Seasonal changes can really take a toll on your skin, especially during the cold winter months. Many products contain tons of ingredients and chemicals that can do more harm than good. Here’s a list of five simple fixes for winter skin ailments.
1. Coconut Oil
Not only does coconut oil ease and relieve the dry skin we may get in the winter, it is also great for hair. Use a small amount of coconut oil as you would lotion, or use it as an intense hair mask before washing and conditioning. Organic coconut oil can be found in any health food store.
2. Tea Tree Oil
In response to dry skin, our bodies may produce more oil, which can cause breakouts. Tea tree oil is a simple fix for this and can clear up even the most stubborn pimple. Apply a thin amount over face for best results. Try this one: Tea Tree Oil, The Body Shop, $9.50
3. Bearberry Extract
Winter can cause your skin to look dull and tired. Bearberry Extract is a natural and mild skin brightener that will not only eliminate dark spots, but make you look rejuvenated and more awake. It is also a great remedy for oily skin. Bearberry Extract works best in combination with other ingredients, so try this: Bearberry Oily Skin Balancing Face Serum, John Masters Organics, $24.00
One of the most dreaded skin ailments in winter is chapped lips. They’re unattractive, painful, and often difficult to get rid of quickly. Beeswax creates a barrier on the lips that protects them from cold weather and wind. It also has natural moisturizers that will help lips heal properly and quickly. Keep an eye out for products like Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, $3.30 to keep your lips supple all year round!
Contrary to popular belief, those cucumbers they put on your face at the spa are not entirely useless. Cucumbers are known to soothe skin and eliminate redness. For best results, blend with a small amount of water and use as a face mask.