Oil is Your Friend


In the winter we are normally drier inside and out due to climate changes and being subjected to radiators and heating systems indoors where we live and work. While these are essential to our comfort, they can wreak havoc on our skin. Some of the ways I combat the new seasonal surroundings are by sticking to my routine of taking oils internally, and adding them externally to my skin care products and my baths etc.

For example, I take fish oil and flax oil every day. I take flax oil in the morning with my breakfast and fish oil in the afternoon with my lunch. By the way, 3g of fish oil each day is recommended by dermatologists to stave off acne, psoriasis and eczema. Please note, if you have extreme or persistent dry skin it can sometimes be an early sign of hypothyroidism, sarcoidosis (inflammatory disease), lymphoma or basic essential fatty acid deficiency. In any case, if you have severe or persistent dry skin you need to pay a visit to your physician.

 MY GO-TO PRODUCT FOR DRY WINTER SKIN?? Of course, I am partial to my Hard Night Good Morning product, the PM Oil Cleanser/Makeup Remover. I formulated this product as a quadruple threat to remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize skin and use on dry skin and hair. It is a miracle! In addition to olive oil, it is formulated with a host of other oils including sea buckthorn oil, avocado oil, almond oil, tamanu oil, argan oil, frankincense and triphala oil. It is also chock full of antioxidants such as red marine algae and acai. This product is a lifesaver in the winter as well as while traveling. When I was in India for a month this was my go-to product for dryness, and to use on my hair instead of packing extra hair oil…voilà, problem solved!

During the winter months I also take olive oil baths. Take ¼ cup of olive oil and then a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I am an “aromatherapy fiend”, so I have around 50 plus scents to choose from, but the most popular for baths tend to be the relaxing ones like lavender. You can find singular oils and relaxation blends at your local natural market or online. If you are feeling stuffy during the winter months, or have a cold coming on, try adding some eucalyptus. Also, when you are dry you can rub the olive oil into your skin and even use it to moisturize your hair and nails and lips. You don’t have to go to the spa. You can just bring the spa home to your bathroom!

Feel free to comment with any specific questions you may have!

- D'Andra

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