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Winter Skin Care Naturally

Old man winter is just around the corner and for many of us this means problematic skin. If you’re like me and suffer from dry skin all of time, or your skin easily becomes chapped from being in the wind, then I’m sure you wish there was a cure.

Acutally there are many ways that you can care for your skin naturally, without having to purchase skin care products from your local drug store. Most likely you already have everything that you need right in your own home.

Here are some simple ways to care for your winter skin naturally:

Exfoliate:  Exfoliating old dead skin can help allow moisture which you need to get into your pores once you have ridden them of those dead, flaky skin cells.  To exfoliate you will need a physical agent like ground walnuts or apricot hulls, or an enzyme, which basically eats dead skin cells.  There are even foods that are rich in enzymes which you can use to create your own at home mask to use in the process of exfoliation.  These foods include pineapple and papaya. Milk also has fatty acids that mildly exfoliate. This is why the traditional milk bath has been so popular.

To create an easy inexpensive natural exfoliant, mix sea salt with olive oil. Smoothe in on in the tub and rub your skin gently, then rinse in the shower. You can do the same with sugar – great for your skin! Add a drop of your favorite essential oil to make it a spa treatment and relax you.

Proper Diet:  Yes, something that you already do on a regular basis if done correctly can change your skin. For example to help dry skin, include foods in your diet that are rich in fatty acids.  Some of these foods include salmon, olive and coconut oils, avocado, and nuts.  Incorporate these into your daily diet to see what a difference they can make. What may look like dry skin may even be eczema or a rash caused by food allergies, so be alert to that possibility too.

Make Your Own Treatments:  You can also make your own at home masks and treatments to treat other skin issues.  Some common combinations are oatmeal, honey and water to create a mask, or avocado and honey.  Smear these on your skin, allow to dry and then rinse them off.

A simple honey treatment to moisturize your skin and make it glow? Pat two drops of honey on your face after cleansing, while still damp. Your skin won’t be sticky with such a small amount.

Natural skin care is great for your skin and for your wallet, try adding these treatment ideas to your winter skin care routine.

Dry Brushing Skin Massage and Exfoliation

Is your aging skin becoming rough and dry?

Naturally as we age it becomes more difficult for our skin to produce protective fibrous proteins or retain moisture, and our skin begins to become rough and dry from the natural process of uneven skin erosion.

The process of dry brush exfoliation removes the rough and dry outer layer of skin to reveal new younger skin.

Dry brushing helps your skin by uncloging pores alowing your skin to breath, thus increasing your skins ability to absorb vital nutrients and flush out harmful toxins – this helps increase your skins ability to begin producing more new skin cells.

This practice of massaging and exfoliating the skin will help improve your skins health and overall appearance.

In addition to exfoliating your dead skin cells and removing barriers to toxin excretion, dry brushing is also wonderful for lymph vessels and capillaries.

Dry brushing should be done using strokes that go towards the heart, aiding in the body’s blood circulation.

This is why many dry brushing enthusiasts feel so refreshed and invigorated after a brushing session, because their circulation improves.

Starting out gently is advised and then as you get used to the practice you can brush more vigorously.

Dry brushing also massages the lymph nodes and gets them functioning as well. Our lymph nodes are responsible for filtering and removing invading organisms and abnormal cells as part of our immune system.

Massaging them to encourage better functionality can have a big impact on our health and our ability to keep from getting sick.

Dry Brush Selection

You will need to select a good brush that will gently brush and massage your skin. A good dry brush for exfoliation and massaging can run anywhere from a few dollars upwards too $250 for electric brushes like the CLARISONIC Plus.

Brushes with long handles are the best since you will be exfoliating all of your body including hard to reach places like your back.

Dry Brushing Easy Steps

Dry brush exfoliation involves taking a soft bristled brush, similar to what you use on your hair except with a long handle, and brushing it across your whole body in a massage like fashion. There are also special gloves that can be used to dry brush.

The best time to dry brush is usually before you shower and while your skin is dry (hence dry brushing).

Our bodies form a new top layer of skin every 24 hours or so.

Dry brushing helps to shred off the skin’s topmost layer allowing the softer, smoother, skin below to surface and breath.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Make sure your skin is dry and stand in shower with water off.
  2. Starting with your feet use small gentle circular movements and brush upwards moving towards your heart. Make sure to avoid any skin sores, open wounds or rashes.
  3. Brush one leg at a time gently moving upwards in small circular movements. Avoid sensitive places like your genitalia.
  4. Once you have completed both legs, brush the fingertips of each arm. Again small cirular movements and brush up your arms towards your heart.
  5. Begin brushing your lower back and brush towards your stomach. Then brush upwards towards your heart.
  6. Starting at your stomach brush upwards towards your heart. Avoid sensitive areas like your breast or nipples.
  7. When finished shower as normal.

Dry Brushing Tips

  • Start out softly at first to avoid soreness and gradually apply more pressure over time.
  • Be careful not to brush over open wounds and cuts or rashes.
  • Use brush strokes that go towards the heart. The exception to this is when you are brushing over the stomach, when you should brush in a clockwise fashion to aid digestion.
  • Wash your dry brush after every use to wash off dead skin cells.
  • Brush when the skin is dry and then shower afterwards to wash off any remaining dead skin cells.
  • Use natural bristles if possible and brushes made with sustainable materials such as ethically harvested wood or bamboo.
  • If your skin is dry, rub in natural oils like Jojoba afterwards. It will soften the skin and it won’t clog pores.
  • Brush once or twice a week for best results.

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