My winter skincare regimen

Taking care of your skin in the wintertime can tend to be a little challenging. Normally we just want to douse ourselves in intensive moisturizer and not bother with anything else. And yes, we should totally use more moisture on our skin in the dry winter months, but having a balanced skincare regimen is super important.

To care for your beautiful face perfectly, means that you first must know what skin type you are. Here is a skin type chart to help find out how to best take care of it and what types of natural things complement it the most!

Now, after figuring out how your unique skin type is and what things work best for it, let’s jump into the 5 (ish) steps of optimally caring for it!

Step 1. Cleanse

Cleanse twice a day- morning and night. This helps to keep dirt and buildup out of your skin and also prep it for the rest of your skin care routine. Using an oil cleanser once to twice a week is also a good practice that leaves skin silky smooth and glowy and can actually combat oily skin and help moisturize it in the winter months.

What I do: I use *Young Living’s Orange Blossom charcoal bar for washing my face morning and night because I tend to have oily skin and I really love it. It makes my skin feel super fresh and clean and leaves me with a glow. Twice a week I oil cleanse with a homemade coconut oil and honey cleanser (recipe below) and it is so nice and rejuvenating especially when you do facial massage with it!

Extra tip: Charcoal bars can be drying, so if you have normal to dry skin, it’s probably not the best type of cleanser to use unless you already do and have good results with it. Natural gentle cleansers are typically great for the majority of skin types, but it depends on you and your preference! So find out what cleanser suits you the best and stick with that twice a day.

Coconut honey cleanser recipe ( makes 3oz.):

  • 5 tbs melted pure coconut oil
  • 2 tbs raw honey
  • 5 drops *YL essential oil ( lavender, manuka, lemon )

Mix together in a small mixing bowl and transfer to a small glass jar. Let it cool and harden ( you can speed up this process by placing it in the fridge for 20 min). Put a teaspoonful in your hand and rub all over face, gently massaging it in. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Use once or twice a week. Coconut oil has many beauty benefits, but it has also been know for some people to clog pores. I use it without a problem and I have oily skin, but just to be sure test it out first and see how your skin reacts.

Step 2. Tone

Toning balances skin’s natural pH and also helps to get rid of any leftover traces of makeup or build up. Once to twice a day is ideal.

What I do: I use apple cider vinegar 2x a day for my toner. It helps with my blemishes and acne, and also erases any residue leftover from buildup.

Extra tip: ACV in your skincare regimen can help fade blemishes and scars, and calm down acne. So it’s a total plus! And don’t worry, you’ll get used to the smell. If you aren’t adventurous enough yet to try it though, *Young Living has a wonderful gentle toner that is completely natural and infused with essential oils.

ACV toner recipe:

  • 2 tbs pure apple cider vinegar ( I use Bragg)
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 3 drops *Young Living essential oils of choice ( I use manuka )

Shake together well in a glass container with lid. To use, pour small amount on cotton pad or wash cloth and lightly swipe over entire face and neck, making sure to make a large circle around the eyes. Can be stored at room temp or in the fridge. A warning though, ACV is not the best for sensitive skin as it’s pretty strong so just do a patch test first.

Step 3. Exfoliate

Exfoliating twice a week scrubs off dead skin cells, meaning that new ones can grow in their place and rejuvenate your skin. Exfoliation also can help unclug pores and get rid of stubborn dirt and buildup.

What I do: I use the *Satin Mint Facial Scrub by Young Living made with apricot seed powder for gentle exfoliating and has a slight mintyness that leaves my skin refreshed and renewed.

Extra tip: I’ll also use the coconut honey cleanser mixed with Himalayan pink salt once in a while for a nice cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing trio all in one.

Click here for my honey clay face scrub recipe!

Step 4. Serum

A serum renews and rejuvenates skin and delivers a potent amount of nutrients and vitamins into it. In other words, a serum is what gives you a glow!

What I do: I absolutely love Young Living’s Renewal serum, made with orchid and lotus extract and an amazing floral blend of essential oils. It smells heavenly and visibly improves the appearance of my skin and leaves it looking radiant and healthy.

Extra tip: I also make my own glow serum when I don’t have the YL renewal serum on hand. There are so many ones that you can make, but I’m only listing the one that I’ve made so far and really enjoy. Also, using a jade roller with your serum helps to get the product into your skin farther, stimulate lymph node drainage, and help even skin tone and complexion.

DIY glow serum:

  • 1 tbs pure organic aloe vera gel
  • 1 tbs jojoba or sweet almond oil ( look at skin type chart at top of post for the best oil for you!)
  • 1 tbs rose water
  • YL essential oils: 5 drops geranium and 3 drops lemon

Mix everything together well in a small glass bowl then transfer to a 1oz dropper bottle. Use a small squirt in your hand and gently rub all over face and neck. I like to use my jade roller with it too!

Step 5. Moisturize

Last of all, moisturizing locks moisture into your skin, hydrating it and nourishing it. Skin that is too dry can actually break out easier and have more skin problems. Some people moisturize once or twice a day, but it’s up to your preference.

What I do: I make my own! I haven’t found a moisturizer that i have really liked yet, so I just make my own with a fatty oil that works best for my skin type and essential oils. I use my moisturizer just at night.

Extra tip: *Young Living has a wide selection of natural moisturizers ranging from light and liquidy to intensive and super creamy. All of them are 100% natural and pure. And they all smell amazing too!

My oil based moisturizer recipe:

  • small dropper bottle
  • fatty oil that works best for your skin type. I like to use jojoba and grape seed oil mixed together. ( skin chart at top of post)
  • 10 – 15 drops *Young Living EOs of choice. I love to put all the skin nourishing oils in mine like Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood, and more.

Fill your bottle 3/4 full with fatty oil of choice, then add in your EOs. Put lid on and gently roll bottle together in the palm of your hands to mix oils together. Use between a couple drops to a squirt and massage gently into your face.

*To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils, click here.

I hope that you benefited from what I do for my winter skincare regimen as well as how you can best care for your skin during the wintertime! Please comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or if you simply enjoyed this post! What does your winter skincare regimen look like?

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