5 DIY gel moisturizers for dry skin in winter

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Winter dry skin is more common than you think. But you prevent your skin from getting dry with these DIY hydrating gel moisturizers.

Almost all of us love the winter season but the one thing that we all dread about this season is dry and lifeless skin, don’t we? Dry skin is like an uninvited guest during the winter season. No matter how many products you apply to your skin, there is nothing that can completely resolve the issue. And what comes in handy? A skin moisturizer.

Dr Nivedita Dadu, Renowned Dermatologist, Founder and Chairman of Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, says, “Many people struggle with dry skin during winter. As the weather is changing, our skin becomes a little dry. In winter, the air becomes dry making the skin patchy, flaky and itchy which further results in uneven, and dull-looking skin. The skin of our face, feet, and hands become dry and tight. Sometimes, it also starts itching and can result in cracks and flaking.”

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Gel moisturizer can come to your rescue! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

But hold on, what’s the solution anyway? Well, Dr Dadu adds that “The best way to tackle the problem of dry skin is to apply a gel moisturizer made from natural ingredients at home.” Using natural ingredients to prepare gel moisturizers will ensure that your skin is not exposed to chemicals that may leave your skin feeling extremely dry and brittle.

Gel moisturizers to keep your skin soft:

Dr Dadu suggests these DIY recipes for gel moisturizers to keep the skin soft and hydrated, especially during winters

1. Non-greasy tea tree oil and aloe vera gel moisturizer

To make this moisturizer, we need one cup of aloe vera gel, half cup of almond oil, half cup of beeswax, a few drops of tea tree oil, and one teaspoon of vitamin E oil.

To make this moisturizer, follow these steps:

  • First, place a double boiler on low flame and add beeswax and almond oil to it
  • Let the beeswax melt completely and then remove it from the flame
  • After this, allow the oil and beeswax mixture to cool down and then pour it into a blender and add aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil into the blender and blend it
  • Mix the ingredients and push them down if the ingredients are pooling at the edge
  • Blend it till all the ingredients are well blended.
  • Then store this gel moisturizer in a jar. And it’s ready!

2. Avocado oil

This exotic fruit has amazing skin and hair benefits too. It can be used individually without any companion ingredient and avocado oil works amazingly well for dry skin, especially during winter. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins that make it quickly absorbed in the skin.

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Prevent your skin from getting dry with homemade moisturizers! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Cocoa butter and shea butter moisturizer

This nourishing gel moisturizer can also be used as a hand lotion. It is effective and safe for all skin types. To make this moisturizer, take 1/8 cup of cocoa butter, 1/8 cup of shea butter, 1/4 cup of coconut oil, one tablespoon of almond oil, one tablespoon of aloe vera juice, and a few drops of lime essential oil.

To make this moisturizer, follow these steps:

  • Place a double boiler over a low flame and pour the coconut oil into it
  • Then add shea butter and cocoa butter to the coconut oil and let them melt
  • Once it melts, remove it from the flame and let it cool
  • Then, add lime essential oil and the aloe vera juice in it
  • After that mix well to combine all the ingredients
  • Once this gel moisturizer is ready, store it in a jar for healthy skin.

4. Cream and banana moisturizer

Fresh cream from skimmed or boiled milk has the best moisturizing effects. It is best for people who have dry skin. Fresh cream works at a double rate when mixed with banana. The natural moisturizing properties of banana, when blended with the rich cream will soothe and nourish dry skin making it feel soft and smooth during the harshest of winter days.

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To make this moisturizer, follow these steps:

  • Mash up one ripe banana and add a few teaspoons of heavy cream to it
  • Make a smooth paste by whipping this paste and then apply on the face
  • Keep it on for 20 minutes and clean with a damp cloth before rinsing.

5. Coconut and honey gel moisturizer

They are known as natural moisturizers that soothe and nourish dry, flaky skin. Coconut oil and honey have moisturizing, antimicrobial, and restorative properties, which makes this face mask incredibly nourishing for dry skin.

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Moisturising the skin with coconut based moisturizer will make your skin supple. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

To make this moisturizer, follow these steps:

  • Mix one tablespoon of coconut oil and honey and mix it properly
  • Then, apply this paste evenly on the face, neck, and hands and leave it for 20-30 minutes
  • Then, wash off the skin with water and pat dry to reveal hydrated skin.

6. Chocolate and honey moisturizer

Chocolate is rich in caffeine which can add a glow to the skin. The fats found in it can moisturize the skin while gently exfoliating.

To make this moisturizer, follow these steps:

  • Melt 2-4 dark chocolate squares in a cup and add one teaspoon of honey to it along and mix it into a smooth paste
  • Then, apply this paste all over the face and neck area when it comes to room temperature but before the chocolate solidifies
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes and massage it onto the face in gentle circular motions.
    After that, rinse well with lukewarm water.

If you are allergic to any ingredient used to prepare these skin moisturizers, you can use it with your skin specialist or doctor’s advice. Though these all ingredients are natural and good to go!

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