In addition to leaving us knee deep in snow, Snowzilla left us with callused hands, chapped lips and dry itchy skin. These five easy hacks will get your hands, lips and skin feeling soft, supple and nourished through the winter months.
1.Use Cold Pressed Natural Soaps and Body Cleansers - most commercially produced soaps strip the skin leaving it dry and itch. Cold pressed soaps may cost a little more, but your skin will thank you for this indulgence. Cold pressed soaps are made with rich oils like avocado, coconut and sweet almond and butters like shea, cocoa and mango. Cold pressed soaps naturally retain glycerin which gives the soap extra moisturizing power.
These soaps give you the added moisture boost by gently cleansing and moisturizing the skin. If you prefer a liquid body wash that has the benefits of a cold pressed bar with the added benefit of an easy to use pump, a Black Soap Body cleanser with Colloidal Oatmeal.
2.Exfoliate - Slough off dead cells and reveal beautiful glowing skin with a simple sugar scrub or using a natural sisal or ayate wash cloth. Exfoliating has additional benefits that include stimulating collagen production. Freshly exfoliated skin allows moisturizers to penetrate more efficiently given the skin an added moisture boost. Another benefit of exfoliating is that it increases blood circulation giving the skin a more radiant look and feel.
3.Drink Water – I always say beauty comes from the inside out. Water hydrates and gives the best moisture boost on a cellular level that you can literally see. There is a lot of debate on how much water is needed a day, some say 8oz 8 times a day. My recommendation is drink as much as you can and watch your skin glow.
4.Take short lukewarm showers instead of hot showers. What could be better than a nice long shower on a cold winter night? Well that hot shower will strip your skin leaving it dry and itch once you towel off.
5.Lock in Moisture – After taking a quick warm shower, pat skin with towel without completely drying off and apply a rich moisturizer that contains shea butter and other rich oils and give it a minute to skin in before putting on clothes. Applying moisture to damp skin locks in hydration and keep skin softer and moisturized longer. You can also lock in moisture to those extra dry areas like your hands and feet by applying a thick coat of shea butter (Intense moisture balm or Intense Lotion bar) and putting on a pair of thick socks before bed. Slathering your hands with a thick rich balm and putting on gloves when heading out into the cold weather is another way to give hands and cuticles a moisture boost.