Are your hands or feet dry and cracked? Do you put lotion on and 10 minutes later they feel dry again?
With the freezing temperatures this time of year I thought it was a good time to blog about ways to keep your skin soft and healthy. I live in Florida, but the temperatures here have been in the 40’s with below freezing at night. My brother and uncle are two people that come to mind who really fight dry skin. They get dry, cracked and sometimes bleeding hands and feet. There are many healing and moisturizing oils and products that are available. I’m going to focus on jojoba oil and body balms.
Jojoba oil is an amazing oil that comes from the bean of a bush native to the deserts in Arizona, Northern Mexico and California. It’s health benefits were first discovered by Native Americans. Jojoba oil closely resembles the oil our skin produces naturally and is a wonderful skin conditioner and softener. It penetrates the skin quickly and protects skin in dry conditions. It is also recommended for conditioning the scalp and hair.
Body balms are one of my favorite products to use all over my body anytime of year. But they are especially appreciated in the winter. The body balms I use don’t have any water in them so they hang out on the skin for a little while. When I put them on they slowly melt into my pores and I can feel them healing and softening from the inside out. They don’t soak in right away but penetrate over a period of about 5 minutes.
Coconut Body Balm – When you combine organic jojoba oil, beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter the body balm that’s created is an amazing synergy of oils and butters that makes your skin feel soft and supple while healing and nourishing from the inside out. I use them several times a day on my hands and a couple times a week on my face as a night hydrating mask. No parabens, dyes, sulfates or pthalates, just pure simple ingredients from Mother Nature. On a final note, make sure you buy oils that are unrefined. Once an oil is refined, which usually requires high amounts of heat or a chemical solvent, the oil is stripped of it’s inherent healing benefits.
Wishing you all happy, healthy supple skin this winter!