Granny’s Traditional Winter Beauty Remedies

Stay gorgeous by raiding your pantry and trying some of these traditional beauty tips previous generations swore by for protecting hair and skin from harsh winter conditions. Not only are they kind to the environment and your wallet but, when packaged nicely, make fantastic presents too.

Oatmeal is not only a great winter breakfast, but it is also a superb way to relieve the itch of winter-dry skin. It is easy to sew little cotton pouches that can be filled with oats and thrown in the bath as it fills, or put some old tights to good use by putting a handful or two of oats in the toe and tying it shut. Add 2-3 drops of geranium, cedarwood, lavender or patchouli essential oil to boost the healing properties.

Take care of flaky lips with a simple scrub made from a tablespoon of brown sugar and a drizzle of olive or coconut oil large enough to mix into a paste. Rub gently on your lips with your fingertip or an old toothbrush, then rinse off and finish with a dab of coconut, almond or olive oil to moisturise and protect. Mix coconut oil with food colouring for an inexpensive but effective lipgloss that is kinder to your skin than petroleum-based ones.

Equal amounts of sea salt, brown sugar (or coffee grounds) and coconut oil mixed with a few drops of your favourite essential oil makes the perfect moisturising body scrub.

Honey mixed with a dash of olive oil is as effective as any expensive hair masque. Apply the mix to clean towel-dried hair, massaging it in well. Leave it on for 20 minutes (wrapping your hair in plastic wrap or using a shower cap will make the treatment more effective) then rinse with warm water.