This winter was long, cold and wreeked havoc on my skin. If you are like me and had dry flaky skin all winter long it is time for you start preparing your skin to get shown off for the coming warmer months. There are many ways to prepare your skin for the Spring and Summer. Here are the top five things I am currently doing to get rid of my dry skin for the new season:
1. Fight dry skin from the inside out:
As cliche' as it sounds, if you want healthy skin you have to be mindful of what you are putting into your body.The main thing you should be putting into your body is water. Water is the most important thing you should be putting into your body. Try to get a gallon of water a day.
To enhance your water try drinking water infused with fresh fruit.Here is a refreshing infused water resipe: try adding 1 lemon, 1 cucumber, 1 orange and 10 feash mint leaves to a liter of water and chill overnight. There are many other infused/ detox water recipes on Google.
Also what you eat has a lot to do with your skin. You want to eat a healthy, clean diet that is low in sodium. Sodium dries out the body.
Include healthy oils into your daily diet such as olive oil, coconut oils, avacados, fish high in Omega 3s and nuts like almonds and walnuts.
Eat tons of leafy greens like kale, spinach, and chard. Another way to add leafy greens and fruit to diet is through juicing or making a green smoothie on the daily basis.
2. Add dry brushing to your skin regimine:
Dry brushing has many benefits; it buffs away dry skin, it helps with cellulite, it boosts circulation and helps rid the body of toxins. When looking for a brush find one with natural bristles, preferbly vegetable-derived. The bristles should be somewhat stiff, but not too hard. You want one with a long handle so you can reach all parts of your body.
Dry brushing can be done on the daily basis; I would do it atleast once a week. It should be done right before you shower. Make sure that both skin and brush is dry. You never want to get your dry brush wet.
When dry brushing the body always brush towards the heart.
Use long sweeps, not circles or back and forth. Start at your feet and brush up the legs on both sides. Work from arms brushing towards your chest. On the stomach direct brush counter-clockwise and brush upwards toward chest. On your back, start by the buttocks and brush upwards. Don't brush too hard; your skin should feel stimulated and not irritated.
3. Add regular exfoliation to your skin regimine:
Regular exfoliation is another way to keep skin clear of dead skin and looking soft and glowy. There are a few ways to accomplish this: you can use a loofah sponge, exfoliating bath gloves, or an oscillating body brush. I like to exfoliate 2-3 times a week and I like to use my own handmade sugar scrub with a pair of exfoliating bath gloves.
There are many store bought exfoliating body washes that you can use in this process.
4. Check your temperature:
When showering or bathing, you want to ensure that your water isn't too hot. Hot water dries out the skin. Make sure that your water is lukewarm.
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize:
While your skin is still damp from the shower, you want to moisturize your skin. I make my own homemade body oils and body butters for my skin.
You want to stick to a moisturizer that is clean and natural for your skin. Stay away from synthetic lotions and creams.
I will talk more about my all natural, handmade hair and body products in a future blog post.