“What is the best way to moisturize your skin during the dry winter months? Layering chemicals and moisturizers seem harmful and clog-worthy. Any suggestions for natural remedies for dry winter skin?”
Unfortunately climate does influence the condition of our skin, but lucky for us, it does not control it entirely. What that means is that we actually can have radiant, soft and supple skin, even during the harshest of conditions. The important part to note is that in order to have the skin we want, we have to address both the internal and external aspects of skin health. The skin is a reflection of our internal health, especially of our digestive system including the liver and the gallbladder. What this means is that you cannot have outrageously soft and clear skin without addressing what’s going on inside. But furthermore, we also have to choose the right external products as well, so we are not (as our reader put so well) layering harmful chemicals and damaging our skin.
While you have heard this a million times, I must mention it again because guaranteed you are still not doing it. The cells are fluid based and therefore need adequate amounts of water to be healthy and hydrated. Without enough water intake, you are going to most likely have dry skin. Plain and simple.
* Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of **filtered water daily. I also like to add minerals to my water in order to increase my hydration levels. My favorite mineral supplement is Liquid Light. I take 1 capful in 4 cups of water (1 full mason jar) in the morning. I drink the whole thing down before I eat or drink anything else. This helps you stay hydrated throughout the day, while making sure your bowels stay regular and your body maintains an alkaline pH.
** I like to drink water filtered by reverse osmosis but you can also use the ZERO water filtration system.
2. Take Care of the Gallbladder
The gallbladder is a vital organ to the body that most of us completely overlook, or have no idea what it is until it is faced with removal. The gallbladder stores bile, which is directly involved with the metabolism of fats in the body. This is important because cell membranes, which include skin cells, are made up of fat. Therefore, if you cannot digest fat properly, our cell membranes are not going to be healthy, making our skin look scaly, dry and worn out.
* For simple gallbladder support, I use Urban Moonshine Bitters. Bitters are a blend of herbs that help to promote bile flow and thus the breakdown of fats.
3. Include Healthy Fats in your Diet
Like I just mentioned before, the health of our cells and therefore the radiance and suppleness of your skin, depends on lots of healthy fats and oils. This includes a balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids as well as optimal levels of DHA. Since our food is laden with toxic oils such as hydrogenated oils (trans fats) and refined, processed oils such as corn, soybean and canola oil, we must always make sure that we have a good intake of healthy oils to offset the bad oils.
* I include foods such as hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocados, raw nuts and seeds that are rich in healthy oils and fats as while eliminating processed foods and drinks that contain trans fats (hydrogenated oils) and refined oils.
I also take an essential fatty acid supplement daily. DHA, an essential oil for skin health, is harder to obtain by the diet, so I like to supplement with Tri-EFA.
4. Use a Non-Toxic Moisturizer
One of the biggest causes of dry, unhealthy skin is the use of toxic, chemical-laden moisturizers. Almost all of the moisturizers and lotions on the market today contain chemicals that are known carcinogens, allergens and mutagens, that actually do more harm than good. While they seem to create soft, moisturized skin initially, these toxic ingredients actually cause damage to the skin in the long run, leaving you constantly needing more product to soothe your dry skin. In addition, your body absorbs these toxins causing harm to the entire body which can lead to a host of problems.
* I use extra virgin coconut oil or cacao butter (my favorite is the product from Sunfood found below) on my body and face. In the morning I use Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer. This product is really hydrating without being too greasy or thick, perfect for under make-up. If you are worried about breaking out by applying oil to your body and face, I have never known anyone to have a problem. Using natural oils on the body and face is the best way to hydrate the skin, without any toxic effects. But seriously, there are worse things than smelling with chocolate or coconut. Delicious!
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