Harsh winter weather that can wreak havoc on all skin types. Rather than splurging on expensive creams and serums, there are simple DIY remedies to heal even the driest, irritated and cracked winter skin. Alexandra Whitcombe—the visionary behind botanical-based beauty line Vendome Paris—shares her top five botanical beauty miracle workers. 

Lavender: Harsh winter weather can dry out skin, causing it to break out even more than when it is oil. Dab a few drops of lavender oil on any pesky pimples to reduce redness and inflammation.

Marigold: To benefit from the anti-aging effects of marigold, combine cleaned marigold petals with ingredients such as honey and milk for a soothing DIY facemask to help plump up thinning and aging skin.

Chamomile: Tired and puffy eyes from your busy schedule? Moisten two chamomile tea bags in cold water and let sit in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes. Once removed, place over your eyes for 20-30 minutes to reduce puffiness.

Rose: To hydrate dry, irritated or cracked skin this winter, infuse water with rose petals to use as a facial mist or skin toner.

Aloe: Most people know how to use aloe on bad sunburns, but it’s also known to lessen the visibility of stretch marks. Apply aloe vera gel from a fresh plant directly to stretch marks to help heal those minor tears in the skin.