Winter is here in the Northern Hemisphere (some are feeling it more than others) and it can wreak havoc on the largest organ of our body--our skin. Cold air is the culprit for the typical dryness that's experienced this time of year and your skin is screaming for some extra TLC. If you want that soft and supple skin that folks clamor to touch, follow these three practical tips:
If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times to stay on top of your daily water intake. You can't go wrong with these goals:
- 8 cups of water = 64 oz.
- 1 gallon of water = 128 oz.
- Half of your weight in ounces--ex. if a person weighs 170 lbs., they will drink 85 oz. of water.
Depending on where you are currently with your water intake, gradually work your way up to either one of the goals mentioned above. Consistently hitting any of these water goals will flush toxins out of your body, which does wonders for your skin.
Because your skin is always regenerating, many times you're left with dead skin cells layered on the new skin. You don't want to waste your time, energy and money on tip #3 by "softening" dead skin. Exfoliation will safely remove those dead layers to expose the new layer for the next tip. Use a body scrub on a weekly basis. I love coffee and have used this recipe to make my own body scrub:
Coffee Body Scrub
1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil (i.e. coconut, olive, jojoba)
Thoroughly mix all 3 ingredients. Store in a container at room temperature.
There's nothing cute about dryness, especially when it's visible--A.K.A. "ashy"... Body creams and oils are best to replenish and retain moisture in the skin. If at all possible, steer clear of lotions because they typically contain mostly water. Coconut, olive and jojoba oils are great to use on your skin. It's best to moisturize your skin twice on a daily basis, immediately after your bath or shower. Your pores are still open from the warm water and the creams and oils will lock in that moisture.
Consistently follow these three simple tips and you will see improvement. If you don't notice a difference after three weeks, your dry skin may be a more extreme matter and should probably be examined by a dermatologist.
Although these tips were for your body, you can’t ignore your beautiful face! Make sure you’re using facial products that best for your skin type. Cleanse and moisturize your face, neck and chest twice daily. Exfoliate, mask and steam on a weekly basis. You may have products from various brands but it’s best to use products from the same brand. Chemical formulas from multiple brands can “compete” on your skin, causing unwanted breakouts.
Cheers to supple skin!
Vanese Scott is a mother and educator. She enjoys spending time with her son, dancing, cooking and baking. Due to her new health journey, she's been experimenting in the kitchen with vegan vittles--exciting! To connect with Vanese, follow her on Instagram at: @thenaturalteacher.
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