Your skin, the largest organ of your body, protects you, absorbs nutrients, provides insulation and so much more. With exposure to drier air and colder temperatures skin loses oil and water it needs to stay healthy and supple and becomes dry, irritated, cracked or itchy. Here are some tips to help your skin as the journey through winter continues.
In the Bath:
Avoid long hot showers. As tempting as it may be to take a hot shower or bath to warm up, use lukewarm water only. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils. The hotter the water and the longer the shower the more oil your skin loses.
Dry skin brushing . Do this once a week to help stimulate your skin’s natural oils. Use small swift circular motions towards the heart. Dry brush skin right before your shower or bath.
Use natural soaps that are gentle to your skin such as Your Body Needs… Goats Milk Soap, Lavender Soap and Peppermint Eucalyptus Soap. Avoid commercial soaps, these tend to be drying to the skin, and are loaded with synthetic fillers and fragrances. You can even make your own body washes using unscented castile soap, essential oils and sweet almond oil !
Exfoliate in the shower once a week. Create your own sea salt and sugar scrubs using sweet almond oil and essential oils . These scrubs rid the skin of dead cells and add lipids back into the epidermis.
Always, always, always apply body oil after a shower or bath. You can create your own blends, or if that is a daunting task, use Your Body Needs … Classic Blend Body Oil . Apply body oil when skin is still slightly damp, this way your skin will be both hydrated and moisturized.
Give Your Hands a Hand:
Our hands are exposed to everything! Give them the extra care they need.
Hand washing and detergents are drying to your skin. This doesn’t mean you have to stop washing your hands! Remember to apply moisturizer to them frequently such as Your Body Needs … Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream . This cream is truly a winter- time staple! Never leave home without it!
Keep your hands protected from the elements by wearing gloves or mittens.
Avoid hand sanitizing products that contain alcohol. Alcohol is extremely drying to the skin. Can’t live without your hand sanitizer? Make your own using essential oils such as Tea Tree , Thyme and Lavender mixed with distilled water and aloe vera gel. Place ingredients in a 2 ounce spritzer bottle and take it with you!
Wear gloves when washing dishes. This will protect your hands from being over-exposed to hot water and detergents.
In the Laundry:
Check your detergent. Do not use anything that contains synthetic fragrances. Instead, use varieties that are free of perfumes and dyes.
Avoid scented dryer sheets. If you do use dryer sheets, again, make sure they are free from fragrances.
If you miss that fresh laundry scent add a damp cloth with a few drops of Tea Tree or Lavender essential oil and pop it in the dryer along with your clothes!
Other Ways to Help Your Skin:
Don’t forget your feet; they get dry too! Be sure to use a pumice stone on callused areas and apply Hydrating Hand and Foot Cream to them before going to bed. You will have smooth feet in the morning!
Using heat in the home is unavoidable however that adds to the drying of your skin. Use a humidifier to replace lost moisture in the air. Not only will your skin benefit, your sinuses will too!
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water helps all systems of your body, skin included!
Protect and take care of your skin. Nourish it by using natural products; your skin absorbs everything you put on it into your body. Your skin is the only organ of the body that is directly exposed to it all! Nourish it, protect it and it will protect you! Stay warm and mosturized everyone!