The cooler months of the Fall and Winter can rob your skin of essential moisture. The lack of humidity in the air and the artificial heat of inside environments all contribute to chronic dry skin. Eating a seasonal diet of foods packed with antioxidants like pumpkin, sweet potatoes and carrots – and omega-rich foods like walnuts and flax seeds, help protect and repair skin cells from free radical damage and aid in retaining the skin’s moisture.
Another way to boost hydration this season is to add certain essential oils to your skincare routine. You can create your own essential oil treatment, or add a drop or two to your moisturizer for extra protection. Here are some of the best oils to use and how to use them:
Rosehip Oil – this is one of nature’s best and most powerful anti-aging oils. It can be used on its own or added to other oils to help nourish dry skin, reduce scarring and diminish the signs of stretch marks. Simply use 1 – 2 teaspoons of Rosehip oil and massage on face and neck at night. For hands and feet, use 2 – 3 tablespoons and massage into the skin. For a whole body treatment you will need about 4 tablespoons of this powerful antioxidant oil.
Why this works: Rosehip oil is high in unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants and gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) which promotes healthy skin growth. Learn more about the amazing qualities and benefits of rose oil and skincare.
Evening Primrose Oil – this light, sweet aromatic oil is excellent for dry, aging, or chapped skin. For a face and neck treatment, just add 10 drops of Evening Primrose oil to a carrier oil like olive oil, grape seed oil or sweet almond oil (even a simple vegetable oil) for effective results. For hands and feet, mix 1 teaspoon of Evening Primrose oil to 2 -3 tablespoons of carrier oil and massage into skin. For a body treatment, mix 2 teaspoons of essential oil with 4 tablespoons of carrier oil for soft, nourished skin all over.
Why this works: The vitamin E, Gamma-Linoleic acid (GLA), linoleic acid and other nutrients in this oil not only protect and moisturize the skin barrier, they are essential for cell structure and improve the elasticity of the skin.
Carrot Seed Essential Oil – carrot seed oil has recently become the darling of the skincare industy. It is an excellent addition to skincare products – especially for dry or mature skin types. For the cool season, mix 2 drops of Carrot Seed Essential oil with 2 drops of Geranium Essential oil with 10ml of Evening Primrose Oil for a powerful, antioxidant-rich treatment.
Why this works: This blend is packed with Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. Vitamin A is proven to improve mottled pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, skin tone and color, and your skin’s hydration levels, while Beta-Carotene increases cell turnover and regeneration of the outer layers of skin, restores suppleness to the skin, prevents scarring, relives symptoms of dry skin, and diminishes signs of aging.
Wild Yam Root or Carrot Powder – powders can easily be incorporated your Winter skincare routine. Simply add a little to face scrubs and body wraps for a boost. Add ¼ teaspoon to a lotion, scrub or clay mask (powders will not dissolve in an oil). These powders are rich in bête carotene – a powerhouse for protecting your skin this season.