Skin in winter has the tendency to become dry and flaky, but you can keep it glowing and hydrated with some fabulous vegan skincare tips.
- Wear a Mask
Unveil your skin’s healthy complexion by whipping up a few ingredients for a face mask that’s completely natural and good for your skin (no nasty chemicals!). A mask that will hydrate your skin is especially important to lock in the skin’s moisture during the cold months. Here's an easy recipe: mash up a banana and apply it to your face for about 20 minutes to smooth skin and give you an instant glow!
The cardinal rule for winter skin is to exfoliate regularly! You need to get rid of dead skin cells so that your skin doesn’t look dull. You can make your own exfoliating product with the use of oatmeal. Mix one tablespoon of oatmeal with three tablespoons of warm water. Stir it until the oats are soft, then massage the mixture all over your face to exfoliate it. After doing this for a few minutes, rinse it off with cold water.
An alternative to oatmeal is to exfoliate your skin with sugar granules. It’s really easy: simply mix three parts of sugar with one part of olive oil, then scrub away all the dry areas of your skin. Don’t forget your knees and elbows!
- Have Shorter Showers
Although you might think that hot showers will help to make your skin feel luxurious, hot water actually has the tendency to strip the skin of its natural oils, making it even drier! Have shorter showers and always lash on a moisturizer as soon as you step out. A good tip is to apply moisturizer when your skin is still damp, to further increase its moisture level.
- Drink up!
Drink lots of water throughout the day even if you don't feel thirsty to nourish your body and hydrate your skin. Also eat moisture-rich foods, such as cucumber, celery, tomatoes, cauliflower and watermelon that contain high water content. If you don't feel like a refreshing glass of water when you're freezing, drink water that's warm and add interesting bites of flavour to it, such as pieces of fruit or mint leaves to make your glass tastier.
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