With winter upon us bringing cold temperatures and low humidity, dry cracked skin comes right along with it. My hands and heels can feel as rough as sandpaper.
We heat our home with a wood pellet stove. It puts out a very dry heat. It’s wonderful for quickly drying the clothes I hang that I wouldn’t dare let shrink in the clothes dryer, but dries out the air, my sinuses and my skin as well.
We use several humidifiers throughout the house, which do help, but they never seem to put out enough humidity, especially when the temperature drops. Washing my hands multiple times a day increases the dryness. Hand cream helps, until I need to wash my hands again. And those little painful cuts that appear on my knuckles and fingers, ouch! Many a night I have gone to bed with band aids on each finger.
In January of 2014, I went on a juice fast for 24 days, inspired by the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” about an Australian man, Joe Cross, who juiced his way to losing 83 lbs. in 60 days.
I dropped 21 lbs. in 24 days, just juicing fruits and vegetables, eating no solid food. Read about my juice fast experience here. During that time, my skin was just so soft and moist! The dry heat had no adverse affects on my skin. I didn’t even need hand cream. I was amazed at how soft and smooth my hands were.
I was juicing a variety of fruits and veggies, which provided a power house of nutrition. Carotenoids, phytonutrients, antioxidants, potassium, calcium, magnesium, trace minerals including iron, selenium, manganese, copper and zinc, vitamins, silica, enzymes, micro nutrients – everything my body needed to detox my liver, hydrate and alkalize my system and give me glowing, healthy skin.
My favorite juice recipes:
Apple & Carrot
2 Granny Smith apples
a thin slice of ginger root.
Scrub the skin of the carrots with a veggie brush. No need
to peel them if they are organic. Wash the apples, then
cut them to remove the core and seeds. Push them through
a juice extractor with the slice of ginger root. Enjoy.
Orange & Beets
2 small beets
1 large carrot
1 orange, peeled
6 stalks kale
Scrub the beets and carrot with a veggie brush. Cut the
peel off the orange with a French knife before juicing,
or cut the orange in half and use a citrus juicer. Rinse
the kale. Push them through a juice extractor. Enjoy.
Lean & Green
2 stalks celery
1 bunch of spinach
1/3 to 1/2 English cucumber
1 granny smith apple
Wash the celery and spinach. Cut the cucumber and
remove the plastic wrap, if there is one. Wash and
cut the apple to remove the core and seeds. Push
them through a juice extractor. Squeeze in some
lemon juice by hand or juice a small lemon in a
citrus juicer and add to the juice.
Use ginger root or lemon juice to improve the flavor of some of the more bitter veggies like kale. Carrots, beets and oranges add sweetness.
Experiment with your favorite veggies and fruits and see if they make a difference in how your skin feels.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Bailey is a professional pastry chef, blogger and owner of Beachouse Baking Company.
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