This is how you protect yourself against dry skin in winter

by Kristof Alentijns

A dry skin and a cold temperature unfortunately often go hand in hand. The autumn and winter season can often have a very negative impact on our skin. Especially in combination with dry air and low humidity.

Your skin has its own defense mechanisms, but during autumn and winter your skin needs extra protection. Many of us use the same moisturizer all year round, but it's important to tailor your care products to the season we're in. During the winter, our skin needs a richer cream that moisturizes more deeply.

Protecting and treating your skin with lotions, balms, oils and scrubs can temporarily restore the skin, but these products often contain chemicals, perfumes or alcohol, which cause long-term damage and further dry and irritate the skin. Care products with natural ingredients are often a good, but very expensive alternative.

Do you often suffer from dry skin during the winter? Then we have good news for you. Below we have listed 4 DIY natural recipes that will completely restore your skin. They are 100% natural and easy to make. In addition to these recipes, we also offer you some home and kitchen tips to help your skin get through the winter as best as possible.

  1. Use a non-toxic sunscreen

It is important to use protection with an SPF factor all year round. It is not only UVB (sun) rays that are harmful to the skin. UVA rays can dry out and age your skin all year round. If you go on a skiing holiday, your skin is even more vulnerable due to exposure to intense UVB rays, so be sure to use a sunscreen with a high SPF factor in the mountains.

  1. Use a separate eye cream

When the air is cold, wrinkles can form around your eyes because the skin around your eyes is very thin. That is why it is very important to protect it extra during the cold months. Later in this article, you can read how to make an easy-to-prepare, high-quality eye cream.

  1. Keep your fluid balance up to standard

Many of us start to drink less water when it's cold outside, even though we still need about two liters of water a day to keep our bodies hydrated. Herbal teas are a good alternative to coffee to keep our skin hydrated.

  1. Interpret your body's signals

The lips are usually the first to show signs of dehydration. As soon as signs of dry skin appear anywhere on the body, start treating this region immediately with a moisturizing cream to prevent it from spreading to your face.

  1. Take short showers

Warm showers are wonderful during the winter, but hot water lowers the skin's moisture balance. So try to limit the time in the shower and use a moisturizing cream after showering.

The following DIY products are quick and easy to make, cheap and of excellent quality for your skin. They will give your skin the necessary reinforcement and hydration to get through the cold months unscathed.

DIY lip balm

Mix two tablespoons of jojoba oil with two tablespoons of beeswax and 3 times 10 drops of 3 essential oils of your choice.

Melt the jojoba oil and beeswax in a glass jar in a pan of water. After melting, you can already add theessential oils. Store the lip balm in a jar.

DIY body butter

This is how you make a delicious, intense and nourishing body butter for your skin with beeswax.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • 50 grams of shea butter
  • 25 ml coconut oil
  • 12.5 ml sweet almond oil
  • 7 ml jojoba oil
  • 3.5 grams of beeswax
  • 3-4 drops of essential oils

Mix all ingredients, except vitamin E and essentialoils in a glass bowl. Gently melt the ingredients in this bowl in a pan filled with water.

As soon as the ingredients have melted, let them cool down until the liquid has slightly solidified.

Add the vitamin-E and essentialoils to the butter, and beat the liquid for 3-5 minutes until it becomes a butter. You can also gently use a mixer for this.

Store the butter in a jar or tin in a cool place.

Enjoy your homemade body butter, and nourish your skin intensely! Make your whole family and circle of friends jealous because of your radiant skin ;)

DIY hand cream

Easy to make yourself 100% natural hand cream. This cream will ensure that your hands do not get dried out, and knows how to hydrate even the most extremely dry hands.


  • 60ml shea butter
  • 30 ml sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of beeswax
  • 4 drops of lavender oil
  • 4 drops of frankincense oil
Put the shea butter and beeswax in a bowl and melt in a bain marie (slowly at 70 degrees).

Add the sweet almond oil.

Let the mixture cool down slowly and set in the fridge or freezer.

Add the lavender and frankincense oil.

Beat the mixture with a (hand) mixer to a cream.


Apply the cream daily to fingers and palms. Always keep in a cool place.

DIY night hair mask

This hair mask will make your hair shiny and strong. It consists of shea butter, coconut oil and peppermint oil. Shea butter will moisturize your hair, while coconut oil is well known for giving more volume to your hair. Peppermint oil has many antibacterial properties, and will free your hair roots to grow optimally.


  • Half a bag of shea butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops of peppermint oil

Preparation method and instructions for use:

Melt the shea butter au bain marie (slowly at 70 degrees), and add the coconut oil.

Let it cool down in the fridge or freezer.

Once it has become hard and stiff, add the peppermint oil and beat the mixture into a cream with a (hand) mixer.

Apply this mask to the scalp and hair once a week. Always wash the next morning with a natural shampoo.