In addition to all the wonderful new foods and drinks we have brewing and stewing in our kitchen (kombucha, milk & water kefir, bone stocks, Fermented Cod Liver Oil, lots of animal fats (saturated fats), etc…) that will, hopefully, finally lead me to a more balanced skin type ~ I’m very careful what I put on my skin, as you read in my previous post about my facial care.
I have dry skin (except on my face and scalp). Terribly dry skin. I have ever since I can remember. And in recent years I’ve learned that soap is the devil when it comes to this condition. When I was small I remember my grandmother teaching me to slather the washcloth up with as much soap as it would hold to wash my entire body with. I no longer do that! Why? Because it was sucking every bit of moisture out of every inch of my skin. So what do I do now? I switched to using Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, but only on the “important” parts. Once or twice a week (depending on the season) the rest of me gets an oily bath using these items from the kitchen:
In a bowl I mix:
3 Tbs. of raw sugar
1 tsp. of Vitamin C crystals
3 Tbs. of coconut oil (or any other oil that I may have on hand)
Stand in the bath tub or shower and rub this mixture over all of your dry skin areas. You don’t have to be too terribly afraid of it getting onto any oilier areas, since coconut oil is good for all types of skin conditions. Once I’m covered all over with the oily sugar, I like to soak a while in the tub. This gives the oils some time to penetrate the skin and the hot water helps to open pores.
On the days in between I find that I really don’t need to use any lotion at all since I’m not stripping my skin of it’s natural oils with harsh soaps. If I do need a little extra moisturizing on the off days then I just apply a little coconut oil to the problem area.
Occasionally it’s relaxing to soak in a hot tub. But even just water can be super drying. In that case I have a couple of different options that I bounce between:
- 1 cup of kombucha added to the bath water.
- 1/2 cup honey and 1 cup milk added to the bath water.
- Apple Cider Vinegar and some baking soda can also be relaxing. It also helps to draw out impurities if you’re going through any type of cleanse (such as a die-off from repairing your gut flora for example)
That’s it! Easy peasy!
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