Three Tips to Avoid Dry Winter Skin

8 January 22, 2015 - Aromatherapy, At Home, Personal Care, Skin care, Young Living Lifestyle, Young Living Personal Care

Winter Skin Care - Young LivingSome of my favorite winter memories involve snowmobiling, sledding, skiing, and building snowmen with my loved ones then returning home to a toasty fire to reminisce about the day’s events. However, I found that my chapped and dry skin didn’t have as much of a good time!


Turns out that both the cold air outside and the warm air inside dry out your skin. Cold air holds fewer water molecules than warm or hot air, so when you are outside in cold weather, the extra dry air pulls moisture from your skin. When you head back inside, the warm air from indoor heating evaporates additional moisture.


During the holidays I tried four wonderful suggestions given to me by a dermatologist and several Young Living leaders. Let me share them with you.


1.    Use Moisturizing Gels with Skin-Loving Essential Oils

Stock your showers with moisturizing shower gels that clean effectively without stripping your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Try adding the following oils to Young Living bath and shower gels for a moisturizing experience for every member of the family!

Morning Start Bath & Shower Gel - Young Living


Men’s Shower Gel

Using Morning Start® Bath & Shower Gel, mix in 6 drops each of the following essential oils, adjusting as desired:



Lavender Bath and Shower Gel - Young LivingWomen’s Shower Gel

Using Lavender Bath & Shower Gel, mix in 6 drops each of the following essential oils, adjusting as desired:


2.    Use Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizers with Skin-Loving Essential Oils

I want my family to use my favorite lotions and to use them often. I take my favorite Young Living lotions, with added essential oils for my own personal twist, and stash them in every room, purse, backpack, and car in our household.


Lavender Hand and Body Lotion - Young LivingMen’s Hand and Body Lotion

Add the same custom essential oil blend as in the shower gel—Blue Spruce, Hong Kuai, Sandalwood, and Shutran—to Young Living’s Lavender Hand & Body Lotion, adjusting as needed to fit your preference.


Women’s Hand and Body Lotion

Start with Lavender Hand & Body Lotion and add 6 drops each of the same essential oils used in the shower gel: Geranium, Myrrh, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang, adjusting as needed.


3.    Use a Humidifier: Set It and Forget It

If you’re looking for a simple, passive way to help your skin, try using a humidifier in your home. You can turn it on and forget about it as you go about your business, and the humidifier does the rest! I also love diffusing essential oils near my humidifier. The essential oil mist teams up with the humid air to create a pleasant atmosphere. I avoid adding essential oils directly to my humidifier because my model has plastic parts that are difficult to clean.


Winter Hands - Young LivingThese aren’t the only ways you can fight the ravaging effects of winter air on your skin. Young Living’s products have a unique versatility that might surprise you. Recently, while sledding with family, I noticed that my little grandson’s nose and cheeks were starting to chap. I only had Lavender Lip Balm with me at the time, so I applied it directly to his face. It worked wonderfully!


If you’ve had similar experiences with Young Living products or want to share your own tips for keeping your skin moisturized in winter weather, leave us a comment!


—Gloria Russo, International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care

  • Hallie Goeller

    Thanks, I’ve recently been looking for info about this subject for a long time and yours is the best I’ve came upon so far.

  • Christina

    Anyone have any recommendations for very dry scalp? It’s not dandruff according my hair dresser just very dry flakey scalp.

    • Morgan

      That is exactly what I have going on. I heard that mixing some sunflower oil with Mela and Lavender would help.

  • Great article, my skin always becomes dry in the winter. I was reading about rice brain oil skin care tips on another website, my curiosity led me here. I love the mixture of oils used in the hand & body lotions.

  • Maria Kemp

    Even though I wash my hands often, I find that the Y.L. Lavender Hand Wash never dries my hands.

  • Louise Sullivan

    I first apply lavender oil to my dry hands. I allow the oil to soak in then coat both sides of hands with animal scents and wear 100% cotton gloves to bed.
    In the morning I can’t believe the difference in my hands.

  • Moisturizing the skin is important in the winter, and doing it by drinking lots of water is always helpful. I like to add one or more oils to my water to “pump it up” a little. Peppermint (only 1 drop!) or spearmint, or any fruit oil. Sometimes I will experiment with Cinnamon Bark or Nutmeg and a fruit oil.

  • Kate

    I’ve found that spraying my hands with Lavaderm and then putting on lotion at night helps heal cracks and prevents new ones.

  • Helen Kociara

    I have the type of humidifier that uses a filter to soak up the water and a fan blows through to release the moisture into the air. While you can’t use the EOs in the plastic water reservoir you CAN put it on the filter. It’s like having an extra diffuser going while humidifying the air. My favorites are Thieves and Purification.

    • Thank you for the tip to add Essential Oils to the filter!

  • Linda Lee Earl

    love animal
    Scents ointment for moisturizing my dry skin. Easy to add a couple of drops of my favorite skin loving EO for a custom skin care oimtment!

  • Susie

    Every winter, the skin on my thumbs crack. I had read about Cedarwood and cracked skin, so I mixed some Cedarwood with some avocado oil and I apply it every time I think about it. Within 2-3 days, the split skin had healed! Bye-bye dry, cracked skin!

  • Dorinda Burrell

    My Mom was talking to a gentleman whose fingertips were bleeding from being so chapped. She let him apply some lavender oil to them. A week later when she saw him, he showed her that they were completely healed!

  • Suzy

    My aunt always told me to avoid those tempting long hot showers in the winter because it pulls the moisture out of your skin. If it must be hot, make it short and moisturize right afterwards before you are completely dry.

  • Amber Skye Morrisey – Waxing Moon

    Dry hands indeed! I need to take on board a few of these tips. I think I will run my Home Diffuser more to add some moisture into the air.

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