This week in New York City has been super cold and dry making my shins itch, my pointer finger's skin by my nail crack and bleed plus my belly flake. Sounds pretty doesn't it? When this happens I double dose on Ayurveda's, a natural medicinal practice from Southern India's recommendations to steam up the bathroom, sit and breath in it plus add plenty of good fats to my diet like olive oil, Earth Balance butter as well as ghee, clarified butter, an Indian staple. I've also been working on drinking more water and my favorite of Ayurveda's winter time suggestions is to oil up your skin.
Here are 8 products I've been using for years during winter's cold. A couple of them I've been using for over a decade. They work, they are nature and animal friendly plus free of those nasty parabens we've been hearing about to avoid using as they are chemicals we don't need in our system.
Organic wear tinted moisturizer with spf 15 www.physiciansformula.com A light foundation which doesn't get lost in your wrinkles and crease in the cold.
Moisturizing day cream www.drhauschka.com I've been using this facial cream forever and it goes on light, does its job and makes you feel fresh.
Mountain Ocean Skin Trip body moisturizer www.mountainocean.com Another product I've been using for countless years. It contains distilled lanolin which is a must have ingredient to protect your skin in the cold. Very few companies give you pure lanolin without the additives like Mountain Ocean does.
Aura Cacia sweet almond body oil www.auracacia.com After taking a shower rub your belly with this oil, sesame or jojoba work well too and spread the excess oil all over you.
Radiance eye cream with royal jelly www.burtsbees.com Leaves your eye's skin feeling silky.
Bee & Flower sandal wood soap www.beeandflowersoap.com This bar of soap lasts, doesn't dry you and leaves a calming sandal wood smell on you.
Aura Cacia lemon essential oil www.auracacia.com Spread on your belly, neck and wrists and smell invigorating rays of sunshine on you.
One Hundred Percent Pure pink caramel lip gloss www.onehundredpercentpure.com I love this company and I can't get enough of their products. This lip gloss looks natural, stays on and is not sticky.
Although these products are tested and true to work by me, be sure to do the inner work of hydrating by drinking more water, meditating and breathing in a steamy bathroom as well as drizzling more olive oil over your food, spreading Earth Balance butter over your toast and sauteing your veggies in ghee. Ghee sautes food nicely. With practice on the coldest and driest of winter's days, you'll feel moisturized inside and out.