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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 September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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