Winter skin woe wonders: oils and butters that soothe and heal
In case you’ve missed the flurry of headlines — and are possibly nestled under a rock somewhere in the Southwest — winter is here, replete with our first big winter storm, Juno. *and yes, she’s a doozy. What does that mean exactly? Well, it means you’re either out there battling the blizzard’s whipping winds or you’re a virtual shut-in battling the dry environment compliments of your indoor heating — both things add up to this: damaged, moisture deprived skin that itches, burns and cracks. What to do, what to do? Here’s a look at several moisturizing and naturally derived oils and butter that will help you weather the… uh… storm sans the accompanying dry, chapped winter skin.
You’ve heard (*and we’ve written) ad-nauseaum about the wonders of coconut oil, but in case you haven’t heard us: coconut oil is magic. Extracted from the kernels of the seed of the coconut palm, coconut oil is the real deal. It moisturizes deeply, absorbs easily into the skin and helps to strengthen underlying tissue and remove excess dead cells on the skin’s surface, removing all the rough, flaky outer layer and making way for the soft, new cells. Unrefined coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, is anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, can help protect against sunburn, and slathered on after a shower will make you feel softer than any babies bottom — guaranteed.
Another seed derived wonder is shea butter. Cultivated from the fruit of a tree native to Africa, shea butter is composed of fatty acids similar to those produced in our skin’s own sebaceous glands and is rich in Vitamins A and E, both of which soothe, hydrate and balance chapped, dry skin.
Jojoba oil is an odorless, colorless, not-exactly-an-oil moisturizer which makes up about 50% of the weight of the seed of the jojoba plant. It’s rather waxy in texture and is composed of something similar to the our own sebum — which makes it a great all around healer, trapping in essential H20 and also acting as a fungicide.
Delicious, nutritious and moisturizing, olive oil is a pantry to cosmetics case powerhouse that’s been used since ancient times to moisturize skin and soothe irritation. Extracted from the fruit of the olive tree, olive oil is easily absorbed into the skin and also contains antioxidants that can help slow the signs of aging. Slather some on directly out of the shower and don’t be shy about massaging it into your hair and scalp — then slather some on bread or pasta and enjoy!