We can feel the chill in the air as winter approaches and brings with it shorter days, drier skin, and a duller complexion. What can you do to maintain your summer glow? Actually there’s a lot of possibilities including coming in to see us for a Classic Facial (deep cleanse!), Vibradermabrasion (great exfoliation!) or Botox (being wrinkle-free is always an overall mood lifter!).
However, if you find yourself too busy to come see us, there’s also many DIY (do-it-yourself), all-natural remedies that are fun to do in the comfort of your own home. Of course we wouldn’t suggest that you replace your Blu Cocoon skin care services with these but instead try them in between treatments!
Exfoliate with a Cranberry Scrub
Whip this up for a natural exfoliation. Fruit enzymes help exfoliate dead skin and their acidity makes them a mild astringent. Crush 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen cranberries and mix with 1 teaspoon of almond oil, 2 teaspoons of honey, and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Massage the scrub onto the face and neck for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Moisturize with Coconut Oil
We’ve raved about coconut oil before on our Blu Cocoon Facebook page. This natural product keeps the skin insanely moisturized and does not contain petroleum jelly (which is a crude oil byproduct found in many store-bought lotions and creams). So if your current moisturizer isn’t up to snuff on your extra dry skin days, try some coconut oil to smooth and replenish. It’s also rich in vitamin E, which aids in the recovery of scars, burns, or general sun damage.
Keep Your Lips Kissable with Avocado Lip Balm
Dry winter weather can be particularly harsh on your lips. Use this homemade lip balm to keep your lips plump and pouty! Combine small amounts of the following: avocado oil, coconut oil, mango or shea butter with a little beeswax or carnuba wax. Find these ingredients at your local health food store.
Pumpkin Foot Scrub
Although your sandals may be tucked away for the winter, your heels (and we don’t mean “high heels”) still need some lovin’! A pumpkin foot scrub will exfoliate the rough patches while the almond oil will soften, hydrate and strengthen nails and cuticles. Finally, the coffee will get the blood circulating. You will thank us in the spring when you can slip back into sandals with ease! Mix 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of almond oil (or olive oil), 1 tablespoon of ground coffee beans and lemon juice squeezed from half a lemon. Scrub your feet, especially the heels! Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Store this scrub in the fridge for up to four days.