Monday, October 15, 2012

The Best Remedies and Products for Dry Winter Skin - Ask the Expert: Jamie

Fall is here ladies, and with it comes the dry air, cold, and heaters. All of these things can take a major toll on our skin, hands and nails, and hair. So I have found some remedies for the dryness our bodies are sure to fall victim to in the upcoming months.

Here are a couple of home remedies for keeping your nails and cuticles hydrated:  

The first is an olive oil soak. The oil will penetrate the cuticles and provide a protective coating on the surface of the nails. For a quick fix, immerse your fingertips into about an inch of olive oil in a small bowl (enough to cover your entire nail and cuticle) and soak for 15 minutes. When you are finished wash your fingers, being careful not to wash the oil completely off of your nails, with a mild cleansing soap and then moisturize. 

You can also try a vegetable oil massage, which will soften the skin around the nail and help keep it from ripping and tearing. Just use a drop of canola or safflower oil on each fingernail and massage it into the cuticle and nail. Use an orange stick to push cuticles back. Repeat this 3 to 4 times a day until the nails become less brittle, and then continue using the oil every other day.  

Or for a more intense treatment, you can also leave the oil treatment on all night so it will have time to penetrate deeper into the nail and cuticle. This will help the nails look healthy longer. One way to do this is to take 10 cotton balls and rip them in half. Saturate 5 of the halves with olive or vegetable oil and place over each nail on one hand, tape the dry cotton over the oiled cotton to your finger, and repeat on the other hand. You can put cotton gloves on your hands to help the cotton stay on your fingers and to keep oil from getting all over. Keep this on as long as you can or try it overnight. Another easy tip to keep in mind is to make sure you are moisturizing every time after you wash your hands.

And here are some excellent products to try to help battle the fall and winter elements: 

A good all over moisturizer that keeps working for 24 hours is Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion. Its natural ingredients and oils help give it long lasting power. 

For hydrating the hair and scalp use Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil. This deep revitalizing oil will soften split ends and add shine. Josie Maran Argan Oil can be an allover dryness treatment, from the scalp and hair to the cuticles, and even an allover body oil after taking a shower. This lightweight oil won't leave your skin shiny because it really isn't oily after its rubbed in. 

Nude Skincare Cleansing Facial Oil sounds kind of weird to clean your face with, but it is a natural, nonirritating way to clean your face, and it's rich in omega-3 and vitamin E.  Using an oil cleanser on your face will help break up and remove the natural pore-clogging oils in your skin, and will keep your face hydrated as well.  

For a great moisturizer that was made specifically for cold weather, try Ole Henriksen Insulator Creme. It's extremely hydrating and soothing; it also contains essential fatty acids which help the skin to repair itself. For those bone chilling days, use Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Self Heating Body Souffle. It has a self-heating component that helps stimulate circulation and penetrates muscles.  

And last but not least, you need to get rid of dead, flaky skin by exfoliating. Try Suki Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser. It will smooth out the skin's surface but is still gentle and it also helps diminish the signs of aging. This product has all natural ingredients and is 100% vegan.

Cheers to the beautiful change of season and to taming the effects it can have on your body!

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