Homemade Dry Skin Busters

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Hailing from the Midwest, I know how a cold winter can dry and crack otherwise healthy skin. My hair goes crazy with static, my lips are perpetually chapped, and my skin gets itchy and dehydrated. Most store bought lotions don’t do much for me, especially when I’m out and about in 18-degree weather consistently. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that work a little harder to soften up your skin.

Lemon, Salt, and Olive Oil Scrub

Ingredients:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 tbsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Mix all three together to make an amazing body scrub. The lemon will energize your skin and senses, the sea salt exfoliates, and extra virgin olive oil has too many remarkable qualities to list. It’s bursting with antioxidants, rehydrates parched skin, and penetrates your skin so you stay hydrated. If you’re looking for a quick fix you can simply smooth olive oil directly onto your skin. Let it sink in for a few minutes, and then rinse it off with warm (not hot!) water. Make sure its extra virgin olive oil though, as ‘virgin’ means no chemicals added in the pressing process.

Yogurt Face Mask

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. cold Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. raw honey

This looks like a quick breakfast recipe, but just trust me. The raw honey opens up your pores for easy cleansing, not to mention it has so many natural antioxidants that it is lauded for it’s anti-aging ability. Greek yogurt nourishes skin, has enzymes that cleanse your pores of dirt, and tightens pores back up. Afterwards your skin will have a softened glow you’ll love.

Banana Mask

Ingredients:

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 tsp. almond oil
  • 1 egg yolk

Mash and mix all three together for a tropical makeover. Vitamins A, B, and E make bananas an extremely nourishing fruit – both for your skin and body. Almond oil is naturally hydrating, and has even been said to help reduce the dark circles that can pop up after a particularly busy week. Finally, egg yolk works as something of an astringent. The plethora of vitamins in it (B2, B3, A, and zinc to name a few) aid in elasticity and help soothe acne. Let this mask set for 20-30 minutes and you’ll look and smell great.

Oatmeal Bath

Ingredients:

  • Plain oatmeal

You’ll also need a food processor or grinder, but that’s it! Simply grind the dry oatmeal into a fine powder and sprinkle it into a warm bath until it has a milky or clouded appearance. Oatmeal calms irritated and itchy skin, as you may remember from your childhood bout of chicken pox. Chock-full of antioxidants, oatmeal baths lock in moisture, normalize your body’s natural pH levels, and gently exfoliates. Never use store bought colloidal oatmeal again, I’m begging you. This gives the same results at a greatly reduced price.

Coconut Lavender Bath

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops 100% lavender oil
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup milk

This is by far the most demanding recipe ingredient-wise, but trust me, it’s worth it. I swear by this bath. Relaxing and deeply moisturizing, each ingredient serves a purpose. Let’s start with the basics. Baking soda is an all-purpose ingredient. Here we’re using it for its cleansing properties, as well as for an anti-fungal. Epsom salt is good for soothing tense muscles and exfoliation. Milk contains lactic acid, which heals irritated skin. Coconut oil moisturizes and locks in hydration. Finally, lavender oil has a calming effect that completes the experience. You can even sprinkle in dried lavender buds for a fancy spa-like feeling.

No matter what recipe you choose to soothe your skin, try to choose ingredients that are organic or have no additives. Because you’re trying to moisturize you don’t want to accidentally irritate your skin with added chemicals or hormones. Also, if it’s your first time using any of these products, make time to test it out on a small patch of skin before slathering it all over. Take it from someone whose face once turned bright red from a mild apple cider vinegar allergy.

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