From the moment I flip on the heat in early November, I'm battling dry skin. It seems like I could drink an entire pool of water and I still am scratching. Last year I tried lotion after lotion to seek moisture but nothing would help.
Then I started to investigate my beauty products early this year and had a huge "aha" moment. For one, I was basically slathering toxic ingredients all over my body by not investigating the ingredients in my products. Eeeek! Second, I was going about treating my skin the wrong way. I started to research products and what really caused dry skin. Since going chemical free in all of my beauty products like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, makeup, etc my skin has been way less dry. Plus, I've seen some relief in my constant sneezing and allergies.
From there I developed a quick 4-step guide to keeping skin incredibly soft and moisturized through the whole winter season. It will exfoliate the dead skin, keep you soft and glowing, and even detox the body from the inside out.
Dry brushing is an incredible self-care ritual used to exfoliate skin, detox organs, and aid in elimination through the lymphatic system. When applied to the body in circular motions it stimulates bloodflow and helps the body eliminate waste. Start the ritual on dry skin with a dry brush on your ankles and work you way up the body slowly towards the heart. At the very end pay attention to the chest, breastbone, and underarm area as this is where the lymphatic system drains. Dirty girl farm makes my favorite dry brush.
Slather your body with coconut oil. Take your time and massage tight spots of the body. Use the same method and flow of the dry brushing as you work your way up. Make sure to get every crevice with the oil and finish by rubbing behind your ears and earlobes. This daily ritual is relaxing and will help de-stress the mind. Since we are putting it on the body and not eating it, I opt for a slightly less expensive brand like Trader Joe's. Their Organic virgin coconut oil is a steal at $5.99 a jar. Don't like the smell of coconuts? They also carry an extra filtered option with no smell.
Only wash the privates
Trust me, there is no amount of dirt on your body that won't come off with a little warm water. In the summer, we sweat more and are exposed to more outdoor activities. That is why in the winter, I like to leave the soap to just my private parts (where the sun don't shine as they say!) Plus, this will keep the coconut oil active as a moisturizer throughout the day. It's extremely important to use non-toxic soap and other beauty products on your body. Your skin is your largest organ and the most absorbing. Fragrances, parabens and many other toxic ingredients will disrupt your hormones by increasing estrogen levels. Overtime, this can be very harmful to your adrenals and endocrine system and could result in diseases as alarming as cancer. My favorite gentle soap is the Citrus Mimosa Body Wash from my go-to non-toxic beauty line Beautycounter. It has a light citrus scent from natural essential oils and keeps me clean without overdrying.
Dab and slather
After your shower, just lightly dab yourself with the towel instead of rubbing the water off. While you are still a little wet, slather lotion all over your body and let it soak in while you finish getting ready. I like to keep my scents consistent even if they are natural. Beautycounter makes an excellent lotion to pair with the body wash in the Citrus Mimosa scent. In the past, when I have tried a non-toxic lotion, I was left with a gunky mess. This light lotion goes on clean and keeps me hydrated all day. The consistency is perfect and it's easy to rub in. Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion
Voila! There you have it. Gorgeous, glowing skin through the whole winter. I know what you are thinking... Do I have to do this ritual every time I shower??? Personally, I like to do the whole routine twice a week. It's a nice treat for myself to rejuvenate and unwind. Always repeat steps 3 and 4 when you shower. Also, this could easily work with a bath. Follow the same steps and throw in some Epsom salts for an added detox benefit. Remember, we cannot serve from an empty vessel so use this ritual as a method of taking care of yourself. Light a candle and play some music that puts you in a good mood. It's a great way to start a busy day or relax after a long one.
Xo Jaclyn Renee
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