You’ve probably noticed that your skin tends to get dry and flaky in the wintertime, and that’s because the dry air from your heater indoors and the harsh winter elements outdoors can be quite harsh on your skin, especially if you’re not prepared to keep it soft and hydrated at all times. That’s where shea butter comes in!
Shea butter is a natural ingredient that makes an excellent moisturiser because it provides intense hydration and nourishment to your skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts like so many other commercial products do. Here are six tips for using shea butter this winter to keep your skin happy and healthy, even during this cold season.
1. Boost Skin's Natural Hydration
In this post, we're sharing six great tips to keep your skin soft and hydrated during these winter months. Our top tip is to not just focus on adding moisture to your skin but also locking it in.
Here are a few ways you can do that:
- Apply our Whipped Shea Butter moisturiser or it as an intensive slugging treatment before bedtime. You can leave it on overnight.
- Use a humidifier to help add moisture back into the air which will then be absorbed by your skin when you go outside.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Your body will thank you with better-looking skin, too.
2. Tame Flaky Redness
It can be difficult to prevent dry, flaky winter skin. From the dry stale air in your home and office to the harsh wind burn outside, it's important to protect your face during the coldest months. Shea butter is one of the most widely used ingredients in many beauty products because it has so many benefits and is very versatile. If you're suffering from dry patches or redness due to the cold weather, then using shea butter will help you get your perfect winter skin back. Shea butter acts as a natural moisture barrier that will lock in moisture while restoring hydration to the skin and protecting your skin from the elements.
For those who have sensitive skin, don't worry. Shea butter is non-comedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores) and hypoallergenic. That means it's safe even for those with eczema or psoriasis. Shea butter is made up of monounsaturated fatty acids which are beneficial in moisturizing dry skin, maintaining elasticity and improving wrinkles by plumping up fine lines on the face. When applied topically, these fatty acids penetrate deep into the dermis layer where they restore water content to dehydrated cells and reduce inflammation. Finally, Shea butter can be used both day and night without any adverse reactions on your skin which makes it an all-around perfect product for all-year-round use.
3. Combat Dull, Dry Complexions
When our skin is dehydrated it can end up looking dull. So, it's no wonder that many of us start experiencing dry and dull skin as winter approaches, but that doesn't mean we have to give up on radiant skin altogether.
Luckily, shea butter offers a variety of ways to combat lacklustre winter skin. The simplest way is to add it to our morning skincare routine every day so it will help lock in the moisture for the day ahead and keep us looking refreshed.
Both whipped shea butter and shea soap have anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe redness and irritation from dryness caused by the weather. For added protection, we can use shea butter as a makeup primer; it will help our foundation stay on throughout the day without flaking or becoming cakey.
We can also mix shea butter into our hair care products, like deep conditioners and hair masks. It will help seal in the moisture while protecting strands from drying out due to harsher environments too.
4. Protect Lips from Dry Air
A great way to keep your lips looking lush and smooth all winter long is by preventing the dry air from sucking out thier moisture. First, try adding a light coat of shea butter as a lip balm before you head out. Second, sip hot tea throughout the day-warm beverages like coffee and tea can help to soothe your lips because they make them less susceptible to losing water molecules. Lastly, use a scarf over your mouth when you're outside in order to shield them from icy winds, frost and snowflakes that could strip their moisture away. This should help keep those pretty poutines perfect all winter long. Don't let the cold win this winter. Take these simple steps to have the most kissable lips possible while you stay cosy inside.
5. Moisturise Without Added Chemicals
Many common skin care products contain chemicals that can irritate skin or trigger reactions in the winter. Plus, if you spend a lot of time outside, it's important to avoid harsh and toxic ingredients that could harm your skin and leave it vulnerable to the elements. Luckily, there is a natural solution: shea butter. This all-natural ingredient is full of skin-loving fatty acids and antioxidants that will keep your skin hydrated and protected during these cold months.
By nourishing your skin from the inside out, you'll be giving it the moisture it needs to stay hydrated and prevent those pesky cold-weather flaky patches. On top of that, shea butter will work to seal in all that goodness, so you don't lose those hard-earned skincare benefits fast when you step outside in freezing temps. Protect your beautiful winter skin without harming our environment by opting for an earth-friendly alternative today.
6. Exfoliate to Remove Dead Cells
No one wants to look lacklustre come wintertime, which is why exfoliating your skin on a regular basis is so important. Aside from keeping you looking fresh and healthy all year long, exfoliation can help keep the build-up of dead skin cells at bay so that your skin can absorb moisture and vitamins more easily.
Our new Body Polish is a natural buffer to exfoliate the skin. It has been blended with baobab oil. According to clinical research, the benefits of baobob oil include, improving skin texture and elasticity, as well as preventing water loss and improving the skins barrier. Apply this to damp skin and gently massage in circular motions. Rinse off with warm water afterwards and enjoy soft, smooth skin.
While you may feel like there are only negative effects associated with winter weather (chapped lips, brittle nails, irritated skin), you don't have to let this time of year cause your skin or beauty routine to suffer. By investing in a jar of Whipped Shea Butter, Shea Soap and Body Polish this season, you'll be able to get through winter feeling confident about your complexion.
On top of moisturising your skin and sealing in all that hydration, there are a few other ways to keep your skin looking healthy through the winter months. Drink up: drinking water will keep your cells hydrated and help fight off dryness. Protect your delicate skin from the cold: always wear a hat or scarf if you're going outside this winter, especially if you have sensitive skin. A humidifier can also help regulate moisture levels in your home, which is great for people who suffer from dry skin all year round. Lastly, after a long day of being out in the cold, it's important to take care of yourself and make sure you get enough rest too - even though it may seem impossible sometimes.