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Winter Beauty Routine

Tips for Healthy Winter Skin and Hair

DIY Relaxing Massage Oil

The winters can be terribly drying, especially here in Colorado.  I have been living and dreaming in Colorado for the majority of my life and I know that the winters can be harsh on the skin and hair. So lets talk about the three main changes I make in my winter beauty routine. 

Number 1: Drink Up! 

It's dry in the winter…. Drink More Water. That’s obvious, I know, and has been repeated so many times; I know, but I still forget during the day. Are you drinking enough water? I have an old co-worker who always tells me "If your feeling thirsty its too late, get some water in ya girl". Now I just keep a water bottle everywhere I go. I have one in the car with me, I keep one at work and I keep one in my bag. If you can, please avoid plastic water bottles, and if not please remember to recycle them. I picked up my water bottle from Amazon. I like the Bubba brand because they have such a wide variety and they are very durable.  

Now that we're all going to be drinking more water, because we have water bottles all over; we can do things like eat more fruits and veggies that have a high source of water too. Some fruits are: watermelon, strawberries, peaches, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Some veggies are: celery, zucchini, cucumbers and lettuce. You need to nourish to flourish. 

Number 2: Oil Up!

 Everyone's skin is different and will react differently to a variety of products. I know you all know this too but sometimes we forget. I recommend trying all oils, butters, creams, lotions and serums on a small test patch of skin first. I do this a lot because I have sensitive skin. It responds better to natural products; oils and butters instead of lotions. When I do use lotions I always pick up one that is water based and for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin I recommend water based products. I am not an expert but doing this has helped improve my skin. In the hotter months I add a butter on top of the lotion. However, our focus is winter so lets talk about the DIY oil.  

Ingredients Include:

  •  A microwave safe bowl 
  • A Spoon 
  • 2 Tbs Avacado Oil 
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Oil, 
  • 3 drops Helichrysum Oil. For: scars, stretch marks, acne, varicose veins, tissue repair.
  • 2 drops Frankincense Oil. For: skin conditions, scars, relaxation, depression, anxiety, thyroid issues, trauma.  
  • 2 drops Lavender Oil. For: muscle tension, headaches, relaxing, reducing stress, and promoting sleep.  
  • Optional: 2 drops Jasmine Oil and 2 drops Geranium Oil. For fragrance, calming, and romance

Add all ingredients to the microwave safe bowl and heat it up for about 20-30 seconds (or until the coconut oil had liquefied). Then let it cool until it is comfortable to touch.

This oil is great for the skin and can double as a relaxing massage oil when you add in the optional ingredients. This works best for my skin needs and it is super relaxing. I use it at night after my shower (first I add a lotion/butter). I also like using the oil at night because as we rest our body repairs and I like to think I'm giving a little assistance. Tip: You can also switch out the essential oils to fit your own skin needs. 

 Number 3: Wrap It Up! 

This tip is mostly for my curly girls. I can only give personal tips on curly hair because that's what I'm working with. In the winter, we tend to have a lot more elements to deal with: the heater is blowing more often, we tend to wear more hats, dehydration and dry air outside. So we need to protect our hair a little more. Because I wear more hats and wraps in the winter, I'm able to deep condition more. In the winter I deep condition more frequently because my hair desperately needs it. To be honest on the days I run errands I will add my deep conditioner, put on a shower cap, then put on a scully or head wrap and go about my day. I get to add in an extra deep conditioning session without having to sit in the house all day doing my hair like a regular wash day. If I'm home for the day, just relaxing;  I keep the bonnet on. I don't want the heater drying out my hair and I don't want my hair rubbing on the couch.

I hope that my winter tips have helped or have given you some ideas. Again I state that I am not a beauty professional. I'm just sharing what changes I make in the winter that helps my skin and hair. 

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