The combination of cold winter air and dry indoor heat often results in seriously chapped skin and itchy scalps. Some natural ways to quench dry skin:
- Eat your water. Your family’s diet can help keep skin moisturized from the inside out. Serve up plenty of water-rich fruits and veggies, plus cooked grains, suggests herbalist Christopher Hobbs.
- Turn down the heat. Since very hot water can strip skin of its natural oils, keep the water at a slightly lower temperature during baths and showers.
- Turn up the steam. Investing in a household humidifier will bring moisture to dry indoor air. Try the MoistAir Cool Mist Humidifier, which features a fan that automatically adjusts depending on room humidity. ($90,allergybuyersclubshopping.com)
- Go au naturel. The sulfates in many conventional shampoos and conditioners can wash the oils in your scalp right out, leaving you with dry, itchy skin. Instead, turn to all-natural shampoos and conditioners. To get rid of flakes and dandruff, Hobbs suggests soaking fresh or dried rosemary in olive oil, then working half a teaspoon of the mixture into your scalp for some homemade relief.
- Rub it in. Dry skin already a problem? Slather on coconut butter for heavy-duty moisture, or try chamomile cream, a favorite of Hobbs’s because of its anti-inflammatory properties and its lightness (it’s water-based, which makes it less heavy duty than its oil-based counterparts).
Reprinted from KIWI Magazine