We live in Central Florida and enjoy mild winters while the rest of the country is blanketed in snow and cold temperatures. On occasion, one of those pesky freezing cold air mass will creep down to us lowering our temperatures, causing us to turn on the heat.
What does this mean for us? Dry skin. Or more commonly known, the winter itch. The lower humidity, dry, cold air and windy conditions, and the dry hot air in our homes from forced air heating lead to the water in your skin to evaporate more quickly, making your skin feel dry and tight and making it look flaky.
So how do we combat the winter itch? Moisturize it with shea butter. Shea butter is a natural butter extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. The African name, Karite tree, translates to The Tree of Life. Its use can be traced back to Cleopatra and ancient Egypt, where it was and still is used today to protect the skin & hair from the brutal African sun and the dry, arid winds of the desert and savannah.
Shea butter has essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E which makes it ideal for moisturizing your skin and hair has skin healing properties and is an anti-inflammatory.
Some shea loaded products I recommend to combat the winter itch come from Perfectly Posh, a naturally based pampering skin care line.
First, you will want to exfoliate your skin with a Snarky Bar. Snarky bars moisturize with shea butter while exfoliating with natural sugar beads, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
After towel drying, apply Skin Joy Body Butter. Skin Joy has shea butter and glycerin, which attracts moisture to your skin. Some contain the addition of cocoa seed butter and sunflower oil as added moisturizers.
Using these two products together will moisturize your skin and help alleviate the winter itch. Try them soon!