Before we talk about October Vibes & fighting dryness with L’Occitane…
Coming back from Greece has been such a major shock for my body. The night we arrived in Oslo it was 5 degrees. Now going from 28 degrees to 5 is a major temperature difference. Our flight was delayed (surprise, surprise…)and we missed the last train to Oslo central station. As a result we decided to wait for a bus. Now picture this: 5 degrees and me wearing a denim jacket, jeans, shirt and espadrilles. How do you think this went while waiting for the bus?
I know what you will think. I should have known better…. When we left Oslo it was a good 16 degrees in the night, yesterday was 16 degrees… I never imagined that weather would change so rapidly in a few weeks. So I paid the price with a major cold, 38 degrees fever, 3 days of eating soups, drinking tea and apple juice and plenty of hours of bad sleeping.
A week after my skin went from hero to zero. The lovely glow on my skin became what I would call…. Sahara desert.
Changing skincare routines
I have talked in a previous blog post (here) about the importance of changing skincare routines according to weather and even though I really like my coconut and vanilla body summer cream I knew it was time to help my skin find its balance again.
My favorite winter skincare routine includes shea butter. Shea butter has been used for centuries to rejuvenate and protect the skin. It helps restore moisture and it does not feel greasy at all! It is a skin superfood that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Due to its natural properties, shea butter is considered to also be anti-inflammatory and beneficial for some people with acne.
Why Shea Butter from L’Occitane?
L’Occitane is one of my favorite shops to get shea butter products from. I love L’Occitane for the following reasons:
- Their products are made from natural ingredients.
- L’Occitane uses organic, ethical and sustainable farming methods.
- Their shea butter is sourced Sustainable Fair Trade from female led collectives in Burkina Faso.
- L’Occitane was the first beauty company to put braille on their labels.
- Each product is actually tested on real human skin.
- It is 100% Paraben-free.
L’Occitane Moisturizing 15% Shea Butter Ultra-Rich Body Lotion It has 15 percent shea butter, natural honey, and apricot oil to nourish, moisturize and protect. With jasmine and ylang-ylang. Nourishes and protects dry skin leaving it soft, supple, and comfortable. It is rapidly absorbed into the skin while it has a quite intense smell.
L’Occitane Liquid Soap Lavender Formulated with a vegetable-origin foaming base and enriched with softening shea extract, this liquid soap cleanses hands, leaving them soft and lightly fragranced. You cannot go wrong with this lavender hand soap. This is a game-changer in my house, as it leaves my hands feeling clean, but not dry.
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