Winter Skin Woes

As of late, many of my conversations with friends have focused on complexion woes – zapped moisture creating flakiness, harsher weather bringing on redness, or a number of other factors causing malcontent.  Every season inevitably brings change, but there is a natural secret to keeping skin healthy and balanced all year long: moisturizing with oils.

For quite some time, we’ve been conditioned to turn a weary eye on oil, believing it is the culprit behind breakouts and other pesky skin problems.  However, it is an essential building block to beautiful skin as it penetrates and nourishes the deeper layers of the skin, unlike conventional moisturizers or creams that sit on the surface.  Whether you need the anti-inflammatory properties of hemp oil or the silkiness of grape seed oil, there are a ton of options to choose from.  And winter is the perfect time to begin incorporating oils into your routine.

My great-grandmother, who was known for her incredible skin, massaged her face daily with almond oil.  I’ve adopted her regimen and massage a nicked-sized amount of sweet almond oil onto my face every night.  It’s good for all skin types and is easily absorbable.  To further tone down any redness, I add one drop of either pure chamomile or lavender essential oil to the almond oil, which heals broken capillaries and spots.

A word of advice when shopping for your beauty oils: shop in the kitchen section of your grocery store and buy organic, unrefined cooking oils when possible.  The food-grade versions of these oils are regulated by the FDA, while the oils you find on the beauty shelves are not and cost at least double the amount – and many actually contain fillers instead of pure oil.

Slather away and settle in for a season of happy skin!

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