DIY Skin Care For Winter Woes

The past few months of arctic temperatures and endless snow have been brutal for our skin. From the icy wind slapping our faces to heavy boots suffocating our feet, we're pretty sure we've landed on an all-time skin-care low. And, as we squeeze out the final drops of our moisturizers, we've realized it's time to take our routines to the next level. We need to give our skin what store-bought products cannot provide: homemade, DIY goodness.
So, we teamed up with Tina Judén, the director of LUSH Spas in North America, who taught us how to whip up indulgent skin-care treatments that are as effective as they are aromatic. Using common household ingredients, we blended and stirred until we had yummy concoctions to alleviate every single one of our skin complaints.
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Click through to learn about the creations.
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Peachy-Banana Face Mask
First thing's first: We have to do something about the sad state of our faces. The power players in this mask are bananas, peaches, and honey. Judén says, "Bananas are really emollient and soothing, while honey has humectant properties, which means it helps retain moisture and carries the nutrients from the mask into your skin."

Peaches are packed with vitamins A and C, which brighten the skin and help stimulate skin-cells turnover rate. Oh, and there's more. This mask also contains ground almonds for some gentle exfoliation, and there's no clay, so it's super soothing. The mask will leave a residue on your face, and Judén says to make sure not to wash it off — that residue will protect your skin against the cold.
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
What you'll need:
2 medium, ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of honey
1 fairly ripe peach
2 rounded tablespoons of ground almonds
Finely ground oatmeal

First, blend the bananas, honey, and peach together. Then, mix in the ground almonds, followed by the oatmeal. Use just enough oatmeal to make a paste. When you're ready to use it, apply it to your dry, clean face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water, and then go bask in your new glow.
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
Your Foot's New Best Friend
Foot masks are the beauty treatment we never knew we needed. This one in particular is warming — making it heaven sent for our poor, abused toes. "The warming sensation comes from the clove and cinnamon," Judén says. "And, those ingredients are also antibacterial and antiseptic, which is always good for your feet." The mask also contains glycerin and olive oil, so it's very moisturizing. The final bit of magic? Clay for extra cleansing and sea salt for gentle exfoliation.
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
What you'll need:
Clove buds
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon of glycerin
1 tablespoon of olive oil
4 to 5 tablespoons of bentonite clay (found in health food stores)
2 tablespoons of fine sea salt

First, crumble the cinnamon stick and mix it with the clove buds. Add boiling water and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Use a sieve to remove the clove and the cinnamon stick from the water. Mix six tablespoons of the infusion with the glycerin, olive oil, and clay. Stir it into a paste, and add the sea salt. If the mixture is too dry, add more glycerin. And, if you're looking for a more exfoliating experience, add more salt.

Apply the mask to your feet and leave it on for 10 minutes. Judén recommends wrapping plastic bags around your feet to keep it concentrated.
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Hand Savior
Is there anything worse than watching the skin on our hands wither and crack as February drags on? This hand mask is here to solve all of that. "Like the face mask, this will leave a humectant film on your hands to seal the moisture in," Judén says. "It's also really soothing, with almond oil and oats."
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
What you'll need:
1 slice of lemon
1 tablespoon of oats
1/2 tablespoon of glycerin
1/2 tablespoon of almond oil
1 tablespoon of ground almonds
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of bentonite clay

Place the lemon slice into a cup, and add boiling water. Let it infuse for 30 minutes, and then remove the lemon. Mix four tablespoons of the infusion with with the oats, and give it five minutes to sit. Then, mix in the glycerin, almond oil, ground almonds, and banana. Mix in the clay to get a pasty consistency.

Judén suggests applying this mask at night, after you do your evening routine. "After you rinse it off, use some of LUSH's Helping Hands lotion. In the morning, you'll have the silkiest hands."
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
The Simplest Spray
This super-simple almond toner is the perfect way to refresh your face, any time of day. It has almonds and glycerin, which work together to sooth and moisturize. Judén says, "It's a great thing to use after your cleanser and before your moisturizer. Or, you can carry it with you throughout the day as you go from hot to cold environments — it'll help prevent dryness and irritation."
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Photographed by Erica Gannett; Illustrated by Ammiel Mendoza.
What you'll need:
1 teaspoon flaked or ground almonds
1 teaspoon glycerin

Add some boiling water — about a mug full — to ground almonds. Filter it through a fine sieve, and add glycerin. Just be sure to use this within three days, and keep it in the fridge. (Keeping it refrigerated also means it'll be extra refreshing to spray your face with.)
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