If you’re like me, when Winter rolls around you need all the help you can get keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the harsh, dry and cold Winter air.
This year, I’m skipping the usual frustration that I allow myself to endure with drugstore lotions and potions and opting for a much simpler and more natural approach.
This consists or two parts: Internal hydration and a natural oil blend.
We hardly realize it, but part of the problem we have with dry scalp, dry skin and a host of related problems is because as it gets colder, we increase our consumption of hot caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee. These drinks act as diuretics, stripping the water from our bodies, so it is essential to also increase your intake of water when it’s colder.
Tip: If you typically drink cold water, try to develop a habit of drinking water at room temperature. That way, it won’t make you feel colder than you already are especially in places where you have no control of the room temperature like your office.
Now, to the oil blend.
Mix 1 part coconut oil, with 1/2 part sweet almond oil and 1/4 part castor oil
This oil blend has been working wonders for me, without any signs of pore clogging which I worry about with a heavier oils like castor oil. A little bit goes a long way. I mixed my batch and store it in a dollar store pump bottle which I take into the shower with me. As soon as I turn off the shower water (sometimes even before I do) and before I towel dry, I slather on the oil. After towel drying there is no need to apply anything else to my skin before getting dressed. Perfection.
Tip: I’ve also used this oil to seal my hair before blowing dry.
Try it out and let me know how it works for you.