Winter Natural Skincare DIY for Dry Skin

Hi beauty friends!  Winter is still here, and my skin is at its driest right now!  I'm going to share with you a few of my do-it-yourself favorite skincare using ingredients from your own kitchen.  I'm going to write a recipe for cleansing, exfoliating, treating/mask, and a moisturizer for dry skin.  My face is usually oily to combination, and it is so dry now!  I only use the natural products when I feel like my skin needs to detox and renew.  The cleansing and moisturizer formula you could use everyday, but for the exfoliating and the mask I would only suggest doing that once a week or twice a week depending on your skin needs.  Remember that your skin will change depending on the season and environment. 

I'm a hairdresser and a makeup artist, so my hands are constantly in water shampooing clients or just washing my hands.  Some store bought products sometimes do not work as well as the natural stuff, or sometimes can just be too expensive.  Investing on a great product is always a must if you can afford it!  Or you can just do what I'm about to tell you.  Plus, you will save some money.  Some ingredients you might not have in your kitchen, so add it to your grocery shopping list!

Very important! Make sure that you are not allergic to any of these ingredients.  You can always do a patch test on your skin to see you are allergic or not.  You always want to take precautions!  This is just a guide to give you options if you want to go the natural way.  These are some of my favorite product that I use on myself and has worked for me, but might be and will probably be different for your skin.  So be careful and have fun at the same time.  Enjoy!

My favorite natural skincare D.I.Y.:

Face cleanser formula - pure castor oil and extra virgin olive oil.  Depending on your skin type, you might have to play around with the ratio of the two ingredient to compliment your skin.  Just massage the oils into your skin for a few minutes, and take a hot steamy face towel to cleanse it off.  The hot towel will help with opening your pores and removing more dirt and oil.

Face exfoliating formula - honey and sugar.  I like to mix a ratio of 1 sugar to 2 or 3 honey.  You want to make sure that there is more honey then sugar basically, you still want to feel the sugar but not to the point where it is scratching your skin.  Mix the ingredient in your hand for a few second to warm it up, then apply it to your skin and massage only, I repeat ONLY about 2 to 3 times in a very gentle circular motion.  The sugar will slowly melt as you massage and slough off dead skin cell that will make your skin appear dull.  The honey is going to help hydrate the skin.  You don't want to over do the exfoliation!  Just gently massage and rinse.  

Face mask or treatment formula - honey and yogurt.  The ratio for this can be half and half, or depending on how you want to mix it.  Mix the two ingredient in your hand and apply a decent amount on your skin and let it sit on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes.  The honey is going to help hydrate, while the yogurt is going to help cool and calm irritated skin.  Rinse well after the 10 to 15 minutes, follow with a moisturizer for your skin.  

Face hydrating moisturizer formula - argan oil.  Just plain natural argan oil will do it for my dry skin.  It is great for dry, aging, oily, normal, or acne-prone skin.  Just use 3 to 7 drops for your face, and your skin will feel so hydrated!  I actually like to buy this one as the organic 100% Pure Argan Oil from Josie Maran, which is available at Sephora or

Hand hydrating exfoliating formula - olive oil and sugar.  With this formula you can do about half and half for each of the ingredient.  You want to make sure that you wash your hands first so that they are clean and then use the olive oil and sugar on your hands.  Massage your hands for about 1 to 2 minutes and rinse.  You can also leave it on for a few more extra minute after massaging to hydrate your skin a bit more and rinse.  No need for lotion because your hands are going to be so soft!  Also great for lips. 

Eye de-puffer - chamomile tea bags.  I like to use caffeinated chamomile tea bags for the eyes, because the caffeine is going to help with depuffing the eyes and help tighten the skin while the chamomile will soothe.  I like to add two of the tea bags in a cold cup of water and let it sit in the fridge for a few minutes so it feels super cool to the eyes.  Take them out of the cup and squeeze the water out, and set one tea bag on each eye.  Toss them in the trash after 5 to 15 minutes.  You can do this while your mask is sitting on your skin. 

Hair cleanser formula - baking soda and water.   Add water to the baking soda until you get a sudsy texture and apply to scalp.  Massage it well to cleanse the hair, and rinse well!  Follow with conditioner.  

Hair conditioner formula - apple cider vinegar.  This would be called a rinse.  Just add the vinegar in your hair and let it sit for a few minutes then rinse well.  The vinegar is acidic, so it will help with smoothing down the hair cuticle for natural shine.  Basically anything what we can eat and is acidic that might be good for our stomach will be great for your hair.  There is also a reason why it is apple cider, because it smells better than any other vinegar.  

Hair treatment - hot extra virgin olive oil.  I would not say that the olive oil is hot, but is warm enough to help open up the hair cuticle and hydrate it.  All you need is EVOO and warm it in the microwave for just a few seconds, I wouldn't recommend more than a minute (might be too hot).  Comb it through your hair, use a clip to hold it in place and/or use a plastic cap.  Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse well.  

Questions?  Just email me or comment here!  Thank you!