As the seasons change so do our health needs. And during the winter we all need a little extra care. To keep you healthy this winter we teamed up with our favorite online health and wellness website, iHerb to give you 11 winter wellness tips to make this your healthiest winter season ever. If you’d like to check out all our winter lotion and potion recommendations, just click the links throughout the post where you can find them at iHerb. Now let’s get ready for winter!
1. Take Extra Care Of Your Skin
Winter can be a really rough time for our skin. Between time spent in the cold, dry winter air outside and then into the moisture sucking indoor heating systems, your winter skin is just screaming for some hydration. The result: dry, itchy, scaly and parched skin that doesn’t look or feel too great. Besides using a humidifier, you can give your skin an infusion of moisture and a protective barrier from the elements by regularly using an intensive moisturizer or body balm that is meant to help repair skin. These creams are usually thicker and denser than what you would apply in summer. My absolute favorite body butter is Sierra Bees Honey Almond Body Butter. It’s all-natural and made with other skin-soothing ingredients like organic honey, shea butter, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, mango butter, and Chamomile and Green Tea. It’s also cruelty-free, non-GMO, and has no phthalates or parabens. It not only feels silky and luxurious, but it sinks into the skin quickly with no greasy feeling at all. While it makes my skin feel amazing, it’s the very light honey almond scent that makes me wish I can bathe in it. For those of you who want an intensive repair cream but enjoy a floral scent, try Petal Fresh Natural Remedy Critical Repair Cream made especially for dry, cracked and calloused skin. The formula uses the power of skin healing ingredients like sea kelp, olive oil, shea butter, and aloe. The scent is strong on this one so if you’re sensitive, the Sierra Bees is the way to go
Winter Skin Tip: Don’t have a humidifier? Placing a bowl of water near a heating vent or radiator will do the same job without any money spent. Try adding in a few drops of your favorite essential oils for an aromatherapeutic effect.
2. Try Dry Brushing Before Bathing
If the thought of brushing your skin doesn’t sound appealing hear me out. This strange little skin-care step has been around for ages but has recently been gaining popularity. Not only does dry brushing have a long list of benefits for your skin, including improved circulation and exfoliation of dead skin giving you a natural glow. But it also just feels amazing. So how do you dry brush?
All you need for dry brushing is a natural soft-bristle bath or shower brush. With the brush in hand, starting by brushing the bottoms of your feet, use large firm sweeping motions to “brush” your skin with long strokes always brushing the skin towards your heart. Continue brushing up your legs, belly, neck, and arms with firm strokes. Avoid skin that is sensitive, irritated, broken or inflamed. Jumping in the shower after will rinse away the dead skin and be sure to apply moisturizer afterward for smooth soft skin with a winter glow. We love this natural dry brush duo set from Eco Tools. The large is perfect for your body while the small one can be used for your face and neck.
3. Take A Soothing Detox Bath
While science has yet to prove all the healing wonders of a hot bath, the anecdotal evidence alone is enough to get the water running. Even if you’re more of a shower person, taking a bath once in a while can help improve your health in winter. Not only can it help to reduce the pain and inflammation of stiff winter muscles, but it can also help to improve circulation, reduce stress and tension, and elevate your body temperature which can help your body fight off infections and viruses. And all you need is a 15-minute soak in a warm bath. I love enhancing my bath water with essential oils and natural bath oils. They add a beautiful aroma and will keep skin from drying out. But never add essential oils directly to the water. Without a carrier oil, they can immediately adhere to your skin and sensitive areas which can be quite unpleasant if you know what I mean. For an all-natural ready-made bath soak, I always turn to Abra Therapeutics. Their formulas are made from a combination of therapeutic essential oils, salt, and skin-soothing oils for a relaxing soak. For an extra dose of moisture, a spritz of Deep Steep Dry Body Oil Rosewater & Aloe is a light and natural way to keep skin smooth and supple right out of the bath and prevent itchy skin.