Two natural beauty products to save your winter skin

Is winter causing you major skin woes? Try these natural beauty solutions to get back your glow.
Winter product reviews

By Rebecca Bailey for

This winter has had some bitter cold days, even in my beloved and typically mild Bay Area. Sitting next to my portable heater while working/blogging on my laptop was really doing a number on my skin. I started to incorporate some oils that are heavier than my usual argan, but still it wasn’t quite enough, even with plenty of hydrating on the inside. Although I had previously rejected the oil cleansing method as not the right thing for me, I thought maybe it was time for a seasonal change in my regimen. I took a short trip to the ultra-dry Lake Tahoe for my son’s hockey tournament, and between the outdoors and the cold/dry rink, the life was getting sucked right out of my face. But I was prepared, and came home looking better than when I left.

So what’s making the difference? Three things: coconut oil, a new balm, and a cream I’d forgotten about.

There’s been plenty of mention of the oil cleansing method (OCM) on this blog—where instead of using a regular cleanser, you rub in an oil and wipe it off using a warm washcloth. I started by trying coconut oil, and had some success. It feels wonderfully soothing on my skin, and easily takes off the mineral makeup I wear on a typical day. But I still needed something more…

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