We’re in March and it doesn’t look like winter weather is going away anytime soon. The constant change in temperature and humidity levels can cause some serious damage to our hair and skin.
Fortunately, there are several natural remedies to restore the moisture in our skin and help erase the negative effects winter causes.
There are some great products out there that help with dry skin but I love using natural products when I can. Below are several ways to restore our skin using all natural products, most of which you can find in your kitchen.
Have dry skin? Try this Chocolate Avocado mask. Mash 2 tablespoon of avocado, 1 tablespoon of coco powder, 1 tsp. coconut oil, and 1 tsp honey. Puree the avocado and mix in the remaining ingredients to a creamy consistency. Apply a layer to your face and let dry for 10-15 mins. or until the mix has hardened, then remove with warm water.
When it comes to our hands, they go through the most wear and tear and are most often neglected. Our hands are subject to dryness not only from the weather but also from constantly washing them.
I love this homemade exfoliating scrub to get rid of dead skin cells. Removing the dead skin cells allows your hands to better absorb moisture, so it’s best to exfoliate first before doing a mask or using moisturizer.
Coconut oil – coconut is a natural antifungal ingredient.
Orange extract – great collagen producer and antioxidant
Cinnamon – helps improve circulation.
Mix the ingredients together, massage the mixture into your hands then wipe off with a warm cloth.
Once you’ve exfoliated your hands it’s time to moisturize. Mix together whipped butter, coco butter, vegetable oil, and aloe vera. Heat the ingredients tougher in a double boiler, once heated add in almond oil and cedar essential oils.
With all the damage we do to our hair with hot tools, the cold weather causes even more dryness and damage. Applying a hair mask helps add moisture and shine to your locks.
Just like you exfoliate your skin so it better absorbs moisture, you need to remove any residue left behind from your hair products. To remove residue and build up in your hair, first rinse hair with apple cider vinegar. Castor oil is not only great for adding moisture but it also stimulates hair growth.
Next, apply castor oil and rosemary essential oils to your hair and keep it in for 30 minutes before washing it out.
Last but not least, we have to take care of our feet. With all the miles we put on them everyday, they need some TLC.
This exfoliating scrub helps remove dead skin cells and restores soft, smooth skin.
The scrub consists of Epson salt, castile soap (olive oil based soap), almond oil, and peppermint essential oil.
Note: if you have foot fungus, add in tea tree oil.
Massage your feet with the mixture then wipe off with a warm cloth or rinse with warm water.
I hope these winter remedies and tips are helpful. I would love to hear about your experience after trying the scrubs yourselves.