DIY masks, scrubs, lotions to ward off winter-dry skin
Cold temperatures, harsh winds, and dry indoor heat all lead to dry, flakyskin,redness, and irritation. The solution? Make your own gentle skin care products, with concentrated ingredients that draw moisture to the skin, prevent dryness, and heal damage and irritation. Bonus: Triple the amounts, package extras in decorative jars, and share with friends as a heartfelt holiday gift! Save your skin (and your friends) from the ravages of winter with these easy DIY solutions.
Honey-Rose Nourishing Protein Masque
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup raw honey and 1/3 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 to 30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Makes enough for two applications. Store remainder, 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 1/3 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.
Green Tea and Rose Hips Toner
In a small jar, pour ½ cup boiling water over 4 green tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and discard. Let mixture cool, then add ½ cup witch hazel, 1 ounce hyaluronic acid, and ¼ ounces rose hip oil. Decant into a spray bottle and spritz skin after washing. Makes enough for about two weeks of use. Store in refrigerator.
Skin savers: Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) to heal sun damage and prevent free-radical formation; witch hazel is a natural astringent to gently tone skin and minimize pores; hyaluronic acid increases cell renewal and helps tighten loose areas of the skin; rose hips are high in vitamin C, shown to promote collagen formation and improve skin firmness and elasticity.
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,then rinse with warm water. Makes enough for oneor two applications. Store remainder, refrigerated, in a small glass jar.
Skin savers: Coconut sugar exfoliates skin and also 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.
Blueberry, Acai and Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask
In a small bowl, combine ½ cup honey with 1 Tbs. whey protein powder and stir to mix well. Add 1 Tbs. pomegranate juice concentrate and 1 Tbs. blueberry-açai powder, and stir until smooth. Spread in a thin layer over face, wait 20 minutes, and rinse with tepid water. Makes enough for two or three applications. Store remainder, refrigerated, in a small glass jar. Caution: May stain towels and clothing.
Skin savers: Honey soothes skin and reduces inflammation and redness; whey protein contains lactic acid, a gentle, natural exfoliant; pomegranate has natural exfoliating acids and may promote collagen production; blueberries and açai contain natural exfoliating acids, and also protect against oxidative stress that can cause skin damage and increase signs of aging.
Angela: Did you know?A raw-honey masque can help to reduce acne. Honey is naturally antibacterial.