During the harsh dry winters our skin can dry out rather quickly leaving us with cracked dry skin and continual itchiness. Putting on lotion helps for a certain amount of time but for the most part it becomes a couple times a day routine in order to maintain skin hydration.
In addtion to maintaining proper hydration (as noted in our post “Hydration“) you can nourish your skin on a once (or more than once) a week basis using sesame oil. Sesame oil has numerous benefits (see this link at Howstuffworks.com and also here at Livestrong.com for details) such as providing nutrients to the skin, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
A nice way to take advantage of sesame oil is to apply it on a lazy Sunday (or any other day of the week where you have nothing to do but recover and relax from a hectic week). Apply sesame oil in sparing amounts to the parts of your body with the most dryness issues. You can even massage the oil in as part of a pre-bath relaxation routine. Even better take turns massaging with your significant other. Once done applying the oil take a bath as usual (be careful in the tub if your feet are oily as slippery when wet will apply).
The idea with the bath being you are taking off the excess oil so you don’t feel overly oil but retaining enough to rejuvinate your skin. So you don’t want to use soap excessively or scrub excessively. Just scrub as you normally would if you are taking a post workout rinse off shower. Do this at least once a week during the harsh winter months and your skin condition should be better than just the multi-day lotion routine. Let us know how it works out for you in the comments below!