Months of bone-chilling temperatures, whipping winds, and dark days can take their toll on everything from your skin to your mood. So we found pampering treatments that harness the beautifying powers of ingredients you already have at home — no need to even step outside! Here, the easy recipes to soothe your skin and your soul, stat.
Calm rashy skin with a coconut-eucalyptus ‘ointment.’
Ease the redness and irritation that comes with flare-ups from winter skin ailments like rosacea, windburn, bacne, and eczema with this skin-soothing salve.
- 1 Tbs. coconut oil
- 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
To do: Mix ingredients in a bowl and apply to areas where skin is irritated. Relief is instant, but use two to three times a week for long-lasting results.
Why it works: “Eucalyptus essential oil is packed with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that soothe and heal inflamed skin,” says medical aesthetician Holly Cutler. “And coconut oil’s antioxidants help repair and protect skin’s barrier to ward off future flare-ups.”
Slim a puffy face with a light coffee compress
This “energizing” compress shrinks puffiness around the face for slimmer in seconds!
- 1⁄4 cup brewed coffee, at room temp.
- 1 Tbs. coconut milk
To do: Mix ingredients together in a bowl, then saturate a small washcloth in the liquid. Place on top of the face, relax for 5 minutes, then rinse skin right after.
Why it works: Coffee is a diuretic that helps flush away the fluids that make the face look puffy, says Cutler. And when paired with coconut milk (its vitamin C promotes collagen production), skin will look more taut so the face appears less swollen. Bonus? The compress de-puffs under-eye bags too!
Tame static-prone strands with an aloe leave-in
The season’s static-causing flyaways threatening to sabotage your everyday hairstyle? Spritz strands with this nutrient-rich treatment to thwart them!
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 1/2 cup water
To do: Pour the water and aloe vera gel into a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Mist onto hair (damp or dry) and comb through.
Why it works: The water helps rehydrate dry strands (one of the causes of static), and moisturizing aloe penetrates the shaft to help lock that water in, says hairstylist Vernon François, who’s worked with Angela Bassett and Serena Williams. Even better? The plant’s gel seals hair’s cuticle to fight frizz, helping strands lie flat all day.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.