My go to ski skin survival products

Although I love trying new products, I’m pretty basic when it comes to my daily face regimen. I use a seabuckthorn exfoliating face bar to wash and a variety of exotic oils for moisturizing my skin such as Argan, Rosehip, Tamanu, and one of my favorites Goji.

When I do sports I tend to kick it up a notch and add a few extra protective barriers to help protect my skin from harsh conditions like wind while skiing, the scorching sun and salt water while surfing, and bug bites while horseback riding.

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I recently started ski lessons in Canada. At first, I thought ok it’s cold, but I’ll only be outside an hour and a half max. How much can a little wind and cold air hurt my skin? Well in 5 degree weather it can do a lot pretty quickly. My face was an awful mixture of super dry and rosy for nearly three days after.

I’m lucky to have a best friend who has a little makeup and product addiction. She probably owns shares of Sephora by now. She will buy hundreds of dollars worth of products and try them once and move on. Luckily, she is nice enough to pass them down to me. In my pile of new products I found a gem of skin serum, that I will now have to buy since it works amazing!

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield,  is a light weight protecting serum that works with every skin type. It is marketed as a face primer, and it has a 30 SPF broad shield spectrum. Not only is this product hypoallergenic but it is also vegan! It has a thick velvety texture that looks natural and literally fills in fine lines while acting as a protecting barrier to the harsh conditions of the ski hill.

http://www.sephora.com/invisiblur-perfecting-shield-broad-spectrum-spf-30-pa-P394397?country_switch=us&lang=en

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For my lips I’ve been using EOS chapstick in mint. I prefer the regular shape packaging and love the refreshing zest of the mint

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After I survive the slope I go home and take a bath with Eucalyptus and Oatmeal mix.

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I finish off my Sunday Slopes beauty spa with a coconut treatment in my hair and Argan oil  silk lotion by Moroccan Life Products on my body.

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Skin burn care

I was a hot mess this past New Year’s Eve and it didn’t consist of bottles of champagne popping with me dancing on the bar. At seven months pregnant, stuck in cold Canada my husband and I decided to stay in and chill…literally at home during the holidays.

When Dave and I met I was intrigued he was a master in the kitchen. After living in Manhattan for ten years my culinary skills were rather limited. I normally bounced between dining out and delivery. Cooking to me was not burning the Campbell’s soup and grilled cheese. After moving to Canada and having the time and a dream kitchen to practice cooking,  my skills slowly progressed.  I finally became trophy wife material, five course meals became a breeze for me.

So this past week’s injury was just shitty bad luck. It was literally as if my kitchen was condemned.

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In the middle of making a simple BLT sandwich for lunch I not only burnt the toast, but blackened the bacon so bad it nearly dissolved to absolutely nothing. I was distracted by talking to my husband when I remembered, shit the bacon! By that time the conventional oven tray was piping hot with smoke. I quickly tried to toss it on the porch while the cat and the dog followed in delight after the smell of bacon oil. While opening the door and pushing the rascals away the oil tipped and rolled back onto my hand. I was surprised that I didn’t feel a thing, no pain, heat, or even a burn…that’s how hot the oil was.

I washed off the oil thinking I had gotten lucky, and put some gravy for fries into a glass bowl in the oven. I know it sounds like a really healthy lunch. I went from BLT sandwiches to classic Canadian poutine. While my hand began to turn red and throb, I took the gravy out of the oven and it cracked within seconds. No! My second attempt at lunch failed?! I noticed it was just large pieces of glass, so I scooped up the gravy and placed it on the fries. My husband said, “Mmm this is delicous,” after his first bite. That’s when I heard crunching. I yelled, “Stop! You are chewing on glass!” So while he drank ex-lax tea for New Year’s Eve, I sat with my hand in a bucket of ice water for ten hours nursing a second degree burn.

The problem with cold water is that is seems to get warm quickly. The ice bags weren’t working as well, and wrapping it didn’t take away the throbbing. I did find however, that slicing a raw potato and gently placing it on the burn works wonders! The burn wrapped from the side of my palm around the bottom and to the top. As the days passed the wound progressed. While it didn’t hurt was much it was raw and looked as if it would scar.

I began applying pure Tamanu oil the wound 4-5 times a day. Tamanu oil has the ability to penetrate through all three layers of the skin. Once a day I would dab on a few drops of Lavender oil which is supposed to reduce scar tissue, but that being a pure essential oil I felt was too strong for an open wound, so I used Tamanu for the initial healing process.

Slice of Nature VIRGIN TAMANU OIL - 100% pure - Raw - Cold Pressed - for skin allergies eczema psoriasis acne fungus- Very potent Foraha Madagascan Tamanu now with pump - Quality guaranteed 1oz (30 ml)

 

http://www.amazon.com/Slice-Nature-VIRGIN-TAMANU-OIL/dp/B005DI4KQ4/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1452627681&sr=8-5&keywords=tamanu+oil

It has been 10 days and what appeared to be a scar has subsided. I just have a little scab left which will hopefully heal in the next week.

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Day 6-7 much improvement  burn day 4

Day 10 Almost there! burn day 5

Day 11 Minor redness but still healing. Time for Lavender oil. burn6

Let’s face it burns suck and they really cripple your every day tasks.  While  you can’t always prevent an accident, there are ways to speed up the healing process.

Burn’s Do’s and Dont’s

  • Don’t use ice or an ice pack for burns; instead, hold it under cold running water for 5 to 10 minutes. If this is not possible, immerse the burn in cool water or use a cold compress.

  • Don’t use butter, grease or any type of oil on the burn; instead, apply a first aid cream for burns to the area (only after you have allowed it to cool sufficiently under running water). A very common practice seen is the application of tooth paste over burns, this has no scientific basis and may be dangerous.

  • Don’t use cotton or any fluffy dressing to cover the burn; instead, lightly bind the area with a sterile gauze bandage. Don’t burst blisters; instead, make sure that they remain intact for as long as possible as they form a natural barrier and prevent the burn from getting infected.

  • Don’t remove burnt clothing that is stuck to the skin; instead, make sure that there is no portion of the cloth that is smoldering and get the cloth removed by a physician; Don’t try to self-treat an infected burn; instead, visit your doctor immediately to prevent further complications. Swelling, pus and fever are three of the most common symptoms of an infected wound.

 

  • Aloe vera is another popular herb that is often touted as the cure to all problems. In the case of skin inflammation and burns however, these claims have been supported by evidence from clinical trials and studies. Several studies have shown that the application of aloe gel can help significantly in the healing of burn wounds.

  • Refrigerate a couple of used tea bags and then place them over the burn. Use a clean strip of gauze to hold them in place. This remedy will reduce the pain and inflammation. Skip your hot showers and opt for cool showers instead as this too will help to reduce the inflammation.

  • Vinegar is very effective in treating burns. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water. Soak a paper napkin in the diluted vinegar and place it gently over the burn for a few minutes before taking it off and rinsing the burn under running water. Vinegar acts as a mild antiseptic and will reduce the risk of an infection.

 

Skin Scrubs for winter

As the seasons change so does our skin. A little bit of maintenance goes a long way in preserving skin tissue. Exfoliation is an excellent way to not only prevent dryness and flakiness but promote cell renewal and elasticity in the skin.

Here is a winter inspired DIY skin scrub recipe I use for my natural skincare line, Moroccan Life Products. I’ll add links to where to purchase the raw materials. If you are not into making your own products here scroll below for few links of great skin scrubs that work wonders.

You will need a metal bowl, wooden spoon, and measuring utensils.

1 cup of dead sea salt (fine)

1/2 cup of dendritic salt

1/2 cup of dead sea salt (ultrafine)

1/3 cup of crushed apricot shells

1/3 cup of luffa

mix all these ingredients together. Add carrier oils. I love fractionated coconut oil for its diversity. It is light, non greasy, and has an excellent shelf life. I use this in all of my products. Add 1/3 cup of fractionated coconut oil and 1/4th cup of grapeseed oil as a preservative. If you want to add another carrier oil such as Argan oil, or Jojoba it can be added as well. If the solution is too runny you can add more dendritic salt until you get the texture you want. If you want a very liquidy solution add some water normally 4-6  tablespoons will do the job. Coffee grinds are also a great exfoliating element if you want to add them to your solution. After your scrub is fully mixed you can add some natural essential oils. These oils are more potent and strong, so you only need a few drops, if you add too many it can irritate the skin. Below is some great combos that are refreshing for the winter season.

Cedarwood Atlas, Laurel Leaf, and Davana, for a very herby yet fresh outdoor mountain scent. This will wake up your senses.

Lemongrass, sweet basil, and grapefruit, is a relaxing and citrus coed smell.

Rosemary, spearmint, and eucalyptus is a zesty clean smell.

Sandlewood, ylang ylang, and jasmine are soft florals a bit of musk, and very feminine.

If you don’t mind some synthetic scents you can blend them with essentials as well. I love these scents from New Directions Aromatics and they only cost around $2-3 for a 1 ounce sample. You only need 10 – 12 drops so one ounce goes the distance when it comes to making natural products.

Bamboo and Teak: Think of a warm sauna, sexy and cozy. A rich and luxurious aroma with hints of sandalwood, cedar wood, musk, floral and sweet fruit.

Hawaiian Lei: This reminds me of the W Hotel Bliss spa, its devine. A delicate blend of gardenia and plumeria with top citrus notes of orange and lime ending with base notes of light vanilla.

Maple Sugar: Is simple yet sweet.  Enjoy the aroma of sweet, warm maple sugar and butter. This scent is extremely rich, complex, and long lasting.

Woodland Themes: Similar to my first essential oil combo, yet a fraction of the price, it is earthy yet refreshing. A fresh, warm woody fragrance. Ozone floral top notes with citrus and balsam. Heart notes of spice, cedarwood and eucalyptus. Musk and moss at the base.

http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/

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These skin scrubs go the distance:

For a feminine and soft skin scrub try Ramburi Yang Ylang and Jasmine Salt Scrub. $15.25

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IEC8ZEO?psc=1

*New* Ramburi (Thailand) Ylang Ylang & Jasmine Salt Scrub 250ml (8.45oz)

Double Love Scrub uses pink Himalayan salts. $24

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Himalayan-Organic-Lavender-Essential/dp/B002INLR7M/ref=pd_sim_sbs_bt_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1H87AM753042PQJKWMV0

Tree Hut firming sugar scrub is just that, it is sweet and promotes elasticity with its Macadamia oil, Evening prime rose oil and caffeine.

http://www.amazon.com/Tree-Hut-Firming-Sugar-Italian/dp/B00IH0AOYW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_bt_8?ie=UTF8&refRID=1H87AM753042PQJKWMV0

Moroccan Life Products, Sahara Sea Salt is a product from my personal product line. It is  with based with sea salt, Mediterranean luffa, walnut shell, and African honey. The lavish botanicals of Morocco, Argan, Wild Verbana, Thyme, Spearmint, Myrtle, and Eucalyptus will nourish skin while promoting cell renewal. $19.00

http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Scrub-Moroccan-Life-Products/dp/B00CH1BLTE/ref=sr_1_3?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1416950839&sr=1-3&keywords=Sahara+sea+salt

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There are basic skin fundamentals to keeping your skin supple and healthy in harsh weather conditions.

First and foremost is water. You can never really get enough as water and skin care go hand and hand. It should be a staple element in your daily regimen. Not only does water prevent dehydration which causes lack of tone and wrinkles in the skin, but it flushes out toxins both consumed and airborne. Water also assists in carrying nutrients to our vital organs.

Second is sunscreen. Sunscreen is both effective and necessary all seasons of the year. In winter the suns rays are just as harsh as in the summer and they reflect off of the snow. The same goes for cloudy days, so applying sunscreen on a regular basis will help prevent future breakdown of cellular tissue.

Exfoliation is an effective habit that not only washes away dry skin and flakiness, but promotes healthy skin and cell renewal. Citric acid is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production. Exfoliation enhances the skin’s elasticity which results in firmer radiant skin and also prevents stretch marks.

Proper moisturizer is essential during the winter season. Our skin is exposed to harsher conditions even if we barely go outside. Inside the air is dryer, while outside the wind, rain, and snow all can have negative affects on our skin. A thicker moisturizer can add extra protection which will preserve the skin long term.

Natural oils are amazing on your face and body. I am a huge fan of Tamanu, Sea buckthorn oil, and Argan. I never breakout, my skin looks healthy and the compliments I receive prove that the results are visible. Using natural oils on a regular basis literally melts my wrinkles away. The great aspect about using oils is that the results are rather quick. Normally I see changes in under ten days, and they carry no harmful chemicals. Check out my post on natural oils.

https://travelnturner.com/2014/09/18/battle-of-the-exotic-oils/