Five top DIY winter skincare tips


olive tree with olivesBlimey, look at that… it’s blue sky. It’s a bright, sunny day down in Brighton and looking in the bathroom mirror this morning, in the lovely sunlight, I’ve noticed I’m looking grey, dull and winter-worn. My skin could do with a tonic. In fact all of me could!

I could easily spend a small (or large) fortune buying skincare stuff at regular prices. I could use our discount codes to pick up fabulous pampering products, which I’m going to do. Or I could make my own, which I’m going to try this evening. I’m not sure which to tackle yet but I’ve found a list of five to choose from. Here they are, all easy to make and wonderfully effective.

A DIY sugar scrub for tired, wintery skin

If, like mine, your knees and elbows are all rough and scaly, a sugar scrub is the perfect way to return them to smooth softness: less builder, more princess! Here’s how to make your own with stuff most of us have lying around the house.

  • one eggcup of sugar
  • half an eggcup of olive oil (or coconut oil if you prefer)
  • add a tiny squirt of perfume just to make it feel luxurious, or add a couple of drops of essential oil
  • mix it up
  • smooth it on your skin and rub it in circles
  • wash off withwater
  • dry and moisturise with a spot of olive oil

Ancient Roman olive oil tricks

The Romans used olive oil to clean their skin, rubbing it on then scraping it off to remove the dirt. They must have been a shiny, sticky bunch but it’s an excellent moisturiser as long as you use it sparingly. Shake a few drops into the palm of your hand and rub it into just-showered or bathed skin for a lovely smooth feel without horrid chemicals. If you fancy something a bit more fragrant, coconut oil does exactly the same job. Or add a drop of perfume.

The simplest facial scrub on the planet

  • take one tomato, preferably not too ripe or things get very messy
  • cut it in half and dip in it sugar or salt
  • scrub your face gently using circular movements
  • rinse and dry

DIY cure for birds nest hair

My long hair also suddenly looks a right mess, its poor condition highlighted by the bright sun streaming into the house. I don’t like going to the hairdresser and it’s been more than a year, so I need to get my ass in gear and bite the salon bullet. First I’m going to give my locks a boost with this cool DIY hair conditioning recipe.

  • fill a suitably-sized bowl with olive oil
  • nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds, just so it’s warm
  • add a tablespoon of honey and mix it up
  • wash your hair and massage in your preparation
  • leave it for 20 minutes then rinse thoroughly and condition your hair as normal

Gorgeous facial moisturiser, good enough to eat

  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops of olive oil
  • half a teaspoon of glycerine
  • add a squirt of perfume or a drop or two of essential oil
  • mix and apply to your face while it’s still wet – it takes a few minutes to dry but once it does your face feels marvellously soft

Tip: always add a high SPF sunblock – apparently the sun is the worst offender for creating wrinkles.


(Thanks to Feikje at for the beautiful image)


About Author

I’m Kate. I live just outside Brighton, high up on the South Downs, with my husband Tony and our three cats. I’m dedicated to saving money, spending less, buying wisely, cutting waste, re-using, recycling, re-purposing and generating cash from the stuff I no longer want.

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