Rejuvenate winter skin with antioxidant-rich oils

Winter is harsh on your skin.

It can leave your face and hands dry, chapped and red. Definitely not the skin you want to show to the world.

Before you grab that lotion in the beauty aisle at your local store, consider using something much more natural. Because if you think that the FDA has fallen down on the job when it comes to making sure that our food is safe and free of dangerous chemicals, you’d be amazed at how dangerous our beauty supplies can be and still be called safe.

In fact, your simple moisturizer with sunscreen that you use daily could be hiding parabens that disrupt your hormones and increase your risk of breast cancer, synthetic colors that could lead to cancer, unnecessary fragrances that can cause allergies and even respiratory and reproductive problems, as well as phthalates and triclosan — known endocrine disruptors.

It’s shocking what our government says is safe, isn’t it?

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The good news is that you aren’t stuck using these dangerous ingredients for your dry skin.

In fact, you can rejuvenate your winter skin and get a healthy spring glow—just in time for spring — using completely natural products.

Because of their greasy nature, many people don’t think of using oil to boost their skin’s health. But just like there are good oils to incorporate in your daily diet, there are good oils that make your dry skin healthier and more moisturized without a greasy residue.

There are two oils that I highly recommend to get your skin back in shape after a long, dry winter and to help keep it soft, protect it from daily stresses and decrease the damage caused by aging.

These two oils are argan oil and avocado oil.

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels found in the fruit of Moroccan argan trees.

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And, while it’s been known for its benefits for dry hair, it’s also great for your dry skin because it has high levels of vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. These powerful ingredients reduce inflammation and redness, help your skin cells form healthy membranes, and even promote healthy collagen, helping you to get rid of those fine lines and wrinkles.

Avocado is also a good choice. And, although it sounds like it’s just for cooking, avocado oil is also a great soothing oil for dry or irritated skin.

Like argan oil, avocado oil is high in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids to revitalize your skin and decrease inflammation. It’s also a rich emollient, helping you overcome the damage the winter air caused for your skin.

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Which oil is right for your dry skin?

While argan oil is great for fine lines and alleviating dry skin, avocado oil helps if your skin is itchy as well as dry and is a great choice to prevent further dryness because of its humectant properties. You can choose one or try them both to see which delivers the best results for your dry skin.

Before using either oil on the delicate skin of your face, check to make sure that you don’t have any sensitivity. The best way to do this is through a patch test.

Just apply a few drops of the oil to the skin of your arm and rub it in. Monitor it for about 24 hours. If you have no reaction, feel free to move on to using the oil on your face, hands, and anywhere else you would like to get the benefits of using it. Use nightly at bedtime to wake up to softer, healthier skin.

Instead of a chemical laden brand name moisturizer, consider using a natural oil instead. You’ll be surprised how fresh, moisturized and young your skin looks even after a long cold winter.

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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

By Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst is a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, with more than 20 years of experience. She has dedicated herself to helping others enjoy life at every age through the use of alternative medicine and natural wellness options. Dr. Schmedthorst enjoys sharing her knowledge with the alternative healthcare community, providing solutions for men and women who are ready to take control of their health the natural way.