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Tips for Moisturizing

12 December 2014

As the weather and climate changes, so does our skin and how it reacts to certain things.  While all skin types are different, most people experience increased drying of their skin in the winter time.  Because of the colder, dryer weather, our skin tends to lose a lot of its natural moisture. This is why it is extremely important to replenish that moisture during this time of the year.

Certain parts of our bodies can get dryer than others but they are all in need of a little extra moisture. Let’s look at each area specifically and learn how we can help to keep them moisturized!

Starting with the first thing people see when they look at a person, the face.  This area is the most diverse when it comes to different skin types.  There is oily, oily to normal, combination, normal to dry, and very dry.  Because each person has a different skin type, it is important to recognize and identify your own so you know how to properly moisturize your skin.  If you have skin that tends to be on the oily side, you may think you shouldn’t moisturize your face at all. This could not be further from the truth! The reason your skin is producing so much oil is because it thinks it needs to in order to prevent dryness.  Therefore, if you moisturize regularly, you will actually reduce the amount of oil your skin is producing.  If you don’t moisturize at all, your skin will begin producing more and more oil to make up for lost moisture. The best thing you can do for oily skin is to use an oil-free moisturizer, possibly one that is a gel formulation.  For skin types that do not have trouble with oil but do see dryness every now and then, you may want to use a thicker moisturizer more like a lotion or cream that will combat the dry skin.  When it comes to moisturizing the skin of the face, it is all about finding what works for you! 

Another part of the face that tends to get very dry is the lips.  It may seem like an easy solution, just use any old lip balm! It is actually a little more complicated than that.  There are many different lip balms and sticks with different ingredients in them.  Some lip balms actually contain ingredients that are meant to sooth the lips momentarily but are actually drying them out over time, thus causing you to use more product (kind of genius on their part if you ask me.) But this is something we want to avoid when moisturizing our lips.  Some ingredients to look for when purchasing lip balm are SPF, cocoa butter and lanolin, at least 5% of humectants, and paraben-free.  Some ingredients to STAY AWAY from are fragrances, artificial colors, menthol, alcohol, and aloe butter/Vitamin E if your lips are easily irritated.

For the rest of the body, there is a vast array of options to moisturize with.  The most important thing is that moisturizing needs to happen every day AT LEAST once a day, if not more!  Staying consistent with moisturizing and exfoliating plays a hefty part in preventing dry skin overall.  Using a scrub in the shower such as a brown sugar scrub and a loofah will help to remove dead skin before you moisturize.  After getting out of the shower, gently pat dry (don’t rub!) most of the water away.  Leaving a bit of dampness on the skin will actually assist your moisturizer in sinking in and absorbing into your skin.  As far as the moisturizer goes, body lotions and creams tend to work for most everyone.  If you have sensitive skin, try to stay away from lotions with fragrance in them, as this can further irritate your skin.  Body moisturizers with cocoa and shea butter are perfect for preventing dry skin!

For the hands, keep a mini hand cream or lotion in your bag with you at all times to apply throughout the day.  Always apply lotion after washing your hands to avoid dryness and cracking. 

If you remember these simple tips and include them in your daily routine, you will be rewarded with soft skin from head to toe!