When the temperature drops, the humidity in the air does too, and your skin loses water more quickly than usual: this leaves it dry and tight and sometimes even looking flaky. Also, windy weather can irritate skin and leave it feeling tender and chapped. Retreating indoors doesn’t necessarily help either, with heating systems blasting us with hot, dry air all day and night, drying skin even more.
Don’t despair: there’s a way to keep your skin healthy even when it feels like the world’s conspiring to dry you right out. Follow these tips to stay soft, supple and moisturized throughout the winter months.
Top tip: Hot showers and baths feel amazing, especially if you’ve just come in from the cold, but they can strip your skin of its natural oils and dry you out. To prevent uncomfortable dry skin after you’ve washed up, take shorter showers or baths in lukewarm water.
Products to use: If lukewarm water still leaves you feeling dry, infuse your bathwater with a few drops of moisturizing oils such as Moringa Oil so your skin’s not as parched after.
Also, make sure to use a glycerine-based Body Wash that has glycerine as one of the ingredients in it, or natural Soap Bar that is formulated with ingredients first such as avocado oil, almond oil and coconut oil to avoid drying out your skin. Glycerine is usually removed during the soap making process by other companies to cut down on cost, but we leave it in because it draws moisture out of the air to get locked into your skin leaving it feeling softer, longer.
Top tip: Your skin can absorb lotions more efficiently once you’ve gently scrubbed to remove dry skin. Aim to exfoliate about once a week, as scrubbing too often may irritate the skin and make it more prone to dry, flaky patches.
Top tip: Once you step out of the shower or bath, towel off gently and massage a rich lotion all over to lock in hydration.
Products to use: During these cold, dry months, a lotion with lots of natural nut butters and oils keep skin soft and supple. Try our Lotion Bars made with soothing Vitamin E, nutritious sweet almond oil and moisturizing mango butter to lock in moisture and give you the benefits of essential oils.
Pure Shea Butter is another great product that’s perfect for winter if you prefer a simple, unscented option.
Top tip: The skin on your face isn’t immune to seasonal changes, so when the weather shifts, consider switching to richer moisturizers.
Products to use: Facial soaps and foaming cleansers can leave your skin feeling dry and taut, and with the added dry winter air, you’ll need a super emolient product to protect and moisturize all the more. Try one of our Natural Beauty Oils – each one is completely pure and natural, derived from pressing the seeds of plants that we grow on our farms. This wonderful line of oils are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, designed by mother nature to feed your skin.
None of these oils will clog your pores or aggravate acne, in fact most people find they reduce oily skin and help heal any acne and acne scars!
Just massage them all over your face, and leave to absorb in minutes, or dap them onto a damp washcloth and use as your normal facial scrub then rinse off with a warm water for a gentle scrubby cleanse,
Most of us are used to winter being a cause for dry skin due to our heating systems drying up the air in our homes, so it’s no wonder we opt to using a humidifier to cut down on static. However, have you ever thought about diffusing essential oils to help with the problem?
Diffusing essential oils gives us many health benefits when we inhale the vapours, and selecting specific essential oils can really help with alleviating dry skin, dry mouth and throat during the night, and easing overall discomfort associated with winter!
It’s suggested that you purchase an essential oil diffuser for this reason, to leave beside the bed so that you get the benefits while you’re sleeping. If you already have a humidifier, it is possible to use it as a diffuser, but it’s worth noting that it’s advised that in addition to using distilled water, cleaning in between each use can help reduce the wear and tear added oils can have on a unit. Note: using essential oils may reduce the lifespan of a humidifier or void any warranty, so it’s important to research which unit you have and decide if it’s worth the risk.
When diffusing add a few drops to a cold diffuser and breathe in the vapor. You can also put a drop on your hands, warm and inhale the vapours.