Ugh!!! Tis the season. Yes it's winter and no matter what one does our skin just cannot stay hydrated. What to do? Why is this happening?!?! HELP!!!!
It's okay, I'm here to help. As someone who has always had dry skin, I've had no choice but to master this issue all year round. So winter is no match for me! Here are a few tips to help you and your skin survive ole man winter.
First and foremost before you can heal dry skin you need to start anew and that means getting ride of those dry dead skin cells. Ever tried to moisturize chapped lips only to find your lips still a little, ahem crusty? Yeah well you've got to get rid of that first. You cannot save dry chapped skin. Let it go! Here are two recipes for you to try. You can use this as a template to build on to create your own recipes if you're feeling up to a DIY challenge.
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub with Coconut and Honey
I love this scrub! Not only is it effective but it's also tasty and we all know how many times we give our lips a little nibble.
- 1/2 tablespoon of raw honey
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
2. Transfer to your favorite glass jar
How to use:
scoop out a small amount and gently rub on your lips about 1 minute or until smooth. You can rinse the excess away or have a little snack ;)
Calming Body Scrub
This is a great scrub to slough away all of those pesky dead skin cells and it's calming for your skin.
-2 cups of Epsom salt or Sea Salt( stronger scurb) Unrefined sugar( milder scrub)
- 1 cup of Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey (natural humectant, draws moisture to the skin)
Essential Oils: (optional)
- 21 drops of lavender (anti-inflammatory)
- 3 Roman Chamomile (calming to the skin)
- 12 Ylang Ylang (balancing)
1. Mix salt or sugar, olive oil, and honey into a bowl
2. add essential oils to mixture
3. transfer to a glass jar
How to use:
Apply scrub to skin using your hand or a loofah in a circular motion to legs, feet, elbows, arms, and hands. I use this all over but use how ever you like. You can use this in the tub or place a towel down to catch the mixture. If you use in the tub make sure to clean up after, you don't want someone coming in after you and slipping and sliding around. Feel free to swap out ingredients if you prefer. If you don't like olive oil try almond, safflower, grapeseed, or your favorite oil. Don't have essential oils, don't stress, the mixture will work just fine without them. Essential oils just give and added therapeutic benefit to your skin for the reasons in parenthesis. Store in a cool dry place and use once a week if using salt or as needed if using sugar.
Okay! So you've gotten rid of that dead skin and you're probably feeling like a brand new human. Now it's time to protect it. In between scrubs try using an in shower body oil. Huh? Yes I know it sounds strange but hear me out. You can't get more moisture than water and the best way to preserve that moisture is with oil. Why is that? Say it with me "water and oil don't mix".
Here's how it works: after you've showered slather your body with a body oil do a quick rinse and jump out. It's that simple and you don't need anything afterwards. It's absolutely brilliant and no you won't feel greasy. (mind blown!!!) This has been my saving grace. You can also maximize this by starting off with an all natural body wash and a warm shower. Piping hot water feels great but doesn't benefit your skin during the cold winter months.
Sample oil blend
Use equal parts and place in a squeezable container. I like using a hair dye applicator bottle which you can find at a local beauty supply store. You can always choose whatever oils you like best.
Finally, drink more water! I know, I know, we've all heard this before but it really is necessary. We hydrate from the inside out so there's no escaping it. Here's a handy little trick for you brain to get you drinking more water throughout the day. Herbal teas, it's really just infused water and you can add the benefits that will nourish you and your skin. Besides if you're in a cooler climate you want warmer drinks anyway. Not in a cooler climate? Make a batch and ice it! Try these herbal teas to help hydrate and beautify!
Blossoms of Health Tea
Dawn Chorus Tea
Great alternative to caffeine infused with Rose Petals
Evening Repose Tea
The perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day
Or try your favorite tea blends and look for these herbs: chamomile, calendula, peppermint they do wonders for the skin. Alright that's a lot of information in one tiny blog so stay tuned for future blogs covering topics on The benefits of Essential Oils, The benefits of using herbs, and all things skin care.
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