Dry skin is a side effect of winter weather. Cold and dry air drain your skin of much needed moisture. While a heavy duty moisturizer is a necessity, a few home remedies can also help to alleviate dry skin. 1. Coconut oil Coconut oil can be used in a number of ways on your skin. It can substitute for a moisturizer by applying it to the skin after bathing or it can be applied five minutes before a bath to provide a protective layer. When coconut oil is at room temperature, apply it evenly all over your skin, even the face. You could also try olive oil, which also protects against winter dry skin. 2. Milk Milk has soothing anti-inflammatory properties plus it has lactic acid which exfoliates dead skin cells. Soak a washcloth in cold milk and apply to dry skin for 5-7 minutes. Gently rinse your skin with warm water. You can repeat this everyday. 3. Oatmeal Oatmeal moisturizes and relieves dry skin because its high protein content acts like a protective barrier on the skin. Pour one cup of plain oatmeal into your bathtub and add a few drops of lavender oil. Soak for 15-30 minutes. Enjoy a soothing bath once per week. Fight against the winter elements with these healthy and natural home remedies. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.