If you’re struggling with dry skin this winter, there may be something you’re doing (or not doing) that’s to blame. When taking a shower or bath, some soaps will strip skin of healthy oils that our body naturally produces. “When you remove too much of that oil, your skin gets dry,” says Dr. Darius Mehregan, department chair of dermatology at Wayne State University. Dr. Mehregan recommends bathing just once per day to avoid zapping these oils that keep your skin smooth.
Properly moisturizing after you bathe is also key to keeping your skin hydrated, he explains. “Immediately after you pat yourself dry, you want to put the moisturizer on because your skin is already still wet from the shower, and you want to seal that moisture in with a layer of oil,” says Dr. Mehregan
When it comes to choosing the right moisturizer, there are several options enriched with a variety of oils. “For the most part, it doesn’t really matter what kind of oil, but you do have to be a little bit conscious about some of the exotic oils and whether you could be allergic to them,” warns Dr. Mehregan, especially those with nut allergies.
With Dr. Mehregan’s recommendations in mind, check out these local, all-natural products packed with rich oils that will keep your skin smooth despite winter’s frigid temps.
Brooklyn Body Butter Almond Coconut Milk Butter: Made with 100% natural ingredients including shea butter and coconut oil, indulging in this body butter after a shower or bath will leave your skin nourished. $12, Brooklyn Body Butter; brooklynbodybutter.com
Touch Body Works Winterberry Body Lotion: Part of the Silver Linings collection, this lotion, infused with almond oil and vitamin E, is specially crafted for your skin during the wintertime. $20, Touch Body Works; evoketouch.com
Detroit Rose Coco Pomelo Skin Polish: This highly moisturizing and gently exfoliating skin polish is made with Himalayan pink sea salt and a blend of essential and herbal oils, leaving a warm coconut and grapefruit scent. $28, Detroit Rose; detroitrose.com
Cellardoor Bath Supply Coconut Milk Bath: This luxurious coconut milk bath will leave skin soft, hydrated and smelling like coconut, vanilla beans and ylang ylang essential oil. $15, Cellardoor Bath Supply; cellardoorbathsupply.com
Touch Body Works Rose and Shea Butter Soap: Infused with moisturizers like Moroccan argan oil, this rose and shea butter soap is excellent for removing toxins and leaving skin feeling smooth. $9, Touch Body Works; evoketouch.com
Serums and Balms
Motor City Soap Marshmallow Lip Balm: This handcrafted lip balm is made with 100% certified organic coconut, shea, and jojoba oils selected for their moisture and skin-softening properties. $4, Motor City Soap; motorcitysoap.com
Detroit Rose Aphrodite Face Oil: Rich in vitamins A, C, and E, this face oil can be used as a daily moisturizer as it plumps, hydrates, and offers a natural, lit-from-within glow. $52, Detroit Rose; detroitrose.com
Touch Body Works Pure Marula Oil: Crafted for deep hydration and repairing the skin, this oil has multiple benefits including reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness. $50, Touch Body Works; evoketouch.com