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Winter Glow: Mastering Your Natural Skincare Routine for Radiant Skin

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Winter brings a unique set of challenges for our skin. The drop in temperature, coupled with lower humidity levels, can leave our skin feeling dry, tight, and in desperate need of nourishment. To keep your skin glowing all season long, it’s crucial to adapt your skincare routine to meet these changing needs. In this week’s self-care challenge, we’ll dive into creating an easy, natural, and sustainable winter skincare routine that will keep your skin healthy and radiant.

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As winter sets in, the combination of cold air, harsh winds, and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your skin. These factors strip away the skin’s natural moisture, leading to dryness, flakiness, and even irritation. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that the skin's protective barrier becomes compromised during colder months, making it more susceptible to environmental aggressors and dehydration .



To counteract the harsh effects of winter, your skincare routine needs to focus on hydration, nourishment, and protection. Here are the essential steps to build a natural winter skincare regimen:

1. Gentle Cleansing

Start your routine with a gentle, hydrating cleanser. Look for ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile that cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers with sulfates that can exacerbate dryness.

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2. Exfoliation – But Not Too Much

Exfoliating is key to removing dead skin cells and allowing your products to penetrate better. However, during winter, it's important to be gentle. Opt for a natural exfoliant like a homemade honey and oatmeal scrub. Mix one tablespoon of honey with two tablespoons of ground oatmeal, and gently massage onto your skin once or twice a week.

3. Hydrating Toner

A hydrating toner can help prep your skin for better absorption of moisturisers and serums. Rose water or cucumber toner can be excellent natural options that soothe and hydrate the skin.

4. Deep Moisturisation

Moisturising is the cornerstone of winter skincare. Choose a rich, natural moisturiser that contains ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients provide deep hydration and help to lock in moisture.

5. Nourishing Facial Oils

Adding a facial oil to your routine can provide an extra layer of protection against the harsh winter elements. Rosehip oil and argan oil are fantastic natural choices that nourish the skin and restore its natural glow.



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DIY Avocado and Honey Face Mask

Avocado is rich in healthy fats that nourish and hydrate the skin, while honey is a natural humectant that helps retain moisture.


  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  1. Mash the avocado until smooth.

  2. Mix in the honey.

  3. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


DIY Soothing Oatmeal Bath

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An oatmeal bath can soothe dry, itchy skin and provide much-needed hydration.


  • 1 cup of plain oatmeal

  • A few drops of lavender essential oil (optional)


  1. Blend the oatmeal into a fine powder.

  2. Add the oatmeal and essential oil to a warm bath.

  3. Soak for 15-20 minutes and enjoy the soothing effects.



With the rise of 'skinimalism' and the focus on using fewer, but more effective, products, your winter skincare routine should embrace simplicity and efficiency. Opt for multi-purpose products that can address several skin needs at once. For example, a moisturizing serum that also contains antioxidants to protect against environmental damage.



Creating a natural and sustainable winter skincare routine is all about understanding your skin’s needs and adjusting your regimen to provide optimal care. By incorporating these tips and DIY recipes, you can maintain a healthy, radiant complexion throughout the colder months. Join us next week for another self-care challenge that will help you nurture your well-being from the inside out.

Remember, your skin is a reflection of your overall health and self-care practices. Embrace the winter chill with confidence, knowing your skin is well-protected and beautifully cared for.


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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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