How to Maintain Your Beauty During the Winter Months

Michele-1-300x198The winter months can be very harsh on the skin, and it can cause your skin to feel dry and cracked.

Following are some DIY beauty steps on how you can maintain your beauty during the winter months:

1.  Getting a monthly facial is a good way to help keep your skin in great winter condition. If going to a spa is not in the budget then here is a DIY recipe for creating an awesome home spa facial treatment for yourself that is hydrating and yummy:

Mix ¼ cup of ground oatmeal that has steeped for several minutes in hot not boiling water (use bottled water) with 3 tablespoons of plain milk based or soy based yogurt and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply to your face and relax in the tube or on your bed and have some relaxing music playing. Next rinse with warm water and then apply an organic rich moisturizer.

2.  Taking a bath full of moisturizing essential oils or adding oatmeal is another great way to help keep your skin moisturized this winter.

Add about 5 drops of your chosen essential oil (or essential oil blend, since most oils mix well with others) into a cup of whole milk or a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add this diluted mixture to your bath water and stir to blend.

Adding essential oils directly to hot water can cause them to evaporate quickly, along with their therapeutic benefits and if not diluted can be too harsh for your skin. Or, for a recipe to sooth sore muscles.

mix a few drops of essential oils into two cups of Epsom salts mix in a metal bowel, as plastic will tend to absorb the scent of the essential oil, and dissolve into your bath. Or you can make the later mixture and store it in a wide mouth mason jar for future use.

Oils that you may want to try are: Rose, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Neroli, Vetiver, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, or Jasmine. When choosing essential oils for your winter bath, look for an indication that the oils are 100% pure and therapeutic grade.

3. Drinking water goes a long way in keeping your skin hydrated during the winter months, so try and take in as much water as possible so that your skin looks soft and supple. Ideally, you should be drinking half your body weight divided by 2, each day

4. After taking a shower or bath (see #2) try and apply an organic rich moisturizer on your skin right away to lock in moisture. However, one important thing to know is that your moisturizer will work more effectively on skin that has been exfoliated so you should try and exfoliate once a week. using a simple sugar or salt scrub. Here is a simple DIY recipe to make your own:

Start by making a sugar or salt scrub. Start by choosing your oil base such as sweet almond oil, organic coconut oil, or olive oil. Then take 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt (if you have sensitive skin use brown sugar). Next add in 5 drops of one of the essential oils mentioned above. Note: the oil will settle to the bottom so don’t worry. Store in wide mouth mason jar and scoop out the mixture as you need it. Stand in shower or tube and add the scrub mixture to a wash cloth or lofa pad and gentle polish your body.

5. Try to use good organic make-up that doesn’t feed your skin harmful ingredients. Go to options are 100% percent pure cosmetics (www.100percentpure.com), Au Naturale (www.aunaturaleglw.com) or Red Apple Lipstick (www.redapplelipstick.com)

6. One of the most important things that we give the least attention to is the diet we consume especially during the harsh and cold months. In this season, one must try and consume food rich in omega-3 fatty acids as these help the skin cells to retain moisture.

Remember what you eat inside reflects what appears on your outside.

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