Winter Skin Must-Haves for Mom and Baby
Updated: Feb 3, 2018
It's Winter. I love it but I hate it. Every year this Season comes back around I get reminded how much I struggle with dry skin. Chapped lips, and dry skin from head to toe is never fun. My toddler Arrow is also prone to dry skin. I'm glad I've learned how to help treat it so that I can teach her as she grows, so she doesn't have to struggle with it all through life like I did.
I'm always on the lookout for the best body moisturizers that are non-toxic and deeply nourishing, but there's a few other things you can do to help dry skin.
Skin is the largest organ of the body, which is why it is important to know what you are lathering all over it, every single day. There are thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics that are known to be toxic, skin irritants, endocrine disrupting, and carcinogenic. The FDA does a pretty horrible job at regulating these chemicals, or regulating what ingredients are allowed in skincare/makeup in general. I don't put any faith in the FDA to tell me what is safe. That is why it's important to learn a little about these ingredients so that you can read labels when purchasing products, and know what to avoid.
What's really in your bathroom?
Get the think dirty app like right now! It's super cool to scan all your products in and find out their score. They make it so easy for us! It can be kinda scary... but fun. It's like a game! Skin deep also is a great place to see the score or ingredient list of your cosmetics. Those sites even list why certain ingredients are harmful for your health.
How to heal dry skin
Skin needs more than just a lotion.
Our skin needs to be nourished from the inside out. Drinking large amounts of water will help a lot. This doesn't totally fix my dry skin but it helps a lot when I stay on top of it. Drinking 8-12 ounces of water first thing in the morning is really good for you because your body has been without all night and is in need of that h2o first thing to help replenish.
Consuming coconut oil gives your body good fats and helps moisturize from the inside. You can put it on toast instead of butter. My favorite way of getting coconut oil in every day is putting it in a smoothie or even blending it in coffee. Pure Olive oil is another good one that helps, I wouldn't put it in a smoothie though...lol.
Taking a high quality fish oil that is from fish that aren't contaminated with mercury can also really help dry skin and hair. This is so important to know. I wouldn't take a fish oil supplement unless it's been tested for purity and meets the Norwegian Medicinal Standard.
Another favorite brand I use is Nordic Naturals. This is the brand of fish oil supplements I give Arrow. They have gummies and chewables for kids!
Putting a humidifier in your home while the heater is on all winter will really help put moisture back into the dry air.
Using an all natural and gentle body wash or soap will help prevent your skin from drying out too much. A gentle cleanser will clean your skin but not strip it of all the important oils it needs.
I'm currently using John Masters Blood Orange and Vanilla body wash. One of my favorite scents! This is safe for babies as well.
I am using Pleni Naturals for Arrow right now. This brand is really great all around and I'm excited to try more of their products in the future. It foams up good and smells really fragrant but light and fresh. I use this on myself sometimes as well.
Exfoliating will help slough off dead skin and allow moisturizers to absorb in better.
I like Dry Brushing to help exfoliate lightly and increase blood flow. Dry brushing has many benefits and it's quick and easy to do before you hop in the shower.
This is the one I have but there are tons of good ones out there. Ulta, Target, or your local health food store will have dry brushes.
Be careful to not over exfoliate though because it can cause skin irritation if over done. I wouldn't use a scrub more than 2 or 3 times a week. Skin brushing is a very light exfoliation but I still don't do it every day.
My Favorite Body Moisturizers
Body oils really soak into the skin deep and give a longer lasting quench for the skin if applied on damp skin. It really seals in all that moisture and applies so easily. Using the right kind of oils makes all the difference though. Coconut oil does not moisturize my skin topically whatsoever. I think it's great to consume, or use in conjunction with other oils or butters, but alone it does nothing for me.
My favorite body oil right now is from Good Medicine. Osmia also has some good ones. There are a lot of clean body oils and lotions on the market today, but I'll just mention a few for now that I know are well loved by many. The packaging on both of these products is truly luxurious, you won't be disappointed. You can order these products from several non-toxic beauty stores online. A favorite of mine is Organic Bunny.
Glow Potion Radiant Body Oil from Good Medicine. Safe for baby and mama. Win win! This stuff smells sooooo GOOD. Scents of rose, lime and coconut blend together to create a uplifting, almost tropical scent. It smells like a vacation, yet very grounding as well. The act of massaging this oil into your skin really feels like a self care ritual for me, even when I'm in a hurry. I use this at night after the shower on damp skin. Sometimes I forget and towel off before I put it on but it still works wonderful either way.
Pleni Naturals Cucumber + Grape Baby Oil. Smells good and is totally clean ingredients and nourishing for delicate baby skin.
Body Lotions and Butters
I like oils at night, and body lotions or butters for the morning or during the day. Yes, I have to moisturize twice a day during cold months. I moisturize my entire body at night, and just my legs and hands in the morning. I'll tell you all about my face routine later on.
Favorite body butters and lotions
100% Pure Vanilla Bean body butter. I mostly just use body butters on my legs and hands because those areas are the driest on me. Body butters are thick and feel like they are keeping you moisturized all day. This one smells like vanilla, which I love!
Pure Life Body Lotion Coconut and Vanilla. This one smells so strong I almost questioned if it was scented naturally, but the ingredients looked good to me! This is one of my favorite lotions of all time and being in a pump bottle makes it that much better.
Andalou Naturals Mandarin Vanilla is another favorite of mine. This was the first all natural body lotion I tried and I still go back to it again and again (not the same bottle obviously). I like it in the summer because it absorbs immediately and smells exotic and sweet. If you don't have extremely dry skin, you could get away with just this lotion all year round, but it's a little lighter than some others I like to use during winter. You really can't beat the price of this lotion though!
Target, Sephora, Nordstroms, and even Walmart have all started to carry a few natural and non-toxic brands for cosmetics. So you can find good options in store if you are not a online shopper. Just beware of greenwashing, use your Think Dirty app!
There are many EOs you can use in conjunction with oils or lotions to help heal, and protect your skin. Edens Garden now carries body oils, and they have some great ideas for single oils you can mix with whatever moisturizer you want for more potent and powerful benefits.
Don't forget your lips!
I have chronic dry lips :( lip products with artificial ingredients just make them peel. So I have to be very careful with what I put on them.
Currently using like 4 different natural brands but these two are my top two at the moment
Chicken Poop. Don't worry there's no chicken poop in it haha.
My favorite rich cream for hands and dry spots on the entire body.
I'm going to do a separate blog about my face care routine and the products I really like or have tried in the past. But I will list my favorite moisturizer for dry or combination skin types in case you're in need of a good face cream!
I love products scented with rose, that is what first attracted me to this product. And the pretty pink color and creamy rich consistency! I used to use rose hip oil alone as a moisturizer before I started trying green beauty products. The benefits of rose hip seed oil are endless. Reading the ingredients list on the body deli site is what sold me on this cream!
If the price of this scares you off let me just say, the ingredients are pure and carefully crafted to work well all together. You won't find all these ingredients in a DIY lotion...and if you can then you should start a business and sell that magic! But really the anti-aging and moisturizing benefits of this creme are very powerful.
Another rich moisturizer for those with dry or combination skin. This moisturizer is great for all skin types though because you can use a small amount and it not be too much even for oily skin.
I am not sponsored by any of these products or brands so these are my honest opinions. Also, don't feel like you need to buy a million different things. A lot of these items are multitaskers. I like to share options and the different products I have used and like, but I normally only have one oil and one lotion on hand at a time.
And there you have it!
Those are my must-haves for battling dry skin this Winter. I hope you find some things here that will work for you!
Stay warm, and hydrated!