Winter waether is officially here and that means you’re turning up the heater and bracing harsher winds and lower temperatures. All that can cause havoc on your skin, and leave you missing that summer glow. But there’s hope for your skin, and it won’t break the bank either. Skincare products shouldn’t cost you a fortune or have really weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. My motto is that less is always more, and when you have sensitive skin like I do that mindset will get you very far.
I love trying out new products that I know are free of all irritants, and that I know are good for my skin. I tend to stay away from products that have an ingredient list longer than 10 ingredients and find that sometimes the more simple products work best anyway. Shopping for products is made easier because you get to weed out all the bad products, and clear the way for products that won’t cause irritation.
Winter is all about moisturizing, you should, of course, be doing this year round, but colder months require a little more heavy duty action. It’s time to bring out the big guns. Focusing on products that offer moisturizing ingredients, and that work towards keeping your skin hydrated are key. That’s why Shea Butter is my moisturizing choice for winter.
Full of vitamins A, E, D and F this highly moisturizing natural lotion not only delivers intense moisture but it’s anti-inflammatory properties work to heal your skin over time. Rich in fatty acids it softens skins, fades dark marks/scars, protects skin against free radicals and restores skin elasticity. Proven to help heal stretch marks, dandruff and even under eye bags you can use it year round to experience 100% skincare benefits. It’s a multi-tasking product that you needed to get yesterday.
I started using shea butter a few years ago when I wanted to find a moisturizer that didn’t irritate my eczema prone skin, and I never looked back. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it and I plan on using shea butter for years to come. You can also use it on your lips, which I love doing in the winter to add even more hydration to my lips. Gotta keeps those lips moisturized too. I can’t stand seeing grown adults with chapped lips. You have zero excuses, zero.
When shopping for shea butter you have to make sure that you’re buying actual shea butter though. It may sound obvious but trust me, it’s not. A lot of companies sell shea butter full of harmful chemicals that will actually cause harm to your skin instead of receiving the healing benefits that real shea butter has to offer.
Your shea butter should be 3 things.
Organic, raw and unrefined.
Selecting shea butter in it’s purest form will ensure your skin’s getting all the healing benefits it can. When you buy refined and non-organic shea butter, you’re risking exposing your skin to additional chemicals and colorants. You’re going to notice that you have options when it comes to shea butter, you can either get ivory shea butter or yellow shea butter. Neither or is better, it’s honestly just based on your preference. Whichever you do choose to purchase, just be sure to follow the 3 things your shea butter should be, organic, raw and unrefined.
My favorite Shea Butter is the Raw Unrefined Ivory African Shea Butter from Teddy Organics. One drawback of using organic and raw shea butter is that the smell can sometimes be not so pleasant, to say the least, but this isn’t the case with Teddy Organics.
Their shea butter actually smells good and melts perfectly into the skin. It comes in a ziplock sealable bag to ensure the shea butter is extra fresh and ready for use. To apply you just chip off what you need and rub it into your palms to melt it, or for larger areas, you can warm it up in a pot and let it cool before applying. I’ve used shea butter that comes in tubes and containers, and this is by far my favorite way of packaging it. It’s super convenient and easy to store away. Teddy Organic Shea Butter is not only all 3 things that your shea butter should be, but it’s also cruelty-free.
If you feel like getting fancy with your shea butter you can make DIY body butters too:)
So there you go, one product that you can easily add to your winter skincare that won’t break the bank, and deliver max moisture + countless benefits. Let me know what you use to combat the winter weather, share your winter skincare favs below!