Every winter my skin gets so dry. In the past when I would break out in the winter, I would blame it on oily skin. But after regularly going for facials, I learned that my winter breakouts were because my skin was too damn dry! I needed more moisture. To save money, I cut back on getting facials and have been using home DIY remedies for dry and acne prone skin. This mask is one of my favorites because I have the ingredients regularly on hand and they are affordable!

 

DIY Hydrating & Clearing Face Mask 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1tbsp coconut oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend well. Place in the fridge to chill for an hour or 20-30 minutes in the freezer. Layer on face and leave for 10-15 minutes. Wipe off with water and a towel. Pat skin dry! Save extra for a mask next week! Should keep for 7-10 days – especially since you are not eating it. 

Benefits of the mask:

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and healthy acids which condition and hydrate your skin as well as helps prevent premature aging. This mask helps keep your skin clear because it helps remove dirt, unclog pores and is antimicrobial which helps kill bacteria that causes breakouts. In addition, it helps balance skin pH levels keeping it in a healthy state looking radiant and glowing.

 

One YouTube commenter suggested that some people do breakout from coconut oil so if you are acne prone, try a small area before applying it to your entire face. 

If you have turmeric on hand, you can also add a teaspoon to your mask for extra acne fighting capabilities. Tumeric fights acne, brightens and lightens dull skin and evens out skin tone! 

 

Try it your self and let me know how it goes. In the video, my mask looks chunky and doesn’t go one totally smooth because I had to heat up my honey and made it less sticky which made it hard to get a good mask appearance. If you apply the mask lying down when it is chilled, it works great! 

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This winter, I’ve been buying a lot of new gear for shoots and winter training. Yes, I or a family member bought all these items – some were gifts from Christmas. They were not sent to me by PR people. Wanna see what the products look like in real life, watch my newest video featuring every item in this post plus some extras!

Athleta Aries Jacket  Now $128

I bought this jacket for my winter Boston Marathon training. So far, it has kept my long runs in cold temperatures enjoyable!

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The inside is lined with a warm fleece that wicks sweat. The front and back panels are a thin down material which traps heat but allows for ventilation. It is currently on sale but I bought it with my trainer discount for 30%. If you are a trainer, you can buy things at Athleta for a discount or whichever discount is greater depending on what sales the stores have going on.

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When it is super cold I wear the hood!

Choleah Boots by Adidas (purchased from Athleta, no longer available)

So I asked for these boots from my Mom for Christmas to wear to Barry’s Bootcamp for when the snow arrived. They are not sneakers but look like them. They are actually waterproof boots with Adidas Climawarm technology to keep your feet warm. I feel bad sharing them since I seriously cannot find them anywhere available on the internet! An Athleta employee told me her store had a really hard time keeping them in stock this year. They were sold out by December 15th so I understand.

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Lululemon Wild Tank $64

I bought this top for a fun shoot that I actually started today. I will let you know what I’m shooting as soon as I have a definite release date but it obviously involved fitness.

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I love this top because the sports bra has plenty of support for strength training for me – maybe not for running but everything else, it’s good! The back is super cute and comfy too with the contrasting sports bar and drapey back.

Lululemon Think Fast Pullover $98

Roomie bought this for me along with the headband from Lululemon for Christmas for my winter training! I love this top too much to run it in though! I wear it all the time to the studio, around the house to keep warm and while it’s made to wear while running, I’ve yet to do it.

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Watch the rest of my Winter Favorites on YouTube, I just uploaded the video this afternoon!

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Have a winter favorites? Let me know down below :)

This post is not sponsored. Every item was purchased my myself, my mother or roomie. The links are affiliate links. 

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