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In the winter, when environmental humidity is low, it’s easy for many of us to get dry itchy skin. It can happen to anyone regardless of other skin conditions. Fine lines can be more apparent, and your skin feels rough and looks dull or flaky, and you may have a rough texture. Arms and legs are the most common parts of the body for dry skin, but the whole body can be affected by the itching and irritation of dry skin.

To understand skin we must consider that it is made of many layers, and the outer most layer works like plastic wrap does to keep food fresh. This layer, called stratum corneum, is made of dead skin cells and oils (lipids specifically) that are produced by the underlying, living layers of skin. These oils keep water from escaping our skin into the air, and also keep irritants and germs out. The oils and dead skin cells together hold water in the stratum giving skin its healthy texture. When that water escapes, we get dry skin. This can happen when the oils are lost somehow. The stratum shrinks as it dries out and that makes those small cracks.

When treating dry skin it is important to to address the factors that may be causing your skin to be dry. Water itself, especially when hot, can actually removes those oils you need and worsen the condition, even though you need it. Throw soap in there and you have the greatest thief of natural skin oils. So what do you do, stop bathing? No, no, no… the best thing you can do for dry skin is to act fast when you get your skin wet, like after taking a shower. Applying a moisturizer after bathing will contain the water in the stratum. If you can get some minerals in there during the process you’re really golden! Most importantly though is the oil in the moisturizer. Ointments and greasy moisturizers do work, but are not the most pleasant of choices. Lotion moisturizers are the least greasy of dry skin treatments, and therefore usually considered the most pleasant to use.

Bathing Tips for Preventing & Treating Dry Skin:

  • For adults, take a shower rather than a bath
  • Shower with warm, not hot, water and use soap only when and where needed (ie. underarms, groin, feet and face)
  • Pat dry with a towel, do not rub
  • Apply moisturizer within three minutes of showering.  Don’t let the water evaporate!
  • Reapply moisturizer liberally throughout the day. Focus on problem areas. If it’s itchy, it need moisturizer.

 

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Lavender Naturals is a line of bath and body care products that we have formulated without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates, artificial fragrance nor color to provide a healthy choice. Since the skin absorbs up to 60% of any substance applied, we have chosen to eliminate these unnecessary ingredients in order to decrease the toxic load on the body.

Lavender Naturals formulas are vegan and gluten-free. The natural products contain no animal byproducts. They are also gluten-free making them safe for those sensitive to gluten.

Lavender Naturals products are calming, refreshing, soothing and purifying. Their formulas contain a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend used includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, benzoin, coriander, germanium, labdanum, patchouli, vetiver and frankincense.

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts

Lavender Naturals Bath Salts contain salts from the Dead Sea to help purify the skin and relax tired muscles. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. For a relaxing bath add a handful of salts under the running water, soak and enjoy. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream

Lavender Naturals Body Cream is a light and effective moisturiser for use after the shower or bath. After bathing, massage cream gently into damp skin for a healthy glow. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist

Lavender Naturals Body Mist is a gentle mist that can be used anytime of the day to refresh. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. Spray all over your body after bathing or anytime of the day to refresh. Formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color to provide a healthy choice.

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub

Lavender Naturals Salt Body Scrub contains Dead Sea salts and canola oil to gently exfoliate and polish the skin. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. It contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable. In the shower or bath, massage a small amount of scrub all-over your body and rinse well. Excercise caution as the bottom of the tub or shower will become slippery.

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel

Lavender Naturals Shower Gel is a gentle gel with a pH that is skin compatible. It is refreshing and soothing in the shower or bath. The scent is a blend of 10 natural essential oils that provide aromatherapy and skin care benefits. The essential oil blend includes lavender, lavandin, bergamot, coriander , geranium, labdanum, patchouli, vetivert, benzoin and frankincense. The formula contains no Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrance nor Color. It is also Vegan, Gluten free and biodegradable.

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-RyanNY

 

Kiehl's Limited Edition Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

Kiehl's Limited Edition Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

It’s always nice to here celebrities using there names to help out a good cause. Kiehl’s has organized some of their friends to help support the Waterkeeper Alliance. Founded in 1999, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and several veteran “Waterkeepers,” the Waterkeeper Alliance connects and supports grassroots advocates and fights for clean water and strong communities.

 

Kiehl’s created four limited edition versions of their Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion with the help of some friends of Kiehl’s: Adrian Grenier (of Entourage), Erykah Badu (musician), Kelly Slater (pro surfer), and Parsons the New School for Design. 

To top it off, 100% of Kiehl’s net profits (up to $100,000) from the sale of these products benefit Waterkeeper Alliance to provide critical professional training to nearly 200 Waterkeeper Alliance groups and develop climate change and post-carbon transition strategies. 

For more on this project go to kiehlsgivesback.com.

 

Neil Yard's Remedies

Neil Yard's Remedies

Something to look for in May is Neil Yard’s Remedies, a skin and body care line serving different skin types. Neil Yard is launching the Nourishing Orange Flower facial skin care collection. With orange flower, or neroli oil, the collection balances the skin’s moisture levels. The result is skin that looks and feels more balanced and evenly toned. The collection consists of a facial wash, face polish, daily moisturizer, night cream and facial mask. Also coming from Neil Yard’s is Rehydrating Rose facial skin care. This collection consists of a facial wash, facial polish, and facial moisturizer, all design for dehydrated facial skin. Neil Yard’s Remedies is a London-based company, but has a lot of distribution in the US.

 

Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser

Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser

I wanted to follow up on a previous post, Creamy Facial Cleansers For Dry Skin. In my post I described a few creamy cleansers that Whole Body recommends for cleaning your face if you have problems with dry skin. Creamy cleansers clean the skin while moisturizing at the same time. I tried a couple of these cleansers and recommended  Zia Skin Basics Moisturizing Cleanser. Well, I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’m still satisfied with my choice. It hasn’t completely solved my problems with dry skin, but it’s definitely helping. My skin is more moisturized throughout the day, and I rely less on lotion. I’ve also discovered the best way to use it since then. The cleanser, which is similar in texture to hair conditioner, needs time to penetrate the skin. After applying it to the face, give it a minute to soak in. This give a better result, a more moisturized face. 

 

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We had a rude awakening here in the Northeast US yesterday. The temperature dropped to 0º F! Even more of a rude awakening was my skin! There’s nothing like walking outside in the blistery wind to test my skin’s ability as a barrier. It was dry, flaky and red. Though the article I just read in Natural Solutions magazine has made me realize the real problem may have been the extra long, hot shower I took to compensate for the cold.

In the article Stave Off a Dry Skin Spell, By Alan M. Dattner, MD, I learned that bathing is often the culprit causing dry skin. Over-bathing or an allergic condition like eczema can damage your skin, and dryness is a sign of this. 

“The skin holds in moisture with layers of flattened skin cells and fatty materials made up of waxes, cholesterol, and fatty acids. Over-bathing with soap and hot water washes away these layers as well as the salts in the skin that also hold water.”

Dr. Dattner says using oils and creams are not lasting solutions. The real solution is to nourish the skin from the inside out. Consuming foods with Omega-3 rich foods and oils and balancing them with gamma-linoleic acids like borage or evening primrose oil, will replenish your skin’s natural oils and help retain moisture. and moisture can’t be retained unless you put it in your body. That means drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. 

“You should also avoid trans fats, fried foods, and excessive sugar, all of which affect the skin’s production of healthy oils.”

Also make sure to get vitamin E daily, to prevent oxidation of essential fatty acids (like Omega 3).

Dr. Dattner suggests taking shorter showers, not too hot, and not as often in the dry winter months. Moisturizing after showers will help prevent water from evaporating from your skin. Plus allergens can cause dryness and flaking of the skin. Dr. Dattner suggests ” fragrance- and paraben-free creams to prevent allergic reactions.”

To read the full article click here.


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