As much as I
was am a product junkie, I’m trying to cut back on buying unnecessary items for my beauty routine. I am after all, trying attempting to stick with living a more minimalist lifestyle. To combat buying a good portion of Ulta, natural beauty remedies are one of my most frequent searches on Pinterest. I love when I find items that are multipurpose. That’s right coconut oil isn’t the only item that should be your best friend. The cold weather is awful, but it doesn’t mean your skin has to be a winter nightmare. Below are some of my favorite natural winter beauty remedies.
Natural Winter Beauty Remedies
Okay, ladies (let’s get in formation) let’s start with the obvious: water. Water not only plumps the skin, but it encourages collagen production which keeps your skin youthful and helps with renewal. It also helps to flush toxins out of the body that can lead to acne and hyperpigmentation. By not drinking enough water, you’re inviting fine lines, enlarged pores and dull skin into your life. Water also increases your metabolism, keeps your muscles and brain power happy and keeps you feeling energized and fresh. So drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. You can add some flavor to your water with fresh lemon, cayenne pepper, mint, or cucumber!
Add some oils to your routines. Now I’m an oily girl, so when I first read about this talk about side eye, but the right ones can have a very beneficial healing effect on your skin internally and externally. Add a teeny drop of oil in the morning or opt for an evening treatment: after your cleanser, apply a thin mask of the oil of your choice. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
- Oily, acne-prone skin: Use coconut oil, or grapeseed blended with essential oils like tea tree, lavender and neem.
- Dry skin: Use jojoba, olive oil, sunflower or rose essential oil.
- Irritated or sensitive skin: Use essential oils such as chamomile, calendula and jojoba.
Tomato Sugar Face Scrub: All you need is 1 tomato and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cut tomato in half and dip it in the sugar. Next, rub your face with the tomato in a circular motion. Leave it on for ten minutes and then rinse. Tomatoes have lycopene in them which is an antioxidant that helps protects your skin from dangerous UV sun rays and it also prevents wrinkles by maintaining your skin’s elasticity. If you’re not up to a DIY – Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Deep Pore Scrub is 97% natural and and awesome product.
Coffee Face Scrub: Olive oil, organic honey and coffee grinds can be mixed together to an energizing scrub. I would use this as a body scrub because it’s a little harsh. Ground coffee is not only exfoliating, but the caffeine supposedly helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. The honey and olive oil have antioxidants and are excellent natural moisturizers. Honey also helps fight acne. Simply, mix together:
- 1/3 tsp extra virgin olive oil – You can sub out shea butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp organic honey
- 1 1/2 tsp coffee grounds (go ahead and use the ones from your coffee pot this morning)
Again, you can skip the DIY route and buy 100% Natural Arabica Coffee Body Scrub.
Don’t forget about your lips, you can make an simple lip scrub at home with sugar and coconut oil or check out my one of my absolute favorites: Eco Lips Organic Lip Scrub.
Try a honey and avocado mask. Avocado and honey help cure dry skin problems during winter. Avocado contains healthy fats, vitamins E and C, and carotenoids. They protect the skin from free radical damage and keep it hydrated and honey is super moisturizing. Mix a half of an avocado and two tablespoons of honey. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with water.
Do you have any tried and true natural beauty remedies? Please feel free to share them with me.