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Winter Proof your skin
Every season presents challenges to our skin health and we need to take steps to make sure our skincare regime is the right one for the time of year.
Age is an important factor, too, and tailoring skin needs to babies, teens or older people requires thought.
Everyone feels the change to chillier temperatures and cold winds and just as we change to sweaters and scarves a quick look at our skin products can help prevent some of the problems of winter weather. Protecting your skin from the drying effects of winter weather is even more important if you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or any dry skin condition, for example winter itch, or the dry skin that accompanies diabetes.
Cold weather, drying winds, central heating or drying skincare products all cause skin to become tight, itchy and lose suppleness.
The impact of skin irritations should never be underestimated and can be a cause of serious discomfort and depression. Eczema is exacerbated by winter weather and scratching can result in skin damage and even infection.
Preserving skin condition and suppleness should be a priority and prevention is, as always, better then cure.
Money is increasingly tight and we should focus on cost effective products wherever possible.
First of all, don’t dry your skin out
What are synthetic detergents? Liquid “soaps”, shower gels and shampoos are all examples of products which are typically made with synthetic detergents which are artificial chemicals developed around the Second World War when supplies of plant oils were scarce and substituted for natural soaps. What is the problem with synthetic detergents? While we all love the smell, cheapness and convenience of liquid detergents remember that they are blends of very strong artificial degreasers which strip the skin of natural oils. This means that hands and body become dry and need to be moisturised which is time consuming and expensive.
A well formulated natural bar soap moisturises as it cleanses saving the cost , the time you have to wait for a hand cream to sink in and the stress of dry, itchy cracked hands.
Also, how economical are they, really?
How much shower gel is lost straight down the drain?
How many pumps of the handwash do you use every time you wash your hands?
Marble Hill Neem oil soap is packed with skin conditioning and moisturising oils, Neem, Sweet Almond and Sunflower oils blend with Shea butter, Vitamin E and water from our own well to cleanse gently and replace oils at the same time. Skin feels soothed and smooth and when it is kept dry between uses a bar of soap is very cost effective. Bar soap dirty? This myth has been around for a long time and has been completely refuted by research – remember during the pandemic, it was soap and its antiviral properties that were recommended to destroy the virus.
Intense conditioning does not have to cost the earth.
Vogue recommend Q24 body oil from Marble Hill for its soothing natural formula , with no fragrances, preservatives or mineral oil it is perfect for dry skin at any age and is particularly prized by people with diabetes and sufferers from winter itch, which is common in older people who spend a lot of time in dry, centrally heated environments.
Prevention is ALWAYS better than CURE
Before you replace or top up your body’s natural oils, think about keeping your skin healthy first. Focus on soothing, on suppleness and healthy conditioned skin: one way to protect your skin is by bathing regularly in a colloidal oatmeal bath.
Colloidal oatmeal is a skin protectant with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and deep moisturising properties. The beta glucan it contains is absorbed even more effectively into the skin’s deep layers than hyaluronic acid, protecting and maintaining skin hydration and reducing the likelihood of dry, itchy skin. Avenanthramides are powerfully anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, soothing for sin prone to eczema, psoriasis and allergies.
When superfine milled oatmeal is added to a bath it is distributed as a colloidal suspension so that its benefits are present throughout the water and relaxing for ten to twenty minutes allows the blend to relieve irritation and soothe irritated skin.
Marble Hill Superfine Colloidal Oatmeal is 100% pure with no fragrances or additives to irritate sensitive skin and can be used for all age groups. It has been used for centuries for relieving dry skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis as well as for rashes, including hives, chickenpox and even sunburn. If your skin is prone to dryness, irritation or itching it makes sense to help keep it well moisturised, supple and soothed.
A practical way to approach your skincare is to use products which protect the skin and form a barrier to water loss, such as Marble Hill Colloidal oatmeal.
Cleanse with a conditioning, moisturising natural bar soap such as Marble Hill Neem Oil Soap.
Marble Hill products do not contain
Mineral oils, petrochemicals or allergens such as lanolin.
Cruelty free, No parabens or GMO. No SLS or SLES. No artificial fragrances, no artificial colours or additives