• Keep Dry Skin Happy

    In this post, I discuss why keeping dry skin happy is one of my favorite mental health hacks. Then I show you my favorite ways to do it.

    Why Dry Skin is a Mental Health Foe

    I am convinced that extremely dry skin is a mental health issue.

    Why? Because it hurts!

    It leads to bleeding knuckles for goodness sake!

    Is there any symptom more motivating than blood loss, I ask you? Absolutely not.

    Pain is actually a very helpful thing. It alerts us when our body is in trouble, hurting, or damaged. Therefore, painfully dry skin is actually a signal that something is wrong. A part of our brain hears something like this:

    PAIN! SOMETHING IS WRONG! ALERT! DAMAGE IMPENDING! [actual transcript of my skin]

    In the past when I had mega itchy skin, and these signals were flying all over, I would just ignore it. Amazingly, my body just got drier. This continued until my skin felt like it was no longer sufficient to cover my organs. Sooo painful. Yet somehow I remained mystified as to why I “felt bad.”

    One day, I did something truly crazy. I hydrated my skin. Heavily. An entire bottle of olive oil may have disappeared. And you know what? It felt AH-MAY-ZING. And now I’m never going back to the land of dry cracked lips.

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    Keeping Skin Happy Feels Amazing Inside and Out

    My vision of mental health is feeling GOOD. I want to feel peaceful, vibrant, and well. These days, nothing makes me feel all glowy and positive faster than tending to angry skin. Why? When I tend to my painfully dry skin, I prove to myself that I can overcome any assaults to my wellbeing.

    When I tend to my painfully dry skin, I prove to myself that I can overcome any assaults to my wellbeing.

    And it just feels great too. So not only is skin hydration some much-needed body love and kind maintenance, it is a physical signal of care and love sent to my nervous system and brain. What could be more lovely than that?

    Ten Dry skin cures to improve mental health

    I highly encourage you to pamper yourself this week with some skin hydration hacks. Here are my favorite ways to do it! I’ve listed these in order of craziness.

    10. moisturize in the morning

    Add the fun and soothing activity of slathering lotion, lip balm, or coconut oil on your skin as part of your morning routine.

    9. Drink more water with each Sip

    I used to take one sip, then put my glass back down. Now I go for gold! For example, I’ll take 8 small gulps at once. Each is about one ounce. Just like that there’s 8oz of fresh water in my body. Try taking on a greater challenge each time you pick up your cup. Your innards will thank you. This also works great with herbal tea and infused water!

    8. only remoisturize 1-2 more times a day

    Do you slather on lotion constantly? I find when I do this I am treating symptoms instead of the root cause. So I try not to treat dry hands and lips with lotion and lip balm more than 1-2 extra times a day. Instead I do it by drinking more water, and feeling the difference. Allow the dryness to be a signal to drink more water.


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    7. be sure to eat enough salt

    Your body is constantly regulating the balance between water and salt. Use your cravings as a guide. If you just KEEP DRINKING WATER and STILL FEEL DEHYDRATED, you probably need a little salt, my friend. Trust your gut. Literally.

    6. Shower with homemade body wash

    If you figure out what your skin needs (maybe peppermint for dandruff or vitamin E for elasticity), you can make my own body wash with those ingredients. I do! The one I make contains Pure Castile soap from Dr. Bronner, Honey, Sesame oil, Vitamin E, and Orange essential oil. The recipe I use is here on DIY Natural.

    5. Lotion your skin post-shower

    This locks in moisture for days, trust me. It just feels so amazing mentally to pamper yourself this way too! Let it dry while you listen to something soothing. Then adorn pajamas for a comfy evening!

    4. Stop soaping all of the time

    When you shower with soap, you’re washing away your body’s natural oils, along with other things you might want to get rid of. Try not soaping your entire body every day. Try washing only your naughty bits in between showers. And dry shampoo. I’m actually in love with dry shampoo.

    3. Marinate your entire body in oil

    Emergency! I do this when I’m seriously in skin distress. If you’ve ever been outside on a super cold dry day, you know what I’m talking about. Grab a bottle of olive oil, coconut oil, an avocado, or a bunch of fresh aloe. Head to the bathroom and turn on the hot steamy shower. Put on some music and light a candle for ambiance: its time to rub that stuff all over your skin! It SERIOUSLY feels like my skin is drinking water when I do this. Ahhhh…. Chill out for awhile in the spa-like atmosphere, until you’re ready to rinse it off.

    2. Use natural products

    It is becoming greater public knowledge that many companies put additives into their products that cause a negative cycle of dependence. That is, their products contain ingredients that actually damage your body. For example, some products are intentionally designed to make your skin immediately moist, but then much DRIER after several hours. This prompts you to use the product more, and thus to need to buy another bottle. This makes me so angry I have to stop talking about it now. If I don’t know what the ingredients are in something, I honestly don’t trust it. Try organic companies who don’t advertise. I like: Nature’s Gate, local goat milk lotion (life changing!), and good ol’ coconut oil. You can also look up your products on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. It is fun and revealing!

    1. Mist your skin like a movie star

    I spray water, coconut oil, and essential oils on my face from a tiny little spray bottle. You know what, it makes me look like a movie star. And it feels so heavenly. Like seriously, try it.

    BONUS: Also pee

    Finally, a reminder. Don’t wait until your kidneys hurt to pee! Listen to that innate bladder signal. Peeing is good. Urination is normal. It is a badge of honor to have clear, un-smelly pee. And bonus! Peeing when needed alleviates unnecessary pain. This in turn increases mental well being (any time of year).

    Go forth and pamper!

    Thank you for reading! I hope these inspire you to nourish your mind and crackly skin. Healthy skin for the win!

    Much love,

    Erienne


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    dry shampoo
     
    Coconut Oil
    lotion
     
    Coconut Oil
      

     

    Pure Castile Soap

      

    Essential Oil Starter Pack

    Essential oil relaxation pack
    sesame oil
      
    vitamin e
      

     


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  • Cure Migraines Naturally

    VIDEO: In this video, I share how I cure my migraines without prescription painkillers.

    I’ve been getting migraines since age 8. Let me tell you, they come with lots of weird symptoms, which I describe in the video below.

    My story is that in my early 20s, I was treating my migraine symptoms with prescription painkillers. Regularly. Often. Too often. So I made a decision to treat my migraines without pills.

    It has taken me about 10 years to develop all of the methods and tricks that I use! But to be honest, I can now confidently say that I cure my migraines, alleviate my pain, and regain functioning. And all of this is without painkillers (pills or otherwise).*

    I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but we are currently in the middle of an opioid epidemic. I personally believe that sharing how I treat pain without heavy painkillers is one of the best things I can do to help prevent it spreading. <3

    So, without further ado, here 7 things that I do to cure my migraine pain naturally. Enjoy!

    [*DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. This does not constitute medical advice and is not intended to substitute for medical advice. This is simply my experience. If you follow any of this advice, you are doing so of your own free will and accept all liability. I am not liable for any actions you take as a result of this advice. If you are in acute brain pain, PLEASE seek help IMMEDIATELY. Do not just sit here and watch my video. Brain pain can be a symptom of more severe conditions such as a stroke or seizure. So, seriously, if your brain hurts a lot all of a sudden, get help, my friend.]

    Thanks for watching!

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