12/19/2012 11:45 EST | Updated 02/18/2013 05:12 EST

Winterize Your Skin and Get a Holiday Glow


The holidays are upon us and in most cases all of us will eat and drink way too much sugar, salt and fat. These type of foods can wreak havoc on our skin. In the winter, forced dry indoor air, wind, colder temps and less humidity all pull the moisture from the skin. You may think a hot shower will do the trick, think again, hot water makes your skin more dry, a lukewarm, shorter shower is better in the winter months.

If you want your skin to glow this holiday season, here are a few tips and products that will do the trick, beautifully.


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Shea Butter is nut oil that nourishes the skin. It is full of vitamin A, E and F. Vitamin F is a natural anti-aging agent and along with the other vitamins makes it a great moisturizer your face and body. It retains your skin's natural moisture.

Tip: Use it on the heels of your feet liberally, it will help cracks disappear. I apply Shea Butter to my feet, wrap them with saran wrap, put my socks on and go to bed. I do this for four or five days in a row and the difference is huge.

Aloe Vera Gel is a natural anti-septic that contains 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins and 18 amino acids. It supplies oxygen to the skin, which increases your skins strength, hydrates and makes your skin more flexible. Aloe Vera is great to use on the whole body.

Cosmetic grade Seaweed Extract is rich in iron and iodine and helps reduce oil secretion from a gland, which helps reduce breakouts and balances the Ph level of your skin giving you glowing skin with better tone and texture.

Tip: add ½ teaspoon or less to your moisturizer.

Pink Himalayan Salt contains 60 minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and copper elements that you skin needs, especially during winter. You can use these salts for exfoliation, just add a little water to a small amount of salt and exfoliate your skin, or add them to a bath and soak in its detoxifying agencies.

Rosehip Oil is a natural retinol-A, an anti-aging property that is found in a lot of anti-aging creams. It has a high content of vitamin C and is prefect used under make-up because it helps protect the skin from the hash winter weather.

Tip: You can use Rosehip on your face, neck and chest or add two to six drops in your moisturizer.

Pure Argan Oil is perfect for your hair and skin. It is rich in vitamin A, phenols and fatty acids and offers deep hydration for your skin and hair.

Tip: Apply directly to hair or skin or add a few drops to your cosmetics.

There are several essential oils that are amazing for skin care; however overuse of one essential oil can over-sensitize your skin. Your body may have a skin reaction from the synergy. I suggest changing up the blends so your skin and body does not become immune to the essential oils.

Some essential oils sold in natural health food shops may be adulterated, so you need to ask questions about what the quality of the essential oils are. All essential oil manufacturers should be able to provide you with a chemo-graph chart and show you the chemical constituents of the essential oils batch and it all depends on the crop of the harvest, the chemical constituents will always change on a yearly basis.