Our top tips for relieving irritated skin during these cold months
During these winter months, keeping your skin feeling hydrated and fresh is more important than ever. If you’ve got a history of sensitive skin or you’re suffering from any chronic skin conditions, you need to be prepared for the cold weather to alleviate any pain.
What happens to our skin during the winter?
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown that cold air and low humidity during the winter months of December, January and February can diminish your skin’s moisture and cause dry skin to take place. And it’s no secret that if you suffer from dry skin or chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, the cold, dry air of winter can cause flare-ups.
This all happens because of the lack of moisture in the air. Cold air is dry air, and that dryness pulls the moisture away from the top layers of your skin. With the weather so cold, you can’t be blamed for hopping in hot showers after some time outside. However, the hot water can also leave your skin feeling more irritated than before, as it strips your skin of natural oils, causing even more dryness and redness of the skin.
How to relieve irritated skin during winter?
As colds come calling and temperatures drop, you’ll need to add more than just a heated blanket and a cup of hot chocolate to your daily routines.
Thanks to its moisturising, anti-inflammatory, and anti-irritant properties, our unrefined Shea Butter is one of the best moisturisers to help keep your skin hydrated and relieve irritated skin.
Rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and E, our light whipped butter quickly absorbs into the skin while leaving a thin layer on the surface to form a natural protective barrier to prevent moisture loss and is suitable for all skin types. It keeps dry and chapped skin well moisturised, and can help calm and relieve irritated skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, making our pure shea butter the perfect remedy for the skin during the cold weather.
Before you go checking out with some shea butter in your cart, keep reading to find out our top tips for relieving irritated skin.
#1 – Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
This is where our Shea Butter comes to your rescue. Any time you wash your body, hands, or face, you’re stripping your skin of all the natural oils that look after it. These oils keep moisture locked in, so you’ll need to keep replacing them. How do you ask? It’s simple, spread some moisturising shea butter over the areas you’ve washed to keep them smooth and hydrated.
#2 – Stay hydrated and eat healthily
If there’s one simple rule we’re taught to follow since childhood, it’s to stay hydrated. And when it comes to relieving irritable skin during the colder months, it’s even more important that you stick to your daily water goals.
If your body doesn’t take in enough fluid, it can seriously affect the appearance of your skin and make it more likely to dry out.
In addition to staying hydrated, you’ll want to focus on eating as healthy as you can. Start adding foods high in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (just like our Shea Butter), such as blueberries, pecans, and spinach to your daily diet and see the difference it makes to your skin. These nutrients protect your cells from environmental damage and help your body create healthy skin cells.
#3 – Forget fashion: get out the scarfs, hats, and gloves
Whether you’re committing fashion faux pas or not, forgetting what’s in and what’s not is what matters here. Raid your winter wardrobe for breathable materials like cotton and silk to layer up, and protect your hands with warm gloves whenever you’re stepping outside for a spot of shopping or a snowball fight. And if like us, you’re on washing-up duty, stock up on a pair of silicone gloves.
By limiting the dry air and hot water that touches your skin during the winter, your hands and your body stay smooth and well-hydrated, keeping your skin feeling calm and comfy.
Time to protect your skin this winter
Now you know why it’s important to relieve your skin during this cold weather and how to to look after your skin it’s time to protect your skin and transform your skincare routine with the ultimate dry skin butter, made with 100% pure unrefined Shea Butter.
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