I don’t know about you, but I’m glad we are finally getting some winter rain and/or snow (depending on what neck of the woods you live in)! Although my skin has been dry, I haven’t experienced the extreme dryness that usually comes along by November with low temps, wind and the heater blowing warm, dry air through my house and car. However, during these past several weeks, I have been pulling out my usual winter oils, butters and balms, and I can imagine you have been reaching for a little extra moisturizer as well! So here is my list of favorites; how I use them and why they are so effective!

Face:

For a day moisturizer, I use oil. Jojoba and Argan are my top picks because they mimic our skin’s natural sebum. If you are a little freaked out by the word “oil” with “face”, try using just a few drops as soon as you get out of the shower (or even in the shower! some use jojoba oil as a face cleanser). When the skin is warm and damp the oil goes on easily and evenly. Just use a few drops and very gently massage into skin on face and neck.

At night, I use something more intense, like Zoe Organics Extreme Cream or an organic balm. Again, a very small amount is adequate for most, and you can always get your hands or face damp before applying or rub product between clean hands to warm. Then cup each side of your face with your hands and begin to work the product into your skin. If you aren’t used to using waterless products on your face and body, it may take a bit of getting used to, but you will soon appreciate the benefits!

For chapped cheeks, mouths and lips (think teething, windburn, snow…), I’m all about Zoe Organics Baby Balm. Six amazing organic ingredients; shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, lavender oil and vanilla precious oil work together to provide a seriously healing combination. The product comes packaged in an easy to apply large balm tube. Even your kids can apply it themselves!

Body: 

Again, I love a nutrient rich organic oil. As soon as I step out of the shower, I slather it on. My skin drinks it up and by the time I get dressed there is no oily residue. I can’t stress enough the importance of a quality oil. If you are just beginning to use oils as part of your skincare routine, you may experiment with grape seed, jojoba, apricot kernel or a blend. Zoe Organics Love My Body Oil is a newly reformulated scar and stretch mark buster with rose hip seed, tamanu and pumpkin seed oils among the blend (new formula available January 30th).

A body butter will provide a nice barrier on the skin and seal in the moisture. This is particularly beneficial for eczema, psoriasis or very dry skin. Again, you can adjust the amount and by applying to damp skin you can avoid the “greasy” feeling. Keep in mind though that the temporary greasy feeling is sure better than the itching, burning and redness that comes with dry skin.

Hands and feet: I keep a butter based cream like Extreme Cream or a good balm for my hands and feet. I place a small amount on the back of one of my hands and then rub the backs of my hands together. At night, slather on feet and put on socks before bed.

I’ve written before about my lack of love for traditional lotions. I realize the feel of oil, butter or balm is difficult to get used to if you are used to slathering on a lightweight lotion that is..ahem…70% water. However, you just aren’t going to reap the same benefits from a water-based lotion or cream as you would a concentrated pure oil, body butter or balm. Also, keep in mind that you can easily use 8-12 oz of lotion in the time you would use a 2 oz jar of body butter. Water in any product means it also requires an emulsifier to get the oil and water to bind, and you can count on a preservative or five. I liken it to packaged junk food for your skin versus a gorgeous raw salad.

In closing, no amount of topical moisturizer is going to take the place of staying hydrated on the inside. Don’t skimp on your water. Add some lemon and drink your favorite teas.

Enjoy this mild, late winter and have fun experimenting with some new products! Do you have favorites? I’d love to hear about them!

xo

Heather