Treating Winter Skin Problems

Treating Winter Skin Problems

Problem:  Dry skin all over the body
Solution:  Body butter

Body Butter tends to be richer than typical lotions.  They penetrate into the skin while locking in moisture for intense hydration.

Veria ID Innerdosha Body Butter

 This luxurious cream is a butter done better, with rich Ayurvedic Kokum, Cocoa, Shea, and Cupuacu butters to nourish thirsty skin. It smells so good, you will be addicted.  $16 for 6 oz at

Body Shop Honey Mania Body Butter

This luxurious Body Butter has a rich, floral scent. Each pot contains Community Fair Trade honey made from the nectar of thousands of wildflowers. Dip in for skin that feels silky soft. $20 for 6.75 oz avaialbe at The Body Shop.

Problem:  Dandruff

Itchy scalp and dandruff is a very common problem during the winter.  It can be

Solution:  Eliminate dandruff and the itch

Alternate between three different shampoos with the following active ingredients:

1) salicylic acid to help break down scalp buildup and split flakes into smaller, less visible pieces that can be washed away easily.

2) coal tar to  help slow the overproduction of skin cells on the scalp and reduce potential inflammation

3) pyrithione zinc, ketoconazole, or selenium sulfide to remove yeast, a potential scalp irritant, from the scalp.

It also helps to shampoo with lukewarm instead of hot water to avoid stripping the scalp of its natural oils. Resist the urge to scratch. Although scratching relieves the itch, scraping the sensitive skin on the scalp may lead to infection. Aggressive scratching may also worsen existing seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis lesions.


Neutrogena® T/Gel® Shampoo the formula that is strong and effective enough to fight of all forms of hyperkeratosis including dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. $12.99 /16 oz at your local drugstore or

Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care with Eucalyptus Dandruff Shampoo Itchy Scalp Care Shampoo is an invigorating shampoo, with eucalyptus, that leverages Head & Shoulders proven HydraZinc formula to immediately soothe the scalp for all-day itch relief. $6.49 for 14.2 oz at your local drugstore.

Kiehls Scalp Purifying Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Controls and helps prevent the recurrence of scalp itching, irritation, redness, and flaking and hair is left healthy, strong and vibrant. $18.00 for 8.4oz at
DIY Solution: Mix your shampoo with a bit of menthol or tea tree oil to relieve the itchiness.

Problem Dry Chapped Lips

Lips tend to get chapped in the winter because the air is especially dry and cold and the lips are constantly in contact with saliva — especially if you lick them. Water dries the skin and removes the layer of skin oil that’s a skin protectant. Lip moisturizers seal moisture in and protect your lips from dry air and cold temps. If there’s sunscreen in your lip moisturizer , you’ll also protect yourself from sun damage.

Solution:  Choose lip balms with the following ingredients: 

1.  Beeswax to help lips retain water

2.  Lanolin and cocoa butter soften, moisturize and protects lips

3. Sunscreen


ChapStick® hydration lock provides advanced moisturization to revitalize and visibly improve the appearance of your lipsAntioxidants CoQ10 & Vitamin E – help resist environmental oxidative damage to lips Available at stores nationwide $2.49 to $2.99

Burts Bees Ultra Moisturizing Lip treatment For lips that’ll make you smile, try this mega moisturizer. Made with replenishing Kokum Butter, it quickly gives your kisser a whole lotta love all day long. Soft, healthy looking, happy lips what a treat!. $5.00 at your local drugstore.

Eraclea Ever-moist Lip Balm A deeply hydrating lip treatment that helps repair dry, distressed lips while replenishing lost moisture. $16.00 

MY DIY Chocolate Lip Balm


1 tablespoon shea butter·

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons grated beeswax

1 tablespoon vitamin E oil

15 chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


 1) Put all the ingredients into a double boiler on the stove or in a microwavable container

2) Warm the mixture until it melts. Stir until smooth.3) Pour the mixture into a lip gloss container and refrigerate until it hardens.

Problem:  Dry Chapped Hands and Feet

Before heading out in the cold, moisturize hands well and put on a pair of gloves and socks.  Choose a moisturizer with a butter like shea butter, cocoa butter, or a concentrated formula for maximum moisture.

Solution: Heat and Hand Cream

Warm up a pair of socks in the dryer.  Then, apply a thick layer of hand and foot cream to hands and feet.  Put the socks on your hands or your feet and let the heat from the socks open your pores and help skin absorb the moisture.


L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream  Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended with Shea Butter to create this extremely effective formula. The rich texture leaves hands soft and smooth with no oily traces, and can be applied as often as needed. 1 oz $12.00

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream 

It is so concentrated that only a small amount instantly leaves even dry, cracked hands noticeably softer and smoother after just one application.  Used daily, it helps prevent dry, chapped skin; used overnight, it heals dry skin – even under the harshest of conditions.

$4.99 at or local drugstore

Problem :  Dry Skin after Showering


 Harsh surfectants from regular soaps can strip the skin of natural oils leaving in dry.

Solution:  Soap Free Body Washes and Exfoliating Body Scrubs

Clarity Found Body Wash This foaming cleanser washes away the day, leaving skin fresh and soft. The essence of sweet orange and grapefruit blooms in the shower. It’s a wake-up call for KAPHA skin—from its invigorating citrus scent to its oh-so-gentle cleansing; from its calming, clarifying extracts to its lightweight infusion of moisture. Here’s how:

100% natural fragrance blend: Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Vanillin Natural and other essential oils $10.00 at

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla creates a cloud of creamy lather that leaves you feeling restored. The warm scent fills your shower and our unique combination of NutriumMoisture® and the gentlest cleansers ever, envelopes you with care for a sense of balance and renewal. $7.49 at Walgreens

Origins Gloomaway When a bad day leaves you thinking enough is enough, let lively Grapefruit create a sense of optimism and contentment. Creamy cleansers surround skin in a feel-good foam and fill your tub with skin-softening bubbles. $23 at department stores

My DIY Body Coffee Body Scrub

1/4 cup Coffee Grinds
1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
1/4 cup of Oatmeal
1/4 cup of Olive Oil (or enough to moisten your mixture)
2 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa
2 TBS Salt
2 TBS Milk

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until at desired consistency. Add more coffee grinds or olive oil to make it more or less moist.Put your mixture in a Tupperware and head to the shower. After your body is wet, rub in circular motion around your bum and thighs for 1-2 minutes. Sstep away from the water or turn it off for a minute while doing so. Then rinse. It’s mild enough to use every day.