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Winter Skin Tips: 8 Fabulous Ways to Save Your Skin

It’s no secret that the winter can wreak havoc on our skin: our hands start splitting, lips become chapped and skin becomes dull and gray. Sound familiar? Go on, raise your hand! If your skin is suffering from the freezing temperatures, no need to worry! With these 8 tips, your skin will soon be thanking you!

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1. Keep coconut oil handy: Before leaving the house each morning, apply a thin layer of coconut oil all over your hands before putting on your gloves. The oil will lock in moisture, keeping your hands supple until you wash them. Be sure to moisturize your hands throughout the day with more oil. Don’t be afraid to carry your coconut oil with you! If you need a reminder, try keeping a bottle of coconut oil by your bedside. Before bed each night, lather up your hands and feet and drift off to a tropical oasis!

2. Stay hydrated: Even though you may not be sweating as much as you did during the summer, staying hydrating in the winter is as equally important! By drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water (64 oz) a day, you can keep your skin soft and supple by keeping your cells hydrated.

3. Moisturize at the right time: While your skin is still damp from the warm bath or shower is the perfect time to lotion up! The lotion or oil locks in the moisture from the water, keeping your skin moisturized for hours. Try to avoid super hot showers which can actually dry out your skin!

4. Try Omega 3: If your skin just can’t get enough moisture, try consuming omega 3. Found in fish, avocado, walnuts,  flax seed and olive oil [just to name a few] omega 3 keeps the skin hydrated from the inside out.

5. Ditch the runny lotion: If your skin drinks gulps lotion, you may have better luck with a cream. Nubian Heritage’s Body Lotion feels like butter-heaven. It soaks right in, leaving your skin moisturized for hours. Plus, it isn’t full of any awful chemicals that will leave your skin more dry!

6. Dress appropriately: Below freezing temperatures with an even colder wind-chill? Be sure to keep your face covered! Protecting your body from the harsh elements helps to prevent the cold, dry air from drying out your skin. Use a scarf to keep your face covered while you are outside.

7. Exfoliate the dry spots: A simple exfoliation with honey and sugar is a great way to get rid of any dead, dry skin while prepping your skin for moisturization. Gently rub the honey and sugar mixture on your dry spots: elbows, hands, heels. After rinsing be sure to apply a layer of coconut oil to lock in moisture.

8. Protect your lips: Apply your favorite chapstick multiple times per day, even if your lips aren’t dry. Rather than waiting for your lips to become chapped, take steps to ensure soft, hydrated lips all winter long. Try keeping your chapstick in your pocket to ensure easy access. To keep my lips moisturized all day long I use Mongo Kiss by Eco Lips and love it!

How are you staying hydrated this winter? Comment below!

-Zeena

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Great tips. You have any tips for dry scalp?

    • Brown & Coconut says:

      Hi Tavia,

      I suffer from dry scalp, too! First, I’d recommend cleansing your scalp with a gentle shampoo. Our favorites include Everyday Coconut Shampoo and the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Curl Enhancing Shampoo (both available at Whole Foods). Try to avoid any shampoos that feel like they are stripping the moisture from your scalp and hair. Also, avoid shampoos that contain harsh chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Make sure you wash your scalp on a regular basis. Once or twice a week massage a warm oil (like olive oil, coconut oil, or castor oil) + fresh lemon juice into your scalp. The oil will help to moisturize your scalp while the lemon helps to remove any buildup. After massaging in the oil, shampoo it out. I’d also recommend clarifying your scalp 1x per week with an apple cider vinegar + water rinse after shampooing. The ACV helps to remove buildup (buildup can cause itchy, dry scalp), destroy bacteria living on scalp, soften hair + promote shine, while also restoring the natural pH of your scalp which can alleviate dry scalp. Simply mix 1/4 cup of ACV in 8 oz of water. Pour mix over hair and massage into scalp.

      In summary:
      -Massage oil + lemon into scalp 1x per week
      -Shampoo with a gentle shampoo 2-3x per week
      -Clarify after shampooing with ACV rinse (ACV+Water) 1x per week

      Good luck, Tavia! Happy New Year!

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