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Winter Skin Tips

We all know how winter skin can be so rough! Its dry, its itchy its just plain nasty.  So how do we get through the winter months and still have that natural glow as we just got back from vacation? Here are a few tips that should help your skin survive the brutal cold.  I know that living in Chicago I have been using these tips and its really helped.

1. Exfoliate your entire body

  • Why exfoliate? You must get rid of all of the dead skin cells in order for the lotions and oils to penetrate into the layers of your skin and keep the moisture inside your skin.

  • Use a gentle combination of Olive Oil (to Hydrate) and Brown Sugar (As an abrasive) to gently scrub your entire body, this is very cost effective as well as gentle on your skin since its all natural! You can add some Rose Oil for a soft scent.

  • You can always buy yummy scrubs from the retail shops.  My favorite is from Lush Cosmetics( – they have fresh handmade scrubs that smell nice and also are very good for your skin.  One of the ones I have tried and love is the Ocean Salt Scrub  - it makes my skin so soft and feels as though I just left the beach.

2. Avoid Dehydrating Ingredients

  • What are dehydrating ingredients? Anything that is alcohol based – YES even drinking alcohol will dehydrate the skin and make your skin lose its luster! Alcohol based products strip the skin of its natural oils and thus dulling your complexion.

  • Try using natural products such as Rose water or making your own! Here are some simple recipes (Thanks to The Tasty Alternative for these recipes):

Tea Tree Tingle Facial Toner

-1/2 cup filtered water
-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 
-15 drops pure tea tree oil
Witch Hazel Facial Toner with Rose Oil
-1/4 cup filtered water
-10 drop pure rose oil
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Toner with Sweet Orange Oil 
-1/3 cup filtered water
-8 drops orange oil (or oil of choice, the oil is optional and used mostly for scent)
Benefits of Witch Hazel?  - it is Anti – Inflammatory, Antimicrobial, an astringent, a moisturizer, and helps with sun damage.
Benefits of Vegetable glycerine? – It is a compound that comes from vegetable oil, usually palm or coconut. It has strong humectant properties, meaning it is able to retain moisture. It is clear, colorless and very sweet. Because it is soluble in water and alcohol, natural and easily produced, it is beneficial for manufacturing purposes and is one of the most common additives in a range of products from cosmetics to food. There are many benefits to vegetable glycerine.
  • I have tried toners from the retail shops and I recommend EAU Roma Water from Lush Cosmetics! Its great for dry skin – which is what happens in the winter.  You can of course get the best one for your skin type.  Check out for all the toners 

3. Hydrate your skin always

  • Make sure to always hydrate your skin no matter how dry or oily your skin is.  Remember that the oil glands in your skin will produce MORE oil if you dont have the proper moisture levels in your skin.  So when you try to dry out your skin due to acne and so forth at the end of the day it will just be more oily.  So try an oil-free moisturizer. 
  • Massage Oil on your entire body at night before you sleep and wake up with soft skin!  Use Vaseline on your feet and cover up with some soft socks to lock in moisture.

Remember your skin is the largest organ of your body, so make sure to give it that extra tender loving care – it will thank you for it!

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