Happy Holiday Season All! We made it through Thanksgiving, now the harder one Christmas/Solstice/Hanukkah/All the other winter holidays. For a majority of us, that means decorating, planning, present shopping or present making and wondering how we're going to accomplish everything on our list. Winter also means dry, cold air, dry skin, colds and being so busy we usually forget to care for ourselves because we're so busy taking care of our to do list.
Somewhere in there our skin gets dry and itchy, which is downright annoying and doesn't put you in a better mood while you're dealing with faulty Christmas light strings and shoppers. Instead of going through gallons of lotion, there are easier, healthier and more natural ways to manage the dry skin itch or eczema breakouts we get. The biggest one, water.
When it's hot, we're constantly bombarded with "Drink more water", especially desert dwellers like me. In the winter, we don't pay as much attention because we aren't sweating and getting light headed from heat exhaustion, but your body still needs water and when you run around all bundled up to stay warm, you still do sweat. Not to mention how dry the air gets when it's cold. Keep pounding the water, pretend it's still summer, your body will appreciate it. No, hot chocolate, coffee, tea doesn't count :). Most of those are diuretics and since we tend to drink a lot more of them in the winter, they dry you out more. Stick with regular water as much as you can.
Coconut oil can be your best friend and you can buy it pretty much anywhere. Slather your hands with olive oil, it's a natural moisturizer. Go buy some pure grapeseed oil. That works well too. Try out natural soaps that have shea butter, olive oil etc in it. Quite often they'll do more for your skin than major brands will. Pull back on anything with a lot of fragrance as that can dry your skin out more. Almond oil is also great for skin.
Do these few things and you'll be a lot less itchy this winter. Hope you all have a great holiday season.
Kat is a LMT in AZ with close to a half decade of experience. She likes to talk to ppl about their health, make them feel better and get them to realize they have so much power to control their own health. Snarky yet informative, that's Kat in a nutshell. She's also available for personalized, targeted therapeutic massages, please see the scheduling page if you live in the Phoenix AZ area.