It’s that time of the year again: Flaky, dry skin brought about by the freezing wind outside is only exacerbated by the artificial indoor heating. While you might be accustomed to preparing for the subzero temperatures with gloves and hats, don’t forget about moisturizing to prevent dry, itchy skin from becoming a chronic problem.
But not all lotions are created equal. Here’s a few things to look for (or avoid!) in your moisturizing regimen.
Almond Oil: Extracted from (you guessed it!) almonds, this sweet oil isn’t just great for your heart. It provides lightweight moisture that won’t leave you feeling greasy. Bonus: It can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Aloe Barbadensis: More commonly known as Aloe Vera, this Ayurvedic remedy has been used as early as the 16th century to soothe and heal skin. A review of academic literature supports its use as a powerful moisturizer.
Shea Butter: Rich in Vitamins A and E, this natural moisturizer quickly absorbs into skin without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue. It’s been shown to aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks and even burns. Is there anything it can’t do? (Well, to be fair, there’s lots but as far as moisturizing skin goes, Shea butter is a catchall).
When choosing a moisturizer, the most important thing is to find something that works for your specific skin type. For a natural moisturizer free of chemicals, try Adama Minerals Lavender Lotion.