Here are our top 5 beauty boosts for later winter because sometimes, when you are in the thick of it, it’s hard to remember those simple little tricks that keep us feeling happier and healthier. Whether its drinking enough water, using a humidifier, or taking time for a little TLC little things can have a big impact.
We still have a long way to go until the flowers bloom so we’ve put together our Top 5 Specific Tips for Happy, Healthy Skin and Hair (using ingredients you probably already have).
- Take a bath. Seriously. A therapeautic magnesium salt bath. You probably have a box of Epsom salts lurking in the back of your bathroom cabinet. You might remember that they are good for bruising and sprains but what you may not know if that absorbing the magnesium through your skin is the best method of absorbtion. Better than supplements, fizzy drinks or anything else. Adding 2 cups of salt to your very warm bathwater and soaking for 25 minutes will do wonders for your physical and mental well being.
- Is your scalp feeling itchy and tight with little visible flakes of skin? Does it feel kind of oily at the same time? What you need is oil cleansing. I’m sure you have heard of this for your face-the double cleansing method where oil is applied and rubbed in with the theory that oil pulls oil and followed up by a wash with a foaming cleanser. This will work wonderfully for your scalp too. When winter descends we are all so conscious to apply extra moisture to our face, hands and body ignoring that our scalps are feeling the dryness as well. Jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oils are best because they are light and easily absorbed and washed away. Apply oil and then massage the scalp to help loosen trapped debris and help the oil penetrate. Leave on for 15 minutes prior to shampooing. (Did you know that Arnica has been known to rejuvenate and stimulate the hair follicles? Our GingerElixir+Arnica Oil contains all the recommended ingredients for this scalp treatment.)
- Is your hair feeling lifeless and blah? Do you feel like you need a Deep Cleansing treatment? Two ingredients that boost the effectiveness of cleansers are kaolin clay and baking soda. Kaolin Clay draws out impurities and baking soda boosts the cleansing action and balances. Both of these ingredients are found in ourLemongrass+Melissa Shampoo and Conditioner. You can make a hair mask by combining one half ounce of shampoo with an ounce of conditioner and a tsp of baking soda. Apply to wet hair and leave on for 20 minutes then rinse with cool water.
- If you take a minute and think about it-does your skin feel dry, tight or itchy anywhere on your body? Yes is a pretty common answer during the winter months. But moisturizer alone is not the answer. If you itch, that skin needs to come off so that your moisturizer can actually be effective on the layers underneath. If it is rough, dry, flaky or itchy it needs to go. The most effective and gentle way to do this is with a sugar polish. You can do this easily at home by combining organic sugar and any vegetable oil into a paste and massaging into damp skin and then rinsing. The sugar acts as gentle sandpaper and the oil lubricates and smooths. There are a million variations to the recipe but ours is organic sugar suspended in organic coconut oil (so it’s not drippy and messy)plus we coat every grain of sugar with glycerin which draws moisture to the skin and gives a better rinse and it smells amazing. Exfoliation, moisturizing, and aromatherapy all at once!
- Our last tip for staying healthy this winter….wash your hands! Be sure that what you are using to wash away germs isn’t overkill. You don’t need supercleansers or antibacterial anything. Just washing with warm water, gentle suds and a rinse. Some aromatherapy thrown in makes it even better. It took us a long, long time to launch ourHand+Body Wash because honestly, I’ve used shampoo in the shower for years. Why create another bottle? But in trying different formulations for the wash I kept coming back to the really great rinseability and afterfeel of the hand+body wash and I love to have this by my sink!