by Alexandra Pauline - January 30, 2012
Cheap Tricks for Healthy Skin
As the dry winter weather wreaks havoc on our delicate skin, there's no need to overpay for skincare products whose ingredient list you can't even pronounce. Check out these Fab & Fru tips to keep your skin happy, healthy and winter ready the au naturel way!
Seal in the moisture by applying plant-based oils like cocoa butter, aloe vera or jojoba on your face and body right when you get out of the shower. These affordable oils go a long way, and will help protect your skin from the elements. Rub a little on you lips for some moisturizing luster too!
There's nothing better than a cool face mask to refresh your skin. No need to spend your cash on expensive lotions or store bought products because everything you need for an amazing face mask can be found right in your own kitchen! Celebrity stylist Sherri Jessee said, "A great way to keep dry winter skin at bay is by mixing one egg with Greek yogurt. After your mixture is made apply it straight to your face and leave it on for five minutes and then rinse and pat your face dry." (And for goodness sake, take the same precautions you would when cooking - don't eat the raw egg, and make sure you wash your hands well to avoid the remote risk of salmonella!)
To help keep your skin soft and glowing, it's important to exfoliate your skin once a week. If you're in the mood for something sweeter, good old sugar is an excellent exfoliant! The rough texture gently scrubs away dry skin and helps clear pores. To create this sweet smelling scrub, take an equal amount of olive oil, white sugar and brown sugar, and then add 6 drops of vanilla extract. Massage the mixture right onto your face in gentle circular motions and soak in the beautiful aromas while you exfoliate!
Recycle Your Coffee Grinds
Looking for another deep cleaning face and body scrub that will leave your skin silky soft plus smooth & lighten rough skin on your elbows? Concoct your own inexpensive coffee exfoliant! Just take your morning coffee grinds and mix in a tablespoon of lemon juice. It's a little messy when you apply the scrub, but you'll be shocked at how good your skin looks & feels! (Steph and Brandi SWEAR by this one - one try and you will be hooked…)
Winter weather naturally makes us more inclined to bundle up, but don't think that a scarf and coat are enough to protect your skin. According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, wearing gloves is not just a luxury but a necessity for healthier skin, nails and cuticles. This simple act protects hands from the cold temperatures and dry air that trigger skin issues like eczema and brittle nails.
Brush Your Lips
Cracked lips are no way to make a first impression! Makeup artist and developer of SKINN Cosmetics, Dimitri James, says an easy way to keep your lips puckering to perfection is by lightly exfoliating with a toothbrush and then applying a little coconut oil for some extra moisture. Do this before you put on your favorite lip gloss, and pucker up!
Just because your not feeling thirsty, doesn't mean you don't need your eight glasses of water a day. Because the humidity in the air decreases during the cold winter months, staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do for your skin. Keeping your skin looking radiant starts from the inside out so start guzzling some H2O now!
What are your Fab & Fru secrets to keeping your skin looking and feeling great during the winter months?!
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