The colder weather causes havoc on our skin. chapped lips, red noses, patchy makeup...all in all it's not particularly pleasant. This face mask is my go-to skin treatment every winter. It's simple to make with only 4 natural ingredients which also means it's mild and won't irritate your poor skin.
WARM WINTER FACIAL:
- 100g brown sugar
- 50g honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 Tbsp milk/cream (the higher the fat %, the better)
- Combine the sugar, honey and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Stir in a table spoon of milk/cream at a time to loosen the mixture. It should look a little runny but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring every so often. Heat until it is warm but doesn't burn your skin. It should be at a comfortably warm temperature when placed on the inside of your wrist.
- Apply generously to cleansed skin, gently rub into the skin to lightly exfoliate.
- Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. It won't dry in, it will stay wet.
- Rinse off with warm water, follow up with the rest of your skin care routine.
What does it do?
Brown sugar is a much gentler exfoliant than salt which won't pull moisure from your skin; in fact sugar is a great moisturiser on its own but it's easier to apply when made into a paste.. It's also a great cleanser which is great for reducing blemishes.
Honey traps moisture deep into the skin. It also has anti-bacterial properties too so it's great for soothing blemishes.
Cinnamon stimulates blood vessels, bringing fresh blood to the surface of the skin. This causes skin to plump up, improving the appearance of fine lines. Cinnamon has high anti-oxident properties which can help restore the shine and suppleness of skin.
Milk is great for soothing irritated skin. Full of fat, proteins, lactic acid and vitamins means that it is perfect for calming dry, irritated skin.
I love to apply this to my skin and then soak in the bath for a while. To make it even more luxurious I apply a cotton pad soaked in milk at room temperature to each eye and lie back and relax! Heating the mix will allow some of the sugar to disolve making it less abbrasive. The warmth will also open up for porea for deeper cleansing and soothing. This mix makes quite a lot so you can either store it in the fridge in an air tight container for a few days or you can use the left overs as a body scrub (which I love to do).
If you try out this mask don't forget to tell me what you think in the comments below. Have you got any more winter skin saving tips? I'd love to hear them!