March Madness is about more than the NCAA Basketball Tournament. \nIt's about finally being able to leave those winter months that bring a chronic feeling of winter dry skin behind! Seeing that first crocus bud breaking through the snow is a symbol of new beginnings! \nThat means new beginnings in your skincare routine too!\nIndoor heat sources, whether its wood, oil or electricity all eliminate moisture in the air, the humidity. As the air becomes drier, it tries to pull moisture from the nearest source. Unless you are running a humidifier, that nearest source might be you skin, especially your face, hands, and feet leading to that chronic feeling of dry skin. \nBut spring is coming! So tun off the heat and throw open those windows!\nYour moisturizing routine should change with the weather. In winter, applying a moisturizer that's oil-based, like a whipped body butter creates a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. It seals water in the skin and preserves moisture when the humidity is low. Island Thyme Soap Company Body Butter contains a whopping 30% Shea for in intense and lasting hydration! We’ve also folded in a layer of Virgin Cocoa and Mango Butters with a mixture of Organic Hemp Seed, Grapeseed and Coconut Oils!\nAs we transition to spring, of course the first thing we recommend is cleansing your skin with a gentle, natural, luxurious soap that's free of harsh detergents or chemicals that strip your skins natural protection. \nThen a gentle but effective exfoliating scrub followed by a water based moisturizing lotion will slough off those months of winter skin. Just scoop out a handful of your exfoliating scrub and rub it between your palms, then scrub in circles onto damp skin over your entire body.\nSugar makes a great exfoliating scrub. Sugar has humectant properties, which means that it draws moisture in from the environment into the skin. Island Thyme Soap Company's Demerara Sugar is MINERALIZED Brown Sugar. No plain old brown sugar (refined white sugar from GMO beets bathed in a bit of molasses for us. Our organic sugar scrub features the large-grained, somewhat crunchy Demerara raw sugar with origins in Guyana (a colony formerly called Demerara.\nFollow your scrub with a tall drink of water and then some! Our amazing Omega Hemp Seed Lotion contains the fatty acids of Omega 3 and Omega 6 (Gamma-Linolenic acid). When used on the skin, they can help bolster your skin's suppleness by protecting and nourishing your skin's layers. \nAnd of course as always, when outdoors continue to use your moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed areas.