When it get cold outside - and our skin will sure know it. Dropping temperatures and outdoor fun mean dry skin, cracked lips and brittle hair for the whole family. Heated homes, schools and office buildings make matters worse.
We slather on moisturizing creams and lotions for relief, but most of these products are loaded with chemicals. Some of them are known to be harmful; many are untested and essentially unregulated.
Before stocking up this winter, check out these tips to protect your skin from the cold while minimizing your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
Here I will share with you 4 tips
1. Choose healthy products
Lotion is a cold-weather essential for exposed areas like our faces and hands. When you choose a lotion for yourself and your family, look for thick, creamy options – but skip ones with fragrance.
Apply lotion while your skin is moist and skip bubble bath, which dries skin. For children, people with sensitive or particularly dry skin, the best bet is to use natural oils such as coconut or canola instead of lotion.
When you’re shopping for a conditioner, avoid those that list propyl paraben or DMDM hydantoin on the label. These preservatives pose safety
We can’t avoid ingesting a bit of lip products when we talk, eat or drink, so it’s extra important to apply a healthy one. Try non-petroleum balms made from natural oils and avoid products that list retinyl palmitate or retinyl acetate on the label.
2. Wear sunscreen
Even when it’s cold outside, the sun still shines brightly. Although your risk of sunburn is lower in winter, the sun’s skin-damaging ultraviolet rays reflect off snow and water, increasing your exposure.
Wear protective clothing and apply sunscreens that list zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active ingredients; products with 3 percent avobenzone are the next best.
3. Do it yourself
You can use common household oils to moisturize your skin, lips, hair and scalp. Popular natural ingredients include shea butter and coconut, argan, avocado, jojoba or almond oils. If you add essential oils for scent, use them sparingly. These botanical extracts can trigger allergic skin reactions in people with sensitive skin.
Be sure to test homemade products on a small patch of skin. Before use
4. Stay hydrated
Keep your skin healthy and hydrated from the inside by drinking plenty of water and eating nutritious, moisture-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables.
With naturally hydrated skin, you’ll need fewer products and you’ll use them less often, an effective way to save money and limit your family’s exposure to the complex mixture of ingredients in commercial body care products.