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Wintertime skin - Get help for dry skin

by Penny Keay

DRY, Dry, dry! Not sure why wintertime has to be so tough on our skin making it desert sand dry and rough.

Of course, the drying out of our skin is probably due more to the case that the cooler weather temperatures, our need to be heating our homes and the fact that many of us drink less fluids in the winter. The cooler temperatures usually disrupt our signals for thirst, so we naturally drink less.

Even if you have normal, oily or dry skin naturally, you might need moisturizers in the winter when over exposure to extremes happen.

An example here is the humidity level in many homes tends to be low because of the need for heat. Keeping humidity levels in the ‘best’ percentages of 40-50% can be hard to maintain.

We never want to tell you to minimize hand washing any time. Wintertime is more likely to cause outbreaks of the flu with everyone being in closer contact.

You will want to try to keep germs to a minimum that can cause the cold or flu viruses to spread.

What we do suggest is that you wash your hands, dry them with a towel then apply a moisturizer if needed. If you need to apply lotion, let it dry or absorb into your skin before going out in the cold and frigid outdoors. Moist hands that get cold can have damage done to the skin too.

This same advice is for you after washing your face and applying makeup or moisturizer too. Extreme changes in temperature of your skin can dry, irritate and chap them way to easily.

In cases of dry skin, we suggest a 2-step approach. First is to moisturize from within – drink plenty of liquids especially water.

This helps your body to replenish what the skin needs without having to conserve what it needs for other body functions.

Secondly, keep the moisture in by using oils and natural waxes to keep the water in your skin from escaping.

First part is easy – just drink plenty of liquids.

The second part can be a little more difficult for some folks, if their hands are being exposed to water, soap and detergents on a constant basis.

Secondly is to apply a lotion or oil to trap in the moisture or at least slow it down. One of the best oils is actually a liquid wax – namely Jojoba.

Jojoba, a liquid wax similar to our own skins sebum, absorbs quickly into the skin and you only need a few drops! Using a lotion or cream that has Jojoba as an ingredient is helpful too.

If you have special needs other than just dry skin you can easily blend essential oils into these.

On the other hand, if you prefer you can add Jojoba to your favorite lotion or cream. Just add one to two tablespoons of Jojoba per 8 ounces of lotion and blend well. Dry Hair? You can add Jojoba to your hair conditioner too.

Now onto a few suggestions of essential oils to add to your lotion, creams or oils:

For Normal skin, you can add your favorites.

Skin friendly essential oils include:
Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose and Ylang Ylang.

For sensitive skin:

Try a few drops of Roman Chamomile, Lavender or Helichrysum

For extremely Dry skin:

In addition to any oils mentioned previously - Carrotseed, Geranium, Lavender, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Thyme–linalool and Vetiver.

Also in Aromatherapy for Dummies by Kathi Keville suggests a small amount of Peppermint can sometimes stimulate your body’s’ own oil production.

Erich Keller of Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair and Skin Care states that Bergamot, Jasmine or Geranium may also help to stimulate or balance oil production.

For mature skin:

Carrotseed, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose Otto and Rosemary.

Stay warm and cozy and treat your skin with a little moisturizing inside and out!

Here is a Recipe to try

Face Oil for Dry and/or Mature Skin

Palmarosa – 6 drops
Frankincense – 4 drops
Myrrh – 4 drops
Patchouli – 2 drops
Jojoba - 2 ounce

Blend essential oils in a PET plastic bottle then add the Jojoba. Blend well, let sit for 24 hours then apply a few drops morning and night to a clean face. This blend can be used more often as desired.

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