This is how you protect yourself against dry skin in the winter

by Kristof Alentijns

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

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

Protecting and treating your skin with lotions, balms, oils scrubs can restore the skin temporarily, but often these products contain chemicals, perfumes or alcohol, which cause long-term damage and further dry out 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 survive 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 ski 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 your skin around your eyes is very thin. That is why it is very important to provide extra protection during the cold months. Later in this article you can read how to make an easy-to-prepare eye cream of high quality.

  1. Maintain your fluid balance

Many of us start drinking 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 great alternative to coffee to keep our skin hydrated.

  1. Interpret your body's signals

Usually the lips show the first signs of dehydration. As soon as signs of dry skin appear anywhere on the body, immediately start to care for this area with a moisturizing cream to prevent it from spreading further to your face.

  1. Take short showers

Hot showers are wonderful during the winter, but warm water lowers the moisture balance of the skin. 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 firmness and hydration it needs 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 the  essential oils. Store the lip balm in a jar.

DIY body butter

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

You 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 the vitamin E and essential oils in a glass bowl. Let the ingredients in this bowl melt gently in a pan filled with water.

Once the ingredients have melted, let them cool until the liquid has solidified slightly.

Add the vitamin-E and essential oils to the butter, and beat the liquid for 3-5 minutes into 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 become dehydrated, and it knows how to moisturize even the most extremely dry hands.


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

Add the sweet almond oil.

Let the mixture cool down and set in the refrigerator 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 known to give more volume to your hair. Peppermint oil has many antibacterial properties, and will free your hair roots for optimal growth.


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

Preparation method and instructions for use:

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

Let it cool in the fridge or freezer.

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

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