Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NATURAL SKINCARE: DIY Winter 9-1-1 Skin Savers!

Can you guys guess ~ what is our bodies largest organ, has three layers & makes up 15% of our body weight? 



Clearly with these facts - it makes perfect sense to take extra good care of our skin, especially during the cold seasons when skin easily becomes dry, flaky & dehydrated.  The great news is - most of the ingredients to make diy masks and scrubs are hiding in your pantry & fridge!  Here are my top options and they're great all year long - not just for winter.

  Here are a few masks and scrubs that I've either re-worked or developed! And this is not just for the ladies, my male clients use these as well :)

Five minute micro-abrasion scrub = A healthy glow and cleans out pores.

What you'll need: 
Bowl with tight fitting lid.
2-4 tbsps of aluminum free baking soda
What to do:
Pour baking soda into a small bowl, mix with enough water to make a paste, on the thick side because you can add drops off water while in the shower. 
Alternative recipe: Add honey in place of water for a one-time scrub! Smells delicious too.

Use: On a weekly basis, use a small amount and with circular motions scrub your face for 30-45 seconds. Let sit for 3 mins (will sting a bit your first time), and rinse off. That's it! You'll notice your skin is glowing and vibrant.
**Not ideal for sensitive skin

Skin brightening mask = Exfoliates & leaves skin oh so soft.

What you'll need:
1/2 unripened papaya, diced
1 tsp full fat yogurt
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp coconut oil
What to do:
Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Make sure skin is clean and dry. Leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. 

Papaya: contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells.
Yogurt: adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy)
Honey: helps skin retain moisture.
When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation use ripe papaya, which has less papain.

 Coconut Oil: Moisturizer, make-up remover, hair conditioning treatment, reduces acne.

What you'll need:
2-3 Tbsp Organic coconut oil
The great thing about coconut oil is that it adds moisture and shine to your hair or skin.
Apply to your roots (dry scalp) and ends (dry/split ends), let sit for 20 minutes. Wash hair as normal. You're hair will be noticeably shiny and healthy looking.
*Leave overnight for an even deeper moisture lock.

Face - Apply as you would your morning & evening moisturizer.  Let skin soak before applying make-up.  At night I smother my face and neck with it.  Mmm smells so good your partner won't be able to resist :).
Body - Use as an all over body cream.  
Makeup remover - Apply to a cotton ball or gentle cloth to remove mascara and eyeliner.
Shaving cream - Great alternative to the harsh, drying chemicals that are out there!


Oats & Maple Mask = Soothing for dry and sensitive skin (also safe for oily and combination)

What you'll need: 
  ¼ cup cooked oatmeal
3 tbsps plain yogurt
1 tbsp raw honey 

What to do:
Mix all ingredients together.  Apply to clean and dry face.  Leave on for 10-12 minutes and then rinse gently.  Follow up with coconut oil.

Bonus tip: Apple cider vinegar and water makes a great natural toner.  Apply after cleaning and before moisturizing!

Hope this helps everyone through the tough winter months.  Fun to invite some gals (and men - my boyfriend does this too) and have a skincare party!  Tweet me some natural skincare images!!  

Treating myself to a mask this morning.

1 comment:

  1. I am always looking for new ways to pamper my skin and have always prided myself on having a healthy complexion. The one thing I have trouble with is how died out my skin gets, most of all in the winter time. I followed what I saw here once and my skin felt so moisturized. I highly recommend this for anyone who has dry skin.

    William Connors @ The Healing Station