Steamy showers feel amazing, however, they’re not the best thing for your skin.
The problem is that hot showers strip your body of its natural oil barrier, and you need that barrier to help trap moisture and keep your skin smooth and moist. (You have my permission to giggle, cringe or whatever you have to do when you hear that word. Moist)
So dial down the temperature and don’t linger too long. Skin care experts recommend short, warm showers or baths that last no longer than 5 to 10 minutes.
Wash with a soapless cleanser when you shower. Gentle soaps that are free of a fragrance are a great option. Products with deodorant or antibacterial additives can be harsh on the skin.
You can never go wrong with an organic alternative. My personal favourite is ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ by Lush Cosmetics, or more currently, ‘Enzyme cleaning gel’ from Mario Badescu.
Coconut oil is amazing for treating dry skin. It has the right amount of fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin.
The best thing about coconut oil is how versatile it is; it can be used as a moisturiser for face and skin, a treatment for split ends/moisturiser for hair, makeup remover, oil pulling for whiter teeth. It is truly a limitless oil.
You can purchase organic coconut oil at any local supermarket or health food store.
- Leave The Alcohol At The Bar:
Alcohol is so, so bad for your skin. It strips your skin of all its natural oils.
You should always be checking the ingredients of your beauty products, and alcohol is one to watch out for – especially if you have dry skin. It can sometimes be hidden in moisturisers, cleansers, toners, etc. so just make sure to read the label before making future purchases.
The heaters that we use in our homes keep us toasty warm, however they dry out the air. So, while you’re sleeping you can use a humidifier in your bedroom to keep the moisture in your body and help your skin repair itself.
These can be purchased at your local Kmart, Target, Homemaker centre, etc.
- Use Protection – When You Shave, Of Course:
A close shave will always leave your skin dry, so be sure to use a shaving cream that is rich in vitamins and has ingredients such as Shea butter (or any essential oils, really) as that will help keep the moisture locked in.
My personal favourite is ‘D’Fluff’ by Lush Cosmetics.
… AND LASTLY
I can not stress this enough, the key to hydration is simple – moisturise.
Do this after your shower all over the body, and the face morning and evening.
My weapon of choice is Coconut Oil. In winter I find that a spray on moisturiser is easier as it is a faster process – and let’s face it we want to get into our warm clothes as soon as possible. The Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula in the Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion, this can be purchased at your local supermarket, Priceline, Walmart, Target etc.
I use for my lips, ‘Nipple Balm’ by Dr Lipp and it works wonders! My lips always need a little more attention and this pure lanolin formula is perfect.
As for eye cream, I haven’t found one that I am in love with yet – but I’ll keep you posted.