Repair Your Winter Skin

Is your skin ready for warm weather?  

Before you swap out your long sleeve shirts and wool slacks for more revealing attire, you need to get your skin ready to spring forward into warmer weather and we know how:

Cleanse Smarter | Exfoliate... please exfoliate! | Moisturize, especially before bedtime.

Why you should choose a soap made with Goat's Milk

What other soap can exfoliate, repair, moisturize, and hydrate your skin?  

Goat's milk soap naturally exfoliates the skin because it contains lactic acid that removes dead skin cells from your skins surface leaving new cells on the surface that is smoother and younger looking.  It also contains high levels of vitamin A, that repairs damaged skin tissue, reduces lines and wrinkles, controls acne, and provides psoriasis relief.  The cream that is present in goat's milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat's milk soap, it doesn't dry out your skin like many other soaps.  And finally, Goat's milk contains important minerals for the skin that help slow down aging, help the skin rebuild, add elasticity, and helps retain skin moisture.

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Please, Exfoliate!  

Proper cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen are important for great looking skin, but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be. Exfoliation is one of the most underestimated and neglected skin care procedures, yet it has the greatest impact on our skin’s health and appearance. Do it, and your skin will look and feel cleaner, fresher and smoother.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells to expose and reveal fresh, new, and “younger” skin below. There are two types of exfoliators, physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are products that physically rub off dead skin cells, usually with the help of our hands. Everything from salt and sugar based scrubs to exfoliating brushes fall into the physical category. Chemical exfoliators include facial peels and products that slough off dead skin using active (but not necessarily “scrubby”) ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). These usually come in cream form and loosen up the dry cells on the skin’s surface, allowing them to fall away.

Who should Exfoliate?

Everyone! Yes, men too.

Why is Exfoliation Important?

As we age, the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. Old skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin and can leave it looking rough, dry, and dull. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

Exfoliation not only keeps your skin clean, it also opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. For men, exfoliation not only cleans, it exposes your beard hair follicles which reduces ingrown hairs, making for the perfect pre-shave treatment.

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Moisturize, especially before bedtime.

Do your moisturizers, creams, and body butters have what it takes to really improve the health of your skin?

The main goal of a moisturizer is to hold water in the outermost layer of your skin, but moisturizers can also serve as a barrier to protect that layer from damage. The ingredients that help moisturizers accomplish these two goals are humectants, emollients, and occlusives.

Humectants take moisture from the air and hold it in your skin. They rejuvenate the skin and smooth out or soften scaly, thick skin. Humectants are especially good for dry skin, but because they take moisture from the air. Humectants used on our products include glycerin, dl-panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), and honeyquat.

Emollients are the ingredients that are soothing and moisturizing to our skin. Emolliency is a vital part of our skin's needs because they relieve some of the discomfort of dry skin and helps plasticize the skin.  So we want emollient ingredients in every moisturizer. Oil based emollients such as avocado, evening primrose, rice bran, soybean, sunflower, and olive oils, as well as butter based emollients such as cocoa, kokum, shea and mango, provide moisture by filling in spaces between skin cells where fat cells used to be.

Occlusives prevent water loss from our skin. We want to trap in that water and prevent it from evaporating from our skin, and protect our skin from further damage while it repairs itself from physical assaults of the day. Butters such as cocoa, shea, mango, and others are great barrier ingredients, protecting your skin from water loss and from further damage from the outside world. Each butter has its own benefits, but the key is that they stay on the skin.

In order to improve the look and feel of your skin and to keep it that way, your moisturizers, lotions, creams and body butters need to be formulated with all three of these types of ingredients.  At Natural Skin Revival, our products are formulated knowing what your skin needs to keep it healthy.  Be sure to check out our Hand and Body Lotion with Goat's Milk, Whipped Body Butter, Facial Moisturizing Creams.

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