Fuck winter. It’s cold, windy, wet, dark, depressing, and every other negative adjective that you can possibly think of. Personally, winter’s two biggest offenses are thus: you can’t go outside with bare skin showing so you end up awkwardly holding your coat at the bar all night, and the lack of humidity and the wind deprive your beautiful face of all the moisture it needs. And make no mistake, that shits important. Without moisture our skin gets dry, which can cause it to look dull and flaky, and can also increase the frequency of impurities (pimples). Before you spend $$$ buying an expensive facial moisturizers, did you know that the food you already have in your kitchen (or can be bought quite cheaply at any grocery store) can also be used on your face? Lots of food have natural properties that help restore moisture in your face, and I’m about to tell you which ones are the best to smush on your face.
If there’s one food that can make any type of skin look better when applied to the face, it’s oatmeal. Known primarily for its anti-inflammatory properties, oatmeal reduces redness and soothes minor irritations, such as a mild suburn. Oatmeal is also chock full of nutrients that can help restore your skin to a natural balance and make your skin look more luminous than ever.
When combined with water, milk, honey, or yogurt, oatmeal can be used as an exfoliator (great for getting rid of blackheads!) or as a paste that is applied to the face as a mask.
Remember the milk bath Charlize Theron took in Snow White? Turns out she wasn’t crazy but actually proscribes to a beauty regime that dates all the way back to Queen Cleopatra. Milk contains lots of nourishing vitamins and fatty acids that help skin become more soft and supple. When applied to the skin, milk can soothe any dryness and irritations and remove dead skin cells to make your face glow and look healthy. If you have sensitive skin, milk can also act as a very gentle exfoliator.
There are a few different ways to apply milk to your skin. You can bathe in milk (half diluted with water if you’d like), dip a cotton ball in milk and rub on your face, or you can make a paste out of powdered milk and water.
Honey is an antibacterial natural moisturizer that can be used on any and all skin types. The famed honey mask is known for reducing the appearance of acne and for repairing any damage done by sores or scars. Some people swear it has anti-aging properties, and while I can’t attest for that, I will say that it’s an excellent moisturizer and a great way to combat any dry skin you get in the winter. Best of all, honey is all-natural and comes from the Earth, so it’s gentle and won’t damage your skin.
All you need is around a teaspoon of honey to rub over your skin like a mask, and warm water to wash it off with. You can either wash the honey off immediately or leave it on for a few minutes to allow the nutrients to soak into your skin.
4. Brown Sugar
Brown sugar is an excellent exfoliant for your skin because it’s all natural and will ensure that you won’t irritate your skin when used as a face wash. Over time, dead skin cells build up on your face and if they are not removed, your skin will end up looking dry, flaky, and dull. Removing the dead skin cells (exfoliating) will allow your skin to shine, become more supple, and feel more smooth. Brown sugar is also an ideal scrub to use on your face because it is gentle and has moisture, which won’t leave your skin dry after you wash it.
You can combine brown sugar with either yogurt or warm water to create a paste, and then gently rub over your skin in small, circular motions.
Avocados are a remarkable way to maintain beautiful and healthy looking skin. Rich in vitamins A, D, and E, avocados help keep in moisture and leave your skin looking radiant and soft. Avocados also are known for being able to soothe minor irritations and minimize the appearance of eczema and redness. The fatty oils abundantly located in avocados help to nourish the skin, maintain an even skin tone, and can even fight off the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage. Bonus: eating avocados also helps to keep your skin clear and beautiful!
Simply mash a ripe avocado with some milk, yogurt, or oatmeal and apply to your skin. It’s recommended that you leave the mask on your face for 10-15 minutes, to fully allow the vitamins to be absorbed into your skin.
Besides doing wonders for your body and health when eaten, yogurt also does amazing things for your skin when applied as a facial mask. Full of moisturizing nutrients, yogurt fights acne, can relieve minor skin damage from the sun, reduces the appearance of an uneven skin tone, and can help prevent premature aging. Yogurt’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties are excellent at preventing breakouts and minimizing the appearance of acne scars.
To use on your face, apply plain yogurt to your skin a few times a week and leave on for anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
Rich in potassium, bananas are very helpful in fighting acne and removing the appearance of dark spots on your skin. Its extremely gentle properties mean that it can be used on even the most sensitive of skin without any side affects or minor irritations. When applied to the face, bananas create soft and smooth skin, and its vitamins also help to keep the face perfectly moisturized. Bananas also have anti-bacterial properties which can reduce any swelling or redness.
Bananas should be mashed up and left on the face for 10-15 minutes, and they can also be mixed with honey, avocado, milk, or oatmeal.