CBN.com – Has the weather outside been frightful and your skin not so delightful? It’s time to moisturize, moisturize, and let it glow! Say goodbye to dry skin and brittle
hair, and hello to smooth skin and shiny hair.
But first, in order to achieve this, we must follow a few guidelines. With
my no frills and added bills, it can be done.
Winterize Your Skin
"Let’s first address your precious face that has been under some extreme
conditions such as heat and cold. Your skin is a bit sensitive now, and we need
to treat it with some tender treatments and soothing skin care. Start with
cutting back on exfoliation to once a week, and start cleansing your skin with
a creamy base instead of gel.
Most foaming cleansers can compromise the skin’s hydrolipid barrier. Your
skin depends on this barrier to retain water; it is the skin’s waterproof seal
that was never meant to be broken. However, mainstream skin-care regimens take
care of that by destroying it. A non-abrasive creamy cleanser like Kiss My Face Clean for a Day Creamy Face Cleanser (www.kissmyface.com, $15 will hydrate your skin as you cleanse. Its soothing vanilla and tantalizing tangerine scent awakens dull skin and also awakens you in the morning.
Did you know chlorinated water can contribute to dry
skin? Installing a shower filter can make an unbelievable difference and not
It’s time to up the moisture content of your morning and night routine and winterize the stratum corneum (the outer layer of your skin). Arbonne Intelligence Rejuvenating
Cream (www.arbonne.com, $35) is ultra-hydrating and non-greasy; it helps skin return to balance and a healthy state. The amino acids are one of the ingredients that aid
rejuvenation. It’s great for all skin types. In that same line there is a skin
conditioning oil to deeply condition dry, irritated, and chapped skin. Some of the ingredients are pecan oil, avocado oil, hazel oil, and other botanical oils to hydrate and soften your skin.
Dry Skin Terminator
If the weather has kept you inside, you may like a homemade treatment mask.
I call this the dry skin terminator.
½ cup heavy cream
1 carrot, cooked and mashed
1 avocado, peeled and mashed
3 tablespoons of honey
Combine ingredients in a bowl, whisk together, then spread mixture over
face, neck, and top of hands. Relax for 15 minutes and rinse with tepid water.
(You may not want to answer the phone with this mask on - It’s very messy.)
If this seems like too much work, an over-the-counter one such as Aubrey Organics Jojoba Meal and Oatmeal with Rose Mosqueta Mask and Scrub ($8.98) is easy to apply. Be sure to keep the container’s lid tight. I made the mistake of not doing so, and it
did not keep as long.
We must not forget about your hair! Due to the seasons changing, your hair
can become brittle and in need of moisture. I tried this pre-shampoo hair
treatment by Burt’s Bees and loved the way it made my hair glossy and soft. Use
one to two teaspoons of the Avocado Butter Hair Treatment ( www.burtsbees.com, $9)
and leave on for 15 minutes. I recommend using a wide-tooth comb to pull product through hair for more even application.
While you have either mask on or both, why not soak your body in a milk
bath? Cleopatra was known for this bath, and the results are ever so nice.
1 cup dried milk
¼ cup orange peels
¼ cup lemon peels
5 drops of Lavender oil or calendula oil
Before you get out of the tub, wash your hair with Burt’s More Moisture
Raspberry and Brazil Nut Shampoo. The raspberry extract, rich in Omega-3 and
essential fatty acids, brings new life to hair, leaving your hair
After your relaxing bath, enjoy the benefits of nature with borage oil, the
main ingredient for Borage Dry Skin Therapy.
The essential fatty acid content has the ability to retain moisture, leaving
your skin soft and smooth (www.shikai.com).
To top the experience off, use a night cream rich in moisture. Try Aubrey Organics Rose Mosqueta Night Cream with Alpha Lipoic Acid (www.aubrey-organics.com, $21.50), formulated with soy-based liposomes, micro capsules that deliver emollients and nutrients to your skin.
Maybe it’s time to enjoy and relax with a hot cup of chamomile tea and
reflect on all the great moments and blessings God has done in your life this
past year. God created beauty in all things, and He thinks you are beautiful,
wonderfully created. How great is our God to create extravagant blueprints of
our faces, bodies, and the world. He is the greatest Architect, the Great I
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I, myself, keep procrastinating, but I do need to moisturize my skin and hair. Due to ongoing hormonal issues, my hair, nails, and skin have gone through some dryness and other unpleasant changes. Definitely motivated to pursue better skin and hair health!
Be blessed and serve your King well!