Other than driving through snow and risking our well-being, the winter has us fearful of the damage it can cause to our skin. The shorter days and harsh, dry air can wreak havoc on our health and overall lifestyle. If you can manage to spend time on your skin every day, you can maintain a healthy, flawless appearance that only gets better as the cold weather disappears. It’s never too early to prep your skin for spring!
In addition to breaking out your mittens and fashion scarves when the snow continues to fall, keep moisturizing, cleansing and exfoliating. These practices are essential to your daily winter skincare routine. Use all natural skin products to truly promote healthy skin.
There are an abundance of all-natural and organic ingredients that can act as exfoliants, which is great since it’s so important to exfoliate your skin chemical-free. Exfoliants are designed to remove old skins cells, creating a more youthful appearance – and who doesn’t want that? As you practice a consistent exfoliation routine for a few weeks, you will notice a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles and your skin will appear smoother.
We all know how healthy it is to drink tea, but did you know it is just as beneficial to use as an ingredient in a natural exfoliation scrub? Tea, especially green tea, is full of antioxidants that fight off wrinkles and help repair the skin by ridding it of impurities. By combining sugar, brewed tea and lukewarm water you can create an all-natural at home skin treatment. Use this natural exfoliator to free the skin of impurities every night by gently massaging it into the skin. Once you’ve done that, rinse it off with warm water and pat the area dry.
Honey isn’t just a delectable sweetener, but it also acts as a protector against skin infections. Unprocessed honey includes anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is also full of antioxidants which help repair damaged skin. This natural exfoliant even hydrates the skin as it evens it out.
Sugar is a great way to unglue the proteins that keep dead skin cells from leaving the body. Although digesting sugary foods can greatly increase the process of aging, rubbing sugar on your skin actually promotes a healthier appearance. You can mix sugar with oil, honey or warm water for an effective and easy natural exfoliant.
The thought of rubbing warm gooey oatmeal into your skin may not sound appealing, but it’s actually a great all natural exfoliator. Mix raw oats with a little bit of warm water. When the mixture turns into a thick paste, rub it onto the skin in circles. Rinse clean and pat dry. Oatmeal not only exfoliates the skin, it also fights inflammation.
Plant-based oils have many different uses. Fortunately, there are many organic oils that can make a huge difference in the appearance of our skin. Depending on the oil you choose, your skin can enjoy a variety of benefits. Combining oils with other ingredients, like sugar or oatmeal, makes for an amazing at home exfoliating option.
There are so many all-natural exfoliants that it would be a terrible mistake to spend money on abrasive, chemical-infused exfoliant scrubs from the local drugstore. These scrubs will only damage skin further with their abrasiveness. They also release chemicals and other drying agents into the skin.
It’s never too early to begin prepping your skin for spring. Exfoliation is something everyone could benefit from on a daily basis. Our skin goes through so much in a day’s time that by the end of the day, we have a buildup of grime and dead skin cells.
Practice a regular skincare regimen throughout the year, adapting it according to seasons as needed. No matter what time of year it is, you should always cleanse your skin before bed. Use a natural exfoliant to free the skin from dead cells before applying a generous amount of moisturizer. If you follow a consistent routine, your skin is sure to thank you!