Mother Nature is being really mean this year.
In my entire lifetime, I don't recall this many days with temperatures lingering around -17ºC/1.4ºF.
Typically, these temps would have my skin burning from dryness. But this year, I've been taking precautions with a heavy-duty moisturizer and gently exfoliating with a rich, nourishing coconut oil scrub about 3 times a week. I'd love to use it daily, but since each skin cell only reproduces about 11 times during your entire lifetime, I don't think it's a good idea to scrub away skin cells too often.
You can use it morning or evening. I like to use it in the morning before applying moisturizers and make-up. It leaves my face and neck with a beautiful glow (even after a tough night with the kids) and softens hands too - a luxury in the winter!
Coconut oil is a wonderful all-purpose moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties (bye bye blemishes), and sea salt comes packaged with almost 70 minerals and trace minerals that nourish your skin.
It's super easy to make and since a little goes a long way, the amount prepared from this recipe will last at least a couple of months (if you use it about 3 times a week).
1 heaping teaspoon finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup organic coconut oil (virgin or extra-virgin), softened at room temperature
a few drops lavender oil (optional)
In a small bowl, mix the sea salt together with the coconut oil. Add a few drops of lavender. Place in a tightly sealed container and store at room temperature.
Put some into a pretty jar and give it to your friends for birthdays and holidays. They'll love it!