vacationathome1It’s winter where I live and that means harsh weather for lovely faces. Those who know me know that I tend to be a minimalist–if it requires a ton of effort I may not keep up with it. For everyday use, you can pick a cleanser appropriate for your skin type and use that. I’m fond of Angels on Bare Skin.

Also important is daily moisturization and sun protection. Your needs may change throughout the year. For the most part, I prefer a nice light moisturizer year round. Occasionally, I will use an oil as opposed to a lotion or a cream with Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil being my favorite. The important thing is to find whatever works best for your skin to keep you looking and feeling your best.

For an extra special facial treat, you can learn to make your own facial cleansers and moisturizers. A simple scrub to exfoliate can be created from sugar and olive oil. Be sure to aviod your eyes and rinse well after scrubbing. An easy mask can be made from oatmeal and water–massage on, let dry, and rinse well.  An easy moisturizer can be made from glycerine and water. I like to use a little rose flower water to create a lovely scented lotion.

Whatever you choose to use, be sure to allow yourself the time to focus on you. Even just a few minutes in the morning can help you feel refreshed, energized, and ready to start your day.