Chapped lips

Your lips have to brave the wrath of the wind, the cold and up north, the lack of humidity, making them vulnerable to chapping.

Before you apply lip balm, run a green tea bag under warm water and place it over your lips for ten to fifteen minutes. According to Dr Oz, the tannins in the green tea will calm the burning sensation. 

Dry hair

Swap your products with silicone-based ingredients for this deep nourishing treatment: put the life back into your hair by using two tablespoons each of almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil.

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The oils act as a nourishing conditioner and penetrate the hair shaft, rebalancing the hair’s ability to hold moisture.

Mix them all in a pot until lukewarm, not hot. Be careful not to overheat it as it can damage your scalp.

Massage your hair with this mixture, wrap it in a towel, then unwrap it after 30 minutes and wash with a mild, sulfate-free shampoo. Repeat this once a week to achieve moisturised, lustrous tresses. This works best on thick, curly hair. People with fine, limp hair should only apply to the dry ends.

Cold feet

Cold feet can be a persistent problem in people with poor blood circulation. A warm oil massage will solve this as it will stimulate blood flow.

Warm a few tablespoons of oil (olive or coconut oil is perfect) and massage it with firm pressure onto the balls of your feet all the way up to your ankles for a few minutes every day. 

Sensitive skin

The cold season brings dry air and for some people it can cause their sensitive skin to dry out, become cracked and itchy. 

If you have this problem during winter, it is best to skip using soaps that contain ingredients that can strip moisture from your skin. 

According to this article on The Health Site, most conventional bar soaps contain harsh chemical ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and lye. These can potentially dry out the skin and cause irritation. Rather use a moisturiser like aqueous cream when you wash.

On the other hand, handmade soaps made with natural organic oils will cleanse just as well as conventional soaps without any of the irritation. 

Dry eyes

Discoveryeye.org explains that winter can be drying to our eyes, because sometimes they are unable to keep up with the amount of tear production needed to remain comfortable. This leads to discomfort, especially for those that wear contact lenses. 

Healthguidance.org suggests tamarind seeds as a natural treatment for dry eyes. Simply soak some of the seeds in warm water and use the extracts to soothe your eyes.

Flaky scalp

According to the Mayo Clinic winter is one of the causes of a dry scalp, so to lock in that natural moisture we suggest using a natural treatment for your scalp like tea tree oil, honey, avocado and even egg yolk.

The benefits of honey on our scalp are tenfold, according to this article on Reader’s Digest. In addition to strengthening hair follicles, it is also said to be loaded with antioxidants which are, in turn, great for dry skin. 

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