Dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin — we all need something different to maintain a supple, healthy complexion in the face of winter’s harsh breath.
Of course, regardless of skin type, 3 rules strictly applies for your winter skin care:
1. Wear Sun Screen
2. Drink LOTS of water
3. Maintain a healthy diet
For skin-type specific winter face, here are some tips and our home skin care recipe suggestions:
Dry skin gets even drier, and often suffers from increased patches of dry skin, flakiness and irritation.
Recommendation: Honey-Avocado Moisturizer
Avocado is a naturally rich moisturizer. Avocado contains vitamins A, B1, B2, D, Pantothenic acid and E as well as lecithin, thus making it excellent for dry and wrinkled skin. Avocado is also ideal for nourishing and softening skin.
Adding honey to your moisturizer will add additional moisture to the skin. Honey is a natural humectant that is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and sugar. Dark is better than light, and the raw (unprocessed) kind is best of all.
To make this honey-avocado moisturizer, you’ll need:
1 medium size avocado
1 tablespoon of raw honey
Peel the avocado and blend until smooth. Add the honey and mix further until honey is fully incorporated.Spread the mixture over clean face and neck skin and rest for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and then remove excess water from face using a soft towel.
Oily Skin can also suffer from dehyration. Dehydration differs from dryness in that dehydrated skin lacks water, while dry skin lacks oil.
Recommendation 1: Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Moisturizer
Apple cider vinegar is rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, helping to dissolve fatty deposits on the skin’s surface and reducing scaly conditions, promoting a softer, smoother appearance. Apple cider vinegar also invigorates and tones, restores natural acid balance, and promotes healthy circulation. Vinegar also helps to dissolve excess oil and to eliminate dead skin, including dandruff.
Lemon juice contains citric acid, which exfoliates and promotes the growth of healthy new cells. It also has a mild bleaching effect that fades scars and evens out skin tone (avoid it if you don’t want to lighten your complexion). Use fresh juice; the bottled kind often contains sulfites, which can cause allergic reactions.
What you need:
1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Saturate a cotton swap with the apple cider vinegar. Add a single drop of lemon juice. Dab the cotton swab on your face. Leave for 10 minutes and rinse your face.
Recommendation 2: Aloe Vera Moisturizer
Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries as an herbal remedy. Aloe Vera is popularly used as a soothing moisturizer for dry and chapped skin and features some antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Olive oil is a powerful moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores. It’s particularly good for hands, feet, and lips, but use it wherever you are dry or chapped. Get the best quality you can — extra virgin contains the most skin-protecting antioxidants, and a little goes a long way.
What you need:
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 large leaf from an aloe vera plant
Note: You can keep unused potion in refrigerator for up to 3 days
Extract aloe vera gel from the plant. Mix the gel with the extra virgin olive oil. Apply a light layer to the skin.
Areas that are normally dry are plagues by even more dryness and/or flakiness, plus winter dehydration.
Recommendation: Lavender Jojoba Rich Moisturizer
Pure jojoba oil is an excellent facial moisturizer. Because it is similar to the skin’s natural oils, it is easily absorbed. Fragrant essential oils add healing and rejuvenating properties.
Lavender essential oil soothes, relaxes and regenrates. It is useful for all skin types and it regulates sebum production. It also fosters the regeneration of new skin cells and soothes inflamed skin.
What you need:
1 ounce jojoba oil
2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
Combine essential oil with jojoba oil in a dark-glass bottle. Gently massage 3 to 4 drops of the moisturizing oil onto your damp skin with your fingertips.
Sensitive skin can reach to harsh conditions with inflammation. Some sensitive skin has an underlying redness condition, often in the T-zone area. Skin is most vulnerable on sunny and cold winter days.
Recommendation: Cucumber-Yogurt Moisturizer
Yogurt is a balm for irritation and encourages your skin to produce moisture. It contains mild lactic acid, which smoothes and helps to restore proper pH balance. Use the plain stuff — cream-top whole milk for dry skin, low or nonfat for the oilier variety.
Cucumber soothes sensitive skin in the same way it cools the palate after a spicy meal. Place a slice on each eyelid for five minutes to refresh tired or puffy eyes.
What you need:
1/2 cucumber peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon of yogurt
Puree cucumber in a blender or food processor and add yogurt. Apply to face and leave it for about 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
We hope the above skin care recipes can help you combat your winter woes. We’ll constantly update this blog with more quick and easy skin care recipes that are deliciously beneficial for the skin. If you can’t find any skin care recipe that you want, please contact us or if you have an amazing recipe that you want to yell to the world, do let us know too :)
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