As the seasons change so does our skin. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way in preserving skin tissue. Exfoliation is an excellent way to not only prevent dryness and flakiness but promote cell renewal and elasticity in the skin.
Here is a winter inspired DIY skin scrub recipe I use for my natural skincare line, Moroccan Life Products. I’ll add links to where to purchase the raw materials. If you are not into making your own products here scroll below for few links of great skin scrubs that work wonders.
You will need a metal bowl, wooden spoon, and measuring utensils.
1 cup of dead sea salt (fine)
1/2 cup of dendritic salt
1/2 cup of dead sea salt (ultrafine)
1/3 cup of crushed apricot shells
1/3 cup of luffa
mix all these ingredients together. Add carrier oils. I love fractionated coconut oil for its diversity. It is light, non greasy, and has an excellent shelf life. I use this in all of my products. Add 1/3 cup of fractionated coconut oil and 1/4th cup of grapeseed oil as a preservative. If you want to add another carrier oil such as Argan oil, or Jojoba it can be added as well. If the solution is too runny you can add more dendritic salt until you get the texture you want. If you want a very liquidy solution add some water normally 4-6 tablespoons will do the job. Coffee grinds are also a great exfoliating element if you want to add them to your solution. After your scrub is fully mixed you can add some natural essential oils. These oils are more potent and strong, so you only need a few drops, if you add too many it can irritate the skin. Below is some great combos that are refreshing for the winter season.
Cedarwood Atlas, Laurel Leaf, and Davana, for a very herby yet fresh outdoor mountain scent. This will wake up your senses.
Lemongrass, sweet basil, and grapefruit, is a relaxing and citrus coed smell.
Rosemary, spearmint, and eucalyptus is a zesty clean smell.
Sandlewood, ylang ylang, and jasmine are soft florals a bit of musk, and very feminine.
If you don’t mind some synthetic scents you can blend them with essentials as well. I love these scents from New Directions Aromatics and they only cost around $2-3 for a 1 ounce sample. You only need 10 – 12 drops so one ounce goes the distance when it comes to making natural products.
Bamboo and Teak: Think of a warm sauna, sexy and cozy. A rich and luxurious aroma with hints of sandalwood, cedar wood, musk, floral and sweet fruit.
Hawaiian Lei: This reminds me of the W Hotel Bliss spa, its devine. A delicate blend of gardenia and plumeria with top citrus notes of orange and lime ending with base notes of light vanilla.
Maple Sugar: Is simple yet sweet. Enjoy the aroma of sweet, warm maple sugar and butter. This scent is extremely rich, complex, and long lasting.
Woodland Themes: Similar to my first essential oil combo, yet a fraction of the price, it is earthy yet refreshing. A fresh, warm woody fragrance. Ozone floral top notes with citrus and balsam. Heart notes of spice, cedarwood and eucalyptus. Musk and moss at the base.
These skin scrubs go the distance:
For a feminine and soft skin scrub try Ramburi Yang Ylang and Jasmine Salt Scrub. $15.25
Double Love Scrub uses pink Himalayan salts. $24
Tree Hut firming sugar scrub is just that, it is sweet and promotes elasticity with its Macadamia oil, Evening prime rose oil and caffeine.
Moroccan Life Products, Sahara Sea Salt is a product from my personal product line. It is with based with sea salt, Mediterranean luffa, walnut shell, and African honey. The lavish botanicals of Morocco, Argan, Wild Verbana, Thyme, Spearmint, Myrtle, and Eucalyptus will nourish skin while promoting cell renewal. $19.00
There are basic skin fundamentals to keeping your skin supple and healthy in harsh weather conditions.
First and foremost is water. You can never really get enough as water and skin care go hand and hand. It should be a staple element in your daily regimen. Not only does water prevent dehydration which causes lack of tone and wrinkles in the skin, but it flushes out toxins both consumed and airborne. Water also assists in carrying nutrients to our vital organs.
Second is sunscreen. Sunscreen is both effective and necessary all seasons of the year. In winter the suns rays are just as harsh as in the summer and they reflect off of the snow. The same goes for cloudy days, so applying sunscreen on a regular basis will help prevent future breakdown of cellular tissue.
Exfoliation is an effective habit that not only washes away dry skin and flakiness, but promotes healthy skin and cell renewal. Citric acid is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production. Exfoliation enhances the skin’s elasticity which results in firmer radiant skin and also prevents stretch marks.
Proper moisturizer is essential during the winter season. Our skin is exposed to harsher conditions even if we barely go outside. Inside the air is dryer, while outside the wind, rain, and snow all can have negative affects on our skin. A thicker moisturizer can add extra protection which will preserve the skin long term.
Natural oils are amazing on your face and body. I am a huge fan of Tamanu, Sea buckthorn oil, and Argan. I never breakout, my skin looks healthy and the compliments I receive prove that the results are visible. Using natural oils on a regular basis literally melts my wrinkles away. The great aspect about using oils is that the results are rather quick. Normally I see changes in under ten days, and they carry no harmful chemicals. Check out my post on natural oils.