The chill and the cold weather in winter might take a toll on the skin, making it appear lifeless and dry. Having irritated, chapped skin is not only unsightly and painful, but it is more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays. No wonder that you need to make special allowances for your clean, delicate skin, and do some pampering to make it happy. However, you need not to pile your shopping bags with tons of ‘skin care products’ to stay flawless in winter.
Instead, reach out for kitchen remedies that are no less effective yet save on your budget. The chill and the cold weather in winter might take a toll on the skin, making it appear lifeless and dry. Having irritated, chapped skin is not only unsightly and painful, but it is more vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays.
The onset of winter tends to make the skin dry and unattractive. Many people face problems of a dry, flaky and cracked skin. Beauty experts suggest to switching over to more moisturizing hair and skin care products to prevent and get rid of the wintry problems. Some natural ingredients are also beneficial in avoiding the skin problems of winter. They are effective in retaining the moisture of the skin. Most winter problems are solved with a number of face masks and face packs made from natural ingredients.
Winter is the time when you stay healthy and fine throughout the day. But, it is also important for you to get optimized with the weather condition. Something to get your skin free from wrinkles and chapped skin layer is really important. Today, people have found out several ways to get best presentation of face during winter. A complete skin care routine is always important.
Apart from that, you should also go ahead with other variation of beauty tips for winter season. Using the cosmetic products available in the market is quite old now. People are emphasizing on natural ways for winter beauty tips. Let us find out some exclusive beauty tips for winter.
Home-made moisturizing scrub
Make sure to scrub your face clean with a mild exfoliator. Consider preparing one at home. It is very easy to prepare, as well.
- Grind one cup of sunflower seeds or flaxseed using your coffee grinder or blender.
- Keep the ground seed on a big-sized bowl. Add ½ cup of fresh cream. Mix thoroughly.
- To use this scrub, wash your face and massage the mixture on wet skin. Leave on for a minute and rinse the face with lukewarm water. Pat dry using a soft towel. To get the best results, you might want to follow up with a moisturizing pack.
Moisturizing mask for all skin types
Scrubbing might make your face a little stretchy. Hence, it is a good idea to moisturize your skin. You can make a moisturizing face pack using ripe papaya, which is so abundantly found in the wintertime.
- Peel and seed a small-sized ripe papaya. Mash it well in a bowl using a fork.
- Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the mashed papaya. Apply the mixture all over your face and neck.
- Leave the mixture on your face for about 20 minutes and then wash with warm water. If your skin still needs some more moisturizing, then you might consider using your baby lotion.
No skin-cleaning regimen is complete without a toner. However, given that a commercially-found skin toner can be too harsh on your skin, especially when it is winter, you might want to prepare your own skin-friendly toner using the pulp of aloe vera. Aloe vera plants are, after all, so commonly found everywhere! You might consider growing some on your backyard.
- Keep ½ cup of aloe vera gel in a bottle and add a cup of distilled water to it.
- Add 8-10 drops of any essential oil of your choice. When it comes to address dry skin, you can try oils of geranium, rose, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, sweet orange, ginger or jasmine.
- Shake the mixture thoroughly. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on your face. You can also pour the toner into a spray bottle, so that you can spray it n your face whenever you need.
Using a chocolate face mask
Your favorite dessert can be your favorite skin care ingredient, as well. From Halloween, Thanksgiving to Valentines’ Day, chocolate seems to be always present in the gift shops to groceries. Though, in your childhood days, you might have been warned a thousand times about the ill health effects that chocolate consumption might bring along. But as the recent researches show, chocolates, especially dark chocolates can be bliss for your heath. And if you apply it topically, your skin can experience its goodness, as well.
For example, the cocoa in dark chocolates contain very high amount of antioxidants. In fact, in cocoa, you get more antioxidants that what you would find in red wine, green tea and black tea. This has been proved by the researchers at the Seoul University. Additionally, the antioxidants that you find in chocolate can neutralize the free radicals, which can damage your skin cells. Cocoa contains high amount of flavanol, which improves your skin’s appearance by promoting skin dehydration, improving blood circulation, soothing skin roughness and shielding the skin against the harmful UV rays. Also, it is high in vitamins like A, b-12, D and E. Together; they help in growth of skin tissues and absorption of calcium. It also contains skin health promoting minerals like iron, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Each of the nutrients helps in the restoration of damaged tissues, promotion of skin cell growth and proper absorption of skin nutrients.
It is really easy to prepare a chocolate mask. You will just need to mix:
- 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
- 3 teaspoons of oats (either of quick cooking or old fashioned varieties will do)
- ¼ cup of honey
- 2 tablespoons of sour cream or plain yogurt.
You can use this mask once a week.
Homemade beauty care in winter
Sweet almond body scrub
It is an ideal scrub to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Almonds contain nutrients like Vitamin E, magnesium and healthy fats which help to nourish the body from inside and outside. Prepare this scrub by mixing almond oil, some honey and vanilla extract in a bowl. Scrub the body with this mixture after washing the body with soap while bathing. Rinse with warm water and pat dry the body.
Double almond body scrub
It is prepared by adding almond meal to the scrub. Almond meal can be prepared by blending raw almonds in a blender into flour. Mix almond meal, honey and almond oil in a bowl. Scrub the body with this mixture after washing the body with soap while bathing. Rinse with warm water and pat dry the body.
Oats and honey facial
Oatmeal serves as a gentle exfoliant that has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Blend oats and honey in a blender to make a smooth paste. Apply the mask on dry skin and massage it in circular movements. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water.
Oatmeal bath can benefit the whole body. Blend uncooked oats in a blender into a fine powder. Disperse the powder in the bath tub till the water looks cloudy and feels silky. Soak the body in the tub for about half an hour.
Banana & butter mask
This mask as a natural moisturizer to the skin prevents the dryness of the skin. It is prepared by mashing banana and adding butter or skimmed milk to it. Mix the two ingredients well and apply on the face.
Curd and honey face pack
Curd and honey mixed together also make a perfect winter face pack.Mix both the ingredients and apply it on the face. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
Egg & olive oil face pack
Olive oil and egg are both moisturizing agents that can effectively prevent dry skin during winter. Beat the egg well and add honey and olive oil to it. Relax for 15 minutes and then wash with luke warm water.
Milk face pack
Raw milk from cow will be ideal for making this winter milk face pack, but packed or dairy milk can also be used. This pack is made by using Aloe Vera gel, honey, essential oil, almond paste along with milk. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply it all over the face. Leave it to dry for 15 minutes, then wash it away with water.
Cucumber face pack
It is a simple face pack made with cucumber and sugar. Mash or grind the cucumber and add sugar to it. Place the pack in fridge to refrigerate. Apply the cold pack on the face and leave it for some time before washing it with cold water.
Yogurt and rose face pack
This pack is made with honey, yogurt and rose petals and rose water. Mix all the ingredients to make a smooth paste. Apply it liberally all over the face. Leave it for some time and then wash it with warm water.
Oat almond face pack
It can be easily prepared with almonds, yogurt, oats and honey. Oats and almonds need to be grinded into a paste in the grinder using little water. Mix yogurt and honey to the paste and apply it over your face. Leave it for 15 minutes before washing it with water.
Carrot & honey winter mask
This is an ideal mask to lighten the dark skin and prevent dry skin in winter. Mix blended carrot and honey and apply it on the face. Let it remain on the face for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Vegetable glycerin beauty
You can now look beautiful during winter with the vegetable glycerin. This will make your winter skin with chapped surface stay out and replace the same with the fresh and beautiful impact. For this beauty recipe, you require vegetable glycerin- 1 teaspoon, rose water- ½ teaspoon. You need to combine both the ingredients and apply over your hands and legs. This will be a natural light moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated always. You can store in refrigerator and use it again. This will keep your body look fresh and moisturized for a long time. Try this today with the arrival of winter wind.
Jojoba oil lip balm
Your lips are one of the sensitive surfaces where you get maximum effect of winter dry air. You can now make lip balm with the help of jojoba oil and enjoy the benefit for an extended period of time. To prepare the same, you need to get a small container and make it stay over the flame. Now you have to put 10 drops each of jojoba oil, bee wax and honey. Once those are melted, you need to use a spatula of wood to stir it well. Now take a container non inflammable. Pour the hot balm in the container. You need to let it cool down inside the freezer. This can be used after taking it out from the freezer and using.