Protecting and healing our winter skin

When I met Elsie and Dominika, the girls behind Clean Beauty Co., I immediately fell in love with them and their desire to change the way we look at beauty products. Similar to what we believe in at Maple & Fitz, Dom and Elsie are changing what we put on our bodies (instead of what we put into our bodies), one all natural recipe at a time. Experiencing their DIY beauty workshops hosted at our eatery I was certainly tempted to eat many of their beauty ingredients (whoops). Now that’s what I call CLEAN beauty.

Today marks the first cold day in London and I am sure my friends back home are starting to battle the great white north in Canada too! Here are Clean Beauty Co.’s tried and tested remedies for protecting and healing our dry winter skin.

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Olive Oil – Rich in antioxidants and many healthy fatty acids, it isn’t just good for your taste buds, but also great for your skin. Dab a thin layer under your regular moisturiser to enhance the nourishment or put together a face scrub of sugar, olive oil and honey for an exfoliating and moisturising treat.

Oatmeal – Not just for your winter porridge, oatmeal is a great addition to any beauty routine due to its high protein content, protecting the skin against water loss, maintaining moisture. It is also anti-inflammatory, so relieves itchiness and unpleasant sensations of dry, flaky skin. Put a cup of oats into a muslin cloth bag (or muslin cloth, tying it closed with a hair tie) and pop into your bath. The water will become lovely oaty milky texture, and it will get to work immediately on soothing your winter skin.

Milk – For those non-vegans, your ordinary organic whole milk is a great natural exfoliator and moisturiser. The lactic acid helps peel away dead skin cells and promotes the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Mix half a cup of milk with a half a cup of rosewater for a luxurious milky body wash guaranteed to leave you silky smooth.

Coconut Oil – Yes, yes, we’re never too far from giving our buddy Coco a shout out, but with good reason. High in fatty acids, this oil is rich and will nourish where your water heavy moisturisers can’t reach. Get a pot, lather all over, rinse in shower and you’re done. Or have a go at making our favourite Fuss-Free, the all-round beauty balm made of coconut oil, rosehip and jojoba.

Honey – This antioxidant, antibacterial, humectant wonder is one of the best natural moisturisers. High in Vitamin E, honey penetrates deep into the skin’s layers, providing long term moisturisation. Melt equal parts beeswax, honey and olive oil for a one-time use balm, focusing on dry areas like legs and elbows. Wash off in the shower.

In Winter, nourishing from the inside is just as important as from the outside, so make sure all of these foods are present in your diet to maximise on their healing properties.

P.S. The Clean Beauty Co ladies are launching their book soon too (CONGRATULATIONS!). Here’s a sneak peek of the cover….

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