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5 Natural Ways To Protect Your Skin In Wintertime

Posted on January 20 2016

Natural Winter Beauty TipsNatural Beauty Tips Your Skin Will Love!

As temperatures plummet in the northern hemisphere it’s time to wrap up warm and protect your skin from the cold. There are all sorts of ways to keep your complexion clean and clear during the winter months, from switching to moisturizing natural soap to increasing your water intake.

Your skin can suffer in the chilly winter months, when it’s exposed to the elements. Discover simple beauty tips for providing vital skin support when it’s cold. We have also whipping up a recipe for Winter Defense natural soap, made with the traditional cold process method for the highest quality skin nourishment.

This natural soap is a first defense against the winter elements - enriched with moisturizing goat’s milk and almond oil, Winter Defense artisan soap also contains finely ground colloidal oatmeal to alleviate itchy skin and provide a protective barrier against the elements.

5 Natural Way To Keep Your Skin Nourished In Winter:

1. Use a naturally-moisturizing soap

Soap is great for cleansing the hands, face and body but some types of soap can dry out your skin. In winter, the harsh conditions can cause skin to dry out more quickly, and washing strips away the natural oils produced to protect and moisturize your skin. It’s no surprise, then, that you probably find your skin suffers more in winter than at any other time of the year.

A solution is to switch to natural bath and body products made with quality, caring ingredients like natural plant oils and butters. Natural cold process artisan soaps are made with olive oil and coconut oil, which are excellent natural nourishers that lock in moisture and create a protective barrier without clogging pores.

2. Invest in some hand cream

Chapped hands are a common winter complaint that can cause discomfort and exacerbate skin conditions like eczema. After washing your hands with a non-drying natural soap, try applying some hand cream and letting the lotion soak in to soften the skin and provide essential moisture.

If your hands are particularly chapped, it can be helpful to cover them in a high-quality hand cream or emollient before bed and wear a pair of cotton gloves overnight to give your hands some concentrated moisturization.

3. Drink more water

It’s vital to drink enough fluids to maintain a healthy body but did you know that the amount of liquid you consume (and the type!) can also have an effect on your skin? People who drink plenty of water are helping to keep their skin hydrated, which can reduce the chances of dry patches developing.

During the cold months, when your skin is at risk of drying out, make sure you’re getting enough water and other healthy fluids to top up your skin’s moisture levels. Research has shown that water is necessary for the skin to make the collagen responsible for cell regeneration, so by consuming healthy amounts of water you could be slowing down the aging process.

4. Don’t forget the sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for summer; you’re probably accustomed to applying sun cream when the weather’s hot and bright but sun damage can occur all year round, you just might be less aware of it in winter.

The sun can be drying for your skin and even in winter the brightness and glare from the sun’s rays can penetrate the skin, causing damage. A low level sunscreen can be applied during the colder months to provide sun protection for those super-sunny days.

5. Exfoliate dry skin

Dry, dead skin can make complexions appear dull and worsen the appearance of wrinkles; regular exfoliation helps to slough away dead cells, revealing brighter skin beneath. In winter, you might worry that exfoliating your skin could cause it to become dry - in fact, it can keep your skin healthy as long as you don’t overdo it.

As dead skin cells mount up, your skin can become dry and irritated, as it fails to absorb moisturizers and other products you apply. Maintaining an exfoliation routine once or twice a week means you can keep your clear complexion and absorb the moisture necessary to keep dry skin at bay.

Winter Defense natural soap recipe:

Ingredients

  • 10 oz goat’s milk
  • 22 oz olive oil
  • 8 oz coconut oil
  • 3 oz sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz castor oil
  • 4.3 oz lye
  • Colloidal oatmeal 

Equipment

  • Safety goggles and gloves
  • Wooden or plastic mold
  • Steel or enamel pot
  • Weighing scales
  • Stick blender
  • Two plastic pitchers
  • Two thermometers
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Large measuring cup
  • Freezer paper
  • Mold lid cut from cardboard

Method

1. The day before you plan to make your cold process soap, measure out the goat’s milk and put it in a container in the freezer – the milk needs to be icy cold to prevent scorching.

2. The following day, put on your protective goggles and gloves and gather up your ingredients. Line your soap mold with freezer paper.

3. Remove the goat’s milk from the freezer. Weigh out the lye and gradually add it to the frozen goat’s milk, stirring continuously. The process will take at least ten minutes.

4. Next, measure out the olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil and melt together until they reach the same temperature as the lye solution (between 90 and 95 degrees F).

5. Pour the lye and goat’s milk mixture into the oils and stir continuously until you reach a light trace; alternatively, you can use a stick blender. At this point, add the sweet almond oil and the colloidal oatmeal and continue to mix.

6. Working swiftly, pour the soap batter into your mold and cover the soap with the cardboard lid. Place the soap in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

7. After 24 hours, remove the soap from the refrigerator and leave it to stand in the mold for a further 48 hours.

8. When completely set, the soaps can be removed from the mold and left to air on a drying rack for four to six weeks.

We hope you enjoyed our recipe for Winter Defense natural soap. Let us know how you made out by leaving a comments below?

If you would rather purchase soap, visit our online Scent Store with over 70 scents to choose from. Soap.Club - Natural Soap For Natural People.

Please note: Soap.Club receives a high volume of recipes from our members; we are unable to test every recipe so please use for guidance only. Working with lye can be dangerous – please take care. We cannot guarantee the results and we strongly recommend that you stick to small batches at first. 

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