“Winter” skin

“Winter” skin

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OK… right now if you’re like me you are scratching your body day and night. While I don’t see any obvious redness or flakiness on my skin, I feel the effects of dry, irritated skin! Now is the time I pull out of my ‘bag of health tricks’… oatmeal and goat’s milk.

 Why oatmeal and goat’s milk?

In addition to eating a bowl of hot oatmeal for breakfast or my all time favorite oatmeal pancakes, I use oatmeal as a health and beauty treatment. Oatmeal is a fantastic skin protector! “It helps soothe skin that’s itchy, painful or irritated.” http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/treating/oatmeal-baths.htm

Goat’s milk is wonderful to use as soap – anytime – but especially in the winter. Using goat’s milk soap is beneficial for dry, sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema and psoriasis. It contains vitamins, cream and minerals in addition to alpha-hydroxyl acids. ‘Alpha-hydroxyl acids such as lactic acid help remove dead skin cells…leaving new cells on the surface of your skin that are younger looking.’ http://www.goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Benefits.html

And one other ‘trick’ I use is taking a soft all natural bristle brush and gently brushing the surface of my body before bathing to remove dead skin cells and stimulate oil and sweat glands. Taking SHORT warm baths with sea salts, oatmeal and a bar of goat’s milk soap leaves my skin nourished, soothed and cleansed. My final step is lightly spraying my body, while the skin is still damp, with high quality vitamin E oil.

For a great ready-to-use bath salt with oatmeal go to https://www.etsy.com/listing/214607502/all-natural-bath-salts-oatmeal-milk-and?ref=shop_home_active_1

What are your remedies for “winter” skin?

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Why wear silk?

Why wear silk?

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Our bodies need to stay warm and dry with the weather turning cold and damp. When we are cold we naturally contract our muscles and tend to move less. This in turn creates aches and pains in our bodies. Staying loose and flexible becomes more of a challenge during winter.

Layering in our clothing choices becomes one solution, but how? If our clothes become too cumbersome we feel heavy and sweaty. We can even get a chill from trapped moisture and feel lethargic in thick wool sweaters and leggings.

Silk is a wonderful alternative keeping our body warm while providing freedom in movement. Benefits of wearing silk are: it preserves the body’s heat in the cold, it has moisture wicking properties keeping you dry and comfortable, it repels mold and mildew, it is hypoallergenic, and it is light and smooth making silk easy to layer under clothes.

“Silk contains natural protein and 18 essential amino acids. Studies have shown that amino acids calm the nervous system and fight against the effects of aging, especially on the skin. Silk also contains cellular albumen which helps speed up metabolism of skin cells therefore will reduce sign of aging. Silk pillows and sheets therefore are good for your facial skin and body.”  For more information go to http://www.redkora.com/silk-fast-facts.html

And… when I am wearing silk I feel lighthearted!

 How do you stay warm?