Coming into the drier months we want to incorporate a few different steps into our self care routine to help protect our skins natural oils from the elements - including from our good friend *water*. ⠀⠀ Who doesn’t love a hot shower?!! They are amazing especially when it gets cooler, but long showers, too many or when they’re too hot can actually dry out our skin - plus make us feel a little drained. Aim for shorter showers then finish with cooler water to help close the pores and slow down our internal heat being released. ⠀⠀ Also try oiling your body before showering - this is a great way to improve circulation, help lymph move, calm your nervous system, moisturize your skin AND create a connection with you! It allows a few minutes to see what’s really going on with your physical body - plus you can practice gratitude for ALL your amazing parts while doing this. ⠀⠀ Shower time: using soap only on the areas with sweat glands - underarms and groin region, means we can still feel beautifully silky and moisturized but also clean, all while protecting our skin from drying out. ⠀⠀ Just pat yourself dry (instead of rubbing) with a towel and you’re done! ⠀⠀ Want EXTRA goodness ?? Try working up from your feet to your groin - really moving in along the bones and joints, then the same from your hands to your chest - then groin to belly then to heart - massaging your breasts. ⠀⠀ To benefit a little lifting (who doesn’t want more of that!) you can move in circle motions above the nipples and pectorial muscles from the outside in - so your right hand will be moving in clockwise circles and your left in anti clockwise. This is great to move energy and stuck emotions from this area too - which is really common! ⠀⠀ Don’t forget to massage your face too!! I use my finger tips then my jade roller and gua sha tool for this to help tighten, tone, stimulate collagen, clear wastes and improve circulation. You can find them online under ‘jade beauty tools’.
Let me know how you go with this, or if you have any other self care rituals you do to protect your skins natural oils.