Even though it hasn’t officially began, winter is in full effect across most of the United States. It has no boundaries, reeking havoc on our skin every time we step out into a chilly breeze or return to the toasty comfort of our home. We all know that the mistreatment of dermis can result in tightness, make it appear scale-y and feel rough. I’ve had naturally dry skin for as long as I can remember and now I know what works well for my skin. So I’ll be sharing how to save your skin this winter to keep it soft and supple even when all the elements are against you. Best of all, most the remedies can be performed using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen:
Put good in, get good out.
Water. It not only helps with digestion and blood flow, but keeps your entire body hydrated, from skin to hair and nails. If you’re not getting enough, it can show up as hair breakage, dull skin and brittle nails. So pay attention since some of these problems may only arise when the seasons change. Pure, plain water is best but if you’re one of those crazies who is not a fan, try adding a lemon wedge or tea or creating your own fruit-infused water. It’s as simple as adding your favorite fruit[s] to your water. You can drink it right away or let it sit overnight for a more flavorful taste.
Good fats also help in maintaining smooth, supple skin. Nosh on some some nuts [or their butter form], pumpkin or sunflower seeds, and add some fatty fish [like salmon or herring], olives, avocados and tofu to your menu. And sweet potatoes are basically a superfood. They contain vitamins A, C and E, help maintain skin elasticity and a ton of other great, yummy benefits! I knew there was a reason sweet potatoes are my favorite!
I don’t often wash my face, but when I do, I like cloths or cleansers by Yes to Carrots.
If you want to save money and experiment, try concocting your own in a cup. Allow 1 tablespoon of quick cooking oatmeal to soak in 1 tablespoon of warm water. Then add 2 tablespoons of honey and heat cup in microwave for about 15 seconds or until warm. Remove & stir. Once mixed, apply all over face and let sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. I’ve attempted this facial [once] but it was a bit messy. I don’t know what I did wrong, but oats kept dropping off my face, so it didn’t last but a few seconds. I must say the warmth, smell and texture of the oats and honey was very sweet and soothing.
Another easy method is oil cleansing. It’s easy, fast and effective. Just mix your favorite oils, massage them into your face, and lay a hot towel over your entire face so your pores upon up. Once it cools, use the towel to wipe away the oil and voila! You will be glowing!
Out with the old.
I’ve never tried this trick for exfoliation, but please let me know if/how it works for you: Pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the palm of your hand. Add enough lemon juice to make a smooth paste. Apply all over face in circular motions and then rinse with warm water. Pat face dry. [It just sounds a little harsh for my already dry, sometimes sensitive skin!]
For my lips, hands, feet and dry patches, I use granulated sugar and olive oil. I just mix a small amount in my palm, apply and work over the problem areas for 15-30 seconds. Rinse or remove with a wet towel. If your skin is still a little flaky, try again in a day or two; sometimes skin has a few dead layers to shed, so it may take a few attempts.
Moisture is my bff. I use raw shea butter whipped up with oil and fragrance by Jones&Rose. I works wonders for my face and I also like to use it on my feet and elbows. I absolutely love it but I just can’t get with rubbing it all over; the consistency of it is a little too pasty[a little goes a looooooong way] and I prefer more of the smooth, liquidyness of body lotion. Shea Moisture has a great shea butter-infused lotion and Alba Botanica has a delicious moisturizer that I’ve been using for years. [Hey, if it ain’t broke, right??] I’m on a mission, though, to find a less commercial lotion brand that won’t break my bank. [Please share if you know of any!!] Or hopefully in the next few months I’ll be able to blog and brag about a lotion potion I whipped up on my own!!
For my lips, I like love Burt’s Bees. I’ve also learned to love raw coconut oil because it keeps my lips hydrated all night. You can easily scoop it into a small tin or container [like this] to take along in your purse or travel bag. Coconut oil has a ton of benefits and many, many other uses too, but I’ll write that book another day.
What I like most about these remedies is that they’re all natural [like 95%!!]; you know exactly what you’re putting in your skin. Plus they’re effective and inexpensive- so simple [and dare I say fun] to do in the privacy of your humble, heated abode.