Your complexion needs heat and cold

In the cold, the skin hardens, firms and becomes more resistant, while in the heat, with enlarged pores and excretion of sweat, it cleanses and circulates better.


Cucumber water can be a drink or a means of invigorating and moisturizing the skin.

With Kneipp or alternating facials with warm and cold water, we can quickly provide all this, and another option is to use cosmetics with a cooling and heating effect. Let’s see what we can do at home to improve our skin condition.

Cooling effect

Aloe vera ice cubes

Aloe perfectly soothes the skin, is cooling, but not as uncomfortable as if you poured cold water on it. Its cooling power can be harnessed by making ice cubes from aloe vera gel by placing one teaspoon of gel and a little filtered water in each section of the plastic model for ice cubes. We freeze. If necessary, take one cube and dissolve it on the face, neck and décolleté for refreshing, anti-inflammatory care.

Cucumber tonic

Cucumber water can be a drink or a means of invigorating and moisturizing the skin. Here’s how: Cut the cucumber and place the pieces in two cups of filtered water. Leave to soak overnight, then strain the liquid into a bottle with a spray nozzle. We use it as a tonic in the morning and evening or at any time during the day if we need refreshment. Store in the refrigerator. Chilled tea against dark circles: When brewing tea, do not throw away used filter bags, but cool them and use them against puffiness under the eyes. A bag of chamomile tea works best. Place it on your closed eyelids for 10 to 15 minutes and rest in the meantime.

Lemon peel

Deep cleansing of the skin is essential for a healthy, radiant complexion, as it removes dirt from the pores and prevents the formation of pimples. The refreshing lemon peel also helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, sweat and substances that irritate the skin. Mix a tablespoon of coconut oil, a tablespoon of crystal sugar, half a tablespoon of water and two drops of lemon essential oil. Cool in the refrigerator for one hour, then rub the mixture gently into the face and neck in a circular motion. Wash with cold water.

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As a counterbalance to the cooling beautification processes, we use cosmetics with a thermal effect. In this way, we will offer the skin everything it needs to be as radiant and healthy as possible, as well as elastic and resistant to the harmful effects of the environment.

Thermal effect

Warming lotion

For a warming body lotion, we need a quarter cup of beeswax, half a cup of grape seed oil, a quarter cup of coconut oil, two tablespoons of shea butter and four tablespoons of cayenne pepper. Melt the wax, both oils and butter over a water bath. Stir occasionally. Once the ingredients are combined, put them in the freezer for 15 minutes. The mixture should become thick and firm. Using an electric mixer on a whisk, beat it into a creamy lotion. Add cayenne pepper and transfer to a threaded pot. It will be usable for six months.

Hot mask

In winter, we often smell hot chocolate and it would be very pleasing to our skin. Chocolate is full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and has an antibacterial effect on the skin. With the addition of yoghurt, it additionally nourishes the skin with probiotics and lactic acid. We need a quarter cup of dark chocolate powder, half a cup of coconut oil and a teaspoon of full-fat yogurt. Carefully heat the coconut butter in the microwave, stir in the chocolate and wait for it to cool to such a temperature that it will still be warm but not too hot for the skin. Add yogurt and apply on face for 20 minutes.

Spicy peeling

If we have rough skin due to the wind, which looks dull and lifeless, we can help it with a warm peeling, which makes it smoother and softer, and also warms it due to the spice content. Mix three-quarters of a cup of brown sugar, three tablespoons of ground cinnamon, and half a teaspoon of nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground cloves. Add two tablespoons of almond oil, a tablespoon of apricot kernel oil and a tablespoon of jojoba oil. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and two drops of orange essential oil. Transfer to a threaded jar and use in the shower as a warm, invigorating scrub.

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