D.I.Y Holiday Skin Rescue Remedies

The holiday season has passed and if you’re anything like me, you broke your “healthy” eating habits and let yourself indulge in rich desserts, savoury foods and plenty of cocktails. Now comes the hard part, dealing with the aftermath. Skin issues!!

It’s all fun and games when you’re surrounded with family and friends but when you’re staring into the mirror at the random pimples, puffiness and patches of dry skin that have appeared over the past few weeks, not so much. Let’s try to fix that, below are some of the best D.I.Y’s I’ve come across that have helped me regain control of my skin.

Cure for Puffiness

You will need:

1 large bowl

Water or sparkling water

Ice cubes

Witch Hazel

Take the large bowl and fill it about halfway with ice cubes. Then add 2 tbsp of witch hazel and fill the rest with water. Now comes the hard part, dunk your face in and out of this freezing cold bowl for 10 to 15 minutes.

How it works:

Ice water refreshes the skin, depuffs eyes/skin and makes you look awake, which is perfect if you’ve had foods high in salt or a few too many drinks. Sparkling water is known to wash out pores making your skin look smooth and flawless. Finally, witch hazel, being a natural astringent can help reduce inflammation, oils and redness. Why not give this quick and easy remedy a try?

Hydrating Serum

You will need:

Empty dropper bottle Glycerin (½ tbsp)

Rose water (½ tbsp)

Witch Hazel (½ tbsp) Rosehip oil (3 drops)

You mix everything together in the dropper bottle and apply it in the A.M and P.M. – pretty simple.

How it works:

Glycerin is considered a humectant because it adds moisture to the skin. It also assists with many types of skin conditions such as oily skin, acne, wrinkles and fine lines. Rose water helps to reduce inflammation, redness, acne, dermatitis and eczema. It can also remove excess oil and dirt build-up in the pores. Rosehip oil has many uses, which makes it a great, versatile product. It can be used for spot treatments or reducing fine lines. Why? It contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals that cause skin damage as well as vitamin A, which helps improve skin tone, pigmentation and texture.

Scarring Treatment

Empty dripper bottle

Grapeseed Oil

Frankincense essential oil

Fill the empty bottle with grapeseed oil with enough room to add a few drops of frankincense (3 – 5 drops).

How it works:

Grapeseed oil won’t clog pores, which is great for anyone with oily or overactive skin. Benefits include: tightening of the skin, reducing dark circles, moisturizing, reducing scars, restoring collagen and anti-aging. Frankincense has similar properties. It can help reduce blemishes, prevent wrinkles and tighten skin. This mixture is pretty easy; why not give it a try?

Now that you have these pretty easy D.I.Y’s give them a try and don’t be shy about letting us know how they worked for you. Good luck with your New Year resolutions and remember we sell all the ingredients listed and can help you locate them in our body care department. Hope to see you soon.


Jennifer Merida, Makeup Artist, The Big Carrot Danforth