Winter can be very harsh on the skin. With dry conditions, icy air and wind exposure, it’s important that we keep our skin protected from the harsh elements.
Here are some simple ways to protect your skin:
- Like many things in life, the key is a healthy lifestyle. Stay hydrated and eat lots of vegetables and protein. Be sure to move around and try to get in at least 20 – 30 minutes of exercise per day (this can be as simple as a stroll around the block).
- As temperatures decrease, it’s also important that we wear warm clothes and enough protective layers to stay warm. The great thing about layers is that if you’re too hot, you can always remove some.
- Wear sunglasses and a mild sunscreen. The winter sun reflecting off snow, can do major damage to our skin. So give your face a little TLC and apply a mild sunscreen and throw on your most fabulous pair of sunglasses.
- Finally, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. One of my new favorite ways to moisturize that’s low-cost, natural, and DIY is making lotion bars. The ingredients are simple and most can be found in grocery stores or online. Lotion bars are also eco-friendly, because they don’t require a container or bottle.
Moisturizing Winter Lotion Bars
Start out with a small amount and see if you like it. I used 2 ounces for each ingredient (note: 1 oz coconut, 1 oz avocado, to make 2 oz). I used my kitchen scale to weigh the ingredients. If you don’t have a scale, you simply take about 4 TBSP of each ingredient to make 1 bar. My recipe made a total of 5 bars.
- 1/3 shea butter or other butter of choice
- 1/3 oil (i used coconut and avocado oils)
- 1/3 beeswax pastilles (can be found at mountainrose.com)
- essential oils (I used 15 drops of lavender, this is optional)
- 5 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
- Place butter, oil and wax pastilles in a double boiler, Pyrex glass measuring cup or heat-resistant glass bowl.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low. You want enough water in the pot to cover the bottom two inches of your pan, cup or bowl. Don’t heat the oils and wax directly in a pan.
- Place pan in the larger pan and allow ingredients to melt, stirring occasionally. Once melted, add in your essential oils and vitamin E oil, if you wish and mix well. Pour oil into a silicon baking mold, glass dish, or a washed out milk carton. I used silicon baking molds, because it was really simple to unmold.
- Let the oils cool and solidify before removing them from the mold. I waited about 4 hours.
- After about 7 – 8 hours you should have a beautiful lotion bar that you can rub over your skin to moisturize.
How I use it:
- Not in the shower, these should not be wet.
- I apply the bar right after I get out of the shower on humid skin (not soaking wet). This seals in moisture and leaves my skin moisturized and radiant. The heat from your skin warms the oils and allows them to absorb into the skin.
Have you made any fun DIY recipes lately? How do you protect your skin in the winter?