Our skin connects our inner selves to the outside world by sweating out wastes in the body. It connects the outside world with our inner selves through nerve endings that tell us what a cat's whiskers or a paper-cut feels like. What a powerful job! We mostly just expect it to look nice, but it does so much more than that.
Even though winter 2015 was a dreamy warm wonderland, winter 2016 may be an entirely different experience. The days to come will likely have us adding another log to the fire and turning our thermostats up, further drying out the air.
Our skin, eyes, sinuses all become dry, possibly leading to other problems. I like to make sure I'm very well hydrated through various means:
-Essential oils in water over wood-stove. If you've got a wood stove this is a great way to create steam for moisture in the air. My Gramp used to have a kettle on the stove that he left there all the time, adding water when necessary. It sat there piping out moist heat (like a humidifier). It was wonderful! You can add to this by adding a few drops of essential oil of your choice. I would reach for the clove bud on the cold days.
-Hot tea. If you're not a tea drinker consider trying some different kinds. Hot teas not only keep you hydrated (especially herbal teas), the steam is incredibly healing to the sinuses.
-Book your massage. Regular (monthly) massage is recommended for true self-care. Massage helps the body move wastes through the lymph system, some of which will leave the body through the skin. Massage will also thoroughly moisturize your skin.
-Coconut oil & lavender. Feed your skin only the best. Lotions have many extra ingredients that just make extra work for your skin because it will have to get rid of them. Coconut oil is very nourishing to the skin and seals moisture in, and lavender oil bring the moisture deep into the skin.
These little tricks are so easy and enjoyable they can still be integrated into busy lives. So, farmer or mom (or both!) - or whatever your walk of life - always treat your skin well. It's necessary for how our bodies function and how we interact with the world.