Green Beaver, A Natural Canadian Solution to Winter Skin WoesWednesday, December 28, 2011
It's official. Winter has arrived and has finally brought a snowfall worthy of shoveling. I look outside my window and smile at how beautiful everything is all covered in the fluffy stuff. But as I smile, I can feel the tightness in my skin. My lips are also starting to feel chapped again, too. Oh, how I dread the "winter itch." Then I remind myself: Have no fear. Green Beaver is here!
The Green Beaver company, a proudly Canadian company, has developed a natural winter skin care line called Green Beaver Après-Ski. These products, naturally rich with shea and cocoa butter, have been formulated to protect and relieve the driest and itchiest skin. They are also enriched with skin soothing colloidal oatmeal and other plant extracts such as aloe.
Ever since I first discovered Green Beaver about a year ago, I am always looking out for their products whenever they are on sale. We use their organic sunscreen for kids in the summer and stock up on Green Beaver Jr. bath products year-round. I also use their Fresh Mint shampoo. Now, I can add their Winter Lip Balm to my repertoire of must-have skin care items. It's soft, long-lasting and unflavoured, but more importantly, it works to soothe and protect dry lips. I like it because it's biodegradable, gluten-free and petrolatum free, and it doesn't get all sticky. The lip balm costs $3.99.
The Boreal Bath Oil is also nice for a relaxing bath. It is a blend of organic balsam fir, black spruce and sweet birch essential oils. I can also smell the eucalyptus which I love since I sometimes use eucalyptus oil in the bath to help ease congestion due to colds. The bath oil comes with a price tag of $13.99.
Here is a list of handy winter skin saving tips that I received from Green Beaver:
- Wash with warm water (not hot) and use mild soaps. Hot water and harsh soaps can remove natural oils from the skin.
- Sprinkle colloidal oatmeal in your bath water. Oatmeal soothes dry skin and helps retain moisture on the skin.
- After washing, gently pat skin (don't rub dry). Moisturize while skin is still slightly damp to trap moisture in.
- Use moisturizers high in natural emollients specifically formulated for dry skin.
- After ashing hands, apply a deep penetrating balm to help prevent dry, cracked skin.
- Protect your skin from cold windy conditions. Apply a rich face cream and a long-lasting natural lip balm before going outside. Don't forget your hat, scarf and gloves!
- Exfoliating the dead skin layer of dry skin will allow a moisturizer to sink in deeper.
- Maintain a comfortable level of humidity in your home. Indoor heating dries out the air.
- Drink plenty of water. The body needs water to keep going and if it doesn't have enough of it, it will draw from your skin's water reservoir.
Disclosure: I was sent some samples to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in the post are my own.