Olive oil
Bottles of olive oil are lined in a factory in Dos Hermanas, near the Andalusian capital of Seville September 21, 2012 Reuters/ Marcelo Del Pozo/ Fil

Very low temperature and low humidity during winter can cause dry skin. A lot of people, especially those who are prone to dry skin, may experience itchiness and even develop cuts and sores. Here are some natural ways to keep your skin moisturized during the cold months.

1. Olive oil

To treat dry skin naturally, apply olive oil which will effectively moisturize dry areas like cuticles, elbows and hands. You can also use olive oil to remove makeup and sooth itchy and dry skin on various parts of your body. Olive oil will also keep your skin looking fresh and radiant because of the antioxidants and fatty acids that it contains.

2. Pumpkin and papaya

These items are available in most kitchens, which act as a natural cleanser and exfoliant that will effectively remove dry skin and prevent flaking. You can mix papaya and pumpkin with Greek yogurt, which will exfoliate dry skin using lactic acid and not via scrubbing, to soothe the skin and eliminate irritants with ease.

3. Milk

Milk contains soothing ingredients and anti-inflammatory agents that will stop dry and itchy skin. Milk also contains lactic acid which will exfoliate dead and dry skin cells, thereby improving the skin's natural ability to retain moisture. Add a few drops of lemon juice and rosewater to milk and rub on various parts of your body. One study published in the Journal of Dairy Science showed the beneficial effects of milk on the skin of young women.

4. Honey

Honey contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties that will prevent dryness and flaking. Honey is also good for retaining moisture in the skin, leaving it looking fresh and smooth. There are plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in honey that will improve the look and condition of your skin.

5. Coconut oil

Similar to olive oil, coconut oil has generous amounts of fatty acid that will keep moisture in the skin. It is a good remedy for dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet. Apply twice a day after you shower for best results. A study published on NYU Langone Medical Center showed how coconut oil is beneficial for good skin and hair health.