Skip the overpriced skincare products and let your kitchen cupboard do double duty
Woe is the winter skin-care regimen that demands you buy extra overpriced products (that will be used only a few times, anyway). Before you shell out the big bucks for those heavy-hitter beauty products, read on to discover a few home remedies that are worth trying. (Many come straight from your kitchen cupboard.)
For Cracked Hands: Use Coconut Oil
Your trusty vat of coconut oil (seriously what can't it do?) is the best natural moisturizer in your whole dang kitchen. At night, smooth liberally all over your hands (give extra love to your nails and cuticles), then cap it with cotton gloves and hit the hay.
For Cracked Heels: Use Sesame Oil
We've said it before and we'll say it again: massaging sesame oil into your feet is the ultimate excuse for hibernating. Just add socks and a toasty fire. And say goodbye to stubborn calluses.
For Face Flakes: Make a Sugar Scrub
No matter your skin type, exfoliating should be a part of your regular routine. Slough away complexion-dulling dead cells by combining equal parts sugar, sea salt and coconut oil, plus a few drops of skin-soothing lavender oil. Gentle enough for face and neck, and yet effective for everywhere else.
For a Chapped Face: Give Yourself a Steam Facial
You already know that sipping a cup of chamomile tea helps to calm anxiety. But research also suggests steaming your face with it might help soothe eczema. Add two bags of chamomile tea (or loose leaves) to a bowl of boiling water and let steep for a few minutes. Then hover your face over the bowl and cover your head with a towel (like a tent) for five to ten minutes. Enjoy refreshed, detoxified skin.
For a Chapped Face: Make an Egg-White Mask
Another idea for nipping dry winter skin in the bud: Put an omelet on your face. (OK, not quite...) What you do do is beat one egg white, lather it on your face and let it dry for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. (Nothing too hot.) What it does: the collagen and proteins in the egg creates a temporary barrier to protect against harsh winter winds. (Just test a small area first to prevent any sensitive-skin reactions.)
For a Chapped Everything: Soak in Oil
For Acne-Prone Skin: Make a Milk-and-Honey Mask
Those prone to breakouts often get the short end of the stick when it comes to winter skin care. (You want moisture, but, trust, you don't need any more oil.) To soothe winter skin rashes while also combating bacteria: Mix 6 tablespoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of honey and apply the paste to the combination areas of your face. Allow the paste to sit for 20 minutes, then gently rinse off (again, with lukewarm water).
For Long-Term Relief: Take a Flaxseed Supplement
Thanks to its vital fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties, ingesting flaxseed oil (or taking it in supplement form, if the taste grosses you out) can really improve your skin's overall brightness. Similar to our favorite tip about eating all the salmon, think of it as moisturizing from the inside out.