The weather is chilly and the demand of your winter schedule has you stressed plus your money is at a minimal. These all can lead to skin woes and you do not need the added problems at this time. So, what do you do? Head to the kitchen for these DIY skin hacks that will leave you looking your best at minimal cost to you and the environment.
Stress, more common this time of year than gifts under the tree for most people. Skin often shows signs of stress in the form of acne flareups. Acne products are made to dry things up and that mixed with the cold winter weather can leave your skin a red irritated mess. If your skin has a few areas that are affected, treat those and not your whole face. Spot treat with 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric and a ½ teaspoon of water mixed into a paste, applied with a clean finger or cotton swab to infected areas. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off. Turmeric contains curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient that will kick acnes butt! You can do this treatment daily until your skin clears up.
Are you like me and start the day off with a big mug of tea? Don’t toss the tea bags out with your next cup, save them! If you are having nightly holiday get togethers your eyes will be showing it. From dark circles and sore eyes to puffiness, you might be feeling the pain. Pop used tea bags in the fridge to cool down. Once cool place a tea bag over each eye while laying down and chill out for a bit. The tannins in the tea are diuretics helping bring down the puffiness and discoloration leaving your eyes ready to focus once again.
Cold wintery air can wreak havoc on your skin. When you go out try to bundle up, protecting yourself from the chill and the damage it can cause. If this crucial step still leaves you with some dry patches treat them with coconut oil. Rubbing a bit on at night will help soothe and smooth out any patches that pop up. If your hands are dry try rubbing a bit of olive oil on them paying attention to super dry areas and exposed areas like cuticles and wrists. Both oils are very moisturizing and are probably already in your kitchen so there is no excuse not to try them out.
If your lips are dry due to mistletoe make out sessions or just out running errands try whipping up this tasty concoction. 1 teaspoon of raw sugar, a pinch of cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice if you have a bottle kicking around) and a ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Make a wet paste and simple rub it over clean dry lips in a circular motion until you have your lips covered. Either wipe off the excess or lick it off - yum. Your lips will be soft and flake free. Follow up with some coconut oil rubbed on your lips to add a barrier against the cold and to seal in moisture. You can do this treatment daily. Remember to keep your lips moisturized especially if you like layering on matte or all day wear lipstick. It is hard to get a pretty pout if your lips are as flakey as a French pastry.
Holiday parties full of red wine and mornings of coffee are common during this time of year. Both can cause discoloration of your teeth leading to no selfie smiles. To help get your teeth back to their sparking glory use a banana peel. Rub the inside of a fresh banana peel on your teeth to help erase stains. You only have to do it for a few minutes to get the benefits. This is something you can do if you prep bananas for smoothies and get more bang for your banana buck. High level of potassium and magnesium work to whiten your teeth for a Santa stoppin’ smile. If you are not into bananas mix a teaspoon of baking soda (a holiday baking staple) with enough water to form a paste. Brush your teeth with this mixture for a few minutes to get rid of stains. You should limit the baking soda mix and only use it occasionally due to the acidic properties of baking soda and its effect on tooth enamel.
I hope these simple tips will help solve your beauty woes. Remember to take time to rest, drink lots of water and that it’s okay to put your needs first sometimes. Happiness is key to feeling your best which leads to looking your best. I hope you have a happy holiday full of all the things that bring you delight.