Make itFeb/Mar 2012 Issue

Winter Skin Care

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean your skin has to be. A little TLC can keep your complexion soft and well hydrated even when the temperature plummets and the humidity drops. These simple tips will help your complexion look its best, naturally.

Cleanse gently. Avoid drying soaps this time of year. Instead, try using a moisturizing cleanser or a natural oil, such as canola or jojoba oil, to remove makeup and surface impurities.

Hydrate and protect. Everyone, even those with oily skin, needs a moisturizer during colder months. Look for moisturizers with oil listed first in the ingredient list instead of water. You can make your own simple moisturizer by mixing together equal parts cocoa butter, shea butter and sunflower oil. Sun protection is also critical as harmful rays reflect off snow and ice. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use a good sunscreen.

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Exfoliate. Rough spots on elbows, knees and heels are often forgotten when we’re all covered up. Use an exfoliating body scrub weekly to keep your skin smooth and healthy. Make your own gentle scrub by mixing raw sugar or sea salt with a bit of natural oil.

Use a mask. A rich facial mask is an important part of a skin-care regimen. It helps keep your complexion healthy and glowing, enhancing good looks and boosting confidence. The proper mask can soften skin and unclog pores while it replaces lost moisture.

Facial masks are easy to make with all-natural ingredients from your own kitchen. The ancient Egyptians used mud and clay to remove dead skin cells and heal blemishes. During the early 1600s, European women used masks made with milk and eggs. Other natural ingredients, such as fresh fruit, flowers and herbs, have been used since to cleanse and nourish the skin.

Masks are fun—and they carve out a time in your day to pamper and slow down, even if only for 15 minutes. Some people apply a facial mask every day but weekly is ideal for most skin types. If you have ultra-sensitive skin, every other week is best.

Energizing Apricot Mask


This mask revitalizes a dull complexion, helping it look and feel softer and smoother. Apricots are rich in vitamin A, important for healthy skin. Honey, a natural humectant, attracts moisture to the skin.

½ cup dried apricots
½ cup warm water

1 tablespoon honey

1. Place ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

2. Spread mask over your clean face and leave it on for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse skin well with warm water and pat dry.

Hydrating Carrot Mask


Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene (provitamin A), important for healthy skin. Grated carrots hydrate the skin and help clear away dead cells on the surface. This rich mask remains moist on the face.

¼ cup fresh grated carrot
2 teaspoons mayonnaise or your favorite mayo product

1. Mix together grated carrots and mayonnaise.

2. Spread mask over your face and leave on for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse skin well with warm water and pat dry.

Moisturizing Avocado Mask


Created for extra-dry skin, this mask can be used by all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin. It combines honey and avocado, two super-moisturizing ingredients. Avocado is naturally soothing and full of beneficial oil and protein.

½ fresh avocado, mashed
1 teaspoon honey

1. Mix together avocado and honey until smooth.

2. Spread mask over your face and leave on for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse skin well with warm water and pat dry.

Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt and Company), lives in Medford, Oregon.

Comments (1)

Not being much of a girly girl, I've not used a bunch of lotions and masks. I don't like to fuss over myself, just get on with the day. As I have aged, my skin has gotten really dry in the winter, so one habit I have started, is to use sesame oil on my body after a shower. Before toweling off, just splash a bit in your hand and rub it over your damp skin, simple as that. It has a light, pleasant smell that doesn't interfere with other fragrances and either gender can use. It's inexpensive, and quick and easy to apply. Finish by toweling off and you are ready to go.
I do have a food intolerance to sesame but smoothing it on my skin doesn't seem to bother me.

Posted by: SashieGirl | January 15, 2018 7:52 AM    Report this comment

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