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Caring for your skin during cold weather

Cold weather affects your skin

Cold weather dries out the skin and makes it harder to keep it moisturized and healthy

In the winter, the air is drier, which in turn dries out your skin. This can contribute to a variety of problems: redness, itchiness and skin irritation, among others. Since skin is your body’s largest organ and acts as a barrier protecting against infection, it’s important to take action to help keep it moisturized during the Winter or cold weather stretches.

Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin healthy during cold weather

This is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin in good health, especially during cold weather. Moisturizing helps lock moisture into the skin and stops it from becoming dry or irritated. When shopping for a moisturizer, make sure that it says “non-clogging” on the label, as some moisturizers can be made with ingredients that clog pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Hawaiian Moon Aloe is an excellent skin healing moisturizer and uses non-clogging, organic and natural ingredients with no fragrances!  If you have sensitive skin or other medical concerns about what products you can use on your skin, consult a dermatologist before buying a new moisturizer.
The best time to apply a moisturizer like Hawaiian Moon Aloe is right after washing your face with warm water and a cleanser, like Hawaiian Moon Cleanser, designed to remove makeup. Once applied, gently rub the moisturizer into your face (or follow the moisturizer’s application instructions) until it has been evenly distributed and allowed to be absorbed into the skin. Apply the product at least once per day—more often if possible—to ensure that your skin is properly protected throughout cold weather months!

Moisturize twice a day

After you take a bath or shower, pat skin dry with a towel. Don’t rub your skin, as this can irritate it and make it feel drier. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing so the product is absorbed into damp skin. Choose products that suit your skin type. If you have oily skin, use oil-free or water-based moisturizers as they’re lighter on the skin than other formulas. For sensitive skin, look for products labeled “fragrance free”, like Hawaiian Moon Aloe,  since artificial fragrances can irritate the skin and cause redness or rashes. If you have dry or cracked lips, try using an ointment instead of lip balm; most lip balms contain alcohol which can cause further drying of the lips and lead to chapping in cold weather. Ointments are more effective at healing dry lips because they form a protective seal over them to lock in moisture.

Add other skin products to your regimen

Adding a facial cleanser, like Hawaiian Moon Facial Cleanser, prior to your other products can helps in removing remnants of other applications like creams or even make up.
Additionally, using products like Hawaiian Moon Facial Toner, an alcohol-free, water-based toner to restore the skin’s natural pH balance after washing your face and before applying your moisturizer can also improve your skin’s hydration. Toner can help restore your skin’s pH balance and keep your pores clean. Toner is designed to rehydrate the skin after washing, which can leave it feeling tight and dry. Toners are typically used as an additional step in a daily skincare routine. They usually come in liquid form and are applied with a cotton pad or cotton ball. You can use a toner morning or night, but if you use it both times, you should apply it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

What is pH?

The pH scale measures how alkaline or acidic something is on a scale of 0–14, where 7 is neutral. For example, lemon juice has a pH of 2, which means that it’s acidic, while baking soda has a pH of 8–9, which makes it alkaline or basic.
When you wash your face with soap and water — no matter what type — certain ingredients affect the skin’s natural acidity level (pH). In order for the skin to function properly after cleansing or when using other products containing preservatives or fragrances (or even between applications), its natural barrier must be restored to an ideal acidity level as quickly as possible.

Always room to improve hydration

To summarize, cold weather really affects your skin’s hydration. Using products in conjunction with your moisturizer can dramatically improve your skin’s health. If possible, try moisturizing twice daily – once in the morning and once in the evening.

What’s your secret to moisturized skin during the cold months?

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Get Your Orders in for the Holidays Early

The Holidays are Near!

We use USPS as our shipping courier. They have recently announced the recommended SHIP BY dates in order to receive your packages before December 25th. Here are their recommendations:


  • First Class Package: Ship by December 18th.
  • Priority Mail: Ship by December 19th.
  • Priority Mail Express: Ship by December 23rd.
  • Media Mail & Parcel Select Ground: Ship by December 15th.
  • Simple Export Rate, First Class Package International, and Priority Mail International: Ship by November 30th for Africa, Central America, and South America—and by December 7th for the rest of the world.
  • Priority Mail Express International: Ship by December 7th for Africa, Central America, and South America—and by December 14th for the rest of the world.

As a reminder, we always ship all placed orders the next available day. So if you’d like a better chance at receiving your package before Dec 25th, please make sure to order at least 1 day prior to the dates above.

Happy Holidays from the Hawaiian Moon family and please be safe!


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How’s Winter treating you?

Winter's frost in the morning

Is the cold getting under your skin?  Well, you’re not alone.

Winter weather is tough on skin. Cold wind, cold air, and fluctuating indoor heat can wreak havoc on your skin.  The Winter conditions constantly suck the moisture out of your skin, leaving you to deal with irritated, dry, dull, or itchy skin.  Even worse, if you deal with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, you may never stop itching.

So how to deal?

There are a few things you can do to help your skin cope with Winter conditions.  And you can start with the basics.

Use a high quality moisturizer

Ding, ding, ding! Yes, shameless advertising.  Our Hawaiian Moon Aloe vera skin cream is such a great moisturizer.  We can’t tell you how much feedback we get on the great job it does on such a broad variety of dry skin conditions.  From psoriasis and eczema, to blisters, to skin cracks, to sores and rashes, the list could go on and on.  Change your routine up a bit and make sure to start and end the day with a dab of a high quality moisturizer like Hawaiian Moon aloe.  Your skin will love you for it.

Turn down the temp on your showers

Did you know that those hot showers you love actually dry your skin out?  So sad, but it’s true! Try turning down the temperature of your showers, just a bit, and help keep the moisture in your skin and not out.

If you’re outside, protect yourself

If you love the outdoors, like many of us do, don’t forget to mind the elements.  Not only should you wear the proper attire (gloves, scarves, sunglasses if it’s sunny), but make sure you are ready to be outside for the entire duration of your activity.  This means that you remembered to put on that lip balm (how many times have you spent the next day mentally abusing yourself for forgetting?) and also remembered to apply sunscreen to any exposed areas.  Sunscreen?  Yes, sunscreen.  That Winter sun is brutal if it gets a chance to reflect off of that wonderful snow we all love to play in.  If it’s windy out, it sure doesn’t hurt that you were prepared and also applied Vaseline (or something similar) to the outer rim of your nose.  Oh, and also don’t forget that layers are important.  There aren’t many things worse than sweating in your gear while you’re out playing.  Allow yourself the ability to remove layers to hit that perfectly comfortable temperature.

Lastly, don’t forget water

Water is so critical to our body.  So critical, that our body would easily perish in under a week without it.  We can do without food for much longer, but not without water.  It’s much more difficult to remember that Winter doesn’t change the volume of water that we should be drinking.  Whatever you do, modify your routine to make sure you drink your 64 ounces of water – that’s 8 eight oz cups.  Your skin can’t pull moisture out of the air, but your intake can surely help.