While nothing beats a strong moisturizer or face mask in the fall and winter months, we're all about using the resources around us to nourish our dry, sensitive skin. Coupled with the fact that many skincare products contain chemicals that are harmful to both ourselves and the environment, MindBodyGreen's recent piece on soothing foods for the skin piqued our interest.
"There are a few key soothing ingredients that are like superfoods for the skin, calming conditions like eczema, sensitive skin, or dry skin, whether it's chronically dry or simply seasonal," the team writes. Colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera, and jojoba oil top their list and can be found in many natural, organic skincare products.
"Colloidal oatmeal is one of the best ingredients for dry skin, especially for soothing itchiness that arises from conditions like eczema," the team writes. The anti-bacterial properties in coconut oil can also help soothe conditions like eczema, while jojoba oil is a bit lighter and better-suited to use on your face. Raw, unrefined Shea butter is "a superfood for your skin," as it helps lock in moisture after a shower or bath. Finally, aloe vera isn't just a summer skincare essential. "Its medicinal qualities don't cease when temperatures drop," the team adds. "Aloe and aloe gel have potent healing properties that impart major moisture into damaged skin."
Head over to MindBodyGreen for more, and share your go-to cold-weather skincare solutions in the comments.