Around the beginning of November, the skin on my face goes from manageable to as dry as the Sahara desert. My normally very minimal routine no longer suffices and in the past, I’ve resorted to a wonderful, but expensive cream by Kiehl’s. After investigating, I realised that there are easier and cheaper ways of getting the skin you want that involves just a few simple ingredients that you can find at your local health food or grocery store.
The first thing you’ll want to do is ensure that all the nutrients vital to skin health are being consumed regularly:
Water: it makes sense right? The more hydrated you are, the more hydrated your skin will be. Aim for at least 10 cups of water a day…no less.
EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids): These are your omega 3 & 6’s and sources include: cold water fish (salmon, etc), flax seeds, hemp seeds, avocado, chia seeds, nuts, and leafy greens. I also personally supplement with omega-3 fish oil capsules twice a day @ 1400 mg’s/capsule.
EFA’s cannot be absorbed through the intestines when your digestive system isn’t working properly. So, make sure that you’re avoiding foods which you may be allergic to, chew your food thoroughly, ensure adequate fiber intake (50 grams a day!), and drink lots of water to keep things “flowing”.
Have you ever heard of Jojoba Oil? The oil comes from the seed of the Jojoba shrub which is found the desert areas of both Mexico and the United States. What is unique about this oil is that its chemical structure is almost identical to the oil produced by our skin and hair. It’s nourishing and moisturizing to the skin and because it’s similar to our own oil, is easily absorbed and doesn’t leave a nasty greasy residue. Jojoba oil contains a compound called myristic acid which is an anti-inflammtory agent – this is why jojoba oil is commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. A bottle of Jojoba Oil (my favourite band is called Desert Essence) costa about $13 dollars and will last you several months.
Jojoba Oil Instructions: just put a penny sized drop of Jojoba Oil on your palms and massage into your face before bed. Overnight it will soak into your pores and absorb. The next morning, wash and moisturizer your skin as your normally would.
If you’re looking to gently exfoliate your face and get ride of those existing flakes, try the following concoction which was recommended by my classmate Emily P.
Facial Scrub Instructions: Mix a tsp of brown sugar in with a tbsp of Jojoba Oil. Spread of over your face and gently massage. Rinse, wash, and moisturize as you normally would.
THE DAILY DL (Dalai Lama):
“Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
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