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written by Raulla S. Mitchell
Everywhere I go, I hear women complaining about their dry skin. They pull out purse-size moisturizers to spread over their faces and hands, and it’s still dry. Sometimes what starts as a cosmetic issue quickly winds up to a deeper chronic issue such as itchiness, eczema, and other inflammatory conditions. We can probably each name several people we know and love with eczema in the winter, maybe including ourselves.
The reason why these skin irritations are so important to prevent is that our skin is the largest organ of our body, our first line of defense to prevent the entrance of toxins into our body. When skin is open and exposed to environmental and chemical toxins we encounter everyday, it’s more likely to allow these agents to pass into our body where they can do harm that is more than skin deep.
So what can we do? Time to get real with effective solutions.
As with most things, prevention is the best option. Then there’s the first ethical principle of medicine: Do no harm.
Yes, we’re told to wash our hands throughout the day to prevent the spread of viruses and illnesses that spiral during the winter months. This is essential. As we talked about in our earlier post about CLEANSING, the sulfate-free soap you choose is essential to protecting your skin, since it’s not an option to cease cleansing. See more about cleansing below.
Next, some of us use anti-bacterial lotions.
I’m not a fan of anti-bacterial soaps and lotions. They tend to contain harsh irritating ingredients, some which may be suspected of serious toxicity, and frankly, are not necessary. They do no better job at cleansing than products which are not classified as anti-bacterial. If you work in a medical environment, considerations may be different, but for most people, I don’t believe we need to expose our delicate skin to the elevated health risks of anti-bacterial cleansing products.
That said, I’m a big proponent of washing hands, but if your skin is super dry or you’ve noticed inflammatory patches, have you thought about what soap you’re using? Not all soaps are created equal.
You can use the best moisturizers on the planet, but if you’re using a harsh detergent-based soap (you’ll know if it foams abundantly – sulfate or detergent-based soaps tend to generate a lot of foam which is not at all indicative of its cleansing properties), you will most likely continue to suffer skin irritations.
Change to a sulfate-free soap with added natural oils, butters and botanicals, and I promise you’ll notice a difference.
Then, immediately after washing, apply a thick rich body butter (fragrance-free if you’re suffering any degree of inflammation) over slightly damp skin to protect, soothe, heal and nurture your skin. Do this EVERY TIME after you wash. Applying your body butter to slightly damp skin makes a remarkable difference, as opposed to applying it to dry skin. When applied to damp skin, your moisturizer will protect the natural moisture in your skin and your skin will be visibly and tangibly softer and plumper than if you simply applied it to dry skin. Try it. I promise you’ll notice the difference.
One big reason we make our travel mini body butters is so you can take them wherever you go – pop one in your purse, and re-apply after you wash your hands – every time. If you wait until you get home, your hands will be exposed to cold, dryness, wind, and other environmental irritants. Again, we’re big on prevention, because we know it works.WHY MOISTURIZE?
A good body moisturizer (lotion, creme or body butter) will:lock in skin’s natural moisture, keeping it soft and supple protect it from dryness, topical irritants and inflammatory agents Moisturized skin feels and appears healthier, younger, softer and smoother moisturized skin will optimally intensify and retain fragrance → Read more