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10 DIY Winter Skincare Recipes

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10 DIY Winter Skincare Recipes

Winter is still a month off, but in a lot of the northern hemisphere that cold, dry weather has already rolled in. From your hair to your toes, those harsh conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too.

There are lots of lotions and creams at the drug store aimed at healing your winter skin, but many of those contain lots of polysyllabic mystery ingredients, some of which are toxic or even contain hidden animal ingredients. Rather than roll the dice with store-bought winter skincare products, you can whip up your very own! When you make beauty products yourself, you have complete control over the ingredients, so you know that what you’re putting onto your skin is safe.

1. Homemade Sugar Scrub

A sugar scrub is perfect to exfoliating add moisturizing those dry knees and elbows, and it’s easy as pie to whip up your own, custom-scented sugar scrub! Just combine two parts sugar with one part olive or coconut oil along with 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils combination. For winter, you might go with soothing scents like lavender, rosemary, or sage. Bonus points if you store your scrub in a reclaimed glass container, like a babyfood jar.

2. Straight up Olive Oil

Sure, you put olive oil on your salads, but it’s also a great moisturizer for winter skin. To nourish your skin, put a few drops of olive oil on when you get out of the shower and massage it in. To give an extra moisture boost to dry hands and feet, put gloves and socks on after you rub in the oil to help your skin absorb it.

3. Coconut Oil

Many store-bought lotions and creams contain petroleum jelly, a crude oil byproduct. In fact, Vaseline, a favorite moisturizer for many folks during the winter, is made of petroleum jelly. Luckily, you don’t need to support big oil just to moisturize your skin!  Pure coconut oil is the perfect natural alternative to petroleum jelly!

Next>> Winter skincare recipes to soothe your face.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Cara Photography

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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2:56PM PDT on Sep 26, 2015

Thank you Becky.

10:20PM PST on Dec 23, 2014

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4:09AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Coconut oil is very great for our skin and health too. It is also very beneficial for hair growth.

3:01AM PDT on Aug 1, 2014

You have shared great article! Thanks for sharing!

11:21AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Great recipes,thanks for sharing

5:21AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

I don’t waste my free time that’s why I read the informative things when I got this blog I really enjoyed reading this.
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5:36AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:15PM PST on Dec 9, 2012


10:03PM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Cool ideas!

11:10PM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

great tips!

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