If your skin has been dry lately, you’re not alone. Unforgiving winter weather mixed with dry indoor heat work in tandem to leave your skin dry, cracked, and unhealthy this time of year. Cold weather and winds can also aggravate your skin, particularly if you’re already prone to dry or combination skin during the rest of the year.
If you need tips on keeping your skin smooth and hydrated during the cold winter season, check out these five tips to stay looking your most hydrated best this season.
Shorten your time in the shower: Avoid taking long hot baths, showers, or using saunas during the winter months. Hot water can strip the skin of its natural moisture. Instead, bath in water for shorter periods of time. This will help you stay hydrated as well as lower the high cost of winter heating this season too!
Stay hydrated: Drinking 64-ounces of clean, cool, filtered water each day will help to keep your skin hydrated. This will also help ward off cold-weather skin fissures and chaffing too!
Lubricate your skin: Lubricating your skin with essential oils or pure cocoa butter after showering or bathing is one of the best steps you can take to keeping your skin hydrated this winter. Cocoa butter is a natural alternative to petroleum-based moisturizers, and when applied to the skin when slightly damp, will help create a protective layer to the skin. Trapping the moisture your skin desperately needs rather than letting those precious lipids evaporate into the dry, hot air of your home this season! Looking for a great, affordable cocoa butter? Here’s my go-to each winter!
Exfoliate: Exfoliating dry, wintery skin is one of the best forms of self-care you can give yourself this season! Buffing away dry skin with a gentle body scrub 2-3 times a week is more than plenty! Be sure to use a good quality scrub. Then, just rub the scrub mixture all over your body in gentle circular motions, and rinse off. You’ll be glowing and moisturized too! Need a great DIY scrub? I love DIY coffee scrub. Its moisturizing and helps fight cellulite naturally too!
Use a humidifier: During winter, the higher the heat indoors, the less humidity there will be. Using a humidifier can help you keep moisture in your home and office air. Because it’s the humidity that helps keep skin from drying out. Looking for an affordable DIY? Try keeping a bowl of water on your radiators to add moisture to the air.
Know what in your skin products: Knowing what products you put on your skin is vital. Especially in winter. Always be sure to check the labels on your skincare products, and avoid toners and other products that contain alcohol, which can overly dry out the skin. Opt instead for products that contain less-drying astringent ingredients such as witch hazel and plant glycerin.
Create your own moisturizer: It goes without saying that winter is the perfect time of year to indulge your skin in extra, nourishing, wholesome oils. It’s also a great time to rethink how you wash your face as well. Did you know that one of the best ways to cleanse your skin is with moisturizing oils? It’s my go-to for healthy cleaned skin each cold weather season. And making your own 2-in-1 facial moisturizing cleaner and skin nourishing oil couldn’t be easier to make.
And, before those of you with oily skin run away, let me tell you this: Do not be afraid of oil. It is your friend. Especially if you wash your face with something that strips your natural oils. As most of us do. Which makes replacing those oils with something nourishing the best way to nourish your skin, replace vital nutrients on your face, as well as to calm down irritates skin. Which can actually help to not only balance your skin’s ph levels but help prevent blemishes too!
The best part? Natural facial moisturizing oil can be made with only 3 simple ingredients. Here’s how to make it:
Ingredient Number One – Your Base. Your base, or carrier oil, is your foundation oil. Your foundation oil helps incorporate your other oils and will essentially provide the bulk of the moisturization your skin receives from this washing treatment.
Here are the base oils you could choose from:
- Argan oil: Great for dry, aging, or acne-prone skin
- Jojoba oil: Great for oily or acne-prone skin
- Apricot kernel oil: Great for any skin type, but especially for dry skin
- Sweet almond oil: Great an all-around, slow-absorbing facial oil
- Grapeseed oil: Great for oily or acne-prone skin
- Avocado oil: Great for dry and aging skin
- Hemp seed oil: Great for combination skin
When creating your base, remember that 2/3 of your blend will be your foundation oil. I make my face wash in 1-cup measurements so 2/3 cup of base oil will suffice. This amount lasts me 1 year with twice daily use.
Ingredient Number Two – Nourishing Oils. Keep in mind that many nourishing oils can also come with hefty price tags. Luckily, in today’s market there are nourishing oils of various price points and since you need very little for each batch, you can really get a lot of bang for your buck.
While these oils aren’t necessary, they are wonderful for the skin and in my opinion, useful during the winter season. Here are some ideas for the more nourishing oils:
- Tamanu oil: Great for oily skin or skin with scars
- Buckthorn oil: Great for aging skin
- Rosehip seed oil: Great for aging and sun damaged skin as its incredibly regenerating, firming, and hosts many anti-aging properties.
- Carrot seed oil: Great for sensitive skin
- Borage oil: High in oleic acids and great for most skin types
- Evening primrose oil: Great for acne-prone skin
- Emu oil: Nourishing for dry or aging skin)
You will add 1/3 cup of your nourishing oil to your blend.
Ingredient Number Three – Add Favorite Essential Oil: Ah, the essential oil Nature’s miracle elixirs. These highly customizable, concentrated gems really help take your oil blend to the next level. But like with all things in nature, a little can go a really long way. With 4-6 drops being all you need for your final level.
Here are a few personal favorites:
- Lavender: Great for acne, oily, or even dry skin
- Peppermint: Great for aging or dry skin
- Chamomile: Healing and soothing, perfect for sensitive skin
- Rose: Wonderful for aging, dry, or combination skin
- Geranium: Great for dry, sensitive, aging, and normal skin types
- Lemongrass: Great for brightening dull, dry skin
- Rosemary: Great for cystic acne and pregnancy mask
Now that you have created your foundation and nourishing layers, add 4-6 drops of any combination of essential oils to complete your oil. And that’s it! Making sure to store your facial oil out of the sunlight, to prevent oxidation and the separation of your essential oils. This blend will last an entire year’s use.
When I make my blend I love to use Mommy Knows Best avocado oil, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oils. They are affordable, work well, and help support a mom-owned and operated company online. What’s more to love?
I love making this blend and giving it to friends and family too! This past holiday season, this facial oil was one of my go-to holiday gift ideas for friends and family. I also managed to put back a jar for myself too!
when ready to use this oil, simple start with a semi-clean face. A face cleansed with a water only clean, patted dry with a clean towel. then apply this oil cleanser to your face. Rubbing in circular motions. rins with warm water and pat dry. Within days, you’ll start to see a noticable difference in the tone and clarity of your skin all Winter long!
Friends, I encourage you to consider making this 3-Ingredient Winter Skin Oil for yourself this season. After all, the gift of self-care is the best gift you can give yourself. Every season of the year!
Also be sure to check out Mommy Knows Best’s line of affordable natural care products, perfect all your DIY sin care needs. Need other DIY natural beauty ideas? Check out my Beauty on a Budget tab for more ideas this season.
Now I want to ask, do you give DIY beauty products during the holiday season? If so, I’d love to hear about your gift-giving ideas below!
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