The Dry Skin Blues
We've had the heat on quite a bit these past couple weeks. Thankfully, it is in the upper 50s now and it's not on all day and night. Once I turned the heat back on again this fall, my arms and legs started getting dry. It's only a sign of what's ahead until spring comes once again.
If you ignore it, it'll only get worse and you'll notice flakes of dead skin on your legs and a dull texture. If you take some time to follow these steps, along with some easy DIY recipes, your skin will be silky and radiant all winter.
Try these 6 steps each day for a week. See the difference in your skin! If possible, avoid anything with artificial fragrances on the skin for maximum benefit.
STEP 1--Dry Brushing
Spend 5 minutes each morning dry brushing your skin. You can find good quality, natural bristled body brushes at The Body Shop, Crabtree & Evelyn, and Ulta.
Your skin will see phenomenal benefits with dry brushing. Avoid the face and heart region. Work from the feet up in gentle, long motions working up towards the heart. Do the hands up the arms and shoulders. Also work on the torso working up.
Dry skin cells will help be shed. Skin will appear newer and more radiant. Regular brushing helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and lends a smoother feel. Dry brushing is also said to help reduce toxins. Circulation can also be improved.
STEP 2--Oil Up Before the Shower
After dry brushing, apply my newest favorite body oil. I always tinker with different oil blends when making body oil, and this blend has been working like a charm! To make it, combine equal parts Macadamia Nut Oil, Avocado Oil, and Sunflower Oil. That is all you need. If you have pomegranate seed oil, olive squalane or argan oil, add it right in for added moisturization.
Apply the oil from neck to toes (not bottoms of feet, though, or you may slip). I always do this before getting in the shower to protect my skin from the extra warm water I like to use. It helps to seal in moisture.
STEP 3--Scrub a Dub
Choose an oily scrub and use this on your body before lathering up in the shower. I prefer a salt scrub for its detox properties and have provided my recipe in an earlier post. Click here for the recipe.
Use these 3 times a week, more if needed. Why? Exfoliation aids in cell turnover, sloughs away dull skin cells and leaves behind a renewed appearance.
STEP 4--Choose Your Suds Wisely
The perfect bar of soap for the whole family is Aunt Nancy's Goat's Milk Bar with Oatmeal, Honey and Olive Oil. It is so gentle. Wheat germ oil nourishes and is high in antioxidant vitamin E. The honey is full of skin nourishing properties and the oatmeal will soothe itchy, tight skin.
If you can only choose one bar, make this the one. You can also use it on your face.
The creamy gentle lather will cleanse your skin without stripping it of natural oils.
If you don't shop online, I do not have a bar of soap without palm oil I can recommend, so try the liquid Dr. Bronner's Organic Shikakai Baby Soap or Queen Helene Naturals Cocoa Butter Body Wash. I have used both and can recommend them without reservation. They are also both certified Fair Trade.
STEP 5--Soothe with this great DIY project!
I'm going to share a soothing body spray recipe. Makes 8 ounces.
In a bottle with spray top, combine the following ingredients:
1.5 ounces Aloe Vera Juice
1.5 ounces distilled water
1.5 ounces green tea extract
1.5 ounces white peony tea extract
1 ounce lavender hydrosol