Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Squalane & Moisturizing Dry Winter Skin

By Christi Pugh for Nature's Gift

With nearly every U.S. state currently experiencing frigid temperatures & winter weather, there is an increased need for moisturizing the face, hands, feet, & other parts of the body.

“So what is the best moisturizer for winter skin?” we are often asked.

Truly it depends on the person as to which carrier oil you will respond best but we do recommend several, mainly found in our Dry Skin Sampler Pack, as well as our Shea Butter products, including Shea Souffle; Virgin Coconut Cream Oil, Cocoa Butter, & Baby Bottom Balm (in the winter we like to call it our Soothing Skin Balm!). While these products may be too heavy for warm weather usage (depending on if your climate is dry or humid), they can be perfect for driving away itchy, dry skin in the wintertime. (You may also be interested in our Cleo's Radiance Creme designed to moisturize mature skin.)

Working at Nature’s Gift, I’ve been fortunate enough to try most all of our carriers, & this winter my favorite is Squalane (Olea Europa). Squalane is an all vegetable product, extracted from Olive Oil. According to Marge’s description on the website, “…it not only moisturizes the skin, but also provides a barrier preventing transdermal water loss.” She goes on to say it should, “restore moisture & suppleness,” to the skin.

I don’t know why I waited so long to try it. Marge has been singing its praises for quite some time. It is clear & colorless, & can visibly make a difference overnight if you apply it to dry hands or little dry scaly spots at bedtime. It also has no real scent, so if you are using essential oils or other oils, it does not detract from them.

It may be used directly on the skin (avoid use if you have acne prone skin or extremely oily skin), at 5-10% dilution in your favorite moisturizer, blended with another carrier & essential oils, or in the making of a balm or salve.

For dry hands & feet a coating of Squalane underneath some of our Moisturizing Gloves & Booties could prove beneficial as well.

For more information about our wide selection of carrier oils, see www.naturesgift.com/aromatherapycar_or.htm.

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