By Sophia Pantazes
Slowly but surely, winter is making its way into season. The leaves are changing color, the air is turning crisp, and it’s dark by 5pm. And while there are many wonderful things to enjoy about winter – like hot cocoa and fuzzy jammies – dry skin definitely isn’t one of them. So now is the time to take extra good care of your skin, as even Californians can suffer from the winter cold.
If you’re looking for ways to fight dull, dry skin, here are some yummy skincare “recipes” you can easily incorporate into your beauty routine at home to stay flake free all winter long.
Sugar Lemon Scrub
- 1 cup liquefied coconut oil (to soften coconut oil, place oil in a small cup then place that cup of oil into a bowl of hot water)
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
Tip: Add your used lemon rind to your routine and rub the heels of your feet, knees, and elbows for some extra exfoliation.
Oatmeal Milk Honey Lather
- 2-3 cups of cooked oatmeal with milk
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of yoghurt
- Bonus! Add some orange zest for a more rejuvenating experience.
How to Use: Perform treatments in the shower as they can be messy. Start with the sugar scrub, follow with the oatmeal lather then finish by rubbing coconut oil into wet skin after shower completion.
Weekly regimens are necessary, but what you do every day is key. Moisturize, drink lots of water and eat foods high in omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are a wonderful source of nutrition and help to nourish your skin internally by assisting in the building of cell membranes, helping to reduce inflammation of inner tissues, and supporting overall cell health.
Great foods that contain omega 3’s are:
• Pine nuts
• Chia seeds
• Pumpkin seeds
• Soy milk
• Brussel sprouts