So, confession time, I have really dry skin. My elbows get really disgustingly ashy brown in the winter and it feels like I’m putting on chap-stick and body lotion literally every 10-15 minutes. I dread winter for my skin’s sake. I also blame my mother. In any case, being cursed with this terribly dry skin has led me to be extra cautious about skincare during the wintertime. If I can prevent — or help — any sort of dryness, I’m going to.
I live in Nebraska, so I don’t have a Lush or other skincare store within driving distance of my house, so I’ve had to resort to some DIY skincare remedies for the wintertime. The really awesome thing about all of these products is that you probably have most of their ingredients just lying around your house waiting to be used! I love the idea of re-purposing products I already have, and a lot of these skin care products are made from natural ingredients which are SO MUCH BETTER for your face and skin.
DIY Lip Products
1. DIY Lip Scrub
Who else uses tube upon tube of chapstick, or my personal favorite EOS Lip Balm? I know I’m not the only one. Using a lip scrub removes all the nasty crusties on your lips and makes them feel like you could do some serious smooching. This homemade scrub is only four products that you probably have lying around your kitchen. Find out exactly how to make the scrub right here!
2. Lip Balm
Look, like I said before, I’m always running on empty with my lip balms or I’m losing them. Those tiny tubes can not realistically make it through the entire winter. But with this DIY lip balm, you have plenty AND it smells like peppermint. It’s a win-win. See the full recipe here!
DIY Face Masks
3. Homemade Pumpkin Mask
I know that Halloween is over, but pumpkins are still totally in season and surprisingly, pumpkins are great on your face. Micheal Todd sells a pumpkin mask super similar to this one for $34.00 so this homemade version will save you so much money and be just as nourishing! For the full recipe, click here!
4. Avocado Mask
Right?! This delicious food makes the perfect face mask for dry flaky skin. I’ve been buying avocados by the dozen and using half for some yummy chicken wraps and the other half on my face. You know all those vitamins and stuff that are good for you when you eat the avocado, well they’re also good for your face. Here’s the recipe I use.
5. Cultured Milk Mask
Sounds disgusting, but this is perfect for protecting your skin against the frigid winter air. It also rejuvenates the pH balance in your skin which will get rid of any winter redness and make you look fresh. Nothing like feeling exhausted and looking exhausted right around finals week. Find the whole recipe right here!
6. DIY Hand Salve
Hands get pooped on the most when it comes to subzero temperatures, and I know you’re probably sick of your hands being in actual pain during the winter. If you use a hand salve made with avocado (they’re miracle workers) it will heal your hands and protect them from cracked dry grossness. Find the recipe here!
7. Pumpkin Foot Scrub
This might be TMI, but my feet are also really gross in the winter. Basically besides Christmas and snow, winter just ruins my life. This tootsie saver will be your best friend because it will just basically make your feet feel like summer feet. Here’s the recipe!
[Lead image via Grekov's/Shutterstock]