DIY Body Treatments To Moisturize Your Winter Skin
Banish dry winter skin with these simple homemade body treatments to give your lackluster skin intense hydration. For beauty mavens looking to achieve smooth, nourished skin throughout the snowy season, a simple homemade blend may be your solution to getting a healthy glow. From delicious coffee body scrubs to moisturizing coconut lotion, say goodbye to ashy elbows and rough hands and cure these winter woes with these natural remedies that will save your skin from the harsh temperatures and blistering winds that come with winter.
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1) Coffee and Brown Sugar Exfoliating Body Scrub: Take your warm-brewed coffee beans and turn them into a body scrub to treat your dry winter skin. Although coffee beans are mainly used to make our favourite blend of hot drink to give us an energizing boost in the mornings, coffee’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great natural exfoliant to tighten and tone the skin and diminish the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. To craft your own coffee scrub, first finely ground a half cup of coffee beans and mix in a quarter cup of brown sugar. Then add two tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to add a dash of sweet scent. The brown sugar will slough off flaky skin while the olive oil will help to moisturize the body leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.
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2) Oatmeal and Yogurt Body Mask: If the freezing winds and icy temperatures are giving you dry, itchy skin, nourish your body with a simple oatmeal and yogurt homemade mask to soothe irritated skin. Oatmeal’s anti-inflammatory ingredients help reduce inflammation caused by dryness, eczema and even breakouts and calm any redness. Its saponins also help remove dirt to unclog pores. Pair it with yogurt, which moisturizes the skin, and honey, which helps fight blemishes, then you have yourself a winning body mask that will trade your scaly knees and ashy elbows for soft, supple skin. To make this body mask, mix half a cup of oatmeal, a quarter cup of yogurt and a tablespoon of honey in a bowl into a thick consistency. Then slather it all over your body and leave it to dry for at least 10 minutes until it starts to harden. Rinse off with warm water.
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3) Lemon and Salt Body Polish: Rejuvenate dull, tired skin with this homemade lemon and salt body polish to get luminous, radiant skin for the winter season. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C and citric acid which makes it a natural skin lightener to fade away dark spots for a clearer and brighter complexion. Salt on the other hand can be used to remove dead skin cells to achieve softer skin. For beauty addicts looking to try this home remedy to treat their dehydrated skin, you’ll need a quarter cup of salt, one teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon and three tablespoons of honey. Blend the three ingredients until it forms a pasty texture and gently rub the mixture onto your arms and legs to reveal glowing skin.
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4) Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Lotion: If your store-bought hand creams and body lotions aren’t enough to hydrate your cracked, peeling skin, then make your own moisturizing lotion made out of coconut oil and shea butter to keep your skin looking healthy throughout the cooler months. Coconut oil contains Vitamin E which helps repair cracked knuckles and heels while shea butter absorbs easily into the skin to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated throughout the day. To make this moisturizing lotion, melt half a cup of shea butter in a saucepan and add two tablespoons of coconut oil. Pour into a bowl and set aside in the fridge to let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Once it hardens, add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and whisk into a creamy whip for your go-to skin-saving treatment.