How To Keep Your Skin Healthy During Winter
Winter Skin Damage
As winter approaches, and the weather changes- so does our skin. Constant change in temperatures from inside to outside, warm to cold have drying effects on the skin as well as changes in humidity levels, wind, and sun exposure during the winter months. There are several ways to keep the skin healthy this winter.
Handcrafted soaps, such as goat’s milk soap with natural ingredients that include essential oils and real herbs are highly recommended. Natural handcrafted soaps still contain Glycerin which naturally occurs during the soap making process, and is the actual ingredient that promotes moisture. Commercial soap companies take the natural glycerin out and sell it to cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies to make expensive lotions and creams. If you currently are using a commercial soap bar and switch to a handcrafted soap bar I can guarantee that you will notice a difference.
Skin exfoliation, also highly recommended in promoting healthy skin. Skin exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the (epidermis) which is the outermost layer of skin allowing new skin cells to develop from the (dermis) the lower layer of skin. It is said that the Egyptians were the first to practice such skin care practices, which interestingly enough is the native home to the Loofah gourd that is still used today as a popular sponge for skin exfoliation.
There are three different types of skin exfoliation; manual, chemical and enzyme exfoliation. Manual exfoliation of course is manually scrubbing off dead skin cells, by using sponges, creams, lotions, scrubs and cleansers. Chemical exfoliation is used to treat the surface of the skin using chemicals such as Alpha hydroxy acids and Beta hydroxy acids. This form of exfoliation is most often used in treating acne, age spots, sun damage and wrinkles. The third form of exfoliation is Enzyme exfoliation which is used for people who have very sensitive skin. These products, rather than scrubbing off or using chemicals, dissolve dead skin cells by using powders, pads, cleansers, and mask that have proteolytic enzymes in them.
Applying body lotions is a must, especially during the winter. It is best to apply body lotion right as you get out of the shower or bath. It is said that the lotion absorbs better in the skin after bathing; however there is never a wrong time to apply body lotion. I highly recommend a goat’s milk lotion. Cleopatra was famously known for her healthy skin, and she would often soak in goat’s milk. Goat's milk, like all milk consists of vitamins, natural emollient, and triglycerides, but goat's milk consists of capric-capryllic triglycerides, which acts as a natural moisturizer. Goat's milk is full of nutrients and vitamins such as C, B1, B6, B12, and E. Also goat's milk has a ph level that is similar to the ph level of our skin, which helps protect the skin from invading bacteria and chemicals.
Natural Lip Balms
Protect those lips! Ever wonder why your lip balm is not working, or do you find yourself addicting to lip balms? You may be using lip balms that are petroleum bases, instead of natural lips balms that contain natural ingredients such as Shea butter. Petroleum jelly is not absorbed by the skin; it only provides a short term fix or relief, causing you to constantly have to reapply. This keeps the skin from breathing and can actually make your lips even more chapped. This is a band-aid attempt to fix the problem, and is one of the reasons why people do become very addicted to lip balms.
Shea butter hydrates the skin cells and keeps moisture from escaping by gradually regaining the skins natural elasticity. Unlike the skin on the rest of your body that can hydrate and regulate moisture, the lips have no sebaceous glands or lipids to help retain moisture. So this is why it is important when treating your lips of such dry conditions to consider a naturally homemade lip balm that will actually heal, rather than a synthetic infested lip balm that taste and smells good.
Finally protect your hands. The hands typically are the part of the body that suffers the most during the winter months. Washing with handcrafted soaps with glycerin and applying body lotion will help, but the very best thing for those hard calloused areas is a hard lotion bar. Unlike body lotions and creams, the hand lotion bar is solid, having a waxy texture to it. The solid lotion bars are made of Shea Butter, coconut oil, beeswax, grape seed oil, and pure essential oils. They are great for treating really calloused skin, like those of your hands, elbow, the heel of your foot, and most popular, rubbing the lotion bar into your cuticles. By gently rubbing the lotion bar into the cuticles or calluses, allows deep penetration and long lasting results, leaving your skin feeling healthy, silky and smooth.
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