Happy Skincare Saturday!
Nearly everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your skin – and into your bloodstream.
There are lots of – and we consider this the appropriate word – wonky ingredients in conventional skin care products that are flat-out unnecessary! Just look at the labels on the lotions and concoctions on most drugstore shelves. How many of those ingredients can you pronounce?
Avoiding these potentially irritating ingredients is especially important for us Purely Primal Skincare-ers. When trying to help or heal your skin, using sensitizing chemicals doesn’t help!
A question we get asked frequently (especially this time of year!) is what kind of lotion or hand treatments we recommend that are free of these unnecessary chemicals. That’s a good question, and definitely appropriate for the winter months when folks find their skin and hands drier than ever.
The moisture that’s in the air during the spring, summer, and even into the fall goes into hiding in the colder months. The air is dry! And since our skin needs both water and oil to remain nourished and hydrated, when the water is gone, the skin feels zapped.
Thanks to this zapping of moisture in the air, our skin begins to “give up” moisture. It literally evaporates from our skin, stolen into the moisture-less abyss of winter air. And we start to feel like pieces of parched, poorly-oiled leather.
It’s definitely worthwhile to have a good lotion on hand during the dry, winter months to keep hands nourished – and to keep ’em from cracking.
While we often recommend oils and butters like coconut oil, tallow and shea butter, because these are intensively moisturizing and can be thick, these aren’t everyone’s preference, especially when they’re on-the-go.
While we love all of their products, their butters, lotions, and hand creams are quickly absorbing, free of junk, and they all leave your hands soft and hydrated. We love the non-greasy formula, and the lovely scents.
(For a full list of toxin-free skin care, body care, and makeup products, be sure to check out their website.)
If you ARE in the market for something a bit heavier that’s focused on intensive healing, other good moisture-locking oils and treatments we like are shea products like this one (that’s our affiliate link) and Egyptian Magic skin treatment (see our affiliate link.)
Lanolin, which is derived from wool, is also a spectacular ointment for dry, chapped skin. (Check out our affiliate link for a lanolin brand we like.) It is extremely thick and viscous, however, and makes a better night treatment! Apply a thin layer, cover your hands with soft gloves, and wake up with soft, nourished skin.
Remember, ALWAYS spot-test new skin products to be sure your skin reacts well to them.
Thanks for reading!
Liz & Amanda
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