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What are Do-It-Yourself Solutions for Dry Winter Skin?
It’s cold here in the Northeast, honeybees. I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been going through lip balm and lotion like crazy lately in an attempt to get my skin to stop being so dry. While I certainly have my preferred products that help me from feeling like a snake shedding its skin, I’m always on the lookout for alternatives, especially ones that won’t cost too much money. Ever since I started reading beauty magazines as a preteen, I was obsessed with DIY products, partially because I found them fun to make and also because, well, a lot of them actually seem to work! There’s definitely something to be said for using natural and affordable ingredients to help your skin.
We’ve been talking about moisturizer for weeks now, and I hope that with the bit of history I’ve given as well as the science behind how moisturizers work, you all have a better understanding of what you’re putting on your body and why. With that said, we can also use those lessons going forward when it comes to not only store-bought lotions, but DIY products as well. It’s important to understand how each ingredient works on our skin and why it’s being included in our concoctions.
As I’ve mentioned previously, honey has been used as a moisturizing agent since at least the time of Ancient Greece, and for good reason. Honey is a humectant – the type of moisturizer that pulls water out from the deeper layers of skin in order to hydrate the topmost layer. However, this also means that it can dry out skin more in the long run unless it’s paired with something to more or less “seal” the moisture in, also known as an occlusive. That’s why when looking at DIY lotions that include honey, almost all of them also include beeswax, which is a natural occlusive. Most of the honey lotion recipes resemble something like this, which really only involves microwaving a few ingredients and then whisking raw honey into the mixture. But if you want to use honey as a face mask, that requires much less work – since you’re not leaving it on your skin and are going to rinse it off, you can just slather some raw honey on your face and leave it for about 10 minutes. Just be sure to moisturize after!
The other most popular ingredient used in DIY moisturizers is none other than coconut oil. Now, coconut oil on its own can be used to moisturize skin, but if you feel like playing chemist, you can mix it with various other ingredients to get whatever desired effect you’re seeking. One very simple recipe calls for mixing coconut oil with a bit of vitamin E oil and lavender oil – that’s it. The vitamin E and lavender oils provide some healing elements along with the moisturizing effects of coconut oil, and it probably takes all of five minutes to make. If you’re looking for something a bit more complicated (though not by too much), another recipe shows you how to turn three ingredients into a whipped lotion.
For those of you who prefer to buy their lotions already made but still want to experiment with other DIY products, face masks are the way to go. Honestly, almost anything can be used in a face mask, from oatmeal to yogurt to eggs. Reader’s Digest helpfully compiled a list of 13 different types of mask you can make with things in your kitchen, and they’re certainly not the only ones. In my opinion, when all else fails, go for the bananas. If nothing else, you’ll smell really good when you’re done.