Banish Dry Skin the Natural Way
Winter can take a toll on your body and cause skin to become dry, flaky and downright uncomfortable. Even here in Charleston we can have cool weather, that when combined with dry, indoor heat, causes my skin to look and feel like the hide of an alligator. No kidding.
Since the skin on your body is naturally drier than facial skin, the most effective rehydration strategy is to indulge in the creamiest, heaviest lotions.
To protect and pamper your skin during the dry wintry months, look for products with butter - both in ingredients and product description. Butter is thick, hydrating, and restorative.
In your search for the right body moisturizer, you’re likely to come across body butters such as…
Shea Butter – natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karité (commonly called the Shea Tree), a tree indigenous to Africa,
Aloe Butter – derived from the leaf of the aloe which is a South African Lilly-like plant,
Avocado Butter- an emollient that is high in fat and contains good-for-your-skin Vitamins A and C,
Mango Butter – from fruit kernels of the mango tree, it’s protective against UV radiation and has a slight sweet scent.
I’ve found using a combination of an exfoliant on my body (2 -3 times-a-week) plus generous use of a really great butter and oil-infused moisturizer helps keep my skin soft, healthy, and in great condition.
Scrubs and Exfoliants
Scrubs work great in the winter because scrubs and exfoliants are really the only products that will get rid of those layers of dry, dead skin from places such as elbows, knees and heels. When you choose an exfoliant, make sure you find one with super-hydrating ingredients. One of the best is ‘I LOVE ORGANIC’ by Nature Girl. Packed with a host of organic ingredients like jojoba oil and sunflower seed oil along with Vitamins A, C & E, ‘I LOVE ORGANIC’ sugar scrub is the perfect primer for body moisturizer.
Moisturize and Protect
I’m particularly fond of Nature Girl’s body balm ‘NATURE LOVE’ for a super-rich moisturizier, which comes in Lavender & Orris or Ylang Ylang subtle scents. Packed with an extra-rich and protective combination of shea butter and essential oils that hydrate, condition, and tone the skin, you won’t find anything better! On those days that a lighter lotion seems best, I reach for one of Deep Steep’s soy body lotions packed with organic oils, butters and vitamins. Or, John Masters’ Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk (the scent is intoxicating).
So, be good to yourself and to your skin. Find the most effective ingredients and choose organic and natural products whenever possible. A little scrub here, a dab or two of lotion there, and you’re on your way to healthier, better looking skin.