With part of the country buried under several feet of snow, summer is but a distant memory, and so too is that lovely summer skin. The dark, dreary days of winter are almost upon us, but that means so are the holidays, and everyone wants to look their best at big gatherings.
Taking good care of your skin is an everyday, every season task, but the mechanics vary a bit depending on how much exposure you get and your individual skin type. “Winter skin” or dry skin becomes more prevalent when we’re hidden away indoors with the heat cranked up. The basis for any good look is healthy skin, and that is achieved through good nutrition and proper care. A good beauty routine can fight that dry skin and keep it glowing all through the winter.
Sugar scrubs are a super simple, cheap and effective way of brightening up dull skin and gently exfoliating off the dry, dead, pore clogging cells. The few ingredients you need can often be found right in your kitchen pantry. Sugar, white or brown, a nice oil like avocado, almond, olive, coconut or grapeseed, some vitamin E oil and voila. You have a sugar scrub. You can also add in some raw honey and various spices like cinnamon and some essential oils like lavender, lemon, peppermint or clove. Vitamin E and honey are wonderful for healing blemishes, while cinnamon, cloves and lemons all have antiseptic properties to help kill off acne causing bacteria.
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You might also try a Milk Bath like Farmhouse Fresh Coconut Milk Bath available at The Apothecary Spa Boutique at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizer.