As we find ourselves deep into winter’s cold grip, my skin seems to be at its worst. My hands, feet, and lips are constantly chapped, dry and cracking. Scientifically it’s due to the depeletion of the skins natural oils which results in dehydration of the skin beneath the top layer.
I am always looking to soothe the redness and burning. Here is what works for me:
1. Upping my water intake
Likely because of the cold, I find myself drinking less and less water during the winter. However, if I make it my goal to drink more, my skin looks better too. The rule of thumb I use is to take my body weight, divide by 2, and drink that many ounces of water daily!
2. DIY Skincare products
One of my favorite quick blends is 1 drop geranium, 1 drop patchouli, and 1 drop rosemary in unscented lotion.
However, If you’re looking to make a larger batch, here is a great body butter recipe:
1 cup mango butter
1 cup coconut oil
25 drops lavender, 18 frankincense, 18 tea tree or purification.
Melt butter and coconut oil in small sauce pan. Remove from from heat and add in essential oils. Place in mason jar or other container of choice.
You can also choose some exfoliant treatment great for hands and feet.
BAKING SODA HAND EXFOLIANT
1 tablespoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon favorite carrier oil
2 drops Geranium, Lavender, or Orange oil
In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients until a spreadable thick paste forms. Apply the paste to dry hands, covering all surfaces thoroughly. For about 2 minutes, briskly rub together your hands, making sure to massage paste between fingers, around nails and cuticles, and over the backs of hands. Rinse in warm water and apply favorite moisturizer or balm.
LEMON SUGAR HAND SCRUB
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
6 drops Lemon oil
3 tablespoons Almond oil
Stir all ingredients together until well mixed. Pour mixture into a clean container with a tight fitting lid. First wash your hands, then massage a teaspoon or two of the scrub all over your hands. Rinse well with warm water and pat your hands dry.
3. Antioxidants and Healthy Fats
Healing from the inside out is also important. Neutralizing free radicals in our bodies to prevent cell damage is important as well. I have to make concerted effort in the winter to get the right fruits and vegetables it. Look for fruits such as blueberries and blackberries and veggies like kale and spinach. You can also supplement with vitamin C and E.
Omega-3 fatty acids also help restore the skins natural oil barrier and helps prevent the dehydration. Natural sources include fish like salmon, sardines, or mackerel, flax, walnuts, and soy. Get at least one serving in daily to reap the benefits.