Arizona ‘winter’ means we finally get a respite from the sometimes unbearable desert heat; the weather cools to an average 65 every day and we can bask in perfect temperatures for months. While it doesn’t seem like the Valley sees extreme winter cold, the big drop in temperature can still have adverse effects on our skin. The colder, dryer days tend to suck the moisture from us, causing uncomfortable and unsightly damage.
Before you go to your local beauty store and spend hundreds of dollars on products, take a look in your own pantry for some quick, simple and natural remedies.
The lead aesthetician at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, Kimberly Smith, has compiled three DIY recipes for masks and scrubs that will keep your skin soft, supple and hydrated without breaking the bank!
Before we get to the recipes, here are some beauty tips to live by this winter:
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
If you’ve lived in Arizona long enough, you’ve heard this phrase time and time again, but usually more so during the summer months. Don’t let the cooler weather fool you into thinking you don’t need those eight glasses of H20 a day. Beauty, and hydration, starts from within.
2. Stay away from chemicals
Colds, flus and germs seem to run rampant during the winter months, leading to the excessive use of soaps and hand sanitizers. Over-washing, however, is a big reason why your skin is cracked and dry. Find natural alternatives with oils and butters and keep the scrubbing to a minimum!
3. Avoid scalding hot showers
During wintertime, a hot shower is the savior to a cold day, but it can also be the reason why your skin is lacking moisture. Hot water tends to strip the skin of its natural, essential oils leaving it dry and bare. When washing your hands or face, stick to lukewarm water to keep those oils intact.
Hydrating Raw Honey Mask
Raw honey contains probiotics and minerals that help heal your skin.
1 tsp. of raw honey
1/4 of an avocado
1 tsp. of Olive Oil
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry and apply go-to moisturizer.
Exfoliating Calendula Body Sugar Scrub
Plants like calendula are powerful skin soothers. The key is anti-inflammatory agents that help cleanse, tone and moisturize the skin.
1/2 cup of calendula infused oil
1/3 cup of coconut oil
2 cups of white sugar
5-10 drops of essential oil (optional for smell)
Combine all ingredients in air tight container. Massage into skin before showering to exfoliate with the sugar and moisturize with the oils.
Brightening Cranberry Yogurt Mask
Cranberries contain arbutin which is a natural lightening and brightening ingredient that will refine texture for those holiday pictures.
1/2 cup pureed cranberries
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Combine ingredients together and then apply the mixture all over your face for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry and apply go-to moisturizer.
Written by: Ivana Gonzalez
Ivana Gonzalez is a senior at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communication and Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations. With words Gonzalez finds power, and she has been published in the Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and the State Press to name a few. She is currently interning at Evolve Public Relations and Marketing in Scottsdale, where she is developing her skills in media relations and PR focused writing. Gonzalez is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, with conversational skills in French and Sign Language. Outside of work, Gonzalez enjoys exploring different restaurants across the Valley and is a fanatic of movies of every genre.