The summer is over and fall is sweeping in. This means colder weather and probably drier skin. I don’t often admit this, but I’m seriously into skincare and girlie stuff, I just prefer it be natural! I know that I have already begun to experience dry patches on my face with this change of weather, and my hands have been dry too! We can’t let Fall and Winter wreak havoc on our skin, so what do we do? As always, I am the go to girl with information to share!
Fall and Winter are the ideal time to detox off of that caffeine because that is one thing that will dry your skin out faster than the weather! Ditch the caffeine loaded coffees and soda’s in favor of herbal teas and fresh juices! Your skin will glow with thanks when you do!
Another thing to remember is that sometimes, it’s as much about what you put IN your body as it is about what you put on your body! Eating a tablespoon of coconut oil every morning will help to boost the healthy fats in your body, and that will benefit your skin. Coconut oil also happens to be the most amazing make up remover known to man. It even gets that stubborn mascara gone in a flash! You just wet a wash cloth with warm water and get a bit of the coconut oil on there, it doesn’t take much, then just wipe that makeup away. The bonus is, you moisturize as you wash, so there is NO need for a separate product! Boom!
I’m also a huge fan of homemade moisturizing face masks in the colder months. You know I like to keep it simple and organic, so here it is…..One mashed avocado and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until smooth and then apply and relax for 20 minutes. Avocados are seriously loaded with all kinds of natural fats and your skin absorbs them. The honey is an added bonus as this acts like antibacterial and helps you fight off pimples! Can it get any easier or any more effective? Probably not!
We also have to look after the rest of our body, and when the temperature drops, I grab the homemade lotion bars. So easy, so amazing, and anyone can make them. Here is the recipe for the last body moisturizer you will ever need! You will need:
Sarah’s Sinful Body Lotion Bars
1 Cup of Organic Coconut Oil
1 Cup of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, or Mango Butter (or do 1/3 cup of each)
1 Cup of Beeswax or Beeswax Pastilles
Essential Oils of your choosing (20 to 30 drops of each)
Put water in a saucepan and place a glass bowl on top. I generally put in a mason jar and submerge that in the water, because let’s be honest, who wants to wash that bowl out? NOT ME! Then you can just reuse that mason jar each time you make lotion bars!
Heat the water to boiling and melt the ingredients until it’s all liquid, stirring constantly, it won’t take long! Remove from heat and add what ever essential oils your heart desires. I am a fan of Lemon and Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood or a citrus blend of Bergamot and Grapefruit. You can use whatever you want, that’s the best part! This is all about you!
Now I like to pour these into the silicone cupcake molds, the set fast and then you can pop them right out when their done. I store them in a Tupperware container and I store the one I am using in one of those little soap boxes that people travel with. You just rub it on and then rub it in! It really is that simple and you save SO much money. You also avoid toxic chemicals and preservatives. I would suggest storing the ones that you aren’t using in the fridge. So easy, right?
Hair, oh, our hair catches the brunt of cold weather too. There are some great tings you can do to keep it looking amazing all fall and winter long. My favorite is to just melt a small amount of coconut oil in my hands, seriously, a dime size blob is plenty, then rub my hands together and run that through my hair from midway down, the roots don’t need it as much as the ends! This not only moisturizes, but it prevents flyways in the cold, dry air. Now, to be fair, I have found that a small amount of Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Borage or Avocado carrier oil can work just as well. This is also a fantastic opportunity to add a few essential oils into your regimen, just use the scents that make you feel good!
I hope that this helps all of you get through the upcoming cold months a little easier! Let me know what you try and what you think! Stay warm, stay hydrated and love the skin you’re in!!
It’s All About Your Health and Wellness,