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Green & Gorgeous: Natural Moisturizers for Winter Skin Care

Welcome to November’s edition of “Green & Gorgeous”! The first Friday of each month is devoted to all things beauty here at Simple Organic. Today, we’re talking about natural winter skin care routines.

Winter can be harsh on our skin. Between the cold and wind outdoors and the dry air indoors, we need a little extra TLC once the mercury drops in order to keep our largest organ in tip-top shape. Here are a few natural remedies for dry winter skin; the great news is that you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already.

Avocado Face Mask

Simply mix together a little mashed avocado and a few drops of olive oil. Massage gently into skin, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, D, and E.  Your face will soak up all that goodness and be much happier the next day.

Photo by Bruce

Pumpkin Face Mask

Who doesn’t have extra pumpkin around the house right now?  Here’s a way to use up some of that leftover pumpkin and a treat for your skin, all in one.

Combine two teaspoons pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon honey, and 1/4 teaspoon milk.

If you normally have dry skin, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar.  If you are usually on the oilier side, add 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar.

Massage gently into skin, allow to sit for ten or fifteen minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, as well as zinc. Some of the most expensive natural skin care brands use pumpkin in their masks, so save some money and go right to the source.

Coconut Oil Moisturizer

In the warmer months, I use jojoba oil as a moisturizer, but once the weather cools I need something a little stronger, especially as I’ve gotten older.  Enter the miracle oil: coconut oil.

Photo by Chandrika Nair

You can use coconut oil not only on your face, but over your entire body.  If you don’t use too much, it will absorb right into the skin without leaving any greasiness behind. Coconut oil is high in antioxidants and a great source of vitamin E. It is full of fatty acids that moisturize wonderfully. (You’re already using it in your deodorant, anyway, right?!)

Do you have any secrets for keeping your skin naturally healthy and soft during the winter months?

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  1. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Love these tips, Katie! All are news to me – especially the pumpkin puree. Who knew?!
    As the cold arrives, I can already feel my skin drying out. 🙁 Any tips for static hair?

    • Kara

      Well it’s not great for styled hair…but you can dampen your hands with water and run them over your “ponytail” (regardless if you actually have you hair in a ponytail, or if it’s down) avoiding your roots. It’ll help for a while. And if all else fails, braids avoid static pretty well.

      • Julia

        I rub a small amount of shea butter in my hands and pat down the ends of my hair, this helps with my static. Don’t over do it though.

  2. Kara

    I love these tips. I don’t know if I’ll do the masks, but I definitely want to try jojaba and/or coconut oil (not to mention that I love the smell of coconut!).

  3. Julia

    Oh, I love the mask suggestions! Now I just do baking soda mask followed by a honey mask.

    As for dry skin, I use olive oil on my body and it works great. I lather it on while my skin is still wet after showering and then pat dry with a towel – eliminating that oily feeling.

    For my face I use a half / half combination of cocoa butter and jojoba oil. I also use shea butter on my hands, feet, lips as needed.

    As a person who suffered from dry skin most of her life (to the point where if I didn’t put lotion on for a day my skin would itch so much it hurt) I am finally comfortable thanks to these oils and butters. I also try to drink loads of water and I cut out dairy and have noticed my acne has almost gone away.

  4. PatC

    I started using the coconut oil as a moisturizer about a month ago and just love it. My husband started using it on his arms about the same time but after a few days his arms were breaking out with tender sores. Any ideas for alternatives? Maybe mixing the oil with something else? I’d appreciate any ideas.

  5. Christine

    I use lanolin on my lips. It really helps them keep from cracking in the dry weather. Put it on at night, after you’re done with any kissing, because it’s a bit thick when you first put it on, but it really does the trick!

  6. Emily @ Live Renewed

    Love the ideas for the masks! A great way to indulge a little without breaking the bank, or using questionable products.

    I tried using coconut oil as a moisturizer for a while, but had a similar problem to what PatC is describing. My face broke out with these tiny bumps/sores around my eyes and mouth, kind of like pimples-but not really. It was so weird b/c I’ve heard so many great things about coconut oil. Any ideas why this might be?

    Right now I use jojoba oil, but have noticed that it’s not working quite as well since we turned the heat on in our house. I’ll have to try the cocoa butter/jojoba oil mixture that Julie mentioned!

  7. priest's wife

    I use a cool mist humidifier- that seems to help in the winter, too

  8. Jennifer

    I’m so excited to try the pumpkin face mask! I’ve always wanted to do an avocado mask, but my husband would not be okay with me “wasting” his favorite vegetable for beauty purposes 🙂 Pumpkin on the other hand, is totally okay…

  9. Kika

    Straight coconut oil and olive oil have not worked for me long-term; I think it is because winters here, in central Alberta, are quite long and harsh. Part way through winter I always give up and buy an organic body lotion. When baking, I rub any extra butter into my hands. My kids think I’m weird but it really moisturizes them.

  10. Sense of Home

    I love this natural moisturizer post, skin is our largest organ why would we want to put chemicals on it. Excellent!


  11. skin care

    In winter season dry wind makes our skin to lose moisture, so the upper most layer of skin become dull and dry and more prone to infections, allergies and wrinkle lines. Broken skin on the cheeks makes it itchy and sensitive.

    The moisturizers and cold cream available in the market contains chemicals which may cause allergy. So the natural cosmetics which are non allergic and baby soft to use can do wonders to achieving total skin care during winter season.

  12. Jessica

    My skin definitely get really dry in the winter. I can actually see the flakes if I don’t use the right products! Ever since I’ve been using the hydrating Repechage Hydra Dew Cleanser which is soap free and hydrating I can see a difference. I’m pretty sure it’s important too because dry skin leads to fine lines!

  13. Jenny Peickert

    I was reading your ideas on skin moisturizers. I am a redhead with fair/sensitive skin that begs for moisture all year round. I have found that coconut oil in the jar that is not refined, is gr8 for my skin. It warms to the touch and a little goes a long way! Thanks, Jenny

  14. Diane @ Natural Facial

    I love the masks. Have not tried the pumpkin mask yet. It sounds great though. I think I’ll that this weekend if I have time.

  15. Idayat ibrahim

    I love coconut oil but sometimes it cracks my skin but tanks 4 educating m

  16. Cynthia

    Many places that can be found that coconut and avocado extract that can be used as skin care remedy. You don’t have to waste amount to make beautiful you are. You don’t have to exposed it in yourself into cosmetic products that can be ruin in your skin too.

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