If winter has your body bummed out, fix it with some natural remedies for dry skin
Winter is about to throw in its towel, and it won’t be long before hats and boots step aside to make room for spaghetti straps and sandals. Spring is exciting because it’s a time of rejuvenation. The earth revives itself from inside out—roots to blossoms—setting the ideal example. It’s time to defrost, come out of hibernation and reincarnate your beautiful self. Fittingly, nature has provided us with everything we need to repair our bodies after a long, cold winter. These natural remedies for dry skin do just that.
STAY ‘A HEAD’ OF THE GAME:
Cold, dry winter air leaves hair dull and dry. To get your locks out of lock down you need to clarify and then moisturize and protect. One of the easiest ways to remove buildup in your hair is with baking soda. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the normal amount of shampoo you use. For those with short hair, half a teaspoon is sufficient, while those with very long hair should consider two teaspoons. Apply the shampoo and baking soda mixture once a week or once every two weeks depending on the need. Baking soda raises the cuticle, but you can seal it again with an acidic rinse (simply run some apple cider vinegar through the hair) and then condition.
Egg yolks are great natural conditioners. Mix an egg yolk with a little plain, white yogurt to form a paste. Apply the paste to your hair and wash after 30 minutes for a bright new shine.
If you want to go even more intense, amp it up by combining one tablespoon of honey, one egg yolk, half a teaspoon of almond oil, and one tablespoon of yogurt. They will come together to form a foamy paste, which you can apply to hair and let sit for 90 minutes. After you wash, the softness should be tangible.
During winter we tend to blow dry our hair more often. Heat exposure contributes to dryness and breaking for most hair types. Natural oils are one of the best combatants for heat-damaged hair. Coconut, almond, castor, olive and jojoba oil are great to soothe brittle, winter-worn hair. These oils not only cure, but can also prevent hair dryer damage by working as great thermal heat protectors when combined with Shea butter.
FACE THE FACTS:
To put your best face forward you need to make sure it’s your ‘newest’ face. Skin often lacks freshness due to a buildup of dead skin cells on the surface. The winter atmosphere compounds this problem as we are increasingly exposed to dry air from heaters, which can leave a thick layer of dead skin. To reveal the new skin hiding underneath, try natural exfoliants that are course in texture and will scrub away dead skin. Oatmeal can either be ground to form a paste or applied as whole oats on skin. Not only does it exfoliate, but oatmeal also has healing properties.
Sea salt is another strong exfoliant that really opens your pores. You can mix sea salt with water and use it on a daily basis. Not only does it remove dead skin, sodium is also a key ingredient in maintaining skin health.
Coffee grounds, fresh or used, will exfoliate your skin while also giving it a good cleaning because they are antibacterial.
Almonds, when ground and combined with a moist ingredient, will slough off dead cells and also nourish and supplement the skin with vitamin E.
In winter we spend more time indoors and experience altered sleep/wake cycles that affect how we’re exposed to natural light. By the end of the season you may notice an uneven skin tone. Turmeric combined with buttermilk—milk is a natural lightener when dealing with dark spots—can help clear blotchy skin. Apply it as a mask: one tablespoon turmeric; one tablespoon ground almonds, chick pea flower, or cornmeal; and two tablespoons of buttermilk.
Honey, due to its healing properties, can also even skin tone by repairing damage caused by dryness and acne scarring.
SPEAK THE BODY’S LANGUAGE:
How your body looks on the outside has everything to do with how it feels on the inside. During the holiday season, we are increasingly exposed to toxins such as alcohol, cigarettes, refined sugars and saturated fats. This spring, a focus on eating well (fruits, greens, lemons, oranges, garlic, fiber—all natural detoxifiers), combined with plenty of water and regular exercise, is a simple, straight forward detox program. Sweating out impurities and replenishing with healthy, body-boosting nutrients will make you beautiful, inside and out.
This material has not been medically reviewed. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The use of this information is solely at your own risk. Naaz magazine and its author are not responsible in any way for results or their effects.