Just because the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t mean your skin has to be! Cold weather, limited sunlight and long days spent indoors can wreak havoc on your holiday glow. Check out these DIY holiday skin treatments using commonly used ingredients during the season. Try these on your own or package them for a unique holiday gift!
Honey and Brown Sugar Body Scrub
With all of the baking necessary this time of year, the ingredients for this scrub may already be in your cupboard. Brown sugar exfoliates the skin while honey moisturizes. This scrub is perfect to get rid of dead, dry skin and bring a holiday glow to hands, feet and everything in between. Slather this scrub on wet skin every few days. Rub into skin in a circular motion and rinse.
3 T. brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 t. honey
Mix brown sugar and water together until they form a paste. Whisk in honey. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
Apple Juice Toner
Visits to the apple orchard are popular this time of year. On your next trip, pick up a couple of extra apples to use for this juicy facial toner. The acid in apple juice cuts grease and helps clean pores. Use this toner day and night for a luxurious, natural clean. After washing your face, pour a small amount on a cotton pad. Swipe over face avoiding the eye area.
1/4 cup apple juice
4 T. witch hazel
Mix thoroughly. Pour into a clean bottle. Store at room temperature for up to ten days.
Coffee and Cocoa Face Mask
Curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and treat your skin to this coffee and cocoa mask. The caffeine in these ingredients decreases puffiness around the eyes and brings a noticeable glow to the skin. When the mask is ready to use, apply to dry, clean skin. Let the mask set for 15 minutes. Press a wet washcloth to your face to loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water.
4 T. finely ground coffee
4 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
8 T. almond milk, coconut milk or plain yogurt
Mix coffee and cocoa powder. Add milk or yogurt to form a smooth paste. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
*Recipes from: Skin Care Recipes and Remedies, Women’s Health Mag, About.com Beauty