Being a native of a tropical country, my first winter was a rude awakening for my skin. I had been accustomed to constantly warm weather, with predictable levels of humidity, and my skin responded well to this environment.
Now, I was plunged into an abyss of coldness, which in turn produced the tell-tale signs of dry, irritated skin. To begin with, my skin became very itchy and each time I would try to combat this uncomfortable sensation by using my nails as a solution---it resulted in my skin becoming red and irritated…
Over the years I began to question what was causing my dry skin.
I did some research and here is what I found out.
A regular store bought lotion would not cut it
It took me a while to figure out that a regular lotion would not alleviate my dry skin and that I needed to apply a product that was much thicker and would provide a barrier from the harsh weather. Solution?
I needed to use a cream or butter based product in order to achieve that moisture and barrier that my skin was craving. I tried different store brands and found myself uncomfortable with the ingredients found in the products. I’m sure you may have too!
Some were harsh chemicals utilized in the manufacturing industry and others were possible carcinogens. I then switched to more natural products and achieved satisfying results. I also enjoyed the fact that I was using ingredients that were not harmful to my body.
When choosing a body butter or skin cream, ensure that the ingredients are as natural as possible and that the butters and oils used in the product are non-comedogenic, meaning that they do not clog your pores. That is the last thing you want to do to your skin!
Another key factor in retaining moisture in the skin is increasing your daily intake of water………Yes, more water!!!!!
Water, water, water!!!
Water is essential in any skincare routine. Our bodies are made up of at least 70% water. If we do not properly hydrate our bodies, our skin (which is the largest organ of our body) will show the result.
It is harder in the winter to consume the recommended daily amount of water as we tend to sweat less and are therefore less thirsty. To combat this, try placing a piece of fruit in your water or using a great alternative such as coconut water, which also contains electrolytes.
Your body, especially your skin will thank you for taking the time to hydrate!
Avoid Pores Clogging ingredients
When it comes to controlling dry skin, it is important to use products that are gentle and to avoid products containing ingredients that dry and clog the skin.
It has been shown that Petroleum that has not been properly refined tends to have a pore-clogging effect on the skin, thus preventing the skin from breathing properly.
In addition, Mineral oil, Isopropyl Myristate and Isopropyl Palmitate, SD Alcohol 40, Denatured Alcohol and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate are ingredients that will clog and dry the skin. It is best to avoid products which contain any forms of these ingredients where possible. The long-term effect is not worth the compromise.
Regardless of your skin type, try to avoid products containing ingredients that dry out or clog your skin. Instead, choose safer, fewer ingredient, natural products. These products include body butters and skin creams with Shea Butter, Kokum Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil. Your skin deserves the best treatment possible—take care of it.