With fall right around the corner, we’re so ready to dive face-first into all the pumpkin spice lattes our hearts desire (#PSLForever). What we’re not so ready for? Dry and dull skin that inevitably come with the drier, colder weather. We’ve done our research, and here are the top three natural ingredients we recommend to soothe and hydrate dry skin.
- Shea Butter
Shea butter is one of our holy grails when it comes to super hydrators. Shea butter is an emollient, meaning it absorbs quickly into your skin and creates a moisture-sealing barrier. Studies have shown that linoleic acid, found in shea butter, is particularly helpful to treat dry skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Many people who have eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis cite shea butter as being their go-to source of relief for dry, itchy skin.
- Almond Oil
Almond oil is another top ingredient to treat dry skin. It is rich in Omega-3s, which are essential fatty acids that assist in maintaining the skin’s lipid layer and retaining moisture. This oil contains Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin E which are critical to deeply nourish within the skin. You can find this hero ingredient in our Hydrate 49% Almond Oil Serum, a top-seller in the fall/winter months.
- Coconut Oil
Is there anything this oil can’t do? Coconut oil is a miracle worker when it comes to curing dry, flaky skin. It’s full of linoleic acid and lauric acid, which are fatty acids that work to moisturize and soften skin. We caution those with sensitive skin, however, as coconut oil can be comedogenic (meaning it can clog pores). For best results, use fractionated coconut oil, which doesn’t cause skin irritation and also doesn’t freeze over in colder temperatures.
Pro tip: coconut oil works especially well as a sealing layer in your skincare routine. We recommend first applying your serums and moisturizers, and finishing by sealing in all the goodness with coconut oil.
With these three natural ingredient superheroes in your skincare arsenal, you can rest assured that your skin will thank you as temperatures start to dip!
Connie, Three Ships Co-Founder