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Skin Health in Winter

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  • Absolutely love baby balm. My 6 week old had flakey, dry skin and nothing I had tried was helping until I tried baby balm. Her skin is so much better. I can't believe how fast it worked. Thank you Kiwiherb!!!
    – Alex Lazzaro
  • I'm not often inspired enough to go seek out a brand's Facebook page just to give them my positive feedback - in fact this is the first time ever. I just wanted to express how much I love the children's cough syrup, it's always worked wonders on my kids - it's now taken to the next level with the inclusion of the syringe which is long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle - hurray! It's always been the bane of my mum-life trying to reach the medicine when the bottles have run low with syringes that aren't long enough - thank you!
    – Melissa White
  • On Sunday we bought De-Stuff for our 3 year old daughter who has struggled with a cold all week. After 2 doses of it, along with the Chesty formula, she slept so well that night and woke up looking and sounding so much better. Now almost 3 days later her cold is all but gone. I wish I had have found out about it sooner.
    – Bridgette Robinson
  • Brought a bottle of children's chest syrup and it works like magic no more coughing during the night. Also my son loves the taste
    – Philippa Quigley
  • Received a bottle of children's chest syrup to trial and what can I say it's magic in a bottle!! After a single dose they didn’t cough the whole night which meant a better sleep for everyone after two days they were so much better and they liked the taste which is great, can't wait to try more of your products
    – Daniella Bhagat
  • I brought a bottle of De-stuff for my 11 month old daughter yesterday who has had a runny nose for the last 5 days, I've been wiping her nose constantly but after 2 doses of De-stuff I've only had to wipe her nose twice today. I wish I'd known about this sooner. I will be using this straight away in the future
    – Melissa Bayne
  • My wife and I have been using this product for years and they are amazing and work fantastic!!! We have the all the children's stuff including the echinature, chest syrup, throats syrup and the De-stuff!!! Absolutely amazing products We love them
    – Craig Hume
  • I love Kiwiherb! Finding something that worked so well, and was safe for my daughter when she was at an age where she couldn't have all other medicines, it was such a great help! And now I use nothing else
    – Alyssa Francis-King

Skin Health in Winter

Skin Health in Winter

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Asti Renaut

Asti Renaut (BHSc. Comp Med, BA, Adv Dip Nat, Adv Dip Herb Med, MNZAMH)

Asti Renaut is a degree-qualified medical herbalist and naturopath with over ten years clinical experience. Asti practices in Christchurch, New Zealand, treating a wide range of health issues. She especially enjoys working with infants and children, and finally has one of her own to practice on! One of the cornerstones of Asti's practice and philosophy is the importance of education and sharing information. She believes that empowering clients to understand their own bodies and health, and giving practical tips and tools to use from the garden and kitchen are just as important for wellness as qualified professional care. 

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At this time of year we are often surprised by glimpses of pale skin as we hurry to jump into a warm shower or don an extra pair of woolly socks. Skin in winter can get neglected and forgotten, unless we are forced to remember it when a patch of eczema or psoriasis flares up or it becomes uncomfortably dry and flaky.

Whether you have a tendency to dry rough skin or have a more serious condition such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, herbal creams, ointments and balms can be of wonderful benefit to soothe and heal the skin.

When choosing a product, look for active ingredients such as those listed below, in a base of equally natural and therapeutic substances such as olive oil, coconut oil and beeswax. Often with skin care  it is as much about what ISN’T in the product as what IS. For example, avoiding parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colours and fragrances will also be of benefit. There is an old saying about not putting anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth, and when you consider how much we absorb through our skin, this is a wise rule to live by!

Calendula: This common garden friend can help to reduce inflammation, speed tissue healing, and reduce the growth of microbes.

Chamomile: Calms inflammation and improves tissue regeneration.

Koromiko: Our native Hebe is naturally anti-microbial and astringent, helping to improve the protective barrier of the skin.

Kawakawa: Reduces inflammation and bacterial overgrowth.

Burdock: Helps reduce itching and promotes healing.

Poroporo: Another powerful New Zealand native, this plant is used in the manufacture of steroid creams overseas, and offers a natural alternative to topical steroid (hydrocortisone) creams.

These ingredients can be used on even the most sensitive skin, and in the most sensitive areas. I often tell people that a balm that is made for baby’s bottom, like Baby Balm can also be used for sensitive areas on adults, this includes the obvious places, for chafing or dryness, and the not so obvious, such as carefully around the eyes (a common site for dermatitis, and one where steroid use is not advisable).

The beauty of natural skin care for treating common skin conditions is that they are effective short term and safe to use long term. Instead of thinning and damaging the skin in the way that long term topical steroid use can, herbal therapies like DermaCare Cream can improve skin health and build robustness in the skin over time.

One way to make the most of the cold days is by spending a little extra time in the steamy bathroom after your shower and giving your skin some extra love and attention with therapeutic herbs to calm, soothe and heal.