Cold weather has arrived and more is on the way. If your skin tends to suffer significant damage when the temperature dips, you know the frustration of trying to keep your skin well moisturized and healthy. Fortunately, we have you covered with our three most effective winter skin care ingredients, all of which are all natural. These ingredients add moisture, lock in moisture and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy despite the rough winter weather.
Shea butter is a rich, creamy superfood for your skin. It is derived from the seeds of the fruit grown on Shea trees. Originating in Africa, shea butter has been used for centuries as an effective way to care for skin. Shea butter is nutrient rich and it contains the vitamins A, E and F in addition to essential fatty acids your skin requires. Due to the vitamins and fatty acids found in shea butter, it is an incredible ingredient to add moisture to your skin during the harsh winter months. It also helps your skin to retain moisture and its own essential oils to prevent further dryness. Shea butter contains oleic, linoleic and stearic acids and it aids your body in collagen production. With consistent use, many people notice not only is their skin more moisturized, it is also much smoother in consistency. You can use shea butter all over your body and if you have very dry skin, you could use it on your face. If you have oily skin, you may want to use shea butter only around the eye area as it might be too rich for your skin as an overall facial moisturizer.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
If you haven’t heard of meadowfoam seed oil, you aren’t alone but you may want to pay attention. Meadowfoam seed oil is a carrier oil, like sweet almond or jojoba oil, and it is incredible for moisturizing dry winter skin. Like jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil is a bit waxy in texture and is excellent for adding moisture to your skin. Because of the nutrients and antioxidant properties of meadowfoam seed oil, this winter skin care ingredient works to improve the barrier function of your skin. This mean that at the same time meadowfoam seed oil adds moisture to your skin, it also retains that moisture for significant periods of time. Again, to receive the nutrient benefits of meadowfoam seed oil, you want to be sure you are purchasing cold-pressed and unrefined oil.
Unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil is an excellent skin care ingredient at all times of the year, including winter. This all-purpose oil can be used for a huge variety of skin care needs from removing stubborn eye makeup to acting as a moisturizer for your entire body. If you have acne-prone skin and are using coconut oil on your face, be sure that you are purchasing unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil as refined coconut oil may clog pores. One of the components of coconut oil that make it such a great ingredient for winter skin is the concentration of vitamin E. Vitamin E helps repair skin damage and prevents skin from cracking due to extreme dryness. Your skin isn’t the only thing to dry out during the winter; you may find that your hair does as well. Slather some coconut oil on your hair and wait 30 minutes before washing for a deep conditioning treatment.
These three natural skin care ingredients are an excellent way to increase moisture and improve the health of your skin when the elements outside make it difficult to do so. Be sure to avoid anything that strips your skin of moisture such as products that contain alcohol or fragrances. Invest in some spa gloves and socks and apply one of these all natural skin care ingredients before hitting your sheets at night. Cover with the gloves and socks and you will wake up to incredibly moisturized and smooth skin. Enjoy your softer, healthier skin all winter long when you use one, or more, of these incredibly effective winter skin care ingredients.