Here on Julius Kingdom Farm we are definitely feeling the effects of fall: our view of the surrounding forests is swiftly turning from green to a mixture of reds and golds and the wind that comes in from the southwest is starting to get a little chilly. The days are getting shorter and we’ve all pulled our sweaters out of the depths of our closets and into our drawers. Fall inevitably brings along with it the following: a hankering for tea and warm drinks, a sense of nostalgia for autumns of the past, a few extra pounds put on as the body prepares for the cold weather, and dry, dry skin. This is where Tata and her skin and health tips come in! How to stay looking and feeling your best as the seasons change? Read on:
1: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Dry skin is a staple of fall and winter, as air humidity lowers and thus the water in our skin escapes at a faster rate than in warm air. Plus, going frequently from the cold air of outside to the warm of inside has a drying effect on our skin, leaving us feeling itchy and scaly. Drinking lots of liquids, primarily water, throughout the day will combat this effect. Starting the day off with a cup of hot water with the juice of half a lemon is a great way to hydrate while getting a little burst of Vitamin C, which supports the immune system, stabilizes blood pressure, balances your pH, and purges toxins from the blood.
2. Take Care of your Skin: When showering, try to keep the water temperature relatively lukwarm to keep it from getting super dry as soon as it cools off. Put your moisturizer on while your skin is still slightly damp – and remember to pat your skin dry rather than rubbing it dry, which leaves a little more moisture behind. Try our Revitalizing Body Oil for some super luscious age-defying hydration for your body that will keep it soft and flake-free all day. As for your visage, both our Rebuilding and Reparative Moisturizers are amazing for hydrating to the layers of the dermis, but the Reparative Moisturizer is specially formulated for super dry skin and dry climates. If you live in the chilly North like we do, we recommend you take the Reparative route for the winter months to keep your face soft and moisturized all day!
3. Don’t give up on the Farmer’s Market – take advantage of Fall Veggies! As soon as it starts to get cold, it can feel like the growing season is abruptly over and there’s no fresh veggies’ at the farmer’s market to keep your weekly lunches and dinners colorful and healthy. This is not the case: expand your veggie horizons to include cold-weather crops like broccoli, kale and cabbage, butternut and delicata squash, rutabaga, parsnip, radishes and pumpkins. Making them yummy is easy: roast ’em up with a sprinkle of rosemary and thyme, and maybe a dash of maple syrup!
4. Treat your Feet to an Essential Oil Foot Soak: Our feet can often take the brunt of cold weather harshness. They get dry, cracked, and simply neglected. Giving your feet a good soak can be a great way to relax, calm down and relieve stress.
- Gather 1 cup epsom salt
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/2 gallon warm water
- 2 cups warm milk – not low fat!
- 3 drops of your favorite essential oil: peppermint (soothing properties), rosemary (helps with aches, pains and arthritis), or lavender (super relaxing)
Mix all together and soak until you see fit!
5. Stay Active! Our bodies’ natural inclination as the days get shorter and temperatures drop is to hibernate in the warmth and light of our homes. Plus, when you’re at work all of the light hours of the day, it can be difficult to inspire yourself to get out and exercise when it feels like it’s night at 7 o’clock. But it’s important for your physical and mental health to find the time to move around and fight the seemingly inevitable winter sluggishness – do some in-house exercise first thing in the morning, or schedule weekly zumba, yoga, pilates or gym classes. Get outside on the weekends! Take a fall foliage walk, bundle up for a long crisp bike ride, walk around the neighborhood with friends. Set aside a bit of time in every day’s calendar for a bit of movement, even if that just means strolling around the block with a mug of tea right when you wake up. It can be a challenge, but your body and mind will thank you!
6. Enjoy Healthy Cold-weather Drinks such as hot water with a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and a spoonful of honey to support the immune system, soothe digestive issues, and detox the system. Or a cup of warm water with the juice of half of a lemon for a daily burst of fresh vitamin C to regulate blood pressure and to fight blemishes and outbreaks. Try other types of tea like Raspberry Leaf to support the health of women’s reproductive systems, Echinacea to defend against sickness, Ginger to soothe the belly and digestive system, and Green for an energizing dose of antioxidants. One can never have too much tea – so drink up!
Keep this tip in mind: adding milk to tea (primarily black tea like Earl Gray or Morning Breakfast) essentially neutralizes the natural health effects of tea like antioxidants and blood pressure regulation. Who knew?! So opt for a bit of honey in your tea each morning rather than a splash of cream.
What are your essential tips for keeping yourself looking and feeling healthy through the cold weather?
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.