Winter Skin Care and Essential Oils

Baby!  It’s cold outside!  Every winter when ole Jack Frost arrives, he brings plenty of cold, windy, and dry air with him. Which is bad news for our skin. Especially our faces, as it remains constantly exposed and takes the full brunt of the miserable weather. Winter months still require sunscreen–so keep protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays, but now you need to ensure you’re adding extra hydration and protecting your skin from those cold, dry winds that can burn and chap sensitive skin.

Amp up your skin care routine this winter and say goodbye to dry, flaky skin. There are two important steps that should be the basis of your winter time skin care routine and both are critical to keeping your skin soft and hydrated during the cold winter months.

  1. Exfoliate. Flakes be gone! Remove all those dry skin cells that get flaky and build up on your face. You don’t want any barriers preventing the absorption and penetration of your moisturizer. Removing the dead skin cells will also help with your make-up application and ensure your skin your looks polished and glowing.
  2. Moisturize. Your evening routine should always include cleansing and moisturizing. After you have exfoliated your skin and removed all of the dry skin cells, apply a a rich moisturizer.

A thick, creamy moisturizer that contains shea butter, jojoba oil, argan oil, or coconut oil is a great choice for winter skin care. To increase the benefits of these moisturizers, you can also add a few drops of essential oils. For a great DIY body lotions and body butter recipes, check out our recipes at DIY Bath & Body. You can also customize any of the recipes by using your favorite essential oils. A single batch recipe will make several jars, so be sure to share! Jars of rich handmade moisturizers make great gifts for friends and family.

Five Essential Oils for Winter Skin Care

Lavender

Lavender is wonderful for soothing and softening.  It also works well for treating psoriasis,  reducing scars from  burns, or stretch marks. Lavender can be applied topically by applying 2 to 3 drops directly to the affected area.

Cedarwood 

Cedarwood is a great addition to skin care.  It is not only soothing and moisturizing, but its antibacterial properties also work great for treating acne. This non-drying oil can be used on either dry or oily skin. While it can be applied topically, it should be diluted in either a carrier oil or moisturizer for sensitive skin.

Frankincense

Frankincense offers numerous benefits to skin care.  It can be used as an astringent to protect skin cells, or applied to even out skin tone or to treat or fade age/sun spots or stretch marks.  It treats acne and reducing the appearance of large pores. It also increases elasticity and can tighten and firm skin and wrinkles.  Dilute in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil and apply directly to the skin.

Geranium

Geranium was used by the Egyptians for skin care.  It has antiseptic properties for wound healing and reducing inflammation. It is a great oil for treating acne, eczema, or dermatitis.

Myrrh

Myrrh is another essential oil that has been used for centuries.  It has antibacterial and antifungal benefits, ideal for treating wounds and skin irritations.  It also can soothe dry, cracked skin.  Add a few drops to your moisturizer to maintain healthy, hydrated skin.

Patchouli

Patchouli is commonly used in skin care and considered one of the best natural remedies for acne, eczema, and dry, cracked skin. It offers many cell-rejuvenating properties (anti-aging qualities) that reduce the appearance of scars , wrinkles, and inflammation. You can add to your moisturizer, body lotions, skin cleanser and even to your shampoo to help condition the scalp and control dandruff.