Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY Winter Beauty

I don't know about you, but in the winter months, my skin inevitably gets dry, my lips chap, and my start feel like I lack some of the luster my hair and skin usually have.  Beauty products can be expensive, but the good news is that there are many do-it-yourself beauty products you can make that use things you might already have in your kitchen cabinets!

For Chapped/Dry Lips:  Au Natural Lip Exfoliator (from Fox&Doll Makeup)

Add 1 part brown sugar + 1 part honey + 1 part olive oil

Simply mix, apply to lips in a circular motion, and wipe off with a tissue for completely kissable lips (that smell and taste good too!).

For Dry Faces:  Oatmeal Face Mask (from The Well Daily)

Mix 2 tablespoons of oatmeal + a teaspoon of baking soda + a drop of vanilla + enough warm water to form a paste.

Rub into face in a circular motion, leave on for about 2-3 minutes, and wash off with warm water.  Oatmeal is kind of a beauty "superfood" - it is naturally calming to skin, helps lock in moisture, removes dead cells and treats minor irritations. 

For Rough Skin (Anywhere on Your Body!) Exfoliating Skin Scrub

Combine 1/4 cup olive oil + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1 tsp. vanilla extract + zest of a lemon or orange

Store the scrub in an airtight glass jar for up to two weeks. Use it in the shower to smooth skin.  This scrub is especially good for rough areas like elbows and knees. Once a week, you can apply the scrub to your face and neck.

For Dry Feet:  Warm Water Soak

Warm Water + Lotion + Socks

Soak your feet two to three times a week in warm water. Rub them with an intense moisturizer and pull on your comfiest socks.  Sleeping with your socks on will leave your feet even softer and smooth when you wake up in the morning!

For Lackluster, Dry Hair:  Olive Oil Honey Leave-In Conditioner

Mix 2 Tbsp. olive oil with 1 tbsp of honey.

Work the mixture through your hair. Leave in for at least half an hour, then wash.  Your result will be soft, smooth, shiny hair!

Natural winter beauty can be easy and cheap with these DIY mixtures using things you already have in your cabinets.  Enjoy your smooth, soft winter skin!


  1. Oooh, I love this! I want to try to oatmeal one for sure :)

  2. loving your blog! Hope you guys are doing great! I will def. be trying out some of these recipes! Thanks!

  3. Awesome! I've been doing a brown sugar scrub for some time now, but the hair one has me really excited! I'm in need of a hair pick-me-up, big time.