While I never watch the Today show, this morning I found myself checking out the weather forecast (it's cold and snowing here in Ohio). The skin-care-tips people came on to tell us how to care for our skin in the dry winter weather (the segment used Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," oddly, as its musical interlude).
We had sugar treatment lip care, Aveeno moisturizer, and leave-in conditioner. One woman advocated humidifiers and keeping more plants in the household, along with bowls of water, to disseminate water (perhaps the only suggestion I could wholeheartedly advocate without squirming). Then, for dietary advice, we had "lots of nuts," (squirming now) salmon, and avocado (for Omega-3s...ok I'm with the salmon...not sure about the avocadoes). And, of course, antioxidant-containing foods (what does this even mean?).
What say ye in paleo-response fashion? For me, I just apply coconut oil when I get out of the shower...
Don't use soap and leave your skin's natural oils intact! Eat fat so you have natural oils to begin with. Works for me anyway. :) The only thing that gets dry is my lips and I use Badger lip balm for that.
Oddly enough, for the first time this winter I am supplementing K1/K2 (Life Extension, 1 mg K1, 1 mg K2 m-4, 0.1 mg K2 m-7 dosed 2x or 3x per week w. D3 drop or two) and I have yet to get chapped lips. Have only used chap stick on a couple of bitterly cold/windy days, all other late spring and winter days nothing. Skin on fingers is a little dry but not nearly as chapped as last year. Keep humidity at ~ 35% when I'm home, it is lower at work.
Sorry to vent here, but I have a small pet peve about the words "skin care." One does not "care" for their outer layer of skin. It may look dry or flake or whatever but the skin is already dead. The way to keep your living skin underneath from truly being damaged is to avoid sun over-exposure.
That said, one method for avoiding the dry look that hasn't been mentioned so far is to use a humectant (draws moisture from air into skin) like glycerin or honey. I prefer this to oil as oil tends to get a little greasy on my skin and get on my clothes or pillowcases.
As delicious as hot showers feel on freezing-cold mornings, turn down the heat on the faucet a bit, since hot water is particularly drying.
And I second coconut oil as a moisturizer. Or olive oil, since it tends to be less comedogenic.
My hands get very dry and cracked, especially in the winter. I've found that rubbing a small amount of warm (liquified) tallow into my hands (or just getting it naturally from handling fatty beef) works wonders. I remember back in the day lanolin was all the rage, and I figured tallow would be similar. For some reason jojoba oil and coconut oil aren't quite enough for my hands.
Lately my fave face treatment is mashed avocado mask. After washing with a gentle cleanser, I slather on a layer of avocado and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I take a warm, damp washcloth and gently wipe it off. It is just the right amount of moisturizer for my skin. I can then apply a sunscreen on top if I'm going outside or leave it alone if I'm going to bed.
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