For you winter may be about fluffy sweaters and cozy scarves, but for your skin, it’s a nightmare. The face in particular bears the brunt. Chapping, cracking skin, dullness and an absolute lack of moisture are, unfortunately, common. We bring our pick of 7 winter facials that will rehydrate and keep your skin baby-soft all season long!
1. Nutty Scrub
Ideal for normal to oily skin, this face scrub can be conjured up in a pinch! Crush half a cup each of almonds, aniseed, methi seeds, flaxseed, walnut, and sesame seeds into a fine paste.
Usage: Mix with mildly lukewarm water or rosewater, apply to face, leave on for 2 minutes before scrubbing off with lukewarm water.
2. Almond-Cornmeal Scrub
Perfect for very dry skin. Mix half a cup each of roughly grounded almonds, cornmeal, sugar, jojoba and coconut oil with a tablespoon of honey, add 6 drops each of lavender oil and carrot juice.
Usage: Scrub gently in circular motion for 5-7 minutes. Pour some hot water on skin if mixture dries up during usage. Pat dry after washing off and use a moisturizer after that.
3. Avocado and Olive Oil scrub
This one revitalizes skin with its rich Vit E content. De-seed a ripe avocado, mash it to a fine paste. Add in a tbsp of olive oil.
Usage: Apply paste evenly to face. Let dry for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with cool water.
4. Oatmeal mask
For glowing soft, glowing skin, mix ½ spoon each of oatmeal, milk and water, let it soak.
Usage: Apply gently to face, leave for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
5. Cocoa mask
Oily skin during winters faces peculiar issues, especially the kind with an oily T-Zone. To counter this, mix ½ tbspn cocoa powder, 1 tbspn each of besan and honey along with 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
Usage: Apply paste gently to face and wash after a few minutes.
6. Banana-coconut oil mask
Ideal for a gamut of skin problems in the winter, this unusual face mask is perfect! Mash up a banana with a spoon of coconut oil, mix well.
Usage: Apply all over face, massage well. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash with cold water.
7. Refreshing Orange Scrub
The zesty fragrance of this scrub rejuvenates the senses while the citrusy goodness is a wonderful treat for dry skin. Mix 1/4th part orange juice with 2 spoons cornmeal to form a paste.
Usage: Wash face and scrub gently and wash off after 3 minutes. Follow up with a mild moisturizer.