Winter Skin Care

At this time of the year most people I know suffer from very dry skin. I drink lots of water and use cream constantly but it is still flaky, itchy and rough. To properly moisturize I need to remove the dry flaky stuff first so the cream will get absorbed into my skin versus the top layer of dry skin that acts like a barrier. It is necessary to slough or exfoliate the top layer of skin before you can get to the part that needs it.  scrub

In an effort to find a ‘natural’ treatment for dry skin, I did a little research into recipes I could make at home. I wrote a post a few years ago about this scrub and I still highly recommend it.  skin care

Winter Skin Scrub

For this recipe you will need:

  • juice from half a lemon
  • 8 drops of tea tree oil
  • baking soda
  • water

Combine all the ingredients and make sure you use a large bowl as the combination will bubble up. After you mix everything into a paste, you put it on your cleansed face and leave it like a mask for 10 minutes. It stings a bit on any pimples that are present from the lemon juice, but it isn’t unbearable. This paste works really well for drying out pimples too. 

From the Well.ca DIY website: 

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Results?

We rinsed it off with lots of warm water and definitely noticed the exfoliating benefits. My skin was pink at first, as it is sensitive, but it was back to normal within 5 minutes. Overall it is a nice scrub and my skin feels smoother than it did before I used it.

I think that this treatment would be good to use approximately once a week. I am not a medical person and this is my opinion only based on what I do. 

After all that dry skin is gone you can moisturize with your favourite cream or coconut oil. I bet you will see a difference right away! 

lemon in the scrub for your skin eclecticsoapbox.com

Natural Ingredients

I love lemons. I always have them in the house to make lemon, honey and hot water to drink first thing in the morning. After I squeezed the juice out of the half lemon for this recipe, I used what was left to wipe down my kitchen counter. You just rub the lemon half over the counter. I LOVE the smell. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rose oil for the pure scent of it. 

Tea tree oil is new for me. I have heard all sorts of great uses for it which is why I finally bought some. It has a pretty strong scent. I only put 8 drops in this recipe even thought it says you can use up to 10. It isn’t my favourite scent but neither is oil of oregano and I use that for it’s powerful germ fighting ability. (Two drops daily under my tongue during high germ season.)

Hopefully I have reminded you just how important it is at this time of year to take a little extra care of yourself. With the cold weather, and lots of late nights our skin problems can get worse! Perhaps this face scrub is exactly what you need to battle your own big red zit?

lemon scrub for your skin

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