By Julia MacPhee C.H.N.C., Pn1, Certified in Holistic Nutrition, Nutrition Coach,

Pictured above are some of our super-stars body care products:

  • Kalaya hand sanitizer with Hyaluronic acid
  • BASD body lotion
  • All GOOD Skin Food organic coconut oil
  • ManDay Hemp Hand repair
  • Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot cream
  • CanPrev Omega-Pro Balance
  • SISU Vitamin E

Look for these products at The Bownesian Grocer and keep your skin hydrated and plump this winter:

Dry skin occurs when skin does not retain sufficient moisture. This can happen because of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, swimming pools, heat, aging, or certain medical conditions. And for Calgarians it can stem from cold, dry winter air.

Red, rough, raw, cracked, and itchy skin? Does it sound like you? This is because cold winter air means low humidity, both outdoors and indoors. Fortunately, there are many simple and inexpensive things you can do to relieve winter dry skin, also known as winter itch or winter xerosis.

What can you do about dry skin?

Here are some ways to combat dry skin that are effective if practiced consistently:

  1. Use a humidifier in the house. Set it to around 60%, a level that should be sufficient to replenish the top layer of the skin.
  2. Limit yourself to one 5- to 10-minute bath or shower daily. If you bathe more than that, you may strip away much of the skin’s oily layer and cause it to lose moisture. Use warm rather than hot water, which can wash away natural oils as well.
  3. Steer clear of deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps, and alcohol products, which can strip away natural oils.
  4. When using hand sanitizer, choose the hydrating type containing hyaluronic acid, such as Kalaya hand sanitizer found at The Bownesian Grocer.
  5. To avoid damaging the skin, stay away from bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths. If you don’t want to give them up altogether, be sure to use a light touch. For the same reason, pat or blot (don’t rub) the skin when toweling dry.
  6. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or washing your hands. This helps plug the spaces between your skin cells and seal in moisture while your skin is still damp. Use BASD, a Canadian, plant based body lotion to make your skin happy. In contrary to conventional body lotions, BASD’s first ingredient is Aloe leaf which helps retain moisture and nourish your skin, rather than quickly evaporating which is characteristic of water based lotions.
  7. Try using coconut oil on your skin. Because it has essential fatty acids (EFAs), coconut oil can help keep your skin hydrated and protected. Consider adding coconut oil to your diet to help keep your skin moisturized.
  8. Use fragrance-free laundry detergents and avoid fabric softeners.
  9. Wear gloves for housework. To take good care of your hands, you’ll need to protect them from harsh household cleaners and dish detergents, which are proven skin irritants. Use non-latex rubber gloves when it’s time to scrub.
  10. For your handyman at home who works with his hands all day, try ManDay hemp repair cream designed for the guys by Canadian guys.
  11. Avoid wearing wool and other fabrics that can irritate the skin.
  12. Supplement with high quality Omega 3 supplements, such as CanPrev Omega-Pro balance or SISU Omega 3 capsules, and Vitamin E from SISU. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients found in certain foods. They can serve to regulate the skin’s oil production and improve balanced hydration. Omega-3s can also help soften rough, dry skin and have a soothing effect on irritation and dermatitis.
  13. Stay hydrated. If you are thirsty- your skin is thirsty too!
  14. And whatever you do, remember that what goes ON your body, goes IN your body. Look for natural body care products free of hormone disrupting chemicals (EDC) such as Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (SLS), Phthalates- synthetic fragrance, Propylene Glycol-skin irritant.

Stop by to speak to Julia or Jessica-our wellness consultants to talk about your skin care needs.