Don’t let fall weather dry your skin

In the garden

Image courtesy of Lily_of_the_Valley on flickr.com

As the red leaves on the tree outside my window indicate, fall is definitely here. The weather has begun to change and I am called outdoors before harsher weather arrives. Maybe I’ll do a pumpkin u-pick on a day when the wind is blowing the leaves around. You may also hear the siren’s call but need to protect your skin from harsh weather.

Fall is a chance for nature to show her radiant splendor. Rich hues of burnt orange, bronze and crimson paint the world. The glorious colors may entice you to wander through a corn maze, but they also call from your own yard. A yard asks to be prepared for winter while you get exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

Studies show that vigorous digging burns 500 calories an hour and weeding burns 210. Gardening can also decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes and be a way to manage stress. Spending time outside reminds us to be patient, breathe and slow down. But time spent with our hands in the dirt on a windy day can be brutal on our skin. To protect against dryness be sure to have a rich cream around, like the one below.

Weatherproof Cream from my Fall Outdoors Class
¼ tsp beeswax pastilles
2 tsp coconut oil
2 tsp apricot kernel oil
2 tsp jojoba oil
10 drops essential oil
Melt beeswax pastilles and coconut oil in a double boiler. When nearly melted, add apricot kernel and jojoba oils. Remove from heat. Stir, add essential oil and stir again.

There are many essential oils that would work well in this recipe. Here are a few of my favorites with the reasons why they are beneficial in a protective skin cream:
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) provides structure to the cells forming skin in case you nick yourself during your activities.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) is anti-inflammatory, nourishing to dry skin, and useful for scar tissue and skin ulcers.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is antibacterial, antiseptic, and helps heal bruises and insect bites.

Use the hand cream before you garden to protect or after to heal. It’s great anytime.