‘Tis the Season for Dry Skin

Every time I hear the heat click on, I start thinking about how important it is to keep my skin moisturized this time of year. I’m one of those people who can tell it’s winter just by my extra-dry skin. Since I try to stay natural, I was really pleased to find out that you can use pure coconut or olive oil instead of a bottled lotion. When I was on vacation in Africa a few years back, I had a massage where the therapist used pure olive oil instead of the processed oils that are used in the states. After a quick shower to remove the excess oil, my skin felt soft for days.

Using oil tends to be a little more messy than a traditional moisturizer, but can be easily applied with a cotton ball or pad. If you decide to head to the kitchen cupboard the next time you need a lotion, here are a few things to keep in mind. First, use cold pressed oil. Cold pressed oils are made using low temperatures. That means more of the nutrients and antioxidants are preserved in the oil and will make it to your skin.

The oil will absorb better if your skin is slightly damp, so try using a couple drops after you wash your hands or get out of the shower.

There are a few downsides to using oil. One is that you don’t get the mix of oils and antioxidants you’ll find in a formulated moisturizer. That means you’re not getting a range of benefits. You can combat this by mixing a few different oils together.

The other thing to remember is that pure oil doesn’t contain SPF like many lotions, so it’s important to follow the oil with an SPF before heading outdoors.

Photo credit: m_bartosch

Homemade Body Scrub

Written by Lora Moncheck

Lora's Homemade Body Scrub

Lately I have been searching for a good body scrub.  I tried all sorts of body scrubs from the store, and nothing really impressed me so I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I looked up different recipes and decided to take what I liked from all of them and make my own.  I took 1/4  cup of Sugar in the Raw, 1/4 cup of regular white cane sugar and 1/3 cup of salt.  I then mixed them all in a bowl and added olive oil and baby oil until it was completely saturated.  (If you want to make it all-natural you can use only olive oil and omit the baby oil.)

That night I scrubbed my whole body down with my homemade scrub.  Rinsing it off was kind of a pain since it was so gritty, but it was worth it.  My skin felt so smooth and soft.  I was really impressed, it worked so much better then anything I had bought from the store. And the best part about it was how cheap it was since I used all products found in my pantry!