It's that time of year again.  The days are shorter, colder and sucking up the moisture in our skin.  We have to take time to pamper ourselves as well as our skin, especially in the cold winter months.  We develop dry skin when the humidity level outside drops. When the air outside is cold and dry, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly. When this happens, your skin can begin to feel dry and look flaky.  Essential oils can alleviate dry skin and help you keep your skin soft and smooth two different ways.

Diffusing is one way to help out with dry and flaky skin and stop itchy, irritated and cracked skin.  ZAQ's Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil can help.  Peppermint oil can increase production of oil in the skin.  Not only that, it smells wonderful, especially during the holiday season!

If you have dry and "mature" skin that needs some pampering, try diffusing what is known as the "anti-aging" essentials oils.  A couple of drops of ZAQ's Lavender 100% Essential Oil,  ZAQ's Organic Geranium Essential Oil, neroli oil, ZAQ's Organic Rosemary Essential Oil, and Rose Essential Oil are excellent choices. These essential oils are thought to rejuvenate skin by encouraging new cell growth.  

Another way to say goodbye to dry, flaky skin (or prevent it from happening in the first place), is to mix certain essential oils with a carrier oil and use daily.  ZAQ's Fractionated Coconut Oil is an excellent choice.  You can simply mix a few drops of any of their essential oils listed above and apply it directly to your skin.  Coconut oil is known for toning skin and getting rid of dry, flaky skin.

ZAQ's Golden Jojoba Oil carrier is another excellent choice.  Jojoba oil is known for preventing loss of moisture and balancing hydration of the skin's layers.  It will also help keep skin toned.  Just add a few drops of any of the above essential oils and massage into skin.

ZAQ's Grapeseed Oil absorbs quickly into the skin making it a great choice in a carrier oil.  Mixing a few drops of Rose, Geranium or even Peppermint oil and applying it to your skin makes it a wonderful choice for keeping skin refreshed and soft.  

ZAQ also makes Sweet Almond Oil as part of its carrier collection.  Sweet Almond Oil is one of the most popular choices for skin care.  The properties of Sweet Almond Carrier Oil can heal superficial skin burns, boost collagen production, keeps skin hydrated and supple, and protects it against potential damage caused by UV radiation.  As you can see, another excellent choice to mix with essential oils. 

Skincare during these cold months can be preventative but once dry, flaky skin does happen, it can be fixed.  It's always best to try to avoid dry, itchy skin to start with, but essential oils are wonderful and enjoyable to help if it does happen.  After all, spring is somewhere around the corner, right?

Kris Bitar

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