All Season Moisturizer...? Not Quite!
It's easy to assume that one moisturizer will work for all seasons. For example, all-season tires are ok in snow and cold weather, however, snow tires were designed for the cold and snow. The same can be said for moisturizers.
Like what to wear, sometimes figuring out what moisturizer to use for the body can be a very daunting task.
You don't want to be too dry in the winter (that can lead to itching and dry skin) and too much moisture in the hot, humid summer months can lead to breakouts, excessive sweating and rashes.
What to do...
Colder weather requires heavier, less water, cream based moisturizers.
Ingredients that contain butters such as shea and cocoa butters and oils such as avocado make excellent bases for creams in colder, drier weather when more moisture, conditioning and protection is required.
Creams provide a thicker barrier to help protect your skin from the harsh, drying effects of cold weather. They also insulate the skin, helping you feel warmer.
Warmer, humid weather requires a lighter based moisturizer or lotion.
Oils such as grape seed, rice bran, coconut, olive, and sunflower make excellent moisturizers for warm, hot and humid weather. Think about where these oils originate.
Since a lotion has more water than oils, in warm weather, a lotion absorbs quickly into the skin without a heavy, greasy feel.The above oils are light enough to still provide excellent moisture, and nutrients to your skin, while keeping your skin drier.
There are also bases that are great for all year, depending on the amount you use.
Included in this list are marula, argan, apricot kernel, almond, jojoba, safflower and canola oils and (I will add it to this list) shea, soy, almond and marula butters.
What do you use to moisturize your skin? Share your experience.