Hydrating Your Skin for the Winter

During the winter months, many of us get dry, cracked skin that seems to flake off with the snow. Whether it’s our lips, hands or faces that are affected, we tend to turn to our favorite budget-friendly brands at the local grocery or supermarket. However, did you know that many of these products and their ingredients have the opposite effect?!

For instance, Petroleum Jelly, commonly found in products like Vaseline, Aquaphor and Carmex, gives that instantaneous feeling of hydrated, moisturized lips. Did you know that this creates a seal over the skin preventing moisture, bacteria or air from getting in or out? In the long run, these items can further dry out the skin, which is why we feel the need to constantly reapply. This also works favorably for the company: the more product is applied, the more likely the product will be consumed at a faster rate, thus the chances of purchasing the product an additional time increase.

As consumers, we vote with our dollar! So, it’s important to research and understand products we are supporting and the companies behind them, especially when it comes to personal care.

Instead of opting for name brands like Aquaphor, Carmex or other drugstore lip balms, try looking for products made with all-natural oils such as:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Apricot Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Aloe Vera

Additionally, items like shea and cocoa butter help in deeply moisturizing the skin while providing natural nourishment. Also, try opting for products with essential oils instead of artificial fragrances. Those with artificial fragrances can be severely damaging to the skin as well. Another way to keep your lips hydrated during the winter is by using Cell Salt #1. This calcium and fluorine combination helps to nourish and hydrate your skin from the inside out.

Local businesses are always a good place to look for handmade all-natural products, so start by visiting our Herbs Etc. store either online or in-person! For more suggestions on naturally hydrating during the winter by visiting last week’s blog post on Winter Skincare Tips!