I understand – winter is brutal and the cold sends you running for shelter in the dorm after classes. You watch Netflix in bed and hide under piles of blankets, hoping to keep warm. The cold dries and cracks your skin. Even though you keep lip balm and hand cream in your backpack and slather it on throughout the day, your hands and lips still crack by the time you get back to the dorm. Here are some do-it-yourself tips to keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.
1. Take care of your face – Winter is a good time to start using face masks. Here is a recipe for you to make your very own face mask! Don’t worry, they are very easy to make: Mash together half of a banana, a tablespoon of orange juice and a tablespoon of honey together. Lather on a generous amount all over your face. Keep the mask on for 15 minutes and wash it off! If you want to use different ingredients, try oatmeal, egg yolk and honey, or even mash together an avocado.
2. Moisturize – Definitely continue to put cream on your face every day. Also, don’t forget that your hands, feet and body need moisturising, too! It sounds a little weird, but try microwaving two to three cups of milk and soak hands in it for ten minutes. I promise that the nutrients from the milk will revitalize your skin.
3. Don’t forget your lips – Flaky lips are not uncommon during the winter. Here’s a simple recipe for a lip scrub: combine a teaspoon of honey, two tablespoons of brown sugar, a dollop of lemon juice and a teaspoon of coconut oil into a bowl. Coat your lips generously, then wipe it off after a few minutes. Voilà – you’ll have soft lips all day!