Winter tends to be the driest time of year. If you’re worried about dry skin, there are several things you can do.
As the old saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. The key is to protect your skin before it becomes dry and cracked!
- Wear gloves – Whenever the temps dip below light jacket weather, be sure to throw on gloves. Minimizing exposure to the cold, dry air will help prevent hands from drying out.
- Dry off before you go out – If you’ve just washed your hands, or your hair, try to get it dry before you head out into the cold. If you’re in a rush, grab a hat or gloves.
- Moisturize from the inside out – stay hydrated with water, tea, or even seltzer. You’ll be amazed how much dry air affects your hydration levels. Try citrus essential oils like lemon, tangerine, or grapefruit to add flavor to your water and motivate yourself to keep on top of it.
- Take it easy on sanitizer – most hand sanitizers have alcohol or other drying elements, so look for ones that are labeled as moisturizing. (Psst… doTERRA has an On Guard sanitizing mist with moisturizing ingredients!)
- Add intensive moisturizing care to your routine – as you’re getting ready for bed, go wild on moisturizing! Foot cream, face cream, and hand cream. All the areas that get the most exposure or suffer the most wear. You can make your own custom lotions and creams and add your favorite essential oils.
- Treat yourself – draw a warm bath and add minerals and essential oils to enhance your whole experience.
Soothing Soaking Salts
Mix together these ingredients and keep in a tightly sealed glass jar for when you absolutely, positively need a soak to sort yourself out. For ease, throw a scoop in the jar, select one that’s a quarter cup size or smaller. Throw in a hearty scoop as you’re running your bath to maximize distribution of the soothing minerals and oils.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1 cup epsom salts
- 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
- between 10-30 drops of your favorite essential oils
Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly but gently (so you don’t create dust) in a glass bowl with a whisk, then drizzle in coconut oil and add your essential oil. Keep whisking until the mixture is more sandy than clumpy. The citric acid may fizz a little as you add the wet ingredients to the dry, but never fear! Your mix will be just as effective as long as you store it air tight later.
When choosing an essential oil for your bath salts, make sure you pick one you’ve already tested on your skin to ensure safety. For strong oils like clove, cinnamon or citrus oils, use a lower amount. When in doubt, stick with classic soothers like vetiver, lavender, or roman chamomile. When considering scents for your bath salts, choose just as you would a diffuser blend! If you’re stuck for ideas, consider one of doTERRA’s essential oil blends, they have a variety tailored to suit different moods and needs.