Beauty Guru: Treating Tricky Dry, Tender Skin

Winter weather wreaks havoc on all skin types, making it feel dry, flaky, and itchy. Those tricky spots like feet, fingers, and your face can be extra hard to soften, but you don't have to suffer all winter long. There are plenty of remedies to fix that snakeskin feeling, starting from the inside out. If you're tired of tight itchy skin, test these easy remedies. These easy, inexpensive remedies will help your skin look and feel better, all winter long.

Start on the inside: Hydrate. The least expensive way to treat dry skin is to stay hydrated. Heating our homes, as well as spending time out in the cold, depletes our entire system of moisture, especially our skin. Fight back by drinking plenty of water, and avoid the diuretic effects of caffeine and alcohol. Add a dash of lemon or a touch of honey if you have trouble drinking enough water down, and make sure to always have a glass full on hand.

Treat your feet: Buff and moisturize. Our feet really feel the effects of dryness. Try a pumice stone or an exfoliating scrub to buff your feet in the shower. Slather your feet in a thick, emollient moisturizer or night cream and then cover them with soft, cotton socks for the night. Look for lotions rich with shea butter or cocoa butter. For an inexpensive treatment, apply Vaseline instead. If you can't stand sleeping in socks, apply a thick layer of moisturizer to your feet, wrap them in saran wrap, and cover with a warm damp towel. Sit and relax for an hour or two, then rub in any remaining lotion for a nice treat for your feet.

Cuticle care: Pour on the oil. Nothing says winter like sore, raw cuticles. The fix is quite simple - apply just a few drops of olive oil, almond oil, or even coconut oil and rub in well. Prevent cuticles from drying out by always wearing gloves outside and making sure to dry your hands thoroughly every time you wash them.

Ease tight facial skin: Sweeten up with honey. If your face starts to feel tight and dry in the winter, you don't need to run to the cosmetic counter in a snowstorm to fix it. After you wash your face, apply a thin layer of honey, and allow it sit for a few minutes. Rinse off with warm, but not hot water, for softer, more glowing skin.

If you find your skin stings when you apply lotion, check the ingredients on your favorite tube. Chances are, the alcohol content in your lotion is irritating tiny cracks caused by the drying of your skin. Instead, reach for a product that doesn't have alcohol, or that at least contains very little. Look for products that do contain hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter, and shea butter, just to name a few. Burt's Bees, Johnson and Johnson's Baby Oil Gel, Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy, and It Works! are all brands worth trying. Once you find a lotion that works for you, keep it on hand for the whole winter long. Your skin will look and feel better, and so will you.

Amanda Furbeck is a Yahoo Shine Beauty Guru, cosmetologist, and blogger at thebeautifulblog.com. Read more of Amanda's articles at Yahoo Shine.