5 Tips to Combat a Winter Complexion + DIY Exfoliating Scrub Recipe

It happens to us all, middle of January hits and all of a sudden our skin starts to look sallow and our lips are shrivelled, chapped and lack-lustre. Looking in the mirror feels like you're looking into the eyes of a complete stranger. Until you're able to get your full July helping of Vitamin D here are a few tips to help you combat winter face. 

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. 

Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells right at the surface of your skin and is one of the most important parts of anyone's skincare routine. Exfoliating helps with the reduction of scars, improves your skins texture, evens out your skin tone and helps the rest of your skincare penetrate deeper for better results!

Here's my favourite exfoliating scrub recipe:

Steph's DIY Exfoliating Scrub: 

1 tsp raw sugar 

2 tsp avocado oil 

1 tsp natural honey 

Mix together until it turns into a paste, lather it on your t-zone, elbows, knees and knuckles. The sugar exfoliates while the avocado oil adds moisture. The honey is a special ingredient; it is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air into the skin and ensures it's retained it in the layers where it’s needed most. 

2. Moisturize 

After exfoliating it's essential that you moisturize your skin. Most moisturizers on the market have water as their first ingredient. Instead of using a product with diluted moisturizing properties I love the Crawford Street Essential Facial Oil for nighttime and the Crawford Street Face Cream for daytime under my makeup.

The Crawford Street Essential Facial Oil is made of the purest ingredients, it's enriched with argan oil, carotenes, antioxidants, ferulic acid, squalene and essential fatty acids. All powerful for revitalizing and rejuvenating skin. 

The Crawford Street Frankincense + Geranium Facial Cream is incredibly moisturizing, soaks into the skin immediately and leaves you with a fresh natural glow. Works seamlessly for me under makeup, and smells absolutely divine. 

3. Apply Lip balm, and repeat. 

Needless to say, lip balm is important! When my skin is dry and I've been spending too much time in front of a space heater my lips are the first things to take the punch. Dry chapped lips are a bummer, so apply lip balm! Our favourite lip balms are the ones from Malee By Nature. They're all-natural and contain only five ingredients: organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E. They moisturize and soak into the lips for a naturally plump look. 

4. Cream blush is your new best friend. 

Cream blush adds a natural "glow from within" to your skin that powder blushes can't do. Cream blushes tend to blend seamlessly into your skin as opposed to just sitting on top like a powder. To apply, use fingertips to dab it on the apples of your cheeks and blend upward across your cheekbones. I tend towards warmer tones when I'm trying to combat my winter complexion. 

(MAC Cream Colour Base: Nude, Becca Beach Tint: Watermelon, MAC Cream Colour Base: Vintage Rose, Rituel De Fille Cream Blush: Lovesick)

5. Drink more water. 

The first step to combat winter complexions is starting from the inside. Drink more water! 8-10 glasses of water a day will help you notice dramatic results in the look, feel and health of your skin. Combat dryness from within and drink water throughout the day and especially in the morning. Staying hydrated can combat aging, keep your skin looking supple, maintain your glow, and clear acne and patchiness. 

Hope these tips help you combat that dreaded winter complexion but also help you transform your skincare routine into a more natural and beneficial one all year long.