I have dry skin, so the colder months can be pretty brutal. My skin gets red and itchy if it doesn't get the hydration and nourishment it needs, so I like to take every precaution I can.
Dry Brushing //
Dry brushing is a really easy and affordable way to exfoliate your skin before a bath or shower. I'd recommend finding a brush with natural fibers, like the ones at Whole Foods, health shops, and Amazon. Work from your toes to your neck in long, smooth motions towards your heart. This process not only helps with exfoliation, but also circulation. I also find it pretty calming too.
Epsom Salts //
I started using Epsom salts to help with sore muscles, aches and pains. I use around four or five cups for a full bath, and soak for an hour. After a few uses, I noticed my skin was really soft after the bath. Normally sitting in warm water can dehydrate your skin, but the Epsom salts do the opposite.
Using gentle scrubs are very effective at removing dead skin cells and softening up your hands and feet. I use them multiple times a week, but never on my face. Scrubs, even ones designed for your face, can still be very harsh, and they always irritate my sensitive skin. But I do love them for the rest of my body, and I tend to make them myself.
I love having total control over what goes into the scrub, from picking the salts or coffee grounds to the oils and scents. I usually use sea salt, coconut oil, aloe vera, and whatever essential oil I'm loving at the moment. Sealed in a jar, DIY scrubs can last for weeks, so you don't need to worry about adding a preservative.
Oils and Butters //
I'm not a fan of body lotions. I find they're often too watery and just don't provide my skin with enough moisture. Butters and oils, however, are amazing. I like to use them before bed so the product can really sink into my skin. Shea butter is my favourite, because it is really thick and creamy and moisturizes my skin like nothing else. My second favourite would be almond oil because it is a versatile oil that does not cause any skin irritation or blemishes. For me, coconut oil comes in third. The problem with coconut oil is I find it causes my sensitive skin to break out, so I avoid using it as a moisturizer unless I am out of everything else. Besides, it tastes better in coffee anyway.
Hand Creams & Lip Products //
My advice is to stock up! You should keep them everywhere; your desk, your handbag, your car, your nightstand, even your gym bag. Every time your hands feel dry, moisturize. Every time you think about it, moisturize. Every time you get a spare second, moisturize. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
For lip moisturizers, I rely heavily on the Vaseline Lip Therapy in Cocoa Butter and the 100 Percent Pure lip balm in Organic Mint. Another lip balm I keep on my desk is the Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm.
Those are my go to routines and products for dealing with my super dry skin.
What are your favourite ways to nourish dry skin?
Until next time,