Harvard Medical School just released a list of recommendations for dealing with dry winter skin. It includes
1. Avoiding harsh/drying soaps.
2. Showering in warm — not hot — water.
3. Applying moisturizers to damp — not dry — skin.
4. Using gentle skincare products.
5. Using a humidifier.
6. Using thick creams instead of lotions.
From the article;
“Ointments or creams are much more effective at moisturizing than lotions. Ointments are typically petroleum or lanolin based, and creams tend to be thicker than lotions. Additional moisturizing ingredients to look for include shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba oil.”
Shea butter’s recognition here is significant because, as a beauty ingredient, it is fairly new to mainstream America. While its softening, healing and moisturizing properties are well-known in Africa (where the shea plant originates) the Western world is learning how incredible it really is!
Check out the full Harvard article here.