Winter is officially here!
While snowflakes and ski hills make this seasons cold bearable, they dont’t spare our skin from harsh winds, cold air, or dry heat indoors. If anything, enjoying time outdoors makes us even more vulnerable to skin damage.
Extreme temperatures and high heat indoors dehydrate our skin, leaving us dry and itchy in winter. Eczema and psoriasis are debilitating skin conditions that flare up during the colder months. The Government of Canada warns that windburn “removes the top layer of oil from the skin causing excessive dryness, redness, soreness, and itchiness”. This begs the question, how can I best protect my skin in winter?
WHEN AND HOW SHOULD YOU MOISTURIZE?
Don’t forget to moisturize from the inside. The foundation for supple skin is a well hydrated body. Make sure to increase your water intake (water and tisanes are best) while limiting caffeine (i.e., coffee, tea, energy drinks) beverages. Drinking water stimulates blood flow to the surface, supporting collagen production, and helping your kidneys flush harmful toxins that cause dermatitis.
An ultra-hydrating, oil-based body butter will lock in the existing moisture in your skin, when applied immediately after your bath or shower. “Applying moisturizer after a bath is absolutely key because it provides an artificial barrier that can help prevent water loss and also keep out agents bacteria, viruses, and irritants that we don’t want to get into the skin” - American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states.
When using a rich, decadent body butter we recommend that a little goes a long way. Start with a small amount until absorbed, adding more as needed. Give extra attention to problem areas, such as the elbows and knees. Slather cracked heels in body butter, sealing in moisture with a thick pair of socks (best done while sleeping).
WHY IS BODY BUTTER THE BEST FOR WINTER?
AAD continues, “Next, we like to apply a moisturizer that is ideally a cream…these contain more oils than water as opposed to lotion…when you use more oil than water, you do a better job of sealing in moisture”.
Almond oil is rich in Vitamin A (which produces retinol, vital in skin cell regeneration and the smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines), Vitamin E (full of antioxidants that prevents cell damage and reduces UV damage), Omega 3 Fatty Acids (prevent premature ageing and safeguard against sun damage), and Zinc (helps heal skin after scars from acne or otherwise).
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can reduce inflammation and stop the damage of free radicals. The cold press process maintains high amounts of fatty acids and compounds that are beneficial for keeping your skin healthy. Its natural emollient properties are ideal for certain skin types, typically normal and normal to dry skin.
Golden Jojoba oil helps retain moisture in the skin and is an efficient way to keep your skin hydrated and youthful. Golden Jojoba oil is a fantastic base for skin products, as it moisturizes without clogging your pores in support of a balanced skin tone. In addition to these benefits, it also prevents the buildup of bacteria (the kind responsible for blackheads and acne breakouts) within the pores of your face, lending to blemish-free skin.
WHAT IS THE BEST MOISTURIZER FOR WINTER?
The best moisturizer for winter is one that is loaded with natural oils and free of
allergens or irritants. A whipped body butter offers long lasting, deep hydration and can be used sparingly.
Pampered Femme is passionate about bringing the wholesome effects of properties found in nature to the surface. When such substances are altered, their beneficial results are compromised. We are dedicated to avoiding the use of dangerous irritants and chemicals.
What matters most is that you give your skin the moisture it deserves. Whether you choose Montreals best whipped body butter, or another brand dear to your heart, we wish you hydrated, supple skin all winter long!
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