Well – I spent a solid two hours writing this blog, then the entire thing disappeared (thanks Squarespace). So, here is a less informative version!
Moving back to New York has completely shocked my skin – and I’m fully understanding the term “ Alligator Skin” at the moment. Between setting up the studio, batching products and moving – I have been really lazy with self care, especially exfoliating. So – it’s the perfect opportunity to write a short list of easy dry skin remedies.
I could say this one a thousand times - it’s hard to stay hydrated but it’s so crucial to skin health. Hydration helps skin stay plump, perform/function better and keep exfoliated.
Drink herbal teas, water, broth - anything, make sure youre drinking a little more than your recommended amount!
LOOFAHS + DRY BRUSHING
Keep a dry brush hanging in the shower, before you turn the water on, get in and gently brush your body in long upward strokes (ALWAYS TOWARDS THE HEART!). Dry brushing a couple times a week is good for increasing circulation, brushing off excess dry skin, and preventing varicose veins.
Loofahs are a great way to get a similar benefit to dry brushing – switch to using a loofah instead of a shower poof or your hands .
Body serums should be light weight so it absorbs easily into the skin post-shower. I love the Tropical Healing Serum because it’s light, scent free and sprayable to its easy to use. It contains Tamanu, Kuikui and Coconut Oil to deeply nourish + heal.
Plus, every bottle purchased donates $10 to ReForest Hawai’I + lasts for a long time!
HERBAL MILK BATHS
Natural ingredients added to a bath is one of my favorite things – herbs can be used for a variety of health and cosmetic issues. My favorite herbs for dry skin are: lavender, calendula, oats, chamomile. I also love adding ½ cup of ginger to Epsom salt to take a heat inducing bath – this helps your body to sweat out a cold/flu (take precaution if youre pregnant or have sensitivities).
*tip = place plant material in a muslin / cotton bag to prevent a mess, and use as a bath tea*
Milk is super moisturizing and beneficial for your skin, Cleopatra took milk baths as part of her beauty routine – so, that’s a pretty sign it works 😊
Coconut milk is nourishing and moisturizing.
Whole milk is exfoliating with natural Lactic Acid, an AHA that helps keep skin soft.
Oat milk is calming, soothing and can help if your skin is irritated or itchy (a cleaner way to use oats in a bath)
SCRUBS + MASKING
I love mixing a batch of scrub and leaving it in the shower to use (precaution, if water gets into the scrub discard after 1-2 weeks because oil + water = mold, yeast and yuck).
You can use what you have in your home, like olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, sugar, coffee grinds (used or fresh), brown rice flour, etc.
EXFOLIATING LOTIONS / WASHES
You can also use an AHA / BHA lotion or body wash daily – Be careful if you have sensitive skin and always do a patch test!