Surviving Winter Dryness for the Whole Family, Naturally

Canadian winters are notorious for cold temperatures. But for me, the hardest part is the dryness. It really does a number on skin… here are some helpful tips to stay moisturized.

Canadian winters are notorious for cold temperatures. But for me, the hardest part is the dryness. It really does a number on my skin. Do you find the same? When I was younger, I used to slather on conventional creams and lotions and balms. But it always seemed like the more I put on, the more I needed. I know better now, and my dry skin is a LOT more manageable – without toxic chemicals.

Here’s how you can manage your whole family’s dry skin this winter, naturally.

Moisturize from the inside-out.

The first thing I do when I’m feeling a little scaly, is reach for a tall glass of water. Staying hydrated can go a long way to helping your skin retain more moisture – I especially notice a difference with chapped lips.

Nutritionist Jae Steele also recommends adding more raw, plant-based fats to your diet, like avocado, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut, olive oil, and flaxseed oil to support healthy skin cells.

Protect your skin before going outside.

When you step out into the cold, the dry air will start stripping the moisture from your skin. Help your skin out by applying a nourishing lotion and lip balm before you head out. Even if your skin isn’t feeling dry, it will help it retain its moisture for later.

On these cold days when a narrow strip between my mouth and eyes is the only thing you’ll see of me, I love this Boreal Face Cream. It’s light enough to wear during the day and full of healthy and nourishing ingredients like organic shea butter and Labrador tea.

Moisturize in the bath.

This is especially important if your tap water is chlorinated, as it can really dry out your skin. My kids are particularly prone to dry skin after the bath, and I hear the same from lots of other parents. This is why I am a big fan of the Green Beaver Baby Wash. Plus, the light lavender scent actually helps calm them down before bed – and I will take all the help I can get with that! (Shhh, don’t tell them, but it felt so moisturizing when I used it on my kids that I’ve started using it on me too!)

By taking a little extra care to nourish your skin from the inside, protect it from the elements, and replenish lost moisture, you can help your whole family survive the dryness of winter, naturally. And one of my favourite things since switching to natural products, is that they tend to last longer than conventional products, which is surprisingly good on the wallet!

What’s your favourite way to moisturize your body in the winter months?

IG2: Product Spotlight

IG2: Product Spotlight

Deodorant has to be one of the HARDEST products to switch to natural. But also one of the most important. Because…

… We wear it every day.

… It goes on sensitive skin close to glands.

… Conventional antiperspirants block sweat glands, which are part of our body’s natural temperature regulation and detox systems.

Natural deodorants rely on the ingredients reacting with your specific body chemistry to help neutralize the bacteria that makes you stink. This is why one product might work really well for some, and not for others. And what I learned first hand, it can even mean that one scent of the same brand could work better than another for you!

I have probably tried more than a dozen different deodorants over the years (no joke). Some stained my clothes, some made me smell worse, and others worked for a bit then stopped. After all this, my new favourite is Green Beaver Citrus. Have you tried it yet, or another scent? What did you think?

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