Winter: each of us have probably felt her chills during an early morning run or on our commute to campus—signals that colder seasons are sending their presence to Houston. Coming from a southern belle such as myself, I, too, can attest to the feeling of relief from the summer’s heat. (Absolutely way too hot.)
As some of us wait to break out those new, rain-proof Uggs and parka coats for the season, remember that the changes in our skincare routine are equally important as the changes within our wardrobe.
To avoid losing that gorgeous summer glow we worked so hard for, each of my beautiful Coogs should swap out those water-based products for simple, natural alternatives that’ll help lock in the body’s moisture. Moisture is typically lost due to cold temperature, winds and indoor heat, leaving our skin dehydrated. But it’s super easy and does not cost a fortune to prevent winter’s dry, chapped, flaky skin.
Here are a few inexpensive items you can implement into your skincare/beauty regimen to ensure your body’s protection from cold, harsh weather.
A few of these items can be found in your kitchen already, or will cost you no more than $12 at your nearest Trader Joe’s or Target:
- Serves as an humectant, a substance that draws in and locks moisture in place
- Loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other natural nutrients that helps nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin
- Coconut oil
- Penetrates hair shaft to condition and smooth cuticle
- Used in L.O.C. (leave in, oil, cream) method to help retain moisture for dry hair
- Can be used as a natural exfoliant
- Essential oils
- Natural botanical extracts
- Various uses for various oils; choose any that helps control skin’s oil production
- Lavender, rosehip seed, tea tree are a few popular essential oil scents
- Powerful antioxidant
- Helps promote regeneration of healthy skin cells while also preventing damage to existing ones
- Shea butter
- Helps lock in body’s moisture; can also add preferred essential oil for fragrance
- Contains anti-inflammatory agents
- Can also help protects skin from sun (this does NOT mean throwing out your sunscreen)
- Brown sugar
- Natural exfoliant; a softer alternative for skin versus refined, white sugar
- Natural glycolic acid helps condition, moisturize skin while also protecting it from toxins
- Adding with coconut oil, essential oils, and/or honey creates natural sugar scrub
Don’t let winter steal your glow. Each of us are capable of retaining our mositurized skin through the season changes by utilizing the simplest, natural ingredients.