We’ve all experienced dreaded dry skin—it’s itchy, flaky and uncomfortable. But what’s really going on under the surface when your skin feels dry?
Simply put, dry skin lacks the water and oils that it needs to stay soft and flexible. This lack of water and oil is most often caused by environmental factors like dry air from indoor heating and cooling, and showers or baths in water that’s too hot. In most cases dry skin can be alleviated by reducing your exposure to hot water (lukewarm water is best for showers and baths), and by supplementing your skin’s moisture content with hydrating products.
Ingredients for dry skin
Dry skin doesn’t stand a chance against the effects of our favorite moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil and avocado oil. These natural ingredients contain fatty acids and vitamins that hydrate the skin and keep its elasticity up.
Natural humectants like honey, vegetarian glycerin and vanilla also keep skin moisturized in an entirely different way. They pull water from the air onto the skin and trap it there, effectively keeping skin hydrated and flexible. Using a combination of these naturally moisturizing ingredients and humectants, our product inventors have formulated seriously nourishing products that’ll make dry skin a distant memory.
Our best dry skin solutions
Our body lotions are packed with moisturizing ingredients that soften and hydrate dry bits, wherever they happen. Each one is made with a unique blend of skin-soothing butters and oils for a different feel, but each will give skin the moisture it needs, leaving it soft and silky.
Dream Cream, one of our best-selling products of all time, boasts a decadent blend of fair trade organic cocoa butter, organic olive oil and glycerin mixed with soothing oat milk and lavender oil. This gentle giant calms, cools and moisturizes in one swoop and is particularly popular among customers with sensitive skin.
Charity Pot Body Lotion is another rich cream that keeps skin feeling soft and supple. With olive oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and vanilla absolute, just imagine how luxurious it feels on the skin. And 100% of the purchase price of this decadent cream is donated to grassroots charities—even better!
Since showering in hot water can contribute to your skin’s dryness, why not combat it right at the source? Our African Paradise and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioners are made with super hydrating blends of cocoa butter, shea butter and luxurious oils that give skin a dose of rich moisture in the shower. After washing up, simply smooth some over clean skin, rinse off and towel dry. Boom! No further moisturizing required, and your skin will stay hydrated and happy all day long.
See how Charity Pot Body Lotion gets made:
Hands and feet
Our hands and feet are the hardest-working parts of our bodies and often end up feeling dry as a result. Hands get washed repeatedly in hot water and are exposed to the elements, and our feet carry us around from morning ‘til night every day, building up dry skin and calluses. Luckily we’ve formulated hand and foot care products that work just as hard as your extremities!
For hands, Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is a citrusy miracle worker. Shea butter, avocado oil and fresh organic lemon infusion butter up dry bits and leave skin feeling richly nourished and smelling delightfully lemony. On the lighter side of hand creams, Love and Light’s jojoba oil and cocoa butter blend makes for a gorgeous orange-scented lotion that’s easily absorbed for hands on the go.
If it’s your feet that need a little TLC, Pink Peppermint is a cooling, smoothing lotion that’ll banish your dry skin woes. With the perfect combination of cocoa butter and glycerin, this one will get toes moisturized and keep them that way. Softy Foot Cream is another hydrating treat for the feet with cocoa butter, almond oil and glycerin working together to keep tootsies in tip-top shape.
When the seasons shift and the weather turns frigid, it gets harder for our skin to retain moisture as it evaporates into the cold air. Using the products above can replenish moisture to relieve parched skin, and you can also create a more comfortable environment at home with a humidifier: both cool and hot mist options will work to increase the humidity in a space to keep your skin better hydrated. Just make sure to clean your humidifier regularly to prevent bacteria and mold from growing.
For more expert advice and personalized product recommendations, visit your local shop or call our friendly customer care team at 1-888-733-5474. Do you have a favorite dry skin remedy? Let us know in the comments below!