As a proud owner of a very dry, and somewhat sensitive epidermis, I have found that there are three all-natural remedies that work wonderfully well to treat my winter skin. Is your skin prone to itching, flaking, and aching in the winter? Don’t worry, I’m sharing with you the best all-natural and nontoxic remedies to fight winter skin.
1. Exfoliate with gusto
Over the course of the last ten years, I’ve interviewed countless beauty experts, and everybody coincides: Exfoliation is the key to perfection. As it turns out, exfoliating your skin regularly during the winter months will actually prevent extreme flaking and fight that terrible ‘meh’, ashy color that we all get.
If you want to go all-natural, my favorite product is actually a DIY exfoliating mask. Here’s the recipe:
Exfoliating Mask for Dry Winter Skin
– 1/4 teaspoon of raw sugar.
– 1/2 teaspoon of Hibiscus Mask by S.W. Basics of Brooklyn ($22): This product includes a convenient mixture of organic hibiscus, french green clay, and organic lavender.)
– A few pschitts of rose water (I use the organic rosewater by Mountain Rose Herbs but you can use your own favorite rose water or even mineral water.)
Directions: Mix the powder ingredients in a ceramic bowl and apply rosewater until you get a mask-like paste. Apply to your skin in circular motions to gently exfoliate, and leave on for an extra 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with an organic cotton reusable towel (waste not, want not!)
2. Moisturize and Protect
If your skin hurts with the winter weather, I can’t recommend you enough to invest in a multitasking product that you can take in your purse for emergency protection. I personally love the Organic to Green Great Barrier Chap Guard ($12) to protect my wind-chafed cheeks, the tip of my nose, my lips, and my hands.
This all-natural and waterless formula contains beeswax and shea butter to create a protective and moisturizing barrier, jojoba seed oil, rosa canina oil to promote skin health, lavender and rosemary to treat inflammation, and vitamin E to heal damaged skin. The Great Barrier Chap Guard is ideal for any extreme weather conditions, and this stuff is so versatile that I’ve been able to use it as an emergency fake mascara by applying a very small amount to the tips of my lashes. Plus, as the formula has no water it’s very convenient to carry around, especially because it will never leak and ruin your favorite purse (don’t ask, let’s say I learned the hard way that balms are the way to go!)
Available at ULTA, the Great Barrier Chap Guard by Organic to Green retails for $12.
3. Mask the Winter Away With Honey
Winter has its own tricky ways of sneaking up on you. Even if you exfoliate and moisturize correctly, sometimes the extremely cold weather can be too much for your skin. Fear not! A good repairing mask can correct the damages caused by the snow, the wind, the sleet, and the stress inflicted by your boss.
To treat winter skin naturally, my all-time favorite product is the Honey Blossom Mask by my beloved Tata Harper ($65). Filled to the brim with natural goodness, honey, and probiotics, it really helps heal my dry skin even after a bad storm. Plus, it gives an instant glow that is much appreciated when my skin looks ashy.
Do you have any all-natural and nontoxic favorite products to fight winter skin? I’d love to learn more!
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