You know that dry itchy skin you get that makes you want to use any available wall or door for a scratching post? Even your pets are looking at you with sympathy as you scratch away. What about when it really gets bad and your skin begins to crack and bleed? Funny enough, when we moved to a higher elevation, my skin became really dry. My usual formulas, were just not working – then the light bulb went off as I watched a cord of wood my husband split dry and crack almost overnight.
In the Sierra Foothills at 4000 ft. elevation, the humidity is less than ½ of what Sacramento is. Less humidity and drier air was drawing the moisture out of that firewood and my skin. Much like winter; when we live in a cycle of our homes being heated by furnaces, fireplaces and hot showers - my skin was being robbed of all its moisture making it itchy, dry and plain uncomfortable.
My soap, body butters and bath soaks/salts have all been developed for one reason alone – to provide skincare products that utilize the most beneficial natural ingredients and limit harmful chemical additives; to leave skin looking and feeling good. It is my goal to develop a new product line specifically for those of us living at higher elevations with winter skincare needs all year long. Until that time…here are a few skincare tips.
Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize
Use high emollient moisturizers with limited water. Water in ingredients quickly evaporates from your skin at higher elevations. Body Butters like Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter are excellent. Apply moisturizers at night and frequently throughout the day.
Fluids evaporate quickly from your body at higher elevations, so drink plenty of non-caffeinated fluids even when you don't feel thirsty. Your body is 70% water, keep those cells nice and hydrated.
Limit the Squeak
Limit the use of harsh cleansers on your body and face that strip your skin of its natural oils. Go with natural limited ingredient soaps with healthy oils like Almond Oil, Avocado Oil and Hemp Oil. Being squeaky clean is not necessarily a good thing.
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