Well ladies… it’s that wonderful time of year again. That time of year when no matter how many oils, creams, moisture masks, and moisturizers you use your skin will still try to embarrass you? Dry skin during the winter is inevitable for most of us but it is still manageable. Since becoming a mom, I have focused a lot on taking care of my skin, mainly due to the fact that I don’t always have the time to put on makeup (or do any real feminine care), so I would like for my bare face to look smoother and well-balanced. With many trends on the market (Korean skincare, cannabis products, facial masks, acid peels, etc.) it’s hard to stay on the right path with a proper routine. It’s also hard to stay on path when some of these major beauty brands are trying to squeeze us financially dry and take our firstborn! Due to my single mom budget, I have studied (and tested) cheaper ways to continue to take care of my skin during the winter season. I also have been practicing using more natural remedies in conjunction to using high-grade acids and chemicals. In an effort to see my fellow mommas look flawless and poppin’, I’m going to share a few home-based masks and moisture remedies that can help keep our melanin secured and glowing all season… Here are a few recipes for each skin type:

Dry Skin

Dry skin is definitely magnified during the winter. This is also the time of year that major beauty and cosmetic brands advertise their “mega moisturizers,” and they use specific words like “parched, very dry, thirsty, and even ashy” to describe your skin. While these terms may be true, let’s not get distracted by the clever marketing terms. Try to focus on what you really need, and that is COMFORTABLE skin! Try these recipes (in conjunction to your current skincare routine):

Clay Recipe- Wash Off 

2 tbsp Rose Clay powder

                1 tsp rose water

                1 tbsp organic coconut milk

Mix ingredients until it’s creamy. The mixture should be a little thick. Apply the mixture to clean (exfoliated skin is best), dry skin. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes. Wipe gently clean with lukewarm water, and immediately follow with your favorite moisturizing serum/oil and moisturizer. This mask can be done two times a week.

Sheet Mask Recipe

                1/2 cup Aloe Vera juice (unsweetened)

                4 tbsp Rose Water

                2 drops Rose Hip Oil

                2 drops Vitamin E Oil

                1 plain sheet mask

Mix ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. The mixture should be watery. Place sheet mask in mixture until fully soaked. Leave the mask in the mixture and cover bowl. Place bowl in the fridge and let sit overnight (can stay longer). Use the mask on clean, slightly damp skin for 15-20 minutes. Do not rinse your face, just rub any excess serum into your skin and follow up with your moisturizer. This mask can be done daily (so double up the recipe and make extra masks! Store masks in the fridge in a Ziploc bag with mixture or in a covered bowl).

Normal and Combo skin

I have grouped you lovely ladies together because during the winter, your skin types tend to need the same TLC. Your skin is not too high maintenance *insert prayer hands emoji*, so your skin care regimen during this season is basic tuning. I will however suggest to keep your skin exfoliated in addition to this to prevent buildup of oils and dullness.

Clay Recipe- Wash Off

                2 tbsp European Green clay powder

                1 tbsp puréed cucumber (purée half of one cucumber)

                1 tbsp organic coconut water

Mix ingredients until it’s creamy. The mixture should be a little textured. Apply the mixture to clean (exfoliated skin is best), dry skin. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. Rinse clean with lukewarm water, and immediately follow with your favorite moisturizing serum/oil and moisturizer. This mask can be done two times a week.

Sheet Mask Recipe

                ½ cup Aloe Vera juice (unsweetened)

                2 tbsp cucumber juice

                2 tbsp rosewater

                3 drops Rosehip Oil

                1 plain sheet mask

Mix ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. The mixture should be watery. Place sheet mask in mixture until fully soaked. Leave the mask in the mixture and cover bowl. Place bowl in the fridge and let sit overnight (can stay longer). Use the mask on clean skin for 15-20 minutes. Do not rinse your face, just rub any excess serum into your skin and follow with your moisturizer. This mask can be done daily (so double up the recipe and make extra masks! Store masks in the fridge in a Ziploc bag with mixture or in a covered bowl).

Oily Skin

Uggghh! The frustration of having oily skin is an all year-round problem! I suffer from oily skin, so I can totally empathize. During the winter season, oily skin can actually dry up a little bit, but you will still see areas of oiliness. It’s important to continue to exfoliate AND moisturize oily skin because we can still suffer from dullness and breakouts. I exfoliate approximately three times a week due to the fact that I have large pores, and I wear a lot of makeup when I do apply a “fresh beat”. Oily skin can also be an indication of poor diet, stress, environmental factors, as well as hormonal. Try to continue to moisturize, even when the temptation to steer clear of moisture is weighing on you. On the bright side… Oily skin tends to wrinkle less, and also tans smoother (YES! I love to tan!)

Clay Recipe- Wash Off

                2 tbsp Australian Pink Clay powder

                1 tsp pure honey

                1 tbsp rose water

 Mix ingredients until it’s creamy. The mixture should be a little thick. Apply the mixture to clean (exfoliated skin is best), dry skin. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes. Wipe gently clean with lukewarm water, and immediately follow with your favorite moisturizing serum/oil and moisturizer. This mask can be done two-three times a week.

Sheet Mask Recipe

                ½ cup green tea (brewed and cooled)

                3 tbsp cucumber juice

                3 tbsp Witch Hazel

                1 plain sheet mask

 Mix ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. The mixture should be watery. Place sheet mask in mixture until fully soaked. Leave the mask in the mixture and cover bowl. Place bowl in the fridge and let sit overnight (can stay longer). Use the mask on clean skin for 15-20 minutes. Do not rinse your face, just rub any excess serum into your skin and follow with your moisturizer. This mask can be done daily (so double up the recipe and make extra masks! Store masks in the fridge in a Ziploc bag with mixture or in a covered bowl).

Now we can try to combat some of this winter dryness! One thing that is super important, is to remember to be consistent, and always wear SPF with your moisturizer. UV rays during the dry winter weather can be brutal! Let’s continue to practice our healthy skin regimen, so when summer rolls around, our skin can be flawless and glazed Ladies!!! **Clay powders and plain sheet masks can be purchased online at multiple shopping sites.*

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