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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Myrtle Leaf recommendations for DRY skin:
neck and chest...hey dont leave us out!
- KayDel Shelton