I don’t know about you, but I find that my skincare regime needs major changes come wintertime. The air is colder and holds less moisture and my NYC apartment building has the temperature gauge set to tropical! Whether you feel like your skin is suffering or not, seasonal changes are a great time to change things up. I think your skin will agree.
The two things I have always been an advocate of, regardless of the seasons are exfoliation and moisturizing, but as the cold weather settles in, I like to add facial steams and masks to my beauty regime. Together, the steam and mask techniques open, cleanse and tone the pores, providing extra benefit to the skin.
My DIY skin revival treatment goes something like this:
Most of the ingredients for a DIY winterized facial can be found in your very own kitchen. Always use organic non - GMO verified ingredients. Why? 60% of what you put on your skin will be absorbed, enough said?
The steam and the mask do not need to be used every day, once or twice a week will suffice, but if you feel like your skin is rough enough to sand your floor, better tack on an extra treatment day.
Check out these easy to use, easy to source ingredients listed with each step. Call a girlfriend and have a spa day together.
A facial steam is as easy as boiling water, adding some refreshing essential oils or flower petals, and tenting your face over the bowl of water with a towel. Breathe deep for a mind/body experience that benefits the emotions as much as the skin. My go-to ingredients are listed below. 2 – 10 drops of assorted essential oils to ½ gallon of water.
- Problem skin: rose petals, rose or geranium essential oils, frankincense, lavender, bergamot, camphor, chamomile.
- Anti-aging: rose, helichrysum, geranium, lavender
Any DIY scrub should be finely ground so that it doesn’t damage the skin. I have a coffee grinder at home solely for this purpose. The three best ingredients I have found will most likely be in your kitchen.
- Adzuki beans
Oatmeal is really my grain of choice for making a homemade scrub, it is gentle and grinds up very smooth. Place your legume or grain of choice into a coffee grinder and run it though a few cycles. If your skin is very sensitive, sift the powder through a fine strainer to keep out the larger bits. To enhance this process, add flower buds to the mix and grind them as well. My favorites are: rose, lavender, calendula, and chamomile. Green tea leaves will add an anti-oxidant boost to your scrub, calendula will heal red irritated skin, rose is great for hormonal balancing, lavender is soothing and chamomile heals inflammation.
To use the scrub take a quarter size amount into your palm, add coconut oil to make a paste. Scrub into the face, and neck. Rinse and follow with a mask.
A DIY Mask is a great way to round out any at home facial. My 4 - favorite DIY masks include the following kitchen ingredients:
- Egg whites
Egg whites are fantastic for tightening the skin and giving it a mini lift. If you have blemishes, dab a little egg white on them and watch the blemish heal over night. Mashed avocado will soften and moisturize your skin, leaving it smooth and radiant. Honey has been used for centuries to beautify the skin and improve its luster. I like to pair it with papaya if you have that available. The best facial I ever had was in Mexico and the only ingredients were fresh papaya and honey. Cut open the fruit, peeling the flesh away from the skin. Top the fruit with lime and eat it. Papaya offers great digestive enzymes to a tender gut. When the gut is healthy, your skin will glow. Use the flesh side of the skin as a facial scrubber and lather the face with the bits of papaya that remain attached. Leave the fruit on the skin for about 5 minutes, you may feel the tingle of the fruit acids beginning to do their magic. After 5 minutes, massage a teaspoon of honey into the skin over the papaya, let it rest for about 5 minutes. Rinse and moisturize to finish your experience.
In the winter, I like to moisturize more often using a more nourishing emollient. My moisturizer of choice is cocoa butter mixed with coconut oil. Talk about GLOW. Add essential oils to personalize. An easy recipe is melt 4 ounces of coconut oil with 4 ounces of cocoa butter in a double boiler. Let the mixture cool and firm up. I like to whip this with the essential oils of my choice.
Geranium, frankincense, carrot root, neroli, lavender and rose are some of my favorite anti-aging oils. 20-30 drops should do. Whip the butter for 5-10 minutes with the essential oils and store in an air tight jar.