This is definitely my favourite time of the year. The dark nights and cosy weekends fuelled with good food and good people. The Christmas lights lighting up the street and the feel of excitement in the air all around as the countdown begins for everyone’s favourite day.
As much as I love this season one thing that I hate, and it gets me every year is the dry skin that comes from the extreme change in weather. The harsh winds and heating that dries the air leaves my skin a flaky mess. Overnight it seems I go from soft and smooth to visible dry patches which I need to cream 3 times a day!
Rough Winter Skin
I’ve tried so many things from ‘miracle creams’ to sensitive skin products; but the only thing that I’ve found to work are homemade beauty products. The simplest ingredients added together to make a perfectly effective body scrub. And these are now the only products that I trust to help me shed my rough winter skin.
I only started to make my own products about a year ago. So far I’ve made a mint foot scrub, lavender exfoliator and a gorgeous Christmas cookie one. I’ve been wanting to try a new scent for a while now, and since it’s the season of warming spices and cosy evenings, I thought that this one should contain some of my favourite winter spices and smells. After spending a while sniffing my entire spice rack, I settled for two classics: cinnamon and ginger.
After I settled for a smell, all that was left was to create the base. All exfoliators need a basic base of something slightly rough to help shed the skin, like salt or sugar. And a little bit of oil to help soften the skin and to allow the salt/sugar to spread a little easier. In my opinion coconut oil is the best in terms of its beauty benefits, and it’s something that I always add to my homemade goodies.
In this one I used two of my favourite spices; cinnamon and ginger. They remind me of delicious winter cookies and are two flavours and smells that constantly remind me of the cosy feeling of the season. Simply mix all the ingredients together and you’re good to go. Apply to damp skin and rub in circular motions quite roughly so that the dead skin cells can be removed. Be careful and wash it off fairly quickly so that the dark colour from the spices does not stain your skin! I’ve found giving your self a light scrub with a sponge / bath lily is the best course of action if the cinnamon refuses to come off. Make sure it’s all washed off and pat your skin dry. Then apply your favourite moisturiser and enjoy your gorgeously soft new skin!
Super simple and easy to make I love this body polish. Scented and flavoured with cinnamon and ginger it’s the perfect cosy scrub for this time of year. Guaranteed to leave your skin looking and feeling flawless and smooth. Enjoy your silky skin smooth all season long.