Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the sun. I can remember being dropped off at the city pool as a middle schooler and spending the entire day there, playing in the chlorinated water, laying out in the sun in a bikini, and slathering myself with glittery, perfumed tanning oil.
The goal was to get out of the house, hang out with my friends, and be super tan because, well… that was the cool thing to do. And in middle school, I definitely wanted to be cool.
Now-a-days, I’m regreting all that time I spent baking in the sun. First of all, tanning can damage the skin in ways you don’t see for years. Unfortunately, I’m just now starting to see signs of sun damage creep across my skin. Plus, I’m getting older which means my skin is changing, and that brings a whole other set of issues to deal with.
Today, I’d like to share my winter skin care routine with you (complete with lots of DIY recipes, if you’re interested).
If you, like me, have minor signs of sun damage and your skin is maturing (did I really just say that!) then hopefully you’ll find these recipes as helpful as I do! And definitely read all the way to the bottom of this post. I’m sharing a sneaky way I feed my skin and you could win some of that sneakiness for yourself!
To DIY or Buy
Before I get into my actual winter skin care routine, let me quickly talk about how I decide whether to make my own homemade skin care products or to buy them.
1. Makin’ A List
The first thing I do is start by making a list of all the skin care products I need for a set period of time. Next, I mark off anything that I currently have on hand, and what’s left is what I either need to make or buy.
2. Is It Cost Effective?
Next, I ask myself whether the products I’m considering making and/or buying are cost effective. By this, I mean that I compare the cost of making the product myself versus the cost of buying the product.
My costs in making product myself includes the total cost of supplies (materials and shipping) and my time. The cost of buying the product include the product cost and shipping or gas money to go get it. More often than not, making my own products is more cost effective than buying them, especially because I’m looking for pure, organic, skin care ingredients and buying ingredients in bulk always saves me money.
3. Do I Have Time?
The next thing I do is check my weekly planner to see how busy I am. If I’m super busy and can’t find time to make something that I need quickly—I tend to buy it. But, if I can find an hour or two to schedule in making my own skin care products, I prefer to do that. And yes, I have to schedule it into my planner. If I don’t, I either forget about it or other things get put in it’s place.
And that, my friend, is how I determine whether to make my own homemade skin care products or to buy them.
My Winter Skin Care Routine
When it comes to sticking with a skin care routine, I’m really lazy. But like I said earlier, I’m creaping up in age, and I realize that I need to start doing a better job taking care of myself if I want to be a hot old lady some day.
Can I get an “Amen!”
Winter, with all that cold weather, can be really tough on skin. Personally, my skin is drier in the winter, mainly because we heat our home with a woodstove which dries the air out something terrible. (Don’tcha just love my southern phrases!) That means that the majority of my winter skin care routine is centered around keeping my skin moisturized!
Below, you can see what my winter skin care routine is looking like these days. I’ve divided things up into daily, weekly, and monthly sections. I’ve also included links to the DIY recipes I’ll be using this year as well as links to similar products if you prefer to buy them!
- stay hydrated with water
- daily collagen supplement (BUY)
- gentle exfoliation at night (BUY)
- essential oil face serum (DIY or BUY)
- all-over body butter (DIY or BUY)
- gentle facial scrub (DIY or BUY)
- facial steam (DIY or BUY)
- sugar scrubs in shower (DIY or BUY)
- winter foot butter (DIY or BUY)
And there you have it. My winter skin care routine to keep my skin moisturized, nourished, and healthy!
Now, before I go, let me quickly share one more sneaky thing I’ve been doing recently (and will continue doing) to help feed my skin and keep it healthy.
A Sneaky Way To Get Better Skin
If I’m honest, the only thing that motivates me to get out of bed in the morning is knowing there’s a cup of coffee waiting for me in the coffee pot.
It’s certainly not the four hungry bellies that are asking for breakfast!
Oh, no. I’m totally thinking of myself when I crawl out of the bed!
“Move it kid! You know where the cereal is.” (Joking… sort of.)
With that said, I recently started adding my collagen supplement to my coffee every morning, and I’m amazed at how easy it is to remember to take it!
When it comes to supplements, I often forget to take them unless I keep them in a place where I’m reminded of them. For me, that place is by the coffee pot. It’s the first thing I see in the morning (and sometimes again in the afternoon) so it helps to remind me to take my supplements.
Collagen not only supports younger, firmer skin, but it benefits your joint and gut health as well as helps balance inflammation and your metabolism! Hydrolized collagen is odorless and tasteless, and the kind I buy is from healthy, grass-fed cows which means it’s healthy for me.
I simply add a scoop into my morning coffee, it instantly disolves, and I drink it down. It’s as easy as that.
Now, if you’d like to sneak some additional skin food into your diet, enter the giveaway below!
Win Some Hydrolyzed Collagen from Perfect Supplements!
I’ve teamed up with Perfect Supplements to offer you the chance to win a bottle (1.5 pounds – 60 servings) of their grass-fed Hydrolyzed Collagen.
This giveaway will run from Friday, November 25th, to Wednesday, November 30th. One winner will be chosen at random via rafflecopter. The winner will be announced right here on the giveaway form on Thursday, December 1st, and the winners will receive a confirmation email from me. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours another winner will be chosen in their place. The giveaway is open to US and International residents.
There are several options for entering… nothing is mandatory so only use entries you feel comfortable with. Entries vary in their value… some get your name in the bucket more than others! Some entries are 1-time entries and others you can do on a daily basis. Remember, the more entries you have, the better the chance you have of winning!
Good luck and above all – have fun!! I know you’ll love this healthy skin supplement as much as I do!
So tell me… what does your winter skin care routine look like? Share your routine, winter skin care tips, and DIY recipes with me in the comment section below!
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