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.