Winter Skin Care

| 1/6/2015 4:06:00 PM

Sheila JulsonI’m not one of those New Year’s resolutions people, but I do like to begin each year as a time of reflection, to build off past successes and to learn from previous mistakes. To set new goals and to build upon my values of caring for community, environment, family and for myself.

So during this brutal snap of cold weather Wisconsin is experiencing, the care starts with eco-friendly skin treatment. As long as I’m reflecting on years gone by and what’s yet to come, I’m proud to say that with time comes awareness.

In my 20s and early 30s, my bathroom was stocked with almost every fruity, flowery scented skin and hair care product available. But it wasn’t until later into adulthood that I started to question why pure lavender essential oil is clear, but the lavender-scented body wash I used was tinted deep purple. And really, how can a large corporation succeed in trapping the fresh scent of the ocean into a bottle?

The answers were in the paragraph-long lists of unpronounceable ingredients on the back labels. I gradually learned to screen those marketing gimmicks aimed to sell skin care products chock full of synthetic scents and artificial colors that can actually dry the skin (to sell more lotion?) and cause sensitivities.

These days, I’m a minimalist when it comes to body care products, and many ingredients right in my own kitchen provide nourishment for not only the inner body, but also for the outside. Pure coconut oil makes an excellent moisturizer. Just dab a little right from the jar and blend into any dry areas on the skin. I use it around my eyes, on my legs after shaving, and on my hands. Coconut oil has immensely helped soothe my dry skin during winter.

Olive oil also works well. It’s a little more greasy than coconut oil, so just swipe a tiny bit from the lid of the bottle and massage it under the eyes or on the back of the hands.