Polar Vortex Skin Care Tips
Many parts of the country are experiencing dangerously cold temperatures, thanks to the Polar Vortex this week. In fact, many meteorologists are saying that parts of the country will see some of the coldest weather in years. The brutal cold and snow can easily wreak havoc on your skin, so we thought this would be a great time to share some of our Polar Vortex skin care tips with you.
1. Layer your skin care.
Think of how we dress in this weather to keep warm: by wearing layers. Layering your skin care offers many benefits. Our skin is particularly susceptible to the harsh winter elements. Dehydration is common. Help protect the skin and lock in moisture by applying a dry body oil followed by a rich body cream or balm. Doing so will help seal all of the beneficial butters and plant oils into your skin, making them even more effective.
Speaking of layers -- bundle up! It does not take long for exposed skin to experience frostbite, so be sure to wear layers and keep ears and hands covered.
2. Watch your water.
As good as it feels in this cold weather to wash your hands in hot water or to stand in a steamy hot shower, try to lower the temperature a bit more toward lukewarm. Why? Hot water dries the skin. If you must take a hot shower, try to reduce the amount of time spent under the water.
3. Seal in moisture.
While skin is still damp, take time to moisturize before you towel off. Did you know that your skin care products absorb more easily into damp skin? It's true. When you step out of the shower, apply your oil, lotion or cream. After hand washing, apply hand cream while your hands are still damp.
On the subject of moisture, don't forget those feet. Apply a layer of body balm and then put on thick, natural fiber socks. Your feet will thank you!
4. Be gentle.
Using a gentle cleanser on your face and body is a must. We don't recommend harsh surfactants any time of year, but they are even more harsh on the skin in the winter. Itching, flaking, and dryness are all side effects of harsh skin cleansers. Instead of a foaming cleanser that strips skin of natural oils, choose a gentle lotion facial cleanser. Rather than a bubble bath or shower gel, a creamy body wash with skin pampering ingredients will help keep your skin clean, but without stripping away essential moisture.
5. Do not forget the lips!
Chapped lips are common this time of year. The Polar Vortex will only make them feel more parched and sore. Nip this problem in the bud by applying a nourishing lip oil to soothe. Or, if a balm is more your style, our new Soft Balm can be used as a lip balm. Expert tip: Apply Seed Soft Balm over Seed Lip Oil for protection and hydration.
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