‘Tis the season to be Jolly. Also chapped, dry and itchy.  I love a cold Christmas as much as the next gal, but the dry, rough skin that comes with it is definitely not my idea of a bonus! Luckily, boys and girls, the winter season is the perfect time for some of the most nourishing ingredients you can find for skin care!  I’ll let you in on a few secrets, consider it my Christmas gift to you.

Pumpkin and Honey mask

This mas is packed with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal compounds.  It’s the ideal treatment for sensitive skin or those with Rosacea. It is also great for slowing the aging process by helping protect the skin’s natural collagen.

1/4 Cup mashed Pumpkin Pulp (canned is alright also)
1      Tbsp. Honey

Combine ingredients until smooth. Apply in the evening when you have enough time to dedicate 20 minutes to just relaxing. Be warned, this mask is very sticky and messy, so I would suggest wearing an old tee-shirt. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Your skin will not feel squeaky clean as with most masks because this mask super-hydrates the skin. Apply once a week, or whenever your skin is feeling irritated or in need of pampering.

Cranberry Face Scrub

Cranberries are loaded with a type of polyphenal anti-oxidant, and Ellagic acid. Ellagic acid blocks the formation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which destroys the skin’s natural collagen. Applying ellagic acid topically may help prevent wrinkles!

1/4 Cup Cornmeal
2      Tbsp. Cranberries, freshly crushed
1       Tbsp. Buttermilk
2       Tsp. Honey

Blend all ingredients with a fork. Massage the scrub onto your face and neck for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water.  Apply to clean damp skin once or twice a week.

Peppermint Patty Foot Scrub

Peppermint has menthol in it, which is both soothing and energizing. Peppermint also has antibacterial properties that fight infections and odors. You can also massage this into tired sore legs for an added mood lift.

3      Drops Peppermint Essential oil
1/2 Cup Fresh mint, minced
1      Cup Coarse Sea Salt
5      Tbsp. Olive Oil
1       Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

Combine in a small bowl.  Soak feet in warm water 10-15 minutes before scrubbing. Starting at your toes, knead the scrub into your skin in small, circular motions with your fingers. Work over the entire sole, concentrating on rough patches.

Cinnamon Sugar and Spice Body Scrub

Give your circulation an energizing boost that will make your skin glow! Cinnamon is naturally very stimulating and, as an added bonus, it has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that may help keep back acne at bay! 

1      Cup Raw Sugar
1/4 Cup Walnut Oil
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Combine and spoon into a container that you can keep in the shower. Use circular strokes to massage a few tablespoons all over your wet body before rinsing clean.

Apple Juice Toner

Acetic Acid acts as a mild astringent and antiseptic to keep pores clean and bacteria free, while Malic acid, an antioxidant, shields skin from environmental toxins.

1/4 Cup Apple Juice (home made or store bought)
4      Tbsp. Witch Hazel

Pour into a clean bottle. Use a cotton pad to swipe over your freshly washed face morning and night. If you are prone to dry skin, stick to only once a day.

The beauty of these recipes:  All of these ingredients are usually found around the house already at this time of year. Those that aren’t, are inexpensive and long lasting!