Itchy, dry skin can be annoying (especially in winter!) – but it can also cause anxiety if you’re suffering from it 24/7. Natural skincare expert and founder of Caroline’s Skincare, Caroline Monet suggests a few ways to treat dry skin naturally.

1. Skin-friendly ingredients

When looking for products to help with dry, irritated skin or skin conditions look for natural moisturisers that contain a high concentration of plant-based ingredients and oils as they have the properties to keep the skin well-nourished without harming the skin.

Ingredients to look for that are beneficial for the skin include:

Jojoba Oil

Borage Seed Oil

Rosehip Oil

Avocado Oil

Wheat Germ Oil

Vitamin E

Evening Primrose Oil

Colloidal Oatmeal

Reduce Redness

Use Aloe Vera gel or juice on angry, irritated and inflamed areas. Aloe Vera is a mild anesthetic, as well as antibacterial and antifungal. It soothes immediately. Natural properties in Aloe increase blood flow to wounded areas and stimulate cells responsible for healing.

Apply Vitamin E Oil to irritated areas, which will add moisture to your skin while having a calming and soothing effect.

A cold compress or cold flannel may also help to reduce the redness and inflammation.

2. Wake up to water

If you have hot, red or flushed skin, try rinsing your face with cold water, it’s a great way to wake you up, and is also a natural skin toner and will help counteract the heat in your skin.

3. Forego fragranced products

When your skin is dry and cracked, using any moisturisers or body/hand care products (including soap) containing fragrances, which are often confused for essential oils – and other ingredients such as some humectants and preservatives, can cause irritation and excessive dryness by stripping away the skin’s natural oils and either trigger flare-ups, to those prone to having them, or further exacerbate an existing skin condition.

4. More moisture

When moisturising in the winter months spend a few extra minutes massaging it into the skin as this stimulates blood flow aiding in circulation, which can be poorer in the colder weather. This also has the added benefit of helping the nutrients in your miosturiser penetrate deeper into the skin tissue.

5. Be careful with clothing

Clothing can rub against the skin causing dry areas, especially on the elbows, knees, shins, calves, creases in arms and backs of knees. It’s a good idea to wear clothes made from natural fabrics where possible, and to keep those areas in particular well moisturised. Loose clothing that doesn’t rub is also helpful.

Caroline’s Cream is a deeply penetrating moisturiser of natural, healing ingredient that soothes and heals the soreness of parched and irritated skin. Caroline’s Wash is a gentle all-over wash also filled with natural, nourishing and healing ingredients bringing relief without stripping your skin of its natural oils.