Between the stress of the year that has built up, falling temperatures and the holiday season often filled with excesses, you need to take care of yourself!
Get into cosy mode with our 5 cocooning and wellness home treatments for the winter…
Winter, the ideal time to take care of yourself
Although self-care should have a place in your life all year round, winter is a particularly good time for cocooning. So start by taking out the candles and the plaid to get you in the mood! Your skin and your morale need a good start for this new year, so it’s the ideal time to activate the cocooning mode with adapted, natural and homemade care products…
A cocooning routine for your face
Treatment number 1: a mini hammam for your face
If the hammam is an ancestral beauty ritual in many cultures, it is not for nothing! Indeed, the heat released relaxes your skin and allows you to open your pores to more easily free your skin from toxins and impurities that may have been lodged there. Between pollution and cosmetics, your skin needs deep and gentle cleansing from time to time.
- Boil 1 litre of water and carefully pour it into a suitable bowl or salad bowl. Add 2 drops of lavender essential oil if you have combination, oily or blemished skin. Lavender has healing and soothing properties that will do your skin the most good. If you rather have normal skin, choose tea tree essential oil to gently purify your skin. Bend your face over the container for 10 minutes and cover your head and the bowl with a towel or tea towel.
Treatment number 2: a gentle facial scrub
Now that the pores of your skin are wide open, it’s the perfect time to exfoliate. But be careful, it’s not a question of attacking your skin with a toning scrub, but rather of continuing to gently cleanse it. A gentle exfoliation will suffice to remove dead skin and possible impurities. Mix 2 teaspoons of olive oil or honey with a good tablespoon of coffee grounds. Apply the mixture to your skin, taking care to avoid fragile areas such as the eye area, and massage in small circles for several minutes. Then rinse with clear water. If you wish to continue this routine by applying a mask, rinse your face with lukewarm water. Cold water will close your pores and make them less receptive to the mask that follows.
Treatment number 3: a moisturizing mask
Your skin needs good hydration all year round, but this is even more true in winter. Temperature differences between the outside and inside, combined with the dryness of the air caused by heating systems, can dry out your skin, making it harder for it to defend itself against possible external aggressions. Once you’ve done your gentle exfoliation at home, it’s time to move on to the moisturizing mask. And because each skin type has different needs, it’s important to adapt your mask :
- Normal skin: mix a crushed banana with a teaspoon of honey and apply the mixture to your facial skin, taking care to avoid the eye area. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with clear water;
- Dry skin: nourishing, anti-oxidant and rich in vitamins, egg yolk is the ally of dry skin. Mix an egg yolk with a few drops of sweet almond oil (or olive oil) and apply all over the face, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes and rinse with clear water;
- Sensitive skin: sensitive skin needs to be nourished deeply and gently, so apply a mixture of avocado flesh and creamy olive oil for 15 minutes and rinse with clear water ;
- Combination, oily or blemished skin: mix an egg white with a drizzle of lemon juice and whisk together. The clarifying action of the lemon and the tightening effect of the egg white combine perfectly for taut, healthy skin and a healthy glow. Apply the mixture to your face, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with clear water.
Our healthy glow tip: Remember to place two slices of fresh cucumber on your eyes while your mask is on, to deflate your tired eyes!
Coconut oil: the ally of your winter cocooning routine
Treatment number 4: a body scrub for soft, moisturised skin
Because it’s not just your face that needs to be pampered in the winter, we’ll move on to the body with a natural and (very) easy to do homemade body scrub. Mix cane sugar with coconut oil in a jar until you get a paste that is easy to apply. In the shower, gently rub the mixture into the skin all over your body in circular movements, from bottom to top to activate your blood circulation. Then rinse with clear water. This scrub is effective for removing accumulated dead skin and also for moisturizing your skin. You’ll notice a thin film of coconut oil remaining all over your body when you get out of the shower. Pat yourself dry with a towel. Now all you have to do is wrap yourself up in a cozy pair of pyjamas and a pair of socks and let the coconut oil do its work overnight!
Treatment number 5: Intense hydration for your hair
Like your skin, your hair is subject to many external aggressions and can be weakened. It is therefore time to provide them with intense hydration thanks to coconut oil, the good fairy in your bathroom. Enjoy a day of rest in front of a good film or make this mask in the evening. Apply coconut oil on all your lengths and don’t be afraid to be generous. Then tie up your hair or wrap it in a warm towel. Leave on for at least 1 hour, or even overnight for optimal effectiveness. Then shampoo your hair as usual. You’ve got well-moisturized hair, ready to face winter.