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Winter can be a brutal time of the year for skin. If we’re not careful, it can dry out and start to look dull and scaly. Luckily, there are a few things we can do to keep that healthy shine all year round.
Take Care of Your Diet
Firstly, you have to start from the inside out. Eating high quality foods and dumping processed ones is a good step in the right direction. Also, add healthy fats to your everyday diet. Some great ones to consider are avocados, wild caught fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines; and a handful of walnuts is great to have on hand as a quick snack. Be sure to drink plenty of water, skip the soda and cut down your caffeine intake, since it can also have a dulling effect on your skin.
Next, make sure to exfoliate. You don’t need anything fancy. For your face, try mixing a little bit of baking soda with some water and exfoliate in circular motion. For your body, mix some sugar with coconut or almond oil and pay special attention to feet and elbows. You can exfoliate 2-3 times a week but make sure not to overdo it or you’ll end up drying your skin out even more.
I personally love the smell of sweet almond oil for the body, it reminds me of the sweet smell of a spa. For your face, your can try a few different kinds of oils depending on skin type. For oily skin use some grape seed oil blended with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Dry skin does great with jojoba oil mixed with some rose essential oil, and if you happen to have sensitive or irritated skin go straight to calendula or a a few drops of chamomile.
Keep this up during the winter season and you’ll have fabulous skin that will glow at all your holiday parties.
Jacqueline Banks, who grew up in Casa de Campo, is a certified holistic health counselor and busy mother.
Her focus is on helping other busy moms in all stages of motherhood keep themselves and families healthy and happy. She uses natural and organic solutions to solve individual health problems and promote clean living.
Check out her website at: www.jacquelinebanks.com