DIY Winter Skincare

by Krista King, MS, LDN, RDN

Dry, flaky skin is not cute. Of course, as temperatures get colder and the air gets drier, we’re all bound to experience dry skin at some point. Our skin reacts differently based on the seasons — so, it only makes sense to tailor our skincare regimen to the weather. In the winter, we need to keep our skin hydrated and moisturized. Here are some ways to keep healthy-looking skin in the cooler weather:

1. Creamy Exfoliators

Exfoliating 2–3 times per week is a great way to remove dry, flaky skin and keep a healthy glow. Homemade sugar scrubs are a natural alternative to store-bought products that tend to contain questionable ingredients, irritating fragrances, and harsh beads that can damage your skin and the environment. Sugar is gentle on your skin, while coconut oil removes dirt and provides much-needed wintertime moisture.

Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub

¼ cup brown sugar + 2 Tbsp coconut oil + ½ tsp vanilla extract + 5 drops lavender essential oil

Green Tea Peppermint Scrub

¼ cup white sugar + 2 Tbsp coconut oil + green tea (from tea bag or loose leaf) + 3 drops peppermint essential oil

For each, combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Both can be used as a body or facial scrub.

2. Less Drying Facial Cleansers

I love to use Dr. Bronner’s soap as a facial cleanser, but in the wintertime, I find that it can cause my skin to dry out a little. Diluting this soap with water and adding a few drops of a carrier oi (oils used to dilute essential oils), plus a drop or two of your favorite essential oil, provides a less harsh cleanser with a some added moisture. You can add any carrier oil, such as almond, olive, or vitamin E oil. I like to use jojoba oil — it has a slightly waxy feel and is a similar consistency to sebum, the natural oil produced by your hair and skin.

¼ cup Dr. Bronner’s unscented soap + 1 ¼ cup water + 1 Tbsp jojoba oil + 2 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle. Shake before each use.

3. Richer Butters / Creams for Moisturizes

As opposed to the lightweight moisturizers we love in the summertime, winter is the time to indulge in thicker creams to combat the effects the dry air has on our skin.

Stay tuned for a recipe coming soon :)

4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

One of the most underrated, yet seemingly obvious ways to achieve glowing skin is to make sure we stay hydrated! Our skin is our largest organ and one of its main functions is to rid our bodies of toxins. Drinking enough water is therefore key to clearing up and moisturizing our skin.

We talk about hydration a lot in the summer, but staying hydrated in the winter is just as important. How much water should we drink throughout the day? About half of our body weight in ounces.