Repairing Dry Skin

In the winter, it can be hard to keep your skin moisturized with all the hand-washing, hot water, and frigid winds. If you are struggling with dry skin right now, here are a few ways you can prevent your skin from getting even drier. Enjoy!


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an essential fatty acid that can help hydrate and smooth the skin. You can also take a teaspoon on oil internally (straight up, in cooking, or bullet-proof coffee) for extra added benefit. It's gentle enough for everyday use and can even be applied to sensitive areas such as around the eyes and mouth.


Oatmeal Baths

Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritation from dry skin. Process the oatmeal until it resembles a fine powder and stir it into warm water, or you can add whole oats to a large tea bag and place it in the bath. Moisturize with lotion afterward to lock in the benefits.




Eat Your Omega-3s

Having a diet full of healthy fats will show improvements in dry skin. Try adding walnuts, fish (sardines, salmon, herring, mackerel, etc.), flax seeds, and chia seeds to your diet.




Avoid Lots of Hot Showers

Hot water can dry out your skin a lot faster. Experiment with adjusting your shower temperature and avoid harsh soaps. I've provided recommendations below.


Use a Humidifier

If you are constantly using your heating system (which...I guess everyone is), it can strip moisture from the air. A humidifier can replace this moisture, helping with preventing dry skin.


Soap and Lotion Recommendations

You want to stick to natural, gentle soaps and lotions to avoid dry skin and maintain a chemical-free lifestyle. Here are just a few options:

  1. Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap ($11.89)

  2. 100% Pure Coconut Butter Soap ($12.00)

  3. The Detox Market Organic Body Wash ($52.00)

  4. Nurture My Body Fragrance-Free Organic Body Wash ($21.95)

  5. Osmia Coffee Mint Soap ($18.00)

  6. Dr. Bronner's Organic Lotion ($8.99)

  7. 100% Pure French Lavender Whipped Body Butter ($29.99)

  8. Acure Seriously Soothing 24-Hour Moisture Lotion ($9.59)

  9. Nourish Organic Rejuvenating Body Butter ($9.70)

What is your favorite product for dry skin?


Until next time,

Amanda

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