Article by Andrea Monaghan | Photography by Ariana Kim | Owl Staff

Keeping your skin moisturized and smooth during a harsh winter can be both challenging and expensive.

Moisturizing masks and creams can range from less than $10.00 to over $50.00. Here are a few recipes to help cure your dry winter skin blues using common household ingredients!

The first is a gentle scrub to help take off some of that dry skin using only two simple ingredients:

  • tablespoons of sugar
  • tablespoons of warm water

The sugar in this recipe acts as a natural exfoliate helping to gently remove the dry skin. This can be used to fight acne, smooth the skin, and remove years of damage. Mix the sugar and the water together until fully mixed. Massage it on the face for about 30 seconds. Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.

This next recipe is a moisturizing face mask with only three ingredients:

1 tablespoon of ground plain oatmeal

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with live cultures

¼ teaspoon of warm honey

First, mix the oatmeal and yogurt together. Next, add the honey. An easy way to warm the honey is to run the spoon under hot water for one minute. Stir the honey, yogurt, and oatmeal all together. Apply all over face and let it sit. After about 10 minutes, gently wash off with warm water and pat your face dry with a towel.

Oatmeal, yogurt, and honey are all natural moisturizers that help improve skin texture, and give your skin a healthy glow.

Face scrubs and masks do not have to cost you a fortune if you just look a little closer in your kitchen cabinets.

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