I’m not going to lie; I am not a fan of winter. Salt and ice are meant for margaritas – not my driveway!
But this year I’ve taken the Go-Nayked.com pledge to embrace winter, so I’ll be doing my best to put on my big girl pants (or snow pants) and get out in the cold. Getting our daily dose of vitamin D by spending time outside can help us to beat the winter blues, and there’s nothing as cozy as coming inside and warming up those rosy cheeks by a fire or under a nice warm blanket. No matter how hard we try to embrace winter though, there’s no denying the havoc that it wreaks on our skin. To save face (and money), here’s a simple DIY skin care routine that will keep your skin clear, soft, and healthy all winter long:
Step 1: Wash your face – If your skin is oily and prone to acne (like mine is) dab a small amount of honey (about 1 tsp) into your hands. Use warm water to gently massage the honey onto your face and rinse. Honey is a natural moisturizer and it has antibacterial properties; it fights against acne and flaky skin at the same time. If your skin is dry instead of oily, use the same process but replace honey with coconut oil. Coconut oil has similar properties to honey and a stronger hydrating effect.
Step 2: Steam your face – I know it sounds weird but herbal facial steams are my new favorite thing; they work as an alternative to harsh exfoliants. Pour a few cups of boiling water into a metal pot or bowl and add chamomile and green tea. The chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, and green tea has antioxidant properties that provide a protective effect. Hold your face eight inches above the steam for five to ten minutes and rinse with refreshing cool water.
Step 3: Moisturize – Banish flaky skin for good by blending 6 cups of whole fat milk, half an avocado, and 2 tablespoons of honey and applying it as a face cream. Combined, these ingredients contain a powerful blend of essential fatty acids that moisturize, rejuvenate, and fight against aging. This homemade face cream will sooth your skin after a day of exposure to wind and artificial heat, while protecting it from further damage.
By following this skincare routine and keeping your pledge to get outside, turn inward, and eat healthy, your skin will stay soft and vibrant all winter long (to take the pledge check out the Go Nayked winter pledge post and sign your name in the comments section). Of course, everyone’s skin is different and if this routine isn’t for you then you can find lots of non-toxic beauty products at our marketplace. You can use these products to create your own beauty routine. If you already have a non-toxic skin care routine or if you choose to create your own, you can help others by sharing it in the comments section below.