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Quick Winter Skin Tips

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Old man winter is still making his presence known and is doing so with force and vengeance.  Just like old man winter, that vengeful strand of the flu is relentless as well; it wiped out our entire house.  Now that we are all back on the road to recovery and on some semblance of normalcy I’m finding that the skin care regimen that I typically use for my twins and I just isn’t cutting it.  Albeit it’s nothing fancy but is typically enough for the Texas climate, unfortunately with the weather roller coaster we’ve had of 70 degrees one day 32 degrees the next I’ve found it isn’t enough. Our usual routine consists of baby oil gel after a shower while wet then maybe a touch-up with Aveeno cream on legs and arms before getting dressed.  Well I’m noticing that my daughters knees are now rough, extremely dry and their legs are rather ashy.  Their arms and hands are screaming for moisture and their cuticles are constantly snagged or peeling.  Now for me, my skin has bee far worse.  All three of us have eczema.  I have actually seen small scales on my hands which I’m sure is from washing them constantly trying to ensure none of us gets sick again.  My face had little dry patches on my cheeks and under my nose, of course from blowing it and probably from the dry air.  There has been a few humid days in Texas but not enough to keep our skin moisturized.  So  I started doubling up on our routine and products, it did not seem to help.  I then realized that the layer of dry rough skin was acting like a barrier which was obstructing or blocking the moisture from getting to the new skin.  The rough skin is essentially dead skin at this point anyway, so in order for the new skin to receive the benefits of the moisture it has to be exfoliated.  I did not go out and buy any fancy exfoliating scrubs with a lot of chemicals, for two reasons, one I knew I had everything I needed in my pantry and I was going to need three different kinds of scrubs. I did not want to exfoliate my face with the same thing I was going to use on my body and I did not want to use the same thing on my feet. Additionally I used a very gentle scrub on my lips to reveal their new beauty as well.  Here are the scrubs/my miracle softening agents that recovered my skin after being sick and allows to finish this winter with confidence:

Lip Scrub

  • 1 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops of essential orange or lemon oil
  • 1 tbsp. Of Organic sugar (refined sugar won’t work-it’s too fine)

Facial Cleanser

Wet your hands and add a quarter size of baking soda rub together then rub on your face.  The more water you add the less coarse it will be.

Coffee Scrub for the Body

  • 4 tbsp. Coconut oil
  • 3 tbs. Ground coffee
  • 2 tbsp. Organic sugar

Why Coffee?

It smooths your skin and evens skin toned. It deeply exfoliates the skin pores and makes it nourished by providing necessary nutrients. Caffeine also helps remove cellulite on the skin. It dehydrates the fatty cells and in turn, water and fat disappear from the surface of the skin, thus minimizing the appearance of cellulite.

Honey & Salt Foot Scrub

  • ½ cup Coconut oil
  • 2 cups finely ground Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. Honey

(this scrub will last you while and can be kept in the fridge)

University of Michigan Alumni. Master’s in Business Administration and Health Care Management. Currently working on a Doctoral Degree in Health Administration. Samira is happily married, living in Texas with her husband and two beautiful twin daughters.

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