Winter is probably the roughest season on skin — cold, dry air and  sharp winds do not make for a happy  complexion. And considering that  your skin is your body’s largest organ, we think you’re obligated to pamper it during the harsh winter months. As temperatures dropped to almost 15 degrees here in New York City, we turned to our in-house DIY beauty guru, Erica  for a simple but effective recipe to boost both the health and the moisture levels of our skin. Never one to disappoint, Erica show’s us, and you, how to ‘treat yo’ complexion for a chap-free winter.

I love the winter, but sensitive, fair complexions — like mine —  don’t mix well with fierce chills and low temps. During long stretches of cold weather I try to apply a super-hydrating face mask at least once a week — DIY style, of course. Whipping up a rich, moisturizing facial treatment is a lot easier than you think. In fact, between your bathroom and your kitchen,  you probably already have all the ingredients you’ll need!
Below is one of my favorite at-home beauty remedies, an old-fashioned cocoa mask, but with one small addition, maracuja oil. One of my favorite tarte products, our 100% pure maracuja oil works wonders on it’s own, but  can also be added to mud or cream face mask to boost moisturizing power. So raid you cabinets for the ingredients, mix up this DIY wonder and kiss wind-burned skin goodbye!


  • 3 Tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans (I use my own grinder, but already ground coffee works, too!)
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp. finely ground toasted almonds (You can use your coffee grinder to prepare the nuts as well!)
  • 1 Tbsp. 100% pure maracuja oil
  • 4 Tbsp. whole milk or unflavored yogurt. Vegans, feel free to substitute with almond milk or coconut milk.
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

1. Grind coffee and almonds —separately–  into a fine powder. Remember both ingredients must be finely ground so as to not scratch your skin— you face has enough to deal with in winter!

2. Mix the coffee, cocoa and almonds together in a bowl.

3. Add your diary (or dairy substitute) ingredient. Use only 3 Tbsp if you prefer a thicker mask.

4. Stir in the honey. I like to warm it up first, this helps the honey mix more easily. Try a warm water bath or a minute in the microwave.

5. Continue mixing until smooth while slowly adding in the pure maracuja oil.

6. Apply the mixture to your face, neck, and, if you like , your décolletage.

7. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes and try not to scare your neighbors. Then gently remove by pressing a warm, wet washcloth against your face to loosen the mask. Be careful not to rub too hard — the coffee grounds could irritate sensitive skin.

8. Face the harsh, dry temperatures with clam, hydrated skin!

If there is mixture left over, store it in the fridge and use it the next week. Toss it if you don’t use it within the next 8 days. Oh, make sure to share your own DIY beauty remedies in the comments below!