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Keeping Winter Skin Nourished

on January 6, 2015

I don’t know about you, but this time of year is brutal to my skin.  It’s a constant battle to be free of dry, flaky winter time skin. So how can we have smooth, summer time skin year round?


You’ve heard me say it before, your skin is your largest organ. Here’s a new tip: your skin is the last organ to receive water.  So skin is: the largest organ and the last to get water.  Don’t have a clue as to how much water you should be drinking? Here’s a quick calculation – divide your weight by half (150/2=75).  Instead of saying 75 pounds we are going to change pounds to ounces (75 ounces).  And that is how much water you should be targeting for daily intake.  For a typical person this is a great calculation but remember there are variables that could change this formula such as exercise, health issues, etc.


Body Brushing

IMG_3975check out my adorable rubber ducky body brush

Have you ever heard of body brushing? Take a soft bristled brush and vigorously rub your body with it.  This helps exfoliate the body, eliminating dead skin cells, hair and other gobbly gook.  By exfoliating the dead stuff away your skin has better breathability. Body brushing also increases circulation, may help reduce cellulite, may improve the lymphatic system (hello detoxification!) and invigorates your body. Get a body brush here!


Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salts are not actually salt, but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of sulfates and magnesium.  Magnesium plays a host of roles including regulating enzymes, reduces inflammation, soothes muscles and promotes sleep. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and help ease migraine headaches.

By bathing in Epsom salts, not only will it easy sore muscles and help you get sleepy but it will draw moisture to the top of your skin.

Want to skip the bath but still get the benefits of Epsom salts? Pick up some of our salt scrubs from the Bee Morse Farm store for the same magnesium and sulfate benefits.


Skip the Hot Water

I know a piping hot shower is the most tempting way to warm up during the winter but it’s also one of the easiest way to get dry skin.  Hot water strips the natural oils, called sebum (learn more here), from your skin faster than you can say zip-a-dee-doo-dah.


Only Use Soap When Necessary

Say WHAT?!?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to stop using soap altogether. But unless you NEED to lather up (ie. sweaty gym body), only wash necessary parts as soap is another of those natural oil strippers. I am a secretary by day and calm, relaxing yoga is my go to exercise so I don’t really get sweaty or have clumps of dirt clinging to me after a day at work in the winter so I don’t wash my arms, belly, back or legs as frequently as I do during the summer time.   P.S. – I do wash stinky creases everyday though (elbows, armpits, knees, etc).


 Say Yes to Air Drying

Don’t reach for your towel after a shower! By vigorously rubbing the water off your skin post shower you are not only rubbing off water that should be absorbed but you are disturbing your sebum, which help provide moisture to the surface of your skin. Instead of drying off, apply a body butter (get some here) to your wet skin, which will help seal that moisture in.


Darn! I Already Dried Off

If you forgot and dried off, or your body is still extra dry half way through the day, squirt a quarter size drop of lotion in your palm, quickly run your hand under a running facet and apply to body. By adding water to your lotion, the water will help pull it into your skin.  Remember, what you put onto your skin is pulled through and enters your bloodstream.  I bet if you sweet talked Kathryn at Took A Leap Farm she would mail you some of their all natural goats milk lotion. It’s my absolute favorite!


By incorporating these little tips into your daily routine you can have soft, summer skin even in the dead of winter.


What’s your favorite way to keep skin nourished during the winter?



One Response to “Keeping Winter Skin Nourished”

  1. Erica says:

    Great tips. My skin is extremely sensitive, and especially dry in the winter. In addition to all that you listed, i started practicing some Ayurveda. I found out about an Ayurvedic challenge group from our local Ayurveda practitioner. January’s challenge was daily abhyanga. My skin feels SOOOOO much better:)

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