‘Tis the season… And you know I don’t mean the fun season of holiday parties, festive cocktails and beautiful presents with ribbons on them. No, those days are sadly behind us, my friends. I mean the season of DRY SKIN! Can I get an “Oh man!” [Oh, man!] These days, it seems like whenever I get together with my girls for a couple of cocktails, we always come back to the same question – how to keep our skin hydrated in the healthiest way possible. Our skin is our largest organ, after all, so we want to be mindful of what where exposing it to… I always get a lot of questions about my go-tos for natural hydration, and that’s why we’re devoting this inaugural post of our Dear WTD series to this very topic. So, without further ado…
I board a flight to Montreal for a work trip, and the moment I sit down, my skin is incredibly itchy. So much so that my incessant scratching is causing the guy next to stare…and not in a good way. (And he’s kinda cute…help!) – Flying Dry
We all hate when people, especially cute guys, stare at us for the wrong reasons! So, girl, here are my suggestions for you:
Dry brush before your shower – dry brushing not only exfoliates your skin, allowing it to hydrate more efficiently, but also helps the detoxification process generally by opening up your pores. I like this brush by Earth Therapeutics.
Coconut oil. Every morning after your shower. And again before your flight, if your flight is not in the morning. Cover your entire body with coconut oil. It will change your skin, trust me. Make sure to choose a coconut oil that is organic – my go-to is Nutiva and I keep a giant tub of it beside my shower.
And hydrate! Flying is super dehydrating, so make sure to drink a lot of water before you get on the flight, as well as while you’re flying. Pack a glass water bottle and fill it once you get through security – Mother Nature will thank you. And try to avoid consuming any alcohol or caffeine prior to and during your flight – I know, I know, easier said than done, especially when an airline serves free wine (I’ve been there). So if you’re going to imbibe (or caffeinate), make sure to drink even more water. Your skin will thank you.
Finally, pack travel-sized containers of your favorite natural moisturizers/oils. I always travel with both lavender and chamomile essential oils which I use to relax and wake-up, respectively, when I travel – but I also like to mix them with a bit of organic vegetable oil and massage them into my cuticles for a little extra hydration.
Practice these tips and you can be sure that when your cute seatmate starts glancing your way, you’ll be all systems go for a little in-air flirting.’
My manicurist has been giving me a hard time about my cuticles…and the way I pick at them. But I can’t help myself! They are always peeling and I find myself mindlessly trying to clean them up. Any tips to avoid getting lectured at my next appointment? – Critical Cuticle
I love my manicurist, but she can dole out some tough love, too – so I hear you, lady! There are a ton of cuticle oils (both natural and not) on the market, but why shell out extra money when you can use that tub of coconut oil that you’re now keeping beside your shower (see above)? Massage that oil into your cuticles whenever they feel dry. It’s also a good idea to keep a small jar in your office, since office air tends to be particularly dry during the winter. (Just ask my poinsettia, which, sadly, did not survive the holiday season…and I swear I was watering it on the regular!) And consider investing in a set of moisturizing gloves for some extra hydration a night. Trust me, try these tips (and stop picking your cuticles) and your manicurist will be praising you by your next appointment.
The cold weather has left my skin feeling totally dry, so I’ve upped the amount of moisturizers I’m using…leading to pimples! How can I keep my skin hydrated without looking like I’m back in middle school? – Middle School Moisturizer
Adult acne is so annoying – after all, we had to live through all of those awkward teen years, so shouldn’t we be rewarded by having clear skin in adulthood? Sadly, such is life…and moisturizers and foundations containing a lot of chemicals and other additives can actually clog our pores leading to, you guessed it, pimples. Now, I have to admit, that I love my Chantecaille ‘Just Skin’ Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen, which is not a natural beauty product – and I cheat on my natural moisturizer with my Chantecaille when I go out, because I love it. But, that being said, this winter, I have discovered a great natural tinted moisturizer that I am actually digging – Josh Rosebrook’s Tinted Nutrient Day Cream with SPF 30. The consistency is not too oily, the coverage is fairly good and it provides me with the triple threat of moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup in one.
In the morning, I also add three drops of Odacite’s Black Cumin Cajeput Serum Concentrate to my moisturizer, which is formulated to combat and prevent pimples. And at night, I use three drops of this serum or Odacite’s Jojoba Lavender Serum Concentrate (to target clogged pores) in combination with my Odacite Divine Rose & Neroli Balancing Toner Mist for a more intense skin treatment. Twice a week, I exfoliate with Odacite’s Jojoba Beads Exfoliant and, once a week, I moisturize with Odacite’s Deep Hydration Masque. Basically, I’m a fan of Odacite, if you couldn’t tell. All of these products (except for the Chantecaille moisturizer) are available at my fave, The Detox Market.
And if you’re really committed to intense moisturizing, why not book a facial with your naturopath? I went for a pre-2016 holistic dermatology skin therapy treatment with my naturopath, Dr. Jen Newell, which focused on complete hydration. It made such a difference! Hopefully these tips will leave your skin both clear and hydrated – because, after all, a youthful glow is all we really want to carry forward from those teen complexion years…
I hate this time of year. My psoriasis always flares up at the slightest dip in temperature. With the dry air, comes my patchy dry skin. I feel like an alligator and feel like I always have to wear long sleeves to cover up. What can I do? – Undercover Alligator
Undercover Alligator, I hear you. As a psoriasis sufferer myself, I hate getting those rough skin patches, which always seen to do double duty in the winter. Of course, it is important, like with any skin issue, to see your dermatologist for advice particular to you. But this winter, I came across a fantastic new product that I have recently started using – Lorna Vanderhaeghe GLA Skin Oil. GLA is a fat found in borage oil and helps to keep skin cells moist and strong. It is often used as a natural treatment for conditions like eczema and psoriasis and can be taken both orally and applied as a topical to rough skin patches. I’m still at the beginning stages of experimenting with this oil, so the jury is still out, but so far so good! Stay tuned, but if you feel so inclined to try it for yourself in the interim, go for it.
It’s date night, and things might turn romantic. But even though my moves maybe smooth, my skin is far from it. Thoughts? – Hot and Flaky
Date night is the best, Hot and Flaky. And of course, we want our skin to be primed and ready to reap the benefits of those smooth moves. To treat dry lips, which we certainly do not want for date night, I love Pure + simple’s Organic Lip Balm in Peppermint and Lavender scents. And for an extra intense nightly lip hydration treatment, I use Pure + simple’s Organic Peppermint Lip Oil.
And remember when I mentioned coconut oil above? Let me say it again – coconut oil. It’s the best natural moisturizer a girl could ask for. Seriously. Just be mindful that coconut oil is not water soluble, so careful when using it as anything more than a moisturizer…like a massage oil, for example, or a lubricant. If condoms are your contraceptives of choice, they won’t stand up well to coconut oil, so opt for a water soluble alternative massage oil or lubricant. Which you’ll be sure to need when you show up on your date with your coconut oil-soft skin!