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15 Mar 2014

Heal Your Dry Skin with Natural Methods this Winter

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One of the most common skin care complaints when winter arrives is DRY SKIN. And when we have a harsher-than-normal winter that drags on like it has this year, the problem gets even worse.

It can be a non-stop battle to try and calm that dry, flaky skin that tends to take over as soon as you step outside in the freezing temperatures. In our attempts to get back to normal, we go through an arsenal of soaps, exfoliators, lotions…but that can end up doing more harm than good.

dry-cracked-skinWhy? The answer lies in the cause of the dryness. Skin becomes dry through a combination of loss of water and a loss of its natural skin oils. In winter, we lose moisture when the cold air brings along with it a decrease in humidity. The harsh winds “pull” the water right out of our skin when we are exposed. Then, soaps and chemicals applied to the body strip out more of the skin’s natural oils. This can lead to a vicious cycle that ends up making your skin drier and drier over time.

The good news is, there is a 3-part way to prevent this from happening this year, and to heal your dry skin:

Step One: Avoid exposure. For starters, wear gloves, scarves, and other clothing to protect yourself from the winter winds.

Step Two: Increase moisture. This can be done by making sure you are drinking enough water (at least 8-10 glasses per day) and also by using a humidifier while indoors.

Step Three: Preserve your skin’s natural oils. The key to making sure that your skin can protect itself using its own natural defenses is to avoid harsh solvents and soaps and to use gently, organic cleaners to wash your skin.

Commercial soaps are hard on regular skin, and even tougher on skin that is battling dryness. Not only do they strip oils and remove naturally present glycerin, but they also introduce harsh dyes, synthetic fragrances, and preservatives that further damage the skin.

Green Tea Lemongrass

Green Tea Lemongrass

So, what makes a good alternative? The good news is there are options for 100% organic, natural soaps that can cleanse your skin while preserving your natural oils, like the ones crafted at Aroma Roots. We are an all-natural handmade soap company that uses an ancient artisan recipe using a cold-process method and only the finest organic herbs and essential oils. Each bar is 100% organic and is a wholesome product that is safe for the whole family.

The best thing you can do for your skin this winter is to switch to a gentle cleanser so it can protect itself and retain moisture during the cold months. As an added plus, going organic doesn’t mean you have to give up being pampered! If you haven’t tried organic before, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the rich lather you get from these soaps. And, you can choose from a wide variety of essentials oils that add a safe, luxurious scent to your bath or shower.

Take care of your skin this winter, and enjoy being flake-free as the days get colder. With a little preventative maintenance, your skin will be able to stay naturally clean and hydrated throughout the whole season so you can enjoy the more important things.

Shop our soaps now and experience the difference. Be sure to come back and let us know how it worked for you!