Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter Skin #OurAuthorGang

My secret to prevent dry and itchy winter skin

I studied Natural Healing and my philosophy as a Naturopath is that “If you can’t eat or drink it safely, don’t put it on your skin either”. 

Unfortunately what I do for my skin doesn't make me this beautiful, but it keeps my skin well nourished, supple, and I don't suffer from constant itching in the winter.

I USE THIS EXFOLIATING WEEKLY FACIAL MASK:

To remove dead skin, refresh the deeper layers of the skin and promote cell turnover, mix:
2 tsp of oatmeal flour.
1-2 tsp water or yogurt.
1 tsp of honey to make a thin, but not watery consistency paste.
You can add one or two of the following according to your skin type for increased vitamin and mineral intake:

Skin types:
Normal skin: smooth and supple, clear in appearance, firm.
Use banana, watermelon, egg yolk.
Dry skin: dull textured, dehydrated, tends to tighten up in wind or cold temperature.
Use avocado, banana, pear, peach, raspberry, watermelon, apricot, egg yolk.
Oily skin: shiny with large pores, tendency for blemishes.
Use whipped egg white, cucumber juice, tomato, grapefruit, lemon or white grape.
Mature skin: expression lines, slackness around the eyes, less elasticity.
Use egg yolk, banana, cucumber juice, apple, watermelon, apricot.

Apply to your face except around your eyes.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
Rub the mask off gently with your fingertips, rinse with warm water.
Moisturize your skin.

BI-MONTHLY FACIAL PEEL WITH NATURAL INGREDIENTS:

Base mix:
2 teaspoon oatmeal flour
1 teaspoon yogurt
1 teaspoon honey to make medium consistency paste

Alpha hydroxy acids reduce wrinkles, spots and other signs of aging but using them in our moisturizers every day in synthetic form is not without danger. Using them daily leaves the skin vulnerable to sun damage and infections. By adding natural alpha hydroxy acid containing fruits or vegetables to your every third-week face mask ensures the removal of dead cells without the side effects of the synthetic acids.

You can add any of the following to your base mix:
Lactic acids: buttermilk, yogurt, powdered milk, sour cream, blackberries, tomato.
Citric acids: lemon, grapefruit, orange.
Malic acids: apple.
Glycolic acids: brown sugar from sugarcane.

For stronger peeling effect you can use papain by adding papaya or bromelain by adding crushed pineapple to the mix. These are not recommended for sensitive skin, a patch test should be done before using them.
Apply the mixture to your face and neck, except around your eyes.
Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water, moisturize.

THE CHEAPEST & BEST SKIN SCRUB:

Very messy, so I recommend using it weekly before you clean your shower.
Mix:
½ cup sugar, pour almond, pure olive or coconut oil on it to make a thick honey consistency paste. You can add 4-5 drops essential oils from the list mentioned above, according to your skin’s needs. Shower with your usual soap, rinse and then rub the sugar-oil mixture on your body with a circular motion. Rinse it off and pat-dry your skin.

What do you use to moisturize your skin?

Let’s just talk about creams and lotions a little bit:
When you try to read and understand the long list of the ingredients on creams and lotions, I bet you give up after reading the second line.
We’re so careful nowadays with what we’re putting into our stomachs. What about our skin? Everything that we apply to our skin goes right into our body as well. The long list of chemicals can affect not only your skin but also your organs by creating yet unknown chemical bonds and reactions as well as hormonal changes. Nobody would suspect an innocent looking moisturizer 15 years from now as a cause of some of your health or autoimmune problems.

They say, don’t put oil on your skin, but the truth is that in order to make a cream, you need base oil, stabilizer, and preservative to cook it into a cream. So, you have been putting oils on your skin, just not the right ones. The chemists today are doing a wonderful job of replacing natural ingredients with unpronounceable chemicals in order to make the creams and lotions presentable and acceptable. The truth is that all most creams and lotions do is just strip the natural sebum and dead skin from the top layer of your skin and add a thin layer that gives you the feeling of soft and moisturized skin. However, as soon as you wash it off or just stay in a dry room for some time, your skin becomes dry and thirsty for moisture, because below the top layer, your skin is dry.

Next time I will tell you about the natural ingredients I use as moisturizer.

For now, take a few minutes and take a look at my books: