Winter skin is the worst. And unfortunately, a lot of beauty companies know this and will try to take advantage of your poor, painful, cracked skin. Don’t waste money on expensive products when you can fix all your problems by using items you most likely have in your kitchen. It saves time, money and a trip out to the store in sub-zero temperatures. And let’s be real, I’m all about being frugal and lazy. And I want to help you do the same.
1. DIY Sugar/Olive Oil Exfoliating Lip Scrub
Chapped lips are the absolute worst. No matter how much you try to prevent it, sometimes you can forget your lip gloss just one time, and suddenly you’ve got red, angry and painful lips. (Man, those will help you get a boyfriend, huh?)
I can deal with the painful lips, but the red-rimmed scabs and white peeling lips is what bothers me the most. Enter: lip scrub.
Mix equal parts sugar and olive oil and gentle massage into lips. The sugar will do the exfoliating, helping to gently remove the flaky skin, while the olive oil helps with moisture. Remove excess with a damp cloth, and enjoy your softer and moisturized lips.
Even if you’re lips aren’t chapped, add this into your everyday routine, and be amazed at how much better lipstick looks as well.
2. Oil Baths for All-Over Moisture
Sometimes regular lotion just doesn’t seem to cut it for me when it comes to super dry skin. And depending on what products you are using, taking a bath can make it worse.
Instead, drop a tablespoon or two of oil (I recommend Olive Oil, because it’s usually always in the kitchen) into the bathwater as the tub is filling up. The water will look weird, as the oil will sort of sit on top as droplets, but when you’re in the water and moving around, the oil will start to mix up in the water, and coat your body. You’ll be shocked when you get out and your skin is super soft.
Bonus: If you’re feeling super adventures, make your own salt or sugar oil scrub a la suggestion #1, and scrub-a-dub-dub in the bath. Keep it simple, or check my Pinterest for recipes for fun scented sugar/salt scrubs. Exfoliating and moisturizing! Just don’t forget to wipe down your bathtub after.
3. Coconut Oil for Skin for Dry Patches
Coconut oil has been one of those “super food” products for awhile now. Most grocery stores carry it (though I would suggest purchasing it from the health food section, as it can be made with processed ickiness and additives just like anything else). One jar can last months, and it has 100s of uses: in your cooking, as a moisturizer, etc. etc. This week, I even saw someone on Facebook recommend coconut oil for helping to reduce the appearance of scars– but I think the jury is still out on that one.
What I like about coconut oil as a moisturizer as opposed to other oils is that coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so it’s much easier to control than regular oils and the drying time isn’t as long. Scoop out a chunk of coconut oil and massage into your problem spots: elbows, knees, hands, feet, etc. etc. It is not as sticky, but really sinks in deep for a lasting affect if you are having major problems.
I would be wary about trying it on your face for the first time though. Use test patches, as I know from personal experience that coconut oil is wayyyyy too heavy for my face, and made me break out like crazy (hence, my love for the Origins Drink Up mask!) Some people swear by it, but use caution if you’ve never tried it before.
4. Avocado + Olive Oil for the Hair
Dry scalp and dandruff. ‘Nough said. Mix rip avocado with a tablespoon of Olive Oil. If you can, run it through a food processor or blender for a nice silky texture, or if you’re not too picky, then just mix well with a fork (it will be lumpy/clumpy though). Comb through your hair and let sit for 20 minutes before you shower. Shampoo and condition like normal, and be amazed.
Your hair will be softer and shinier. You’re welcome!
Got any other recommendations for DIY beauty hacks? Let me know in the comments!