Have you ever had skin so dry it hurts?
Dry skin is a perennial pain, especially when you're spending your winter free time frolicking in the snowy woods, or just walking the dog around the neighborhood. Brrrr. But luckily combating the dryness is as simple as developing a healthy hydration routine.
Painful dry skin is most common in winter, which means now is a perfect time to fine tune your hydration routine. With winter on its way, the air’s humidity level drops and everything gets a little drier--including your skin. With lower humidity, water evaporates more quickly.
Hydrate Your Skin
If you want to avoid dry skin, one of the simplest methods is to hydrate your skin externally. This is obvious, but for whatever reason a lot of people just suffer through dry skin.
A number of products can keep your skin supple as the air gets drier. Our favorite hydration method: salves. They hydrate longer than lotion, and they allow for herbal infusions that offer medicinal relief in addition to the hydrating relief.
Before we get into specific products, it’s worth repeating: your skin is an organ. Just like your heart or your brain, it is a complex part of your bodily system. Except unlike your brand and heart, it’s exposed to the outside world, and it often absorbs that which it comes into contact with. So, when you seek to keep this beautiful organ healthy, reach for natural and organic as much as possible.
Without further ado, check out these three options we’ve engineered to provide lasting relief--one for your hands, one for your feet, and one for your whole body.
Hand Goo is a go-to solution for people who struggle with dry hands, resulting from playing hard outside, whether you're cleaning up your yard before the full on winter winds hit or you're out cross country skiing, ice fishing, or, heck, snowmobiling! Our proprietary blend is the first defense for cuts, scrapes, blisters, minor burns, calluses, dry cracked hands and fingertips.
One of the key reasons people choose Green Goo over other alternatives is our ingredient lists. We make our own blends of organic and naturally infused products with ingredients we’re proud of:
*Olive Oil, *Plantain, *Chickweed, *Yarrow, *Sage, *Calendula, *Chaparral, *St. John's Wort, *Comfrey Leaf, Gum Benzoin, Myrrh, and *Beeswax. Essential Oils of Lavender and Rosemary.
Our proprietary blend: Foot Care is an herbal power packed formula that helps to relieve cracked heels, blisters, athlete’s foot, fungus, dry feet, ingrown toenails, rashes, and cuts. After a long day snow shoeing through your local park, your feet might look like these (pictured right). Eww. But you can do something to alleviate the dry, cracked skin. Check out our blog, "Foot Care Tips for Runners & Hikers"; it's just as applicable in the winter as it is in the summer!
*Olive Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Plantain, *Chickweed, *Yarrow, *Sage, *Calendula, *Chaparral, *St. John's Wort, *Comfrey Leaf, Gum Benzoin, Myrrh, and *Beeswax. Essential Oils of Lavender and Rosemary.
"Super impressed with @greengoohelps. Tried it on my cracking feet & almost healed them overnight."— Bearfoot Theory (@Bearfoottheory)
Dry Skin Jar
Dry Skin Care is a whole body daily moisturizer. A high concentration of Calendula flowers plus five other actively healing herbs provide natural head-to-toe relief.
This herbal infusion helps to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis as well as dry red bumps, cracked hands & feet and windburn. These products are good for the whole family, especially our handyman (or handywoman) who likes to spend his/her days fixing stuff outside.
*Olive Oil, *Sunflower Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Calendula Flowers, *Chamomile Flowers, *Red Clover Flowers, *Elder Flowers, *Yarrow flowers, *Violet flowers, *Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil and Essential Oil of Lavender.
Whichever product you go with, it’s the habit of using it that will keep your skin healthy. This habit, your hydration routine, is probably easiest to add into your morning or nighttime routine. If you shower in the morning, hydrate right afterwards. It adds 20 seconds to your pre-day ritual, and it means having healthy skin.
Other tips to keep dry skin at bay:
Wear Sunscreen! This is perhaps the number one most important skincare item you should always have with you, especially in the winter, when the sun is reflecting off the snow. There is nothing worse for your skin than sunburns. They cause long-lasting damage. In fact, sunburn yourself repeatedly, and you’ll have a substantially greater risk of getting skin cancer or aging prematurely. Apply your sunscreen regularly and liberally—at least two or three times throughout the day, and be sure to use a natural product like Green Goo’s Solar Goo.
Turn down your shower temp, or shower shorter. Hot water dries out skin just like dry air does. This means you could be in for a double whammy come wintertime.
As temps drop it’s tempting to want to take a hot shower and just sit there. It feels too good! But it is also drying you out, just as the air outside will dry you out.
Shower shorter or turn down the temp. Your skin will thank you.
Drink more water. You hear this all the time, so it’s probably not going to inspire a complete change in your habits to read this at the bottom of a skincare article.
But hydration is all about water, and if you can increase the amount of water you drink, you should try it. One of the hurdles people hit when it comes to water is being consistent. It’s easy to drink one cup, but it’s the habit that’s hard.
Make the habit stick by setting a reminder on your phone, by adding water breaks to your calendar, or by carrying a reusable bottle that sits next to you all day long.