, especially during cold weather.

Dry winter skin conditions are often exacerbated by harsh detergent soaps that contain fragrance oils and synthetic chemicals that wash off natural skin-protecting oils.

For a list of our soaps for sensitive or dry skin, please read Help Me Choose Soap.



2. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

In winter months it is important to hydrate your skin often and regularly. Moisturizing helps protect skin from water loss and maintains a healthy barrier from the environment.

Dry-Winter-Skin-CareThe lack of humidity during the cold winter months dries out your skin, stripping it of natural oils.

Dehydrated skin looks dull, feels tight, and flakes and cracks easily which can lead to painful irritations.

  • It is important to choose moisturizing products with gentle, natural ingredients that will hydrate and soothe skin. Products made with synthetic ingredients like colors or fragrances can add to winter irritation.

  • Winter skin often needs a richer, daily moisturizer to help nourish, hydrate and protect the skin from uncomfortable dryness or cracking. Dermatologists recommend non-water based creams to restore skin hydration.

  • Healing herbal salves or natural ointments can be very helpful for extra dry, irritated places.



  • Stay away from lotions. Not only are they mostly water (notice that water is often the first ingredient) they often contain preservatives and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin. Although lotions are absorbed more quickly, they do not contain enough emollients to offer long-term protection against winter dryness.

  • Keep a travel size cream or lotion bar in your purse, briefcase, school bag or gym bag so it is always handy when you need a quick dose of moisture especially after hand washing.

Don’t Forget your face!



Again use only products made with natural ingredients. Ingredients like mineral oil and petrolatum cause congestion, bumps and breakouts.

Try a facial oil. Facial oils can help regulate your skin’s oil production.

You can even add a few drops of a facial oil to your favorite natural facial moisturizer to provide an additional protective layer against the harsh cold-weather conditions.

Layer Moisturizers

Natural-Shower-LotionYou are often told to layer clothing in winter, try layering your moisturizers by using more than one of your favorite natural products at a time.

For example, take a warm bath or shower using a natural bath oil or a shower lotion bar and towel dry. Then massage skin with your favorite moisturizer to seal in all the benefits of your warm shower and leave your skin soft and smooth.

Moisturize While Skin is Still Damp 

Apply moisturizer immediately after your shower or bath. 

The best time to moisturize is after showering or bathing, while skin is still warm and damp to help increase absorption and lock in moisture. You have a three-minute window from shower to moisturizer for best results. If you wait too long the moisture will disappear from your skin before you can lock it in. 

Towel off but leave your skin just a bit wet as you apply your moisturizer. Moisturizers spread more easily on skin that is slightly wet. 

Apply moisturizer while still in the shower!



I love taking a hot shower before bed, it helps these old bones feel better. In summer it is not a problem, but in winter my naturally dry skin will itch like crazy all night long.

After soaping and rinsing, a moisturizer in the shower works with the humidity and warmth to deposit a layer of emollients to nourish and soothe dry, itchy skin.  

I mostly use our organic Shower Lotion Bars and the Bath Oil with the sprayer. When I forget to replenish my supplies at home, I have also used our body balms in the shower. 

For a list of our products for sensitive or dry skin, please visit the following pages Help Me Choose Dry Skin and Help Me Choose Sensitive Skin.


3. Avoid Long Hot Baths & Showers

Dry-Winter-Skin-CareI love a hot, steamy shower on a cold winter day, but it dries out my skin terribly. If you must have that hot shower, be prepared to use extra moisturizers. (This is where the layering I mentioned above really helps.)

Similar to the way heated air can dry your skin, so can hot water. While a long, steamy shower may sound delightful after a day in the cold, a long hot shower can strip natural oils from your skin--a real problem for your already dry winter skin.

Help your dry winter skin by turning the water temperature down and keeping your showers short.


4. Exfoliate regularly

natural-organic-exfoliating-sugar-scrubRegularly exfoliating your face and body is important, especially in winter.

When skin feels dry and itchy we love to slather on heavy creams. But dry, dull flaky skin usually means a build up of dead, dry skin cells. We do not need to moisturize the dry, dead skin cells, we need to exfoliate to remove them.

Exfoliating helps reduce the dry, dull look of winter skin by removing dulling buildup and promoting a healthy cell turnover rate. This is the key to radiant skin, even in the wintertime.

Also, when the skin has less dead skin cells your moisturizer will absorb and penetrate more easily. 

For more information check out our blog, "The Nitty Gritty of Exfoliation."


5. Take care of your lips

Winter-Skin-Lip-CareDuring winter our lips often become more dry and flaky. So what do we do?

Not even thinking about it, we automatically lick our lips to provide temporary relief from dryness which unfortunately leaves the skin even drier.

The dry winter air quickly evaporates the moisture from deep within the skin causing excess dryness and cracking.

The best way to protect and heal dry, cracked lips is to use a natural, conditioning lip balm and apply it to your lips throughout the day. A good balm will provide a barrier of protection, penetrate and heal the skin and not simply coat the skin’s surface. 

At night many people sleep with their mouths open, causing their lips to dry out. If you apply lip balm before going to sleep you will wake up with softer, moisturized lips. Give it a try—especially in the winter. 

For more information check out our blog, "How To Choose The Best Natural Lip Balm."


6. Take a pampering bath

Dry-Winter-Skin-Care-BathWinter not only taxes our skin but can also tax our spirit.

If the short, dark days are getting you down, a relaxing soak may be the perfect way to melt away the stresses of the cold dreary days.

With the addition of a few natural, pampering ingredients you can soothe your skin and transform your tub into a spirit-lifting experience.

Since ancient times, people have immersed themselves in a warm bath to cleanse, relax, refresh, rejuvenate, and heal.

Soaking in a warm bath can help soothe sensitive skin, promote circulation, relax our muscles so we sleep better and help relieve congestion from common colds.



Here are some tips:
  • Add oatmeal to provide soothing relief for dry skin. Here are two ways to create an oatmeal bath:
    • Grind about 1 cup of oatmeal into a fine powder. Run a warm bath and shake the oatmeal powder into the bathtub as it fills. 

    • Place 1 cup of oats into a muslin bag, cheesecloth or even old pantyhose. Add the oat bag to the tub as it fills.

  • Adding milk to bathwater has been done for centuries as a quick and easy way to moisturize and soften skin.
    • Simply add a few cups of whole milk to a tub of warm water

  • Add honeyHoney, a natural humectant, has been used for thousands of years as a topical healing agent all across the world. Honey not only helps to moisturize the skin but it helps it retain moisture, and even those with sensitive, easily irritated skin can use honey. If you’re battling dry winter skin, a honey bath may be the ideal prescription. 
    • Simply add 2 - 4 tablespoons of raw honey to a running bath

  • Add a moisturizing natural bath oil. This simple beauty secret can make your skin soft, smooth andNatural-Organic-Winter-Skin-Bath-Salts hydrated. You can use almost any oil that your skin likes, such as olive, coconut or sunflower. We make organic body oils that are formulated with a rich blend of oils infused with skin-loving organic botanicals and can be used as a natural body oil, a bath oil, an all over body massage or an after shower moisturizer to lavish your skin with love.

  • Add a natural bath salt to warm bath water. A medley of soothing mineral-rich salts enhances the natural healing effects of a warm bath. For more information and recipes check out our blog, "Bath Salts and Recipes."

  • Organic herbal bath teas are a soothing addition to a warm bath and can also be used as an "herbal washcloth" for very dry skin. Our Soothe My Skin Bath Tea is a gentle blend of skin soothing and softening botanicals, oats and Himalayan Pink Sea salt.

  • Mix and match, get creative and vary your bathing routine. Create an oatmeal and honey bath; a honey andDry-Winter-Skin-Care-Bath milk bath; or a botanical salt bath. The pampering possibilities are endless. 

  • Gently pat skin dry after a bath or shower. Vigorous rubbing can irritate sensitive skin.

  • Remember to get the most from a moisturizer, use it immediately after a bath or shower.


7. Hydrate from the Inside

Hydrate-Dry-Winter-SkinA cold glass of water may be quite satisfying on a hot summer day, but, enjoying a cold beverage is not quite as appealing when the temperatures outside are freezing cold. This is why people often drink less and it can be difficult to stay hydrated during the winter months. 

While different people have different percentages of water weight, up to 60 percent of the human adult body is water. Babies have the most, being born at about 78 percent water.

Your body needs water to function properly.

Winter-skin-careWater helps regulate body temperature and is essential to the function of cells, tissues, and organs.

Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, it will become dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less elasticity and is more prone to wrinkling.

If you find it difficult to drink lots of cold water during the winter months, try adding lemon to warm water or try some non-caffeinated, natural herbal teas.


8. Use a Humidifier

Humidity-For-Dry-SkinHow often do you wake up on a cool winter morning feeling dehydrated?

As the temperatures drop outside during winter nights your heat goes into overdrive pulling more and more moisture from the air, causing your mouth, nose, and skin to feel dry and parched.

While a whole house humidifier is a great addition to any furnace, a simple alternative to add moisture back into the air and your skin is having a humidifier at your bedside. Increasing the humidity helps keep your skin and respiratory tract from drying out.

Increased humidity can help with more than just dry skin. A study published by John D. Noti, et al in February 2103, showed that when the indoor humidity was kept above 40 percent the ability of airborne viruses to cause the flu was significantly reduced. The ability of airborne viruses to cause influenza dropped from 77 percent in low humidity, to only 14 percent when humidity was increased above 40 percent. (Source)

Most doctors recommend a cool mist humidifier and emphasize that it must be rinsed out frequently and kept super clean.



Don’t let the dry, cold weather and central heating cause dry, flaky, itchy skin this winter.

Using simple, gentle wholesome skincare with a few simple changes to your regular routine can leave even winter skin feeling protected, nourished, and pampered.


What helps your skin in the winter?  Share your secrets.