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6 Organic Home Remedies for Dry Winter Skin

6 Organic Home Remedies for Dry Winter Skin

Just as you change your wardrobe for winter, you skin-care regimen should be adjusted to cope with skin changes during the colder, dryer months. Cold weather can lead to drier, flaky and even itchy, red skin. In conjunction with dermatological care, there are several organic, home-remedy options available to assist with ensuring your skin stays supple and clear as the weather changes.

1. Exfoliate once a week with a honey and sugar scrub

Honey is a natural humectant, which means it pulls moisture from the air into dry skin. Additionally, honey is high in antioxidants, which studies have shown provide antiaging effects and protection from the elements of the environment. Organic honey is important because it contains higher levels of antibacterial properties to reduce inflammation. Used together with sugar, a honey scrub will leave skin refreshed, clean and with a healthy glow.

Mix 1/3 cup of honey with 1/3 cup of sugar and massage gently onto face for about two minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. This scrub can be used on more than just the face, concentrating on dry, cracked areas like heels and elbows.

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2. Use a weekly organic mask

There are several types of organic fruits that can be used to create a mask to treat skin including bananas, papayas, and avocados. (Yes, an avocado is a fruit!) Organic fruits are more beneficial because they are grown without utilization of chemicals that may cause unwanted skin reactions. Avocados are high in antioxidants and contain vitamin A, a form a retinol, which assists in boosting cell growth and collagen. Bananas contain a variety of skin-supporting ingredients, including potassium to hydrate and moisturize, vitamin E to increase the skin’s UV resistance and lectins to protect against bacteria. Papaya is beneficial to dry skin due to a high water, B-complex, and vitamin C content and is used in a number of dermatological products. The London Dermatology Centre can assist with determining the best type of mask for your skin type.

One mask option is to mix a very ripe banana, one avocado, and an egg white into a paste. Apply to face, neck and other dry areas for about 15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. You can experiment with different combinations and preferred essential oils.

3. Throw in an egg white

Egg whites can have amazing effects on skin, including tightening and reducing large pores, helping reduce acne and blackheads and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. While all eggs can produce similar results, organic eggs are free from pollutants such as heavy metals and animal antibiotics.

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Include an egg white in any organic mask or use alone. To reap the benefits of an egg-white mask, separate the yolk and the egg white, use a fork or whisk to froth, smooth onto face and allow to froth for about 15 minutes. Rinse off and pat dry. For easier application, soak paper towels in the egg whites and apply towels to face.

4. Moisturize with a yogurt

A weekly yogurt hydration treatment can help keep away the dull skin in the cold, dry months of winter. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells, making it a great exfoliate and moisturizer. Yogurt can calm the stresses brought on by winter wind and sun.

Smooth two tablespoons of organic, plain yogurt onto a clean, freshly-washed face, leave for about 10 minutes, rinse off and pat dry. Repeat two to three times per week. Add one tablespoon of honey or a few drops of essential oil, if desired.

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5. Take an oatmeal bath

Nothing helps calm dry, irritated skin like an oatmeal bath. Colloidal oatmeal, or oats finely milled and suspended in liquid, is used for skin because the suspension of oats in the liquid allows for easy skin absorption. Colloidal oatmeal is not a breakfast food and really should not be eaten.

Run a bath with lukewarm water, add two cups of colloidal oatmeal and allow it to disperse in the water. Add a few drops of lavender oil, if desired. Soak for about ten minutes and pat dry.

6. Use natural oils to alleviate dry areas

There are a variety of natural oils that can assist with dry, irritated skin. Some oils are more appropriate for facial use, while others can benefit the entire body, hair, and nails. Not all oils are alike. The farming of organic oils is regulated by the USDA National Organic Program to ensure purity. Some popular essential oils used in skin care are:

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  • Almond oil contains a lot of Vitamin E and helps with hydration, as well as reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. Dab almond oil on elbows chapped lips and dry nail cuticles.
  • Sunflower oil contains Vitamin E and Omega-6, or linoleic, fatty acid. Omega-6 assists with decreasing skin inflammation and developing new skin cells. Put a few drops of sunflower oil on a cotton ball and pat on a freshly clean face like a toner.
  • Coconut oil is known for its moisturizing properties, as well as healing properties. Utilizing extra virgin organic coconut oil can not only leave skin feeling nourished, but it can help reduce the appearance of scars. Keep a jar of coconut oil next to your bed and lather on hands and feet every night.
  • Lavender oil is a calming oil that can be added to baths, masks and moisturizers for a spa-like effect. In addition to mind and skin calming properties, it also contains high levels of antioxidants to reduce skin stress. Dab lavender oil under your nose before going to bed for a restful sleep.

Verdict

Taking care of your skin is not just about what you put on it, but also what you put in it. Make sure to drink plenty of water, choose healthy food options and get plenty of rest.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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