As the temperature drops across much of Australia, many of us will start suffering from the dreaded side effect of dry, cracked skin.
For a lot of us, our skin might remain perfect, except for the that one little part. Is it your hands? Forearms? Or even the back of your calves? It could be anywhere. One thing’s for sure, it only comes in winter.
Dry skin is especially common in the winter months because the humidity drops and the air outside becomes cold and dry. Windy weather can exacerbate the problem and a lot of us are left with skin feeling dry and chapped.
Other factors, such as spending more time indoors using a heater can further dry out your skin. Love a long, hot shower on a cold winter morning? It may feel amazing, but the extended exposure to hot water can wash away the natural oils that protect your skin.
Even something as simple as not drinking enough water, because you’re not as thirsty, adds to the problem.
As anyone who has suffered from terrible dry skin will tell you, it is better to be proactive than reactive. With winter still a couple of months away, now is the time to prepare.
Regular application of body lotion or coconut oil can help solve your dry skin problems.
According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, the reason body lotions work is simple; they hold a little bit of water into your skin, allowing time for it to absorb. This is great to combat the drying effect of the cold on your skin.
Coconut oil is also an excellent natural skin moisturiser as it easily seeps into the pores, moisturising both deeply and thoroughly.
You want to avoid brands with harmful chemicals, however, and opt for ones that use organic, natural ingredients, like the Mailelani range.
And, even though it’s winter, why not enjoy something a little bit tropical as well?
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