As summer has passed and fall just kind of showed up, some of you may be experiencing some anxiety from this bipolar weather. Not to mention that this can be a little confusing for your skin care regimen. So, as you brave the elements of each day, you want to continue to make sure your skin is at it’s best, no matter rain, sleet or shine.
There are several DIY skin savers, that not only save you time, but can keep some spare coins in your pocket. Look at ways you can DIY and save your skin.
DIY Winter Skin Savers
Lavender Sugar Body Scrub
Combine ½ cup coconut sugar, ¼ cup sweet almond oil, 2 Tbs. aloe vera gel, and 5 drops lavender essential oil in a small jar. Stir to mix well. In the shower, apply scrub gently in a circular motion over damp skin, and rinse with warm water. Makes enough for one or two applications. Store remainder and keep refrigerated in a small glass jar.
Skin savers: Coconut sugar exfoliates skin and contains alpha-hydroxy acids to slough off aging skin cells; sweet almond oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and in vitamins A, B, and E to nourish and hydrate skin; aloe vera increases circulation in small blood vessels in the skin; lavender has long been used to soothe irritated skin.
Honey-Rose Nourishing Protein Masque
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup raw honey and ⅓ cup whey protein. Puncture two vitamin E capsules and squeeze contents into saucepan; discard capsules. Warm on the lowest heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and let cool; stir in 1 ounce rose water. Apply generously to clean skin; leave on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Makes enough for two applications. Store remainder and keep refrigerated in a small glass jar.
Skin savers: Honey is a humectant, attracting water to the surface layers of skin; whey protein can enhance collagen production, minimizing the appearance of fine lines; vitamin E heals damage and soothes irritated, itchy skin; rose water softens skin and reduces puffiness and redness.
Anti-aging Geranium Night Cream
In a small saucepan on the lowest heat, melt ⅓ cup cocoa butter cut into small chunks. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Puncture three vitamin A capsules and squeeze contents into mixture; discard capsules. Stir in 2 Tbs. jojoba oil, 1 Tbs. royal jelly, and 10 drops of geranium oil. Transfer to a small glass jar and let cool. Apply generously to skin before bedtime. Store in the refrigerator. Makes enough for five to seven applications.
Skin savers: Cocoa butter contains polyphenols that nourish skin and protect against damage; vitamin A (retinol) helps prevent free-radical damage and wrinkling; jojoba oil increases hydration and reduces irritation; royal jelly promotes collagen production to make skin look smoother; geranium has long been used to promote skin healing, and can reduce redness and irritation from cold, dry air.
3 Everyday DIY Skin Savers
Dry skin patches
Recipe: Mix together ½ cup ground rice (grind in a blender), ½ cup coconut milk, ¼ cup brown sugar, and 1½ tablespoon ground ginger to form a paste. Use hands to rub mixture in a circular motion all over. After a few minutes, the scrub will polish the entire body.
Recipe: Combine 3 teaspoons ground oats and ¼ teaspoon apple cider in a bowl until a smooth paste form. Then add ¼ tablespoon lemon juice and ½ tablespoon brown sugar; stir until the mixture is even. Apply to freshly cleansed skin and let sit for five to 10 minutes, allowing ingredients to penetrate top layers of the skin. Then rub in circular motions to exfoliate and increase blood-flow. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry with a towel
Inflamed or acne-prone skin
Recipe: Combine 1 teaspoon peppermint tea leaves, 4 teaspoons white tea leaves, ½ cup boiled distilled water, and 2 drops of lavender oil in a French press. Let steep for 10 minutes before pouring into a glass container to cool. Combine with enough aloe vera gel to fill a 4-oz spray bottle atomizer. Store in refrigerator before spritzing.
Which one of these D.I.Y.'s are you yearning to try?