Redness, dehydration, tight skin, chapped lips, damaged hands... In winter, the cold, wind and temperature variations put our skin to the test. It's time to adopt a richer, more moisturising natural beauty routine, to wrap yourself in delicious skin care products full of plant oils and to take some time for yourself, in the warmth! Find out our tips and recipes for beautiful skin in winter with slow, natural and organic skin care products. Step 1: Clean your face without drying it out For a fresh and soothed complexion, nothing beats double-cleaning with oil! If you don't know this ritual yet, now is the time to adopt it! a. Make-up removal with vegetable oils Did you know that vegetable oil is the best make-up remover? To remove make-up with a vegetable oil, nothing could be easier! Choose an apricot, jojoba, coconut or avocado oil, according to your preference, then gently massage your face and eyes (closed of course!) with the oil. Rinse with clear water. At the end of this step, a light protective film will remain on your skin... this is normal! Move on to step 2: very gentle cleansing. The best oils for a slow make-up removal: apricot, coconut, jojoba, avocado b. Cleaning with a very gentle care product To complete the cleansing with oil, follow it with a very gentle cleansing that will eliminate the last impurities and leave the skin fresh and comfortable. For this step, use a very gentle cleanser such as our ?Douceur et Equilibre? shower/shampoo or a homemade superfatted soap, with calendula for example. Step 2: Toning and soothing the skin with hydrosols Hydrosols, also called floral waters, are beauty lotions in their own right. They prepare the skin for treatment while providing its benefits. In winter, choose hydrosols with soothing and anti-redness properties such as the following hydrosols: organic immortelle hydrosol organic chamomile matricaria hydrosol and organic Roman chamomile hydrosol organic cistus hydrosol organic cornflower hydrosol After double-cleansing your skin, apply a hydrosol (or a mixture of hydrosols) to your face by spraying it on or using a washable cotton wipe. Step 3: Apply a comforting day care In winter, our skin tends to become dehydrated due to the effects of heating and temperature variations, between our often overheated interiors and the cold outside. Redness can appear on the face, the skin is tight, uncomfortable, drier and dehydrated. To regain supple, comfortable skin, we rely on rich, comforting creams or soothing, nourishing plant oils. The best vegetable oils to soothe and nourish the skin in winter: avocado, hemp, rosehip, sweet almond, rose hip and our organic regenerating fluid for a very complete, healthy and anti-ageing care! If you are a fan of vegetable oils, use them as day and night care products, adding a little aloe vera gel if you wish to add a moisturising effect. Tip: use aloe vera gel as a serum under your vegetable oil or mix a dab of aloe vera gel and a few drops of vegetable oil in the palm of your hand for an instant slow moisturiser! Recipe for anti-redness and soothing face cream with Chamomile Ingredients : ?Douceur et Equilibre?neutral cream + 8 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil + 8 drops of organic fine lavender essential oil Pour the drops of essential oils directly into your jar of ?Douceur et Equilibre? neutral cream and mix with the mini whisk. It's ready to use! This cream will wrap all skin in softness during the cold season. Infused with essential oils of Roman chamomile and fine lavender, it soothes the skin and redness while promoting its regeneration. Tip: If you have very dry skin, add a few drops of vegetable oil to your cream when applying it. Recipe for anti-redness and couperose serum with Helichrysuo Ingredients: 30 ml of organic hemp oil + 15 drops of immortelle essential oil Pour a little less than 30 ml of organic hemp oil into a roller bottle and add 15 drops of immortelle, organic cistus ladanifera or organic Roman chamomile essential oil. Close the bottle and shake well before each use. If your skin is prone to diffuse redness and couperose, apply this serum once or twice a day to the affected areas to soothe the skin, before your day or night care. Apply moisturising and nourishing care products to the body To avoid crocodile skin and tightness, remember to apply nourishing and moisturising treatments to your skin in winter. Also avoid long, hot showers, which encourage skin dehydration. After showering, moisturise your skin with a homemade body lotion or our organic neutral body lotion. If you are a fan of vegetable oils (and we understand you!), coat yourself with your favourite oil after the shower. In winter, argan, rosehip, avocado, sesame, coconut or macadamia oils are particularly comforting. Recipe for a rich balm for very dry areas Ingredients: 6 tablespoons of shea butter + 2 tablespoons of avocado oil + 1 tablespoon of rose hip oil + 1 jar of 100 ml Optional: according to taste, choose between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil of fine lavender, petitgrain bigarade, neroli, clementine, Roman chamomile, red mandarin... Melt the shea butter in a bain-marie without heating it too much, then add the vegetable oils and any essential oils out of the bain-marie. Pour the mixture into a 100 ml jar. This recipe can be kept for 6 months (if you have a mortar, you can also make this recipe by crushing the vegetable oils and shea butter in the mortar, without going through the water bath). This very rich and nourishing balm soothes, regenerates and promotes the elasticity of the skin. Apply it to the whole body or only to very dry areas (feet, elbows, legs...). Without essential oils, it is suitable for pregnant women and is also perfect for preventing stretch marks! Specific anti-cold treatments In winter, hands and lips are particularly sensitive to the cold and can become really uncomfortable. To soothe irritated hands and chapped lips, consider organic shea butter! You can also make simple homemade recipes to keep in your bag. Recipe for Aloe Vera Hand Cream Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of organic aloe vera gel + 1 tablespoon of organic argan oil + 1 tablespoon of organic sweet almond oil + 5 drops of organic spike lavender essential oil + 1 pump bottle of 50 ml Mix all the ingredients in a stainless steel bowl with a mini whisk and pour the mixture into the aluminium bottle. This recipe can be kept for 3 months. Both nourishing and moisturising, this cream combines the regenerative properties of aloe vera with the nourishing, soothing and healing benefits of argan, sweet almond and spike lavender oils. Practical, it penetrates quickly into the skin without leaving a greasy film for soft hands, even in the heart of winter! Mango Butter Lip Balm Recipe Ingredients (for 1 stick of 5 ml) : 1 g mango butter 0.6 g shea butter 0.3 g cocoa Butter 1 ml organic apricot kernel oil 0.6 ml organic rosehip oil 0.3 g white beeswax 1 drop of vitamin E 1 drop of organic sweet orange oil 1 drop of organic cistus essential oil Clean and disinfect your equipment, utensils, work surface and hands. Melt the butters and beeswax in a water bath. When the 3 ingredients have melted, add the vegetable oils, vitamin E and essential oils to the warmed mixture. Mix it all together with a mini whisk and then pour the mixture into a lip stick and leave to cool to set.