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Your health: Use essential oils to care for your skin in the Tahoe winter

Sarah McCallum
Special to the Sun

Essential oils like geranium can protect your body's largest organ, the skin.

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The importance of a healthy skin care routine during the dry and harsh winter months should not be overlooked.

In order to maintain smooth and supple skin, we need to not only moisturize daily but also keep our bodies hydrated and free of dead skin cells.

Using a sugar-based body scrub on the arms and legs not only helps increase circulation, but also buffs the skin so that you're left with silky limbs.

Certain essential oils like Geranium and Myrrh can act as gentle protectors on your body's largest organ, the skin. Try applying a drop of essential oil into your moisturizer for the added benefits of antimicrobial and antibacterial action.

Coconut oil is my favorite base oil for applying essential oils because it is super hydrating and emollient.

If you're looking to maintain a taught tummy during the holiday season, seek out Peppermint and Orange essential oils. This combination may help combat belly fat that usually accumulates after we've spent a few months in hibernation enjoying good food and drink.

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Applying a drop of each daily onto the belly not only reduces the bulge, but also helps to keep cravings at bay and increase alertness. I really enjoy creating my own body scrub with a 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup coarse sugar and about 20 drops of my favorite essential oil.

You can create really fun gifts by combining essential oils and personalizing the scents for friends or family members.

If you aren't sure where to find high quality essential oils, stop by the spa and check out our stock. The ladies are knowledgeable on topics like aromatherapy and can help guide you toward a few that tend to be popular during the winter months.

Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care in Tahoe Vista. Visit northlakemassageandskincare.com to learn more.