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2/2/11 Rehydrate Winter Skin

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM

UGH, winter! I’m so sick of the cold wet weather, and the dry scaly skin!

Have you noticed how it doesn’t seem so hard to keep your skin looking and feeling soft until mid-January, and then all of a sudden your daily post-shower lotioning just isn’t cutting it anymore? By February your skin has started to take on a gray tinge, the scales start to form on your legs, and you just ignore the white build up on your heels, and the rough skin on your elbows, because you’re covered in sweaters, pants and scarves all winter anyway, right?

WRONG! You’re way too fabulous to let yourself go like this. I know Big Phil didn't see his shadow today, and I'm as hopeful as the next girl that spring will come early this year, but you can't wait for it! You deserve to have beautiful soft skin all year round, and it’s really not that hard to achieve and costs next to nothing if you know what to use. Try this Chocolate Milk Bath combined with a sugar or salt scrub, and I PROMISE, you’ll love the skin you’re in!

Chocolate Milk Bath:

1 Cup Heavy Cream (Whole Milk will work too, but not reduced fat like 2%, 1%, or skim. This is about as nourishing as plain water to your skin…)

2 TBS Honey (you just add a few squirts, it doesn’t have to be exact)

2 TBS unsweetened Cocoa Powder

- Place cream in a microwave safe cup, add honey, and heat for 30 seconds.

- Add Cocoa Powder, mix well until all ingredients are combined.

- Add to a tub of warm water, and soak as long as desired.

Why this works:

The Heavy Cream contains moisture, fat, and proteins that nourish skin.

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that is locks moisture into the top layers of skin instead of allowing it to be absorbed from the surface.

Chocolate is also super nourishing for your skin. It contains Powerful antioxidents that improve skin’s texture (reduces scaliness, roughness, and smoothes skin’s surface). Cocoa has also been proven to protect skin from damaging UV rays.

While in the bath, use an exfoliating sugar (or salt) scrub to remove dead skin cells and force hydrating oils into skin. Rub the scrub over skin until the sugar dissolves, allow the essential oils, and other hydrating ingredients to remain in the bath with you while you soak. Once you feel like you have soaked up enough hydrating chocolate milk bath, drain the tub, and turn the shower on to rinse your skin.

After the bath, while skin is still damp, apply a rich moisturizer, like pure coconut oil, a cocoa butter balm or lotion, or another kind of heavy body cream (I like Bath and Body works body creams).

Thanks for reading!

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I'll answer them in my next blog.


Categories: Skin Care, Home Remedies

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