It’s getting colder in many parts of North America now and many people may start to be bothered by “winter itch”, that dry , flaky, reddened skin condition that may occur when heated homes become dry. Even if you live in a warmer climate, you could be like some of my patients who experience oilier, break-out prone skin, especially if you perspire more often.
Whichever your skin condition is, you don’t have to put up with the flaky itchiness or embarrassing break outs. I’d like to share with you what I tell my own patients about making the most of your own natural skin oils and other natural food and plant oils to keep your skin comfortable and beautifully healthy all year round.
Like many of my patients, you may not realize that your skin is the largest organ of your entire body. It performs a number of tasks to keep the rest of you healthy like filtering out toxins and keeping you warm. As such, we need to keep our skin clean to remove the toxins that are released everyday in our sweat.
However, when we take a shower or bath, especially in winter, the use of drying, commercial soaps may cause us to lose much of the natural oils that our skin possesses. Further, you may do what many of my patients do and that is add processed chemical moisturizers to your skin which can serve to dry, irritate, and inflame it even more.
However, keeping your skin looking and feeling great can usually be a matter of what you put in your body and on your skin. Here are some recommendations I give my own patients regarding good skin care based on natural oils.
Avocado mashed with olive oil and applied to your face once a week after exfoliating moisturizes and brightens. Almond oil helps fight wrinkles and is an antibacterial. If you make a larger amount than what you need, store in a covered plastic tub in your refrigerator so the oils do not become rancid.
Natural oils are truly nature’s skin care gift to us. In addition to a good diet, they can help keep your skin healthy, stay break-out free, wrinkle-free and provide you with young looking skin for many years to come!
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