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Nourishing Skin and Hair

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

It is easy for skin and hair to become dry and damaged. Low temperatures, low humidity, and strong, harsh winds deplete the skin of the moisture in its natural barrier layer that keeps it from drying out. When you are indoors, skin loses moisture because of the dry environment created by indoor heating. All of this can cause dull, flaky, dry skin and brittle, frizzy hair. The key to looking great in cold weather is hydration.

Hydrating Skin and Hair
Use a Humidifier
Once the relative humidity drops below 60 percent, you should humidify to add moisture to the air in your home. The air in a room heated by a furnace can have as little as 10 percent moisture. To help combat this, sleep with the humidifier on and close the bedroom door. An alternative is to put a pot of water under your bed to add moisture to the air.

Take a Lukewarm Shower
Hot water robs the skin of moisture.

Take Supplements
Antioxidants can help cure dry skin.

Moisturize Dry and Oily Skin
Acne-prone skin needs moisture just as much as dry skin. Aloe Vera gel or Aloe Vera pills are a great way to add moisture without clogging pores.

Homemade Face Mask
1. Mash together one ripe banana and half of one ripe avocado.
2. Add 2 capsules (about a teaspoon) of Borage oil.
3. Mix in a blender.
4. Apply to face with a brush.
5. Leave on for 15 minutes.

Homemade Hair Mask
1. Add a few tablespoons of warm sesame oil to a few tablespoons of neem oil.
2. Apply oil to scalp, and massage into skin.
3. Brush through with a boar-bristle brush.
4. Wrap hair in a hot towel for 10 minutes or keep on overnight. If you keep the hair mask on overnight, use an inexpensive pillowcase that you don't mind getting messy.

Special Thanks
Thanks to beauty expert Eva Scrivo for sharing these tips for nourishing skin and hair.

Comments (22)

  • jackieford 26 Apr, 2008

    I personally use far less neem oil in my mixtures as it is very strong both in smell and action.

  • dianastephen 7 Feb, 2008

    tried to print from article tab and only got a copy of the photo.

  • sher77 6 Feb, 2008

    can you use refined for high heat sesame oil

  • katbow 3 Feb, 2008

    I believe it was tea tree oil to prevent bacteria...

  • karwood 3 Feb, 2008

    To nstlga05-
    I am quite positive she said rosemary oil.

  • odonnell 2 Feb, 2008

    what did Eva say to add to the water in the humidifier if you are not going to clean it everyday?

  • Californiamom 1 Feb, 2008

    Are we supposed to use a cool or warm humidifier? thanks

  • nstlga05 1 Feb, 2008

    Eva mentioned something to add to the hair mask for psoraisis but I didn't catch it. Does anyone remember?

  • chewie4me 31 Jan, 2008

    Dr Hauschka Neem hair oil can be found at Whole Foods and other fine health food stores. I have sold these products and they are of high quality

  • sequinn 31 Jan, 2008

    The vita villa store in my town said that Borage oil only comes in capsule form. Is that true? The recipe for the homemade hair mask seems incorrect. A few tablespoons of warm sesame oil and a few tablespoons of neem oil seems like alot. I used 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and a tsp. of neem oil and I had some left over. Neem oil is expensive to be wasting it. Did anyone else try the recipe?

  • pamelaviolet 30 Jan, 2008

    You can find Neem oil and Borage oil at the local health food store.

  • seven777 30 Jan, 2008

    Where can I purchase the exfoliating Pearl Powder?
    Thanks for any help.

  • seven777 30 Jan, 2008

    Where can I purchase the exfoliating Pearl Powder?
    Thanks for any help.

  • lilgem 30 Jan, 2008

    Is it Rosemary oil Eva suggested for psoriasis/eczema and does it need to be combined with sesame oil or by itself?

  • LisaJay 30 Jan, 2008

    Neem oil? Borage oil? Where does one find such things?

  • sandee1970 30 Jan, 2008

    could someone tel me what she said to use on the scalp of someone wth psorisis. i think it was rosemary oil but im not sure. thanks

  • amsippon 29 Jan, 2008

    So after the hair mask is on for 10 mins. Do you shampoo and condition hair or what? If so any certain kinds of shampoo and conditioner recommended. Thanks so much!

  • violetflutterby82 29 Jan, 2008

    The oil that Eva recommended was tea tree oil

  • iedesign 29 Jan, 2008

    Oops. I mean Tea Tree Oil.

  • iedesign 29 Jan, 2008

    The oil Eva recommends for the humidifier is Tree Tea Oil.

  • rashu 29 Jan, 2008

    how many time we can apply homemade hair mask ?
    like every other day ,,1 times a week ,, every three weeks ,once a month
    how many time pls will you tell me... it was in today show 1-29-08
    thank you

  • pickylady 29 Jan, 2008

    What was the oil that Eva recommended for humidifiers on today's show, 1-29-08?