Feel good in your skin year-round with these dermatologist’s tips
Cold weather is here, and in addition to dry, chapped skin, you also need to deal with chafing. If you exercise a lot, you may experience that uncomfortable, burning or rubbed-raw feeling. The good news is that there is a way to stop your skin from chafing.
What causes chafing?
It’s a combination of friction and moisture. When you do consistent movement like running, using an elliptical machine, treadmill, bike, or something else, the material of your clothing rubs against your skin repeatedly. Plus, sweat adds to the equation creating skin that is rubbed raw and chafed.
How do you stop chafing?
The key is to use the right products for prevention. Look for a friction-defense product with caprylic or capric triglyceride as one of the leading ingredients. This provides a light, silky feel on the skin. It also reduces friction from both skin and fabric without a greasy feel.
Silicone related ingredients such as cyclomethicone and dimethicone will also help. They form a protective barrier over skin and reduce friction by helping adjacent fabric and skin to slip and slide instead of rub, scratch and abrade. Also, look for products with moisturizing properties that can help to heal areas that are already chafed and rubbed raw.
In addition, I like to use 100% natural ingredients whenever possible to reduce chemical contact for the sensitive skin of skin folds. For example, bees wax, grape seed oil, and olive oil can be helpful and are found in some anti-chafing products. They are moisturizing and can help reduce friction.
But, you need to be careful. Some natural ingredients like peppermint, calendula and lemongrass can potentially cause allergic rashes in people who are sensitive to them. Watch out for other natural ingredients that can be both allergens and irritants such as tea tree oil. Tee tree oil is a wonderful, natural ingredient and has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that also treat minor cuts, scrapes and other abrasions. It can be too harsh for sensitive skin fold skin, however.
To avoid an allergic reaction, don't apply these products to skin folds or chafed skin that has not healed. These areas are potentially too vulnerable and have increased absorption of product ingredients.
If you have chafing, or know someone who does, why not check out some of my natural products made especially for sensitive skin that will help chafed skin heal?
My All Natural Shower Gel
is an excellent hypoallergenic skin cleanser for the shower.
Lotions to help skin heal include my Natural Body Butter
and Natural Lotion.
Both can be used from head to toe and are made with deeply-hydrating organic botanical oils formulated to feel light weight on your skin.
My Organic Lip Balm
helps prevent lip chapping and "addiction" to lip balm (allergic dry lips from lip balms made with allergens that cause lip chapping).
Chapped, dry hands are also a seasonal skin problem right now. We are offering special kits to help soothe, moisturize and heal dry and sensitive skin.