Although there are hundreds of different skin issues and ailments, there are a few that consistently present themselves to dermatologists and are visible when you look in the mirror. While some skin care issues that immediately spring to mind are breakouts and blemishes, it appears that there’s more to skincare than troublesome complexions, especially during winter.
Our skin is the body’s largest organ, so it should come as no surprise that what you put on it matters. It is noted that the average woman applies a dozen products, containing a total of 168 different ingredients, every day. The unfortunate reality is that the personal-care industry remains largely unregulated. Cosmetics, which include skin-care products, don’t need approval by the Food and Drug Administration before hitting the market.
That sounds scary, and while it’s important to know exactly what you’re applying, it’s also important to maintain perspective. From a safety standpoint, only a fraction of what is applied topically is actually absorbed. That doesn’t mean that you should use these products blindly, though.
There are a few ingredients that tend to spark more skin sensitivity in some people. These include parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and formaldehyde — some of which are added as preservatives. More than causing skin side effects, these ingredients have frequently come under fire as agents that potentially disrupt hormones. For its part, the FDA has analyzed many of these and has concluded that both phthalates and parabens don’t pose a health hazard. It’s up to you to decide what you should be applying to your body and best for your health.
For now, these are the 4 most common skin issues:
- Dry skin
The cold dry weather often worsens dry skin during winter. Heaters and air conditioners used for warming often exacerbate the dryness. Using a soap-free cleanser in the shower or bath, keeping hot showers short, and applying a good moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated – are really important during winter.
In winter, it’s recommended using a richer, thicker moisturizer compared to summer times. Dry skin also exacerbates a common skin disease - eczema. Eczema flare-ups tend to be worse in winter. Using a soap-free cleanser and rich moisturizer plays a vital role in keeping eczema under control. These simple methods improve the barrier of the skin, prevent water loss from the skin and help break the cycle of eczema.
- Itchy skin
Itchy skin is often a direct result of the dry skin. Most people don’t realize this! The best time to moisturize the skin is after a shower or bath as the skin is most receptive to the moisturizer at this time. Look for moisturizers that are hypoallergenic and free from irritating ingredients. (Often the best moisturizers are affordable!)
Acne is often better in summer with natural sunlight and saltwater (and fun!) at the beach playing an anti-inflammatory role, improving the appearance of pimples. During winter we are often under stress with work or school, in addition to less time spent outdoors in the sun. Acne flare ups tend to be worse during winter. Fortunately, there are lots of very effective treatments for acne these days ranging from creams to acid ingredients to help clear out your pores.
- Facial Flushing
People who are prone to rosacea often find that the cold harsh environment really bad for their skin. The change in moving between the cold outside and warmth inside a building, for example, can flare up rosacea and facial flushing. Using a gentle soap-free cleanser and a non-comedogenic moisturizer will help to improve the barrier of the skin in rosacea and hence reduce flare ups. Just like in eczema, looking after the barrier of the skin is vitally important in preventing rosacea flare ups.
Wild Naturals Skin Care
At Wild Naturals, every product is meant to deliver the best nutrients and ingredients for your skin and hair – without any of those problematic and frightening preservatives! With manuka honey as a primary ingredient with incredible benefits, there are several others that work with this raw nectar to deliver powerful results...
- Aloe Vera– this replaces water as the first ingredient on the list and helps to hydrate, even skin tone, and is filled with vital minerals.
- Coconut Oil– another intense hydration element and known for soothing irritated skin.
- Shea Butter– one that has lasted the test of time and offers hydration, repairing, and anti-aging elements.
- Cehami Flower Extract– native to Australia; this ingredient also packs a punch to inflammation and is a stronger analgesic than pain relievers – perfect for itchy skin!
With plant-based ingredients from Wild Naturals, you won’t regret choosing skin care products that give you healthy, radiant, and hydrated skin the natural way. Shop the Wild Naturals online store today to discover why manuka honey can truly benefit your skin for the long run from common to problematic skin issues!