So far this has been one cold winter and its taking a toll on my extremities. Even with the added protection of gloves I still find my hands feeling dry and cracking around the edges of my nails. The combination of sub-zero temperatures and dry indoor heat robs our hands of oils and leaves us with dry, chapped and sometimes even cracked skin. Living in a climate like this, makes me seek out products that give relief from these conditions and make my hands look and feel better.
At Glomalin we have formulated a rich and thick hand moisturizer that accomplishes this mission and we call it simply Winter Hand Balm. This thick rich cream contains Organic Shea Butter; Shea Butter is known to be a “skin superfood” that nourishes skin to promote its clarity and addresses problems such as dryness, blemishes, dark spots, discolorations, stretch marks, and wrinkles without clogging pores. Here’s a little background on this wonderful butter:
The Vitellaria paradoxa botanical – most commonly known as the versatile Shea tree – is not only the source of Shea nuts from which the well-known Shea Butter is derived; it has also proven itself to be valuable for conserving semi-arid Africa’s delicate ecosystems and for sustaining entire communities.
In some of Africa’s poorest regions, the Shea tree has become important to the economy and to the livelihood. In these places, Shea Butter is most commonly known as ‘Women’s Gold,’ due to the fact that Shea Butter production is the source of income for many women in Africa.
Although some early records state that European explorers began using Shea Butter in the 1300s, the natural emollient was used long before then by the people of Africa. For use in the harsh desert climates, Shea nuts were crushed, mashed, and boiled into a butter that was used to protect skin and hair from the drying, damaging elements. According to historical sources, the use of Shea Butter has even been traced back to Egypt as far back as the first century at the time of Queen Cleopatra, when it was used largely in skin care products.
Rich in Vitamins A, E and F, Shea Butter is a natural emollient that nourishes skin to promote its clarity and health. It’s moisturizing, circulation-boosting, and anti-inflammatory properties make it a popular ingredient for use in products that address skin problems such as dryness, wrinkles, dark spots, discolorations, stretch marks, and blemishes. Whether skin is dry or oily, Shea Butter balances its oil production without clogging pores. It melts at body temperature and is known to soothe and hydrate mature skin as well as skin that has been damaged by the harsh effects of the elements. Its Cinnamic Acid content provides skin with a degree of protection against the sun, acting as a natural sun screen. Gentle enough for the most sensitive skin, Shea Butter has even been used traditionally for baby care.
Glomalin would like you, our customers to do your hands a favour this winter and will include a free 1 oz jar of Winter Hand Balm with every online order during the month of February.