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TIPS for keeping dry skin soft and supple

TIPS for keeping dry skin soft and supple

This amazing organ is quite capable of caring for itself under normal situations but when faced with outside “influences” such as indoor heating; hot, frequent showers; irritating heavy fabrics laced with detergents and softeners and bitter cold, dry air, the skin’s natural defenses begin to lose their fight and need a little assistance. This is where “skin care” comes in.

This month we are discussing skin care for dry skin due to winter weather conditions. I love how experts will tell us to not take hot showers because it drys the skin. Hello, it’s cold outside and a hot shower is relaxing and warming to the body!

So, TIP ONE: Go ahead with your hot shower but use a botanical oil (Olive, Safflower, etc) on the body parts that do not need daily cleansing, (i.e arms, legs, torso), INSTEAD of body wash or soap. Soaps strip the natural oils of the skin leaving it unprotected and dry.

Watch for the exciting introduction of The Myrtle Leaf’s NEW KD’s Cocobody, a unique blend of rich oils and butters for the body!

TIP TWO: Pat dry after showering or bathing and immediately apply a body moisturizer that contains botanical oils (Olive, Safflower, Calendula), natural waxes (Bees wax, Stearic Acid) and vegetable glycerin. The list of ingredients should NOT be long and you should understand what each ingredient is and why it is in your lotion! Thoroughly massage these rich nutrients INTO the skin. See the Myrtle Leaf Super Hydrating Body Moisturizer, Esther’s Blend Therapeutic Body Moisturizer or the Body Velvet.

TIP THREE: For your face, cleanse only at night with a gentle cleanser like the Rosemilk Cleanser, that contains oil and follow with a nutrient-rich water product such as a Mist or Toner and then apply a moisturizer or two that are again, rich in botanical oils like Organic Jojoba, Kukui Nut and Seabuckthorn. The addition of rich butters like Avocado and Shea Butters is especially beneficial during Winter months. Avoid petrochemicals (PEGs, mineral oils, etc) and silicones as they lack nutrients and essential fatty acids. Take the time to completely massage these moisturizers deep into the skin leaving it soft and supple. For morning, repeat this process without the cleansing. Over cleansing strips the skin and disrupts its own natural balance.

Finally, read ingredient labels on your skin care products BEFORE purchasing! If you have questions about a particular ingredient, ask the person selling the product. Get answers because you are responsible for caring for your body’s largest organ! Feel free to email me with ingredient questions:


Myrtle Leaf recommendations for DRY skin:

Rosemilk Cleanser

All Facial Mists

Sweet Surrender Facial Oil

Firming Eye Serum or Special Care Eye Oil

Rich Moisture Butter

KD’s Cocobalm

Super Hydrating Body Moisturizer

Esther’s Blend

Body Velvet

neck and chest...hey dont leave us out!

  • KayDel Shelton
Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronic Acid)

Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronic Acid)

Quite common in today’s Anti-Aging products, Hyaluronic Acid is an important ingredient for maintaining a hydrated and supple complexion. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural polysaccharide (large sugar molecule) that occurs in various living tissues (skin, synovial fluids of joints, connective tissues). The form that is used in skin care products is biotechnologically produced from glucose, soy peptone and yeast extract.

Hyaluronic Acid is responsible for tissue hydration and stability. It holds 500 times its own weight of water so it serves as a water reservoir for the skin cells. As we age, the skin loses Hyaluronic Acid and the ability to hold sufficient water so feeding new Hyaluronic Acid to the skin helps to hydrate its intercellular reservoir, raising its moisture level and smoothing age lines.

Should you choose to use a product with Hyaluronic Acid, it is extremely important to have confidence in the integrity of the Formulator of your skin care products. To make a difference in the health and vitality of your skin, you need assurance that there are adequate amounts of Hyaluronic Acid and that the accompanying ingredients are natural, plant-derived oils, butters and/or gels to ensure complete penetration into the cellular structure of the skin.

Using all natural products with sufficient amounts of Hyaluronic Acid will help preserve the characteristics of youthful and healthy skin: suppleness, elasticity and tone.

Myrtle Leaf products with Hyaluronic Acid:

Restored Radiance Day Serum

Act of Kindness Antioxidant Serum

On-The-Go Hydrating Lotion

  • KayDel Shelton
Kukui Nut Oil

Kukui Nut Oil

Kukui nut oil is a natural oil like rosehip oil, lavender oil and peppermint oil. Rich with vitamin A, E, omega 9, omega 6 and omega 3.  Kukui nut oil is full of the antioxidants. As we age, there are certain things that are unavoidable, such as wrinkles and age spots, but this antioxidant-rich oil is able to counter those effects, boosting collagen production and stimulating the sloughing of dead skin cells to make room for healthy new ones!