Temps are dropping quickly, and your skin is not a fan—I know mine isn't! Winter weather is no fun for skin. Dry air, caused by cold weather and low humidity sucks the life out of our skin's moisture. Not to mention, indoor heat makes it worse, robbing the air of any moisture. If you're not careful and don't provide care for your skin during these drier, cooler months, it can lead to skin that is dry, cracked and parched—yikes! I'm here to help you keep your skin soft and bright throughout the year. With these great products, you'll be getting asked how you maintain that healthy, hydrated and bright skin–and this isn't just for the face! Body too... I got you. ;)
Let's start of with what we don't want to do... we don't want anything that's going to strip our skin. That means those harsh chemicals, petroleums and synthetic fragrances found in your conventional, over-the-counter cleansers, exfoliators and balms. This can actually worsen the problem of dry/dull skin. What we do want are products that nourish your epidermis and feed it really great ingredients that will repair, hydrate and slough off any dead cells that are causing that dry and dull winter skin.
Step 1: Wash your face with lukewarm water
Of course, it's cold out... so you're going to want hot showers and baths. But, when you can, try to wash your face (hands too) with lukewarm water. This will help not to strip away any of your essential skin/body oils that are essential to keep your skin soft and hydrated.
A great face wash that is gentle and also conveniently doubles as a mask is May Lindstrom Skin The Honey Mud Cleansing Silk
. This stuff is my hands down my favourite
smelling skincare product I own. It's almost edible, it smells so
good! Kind of like honey-milk–chocolate–macadamia–nut–vanilla–orange–goodness. (I know, drool!)
Using it as a cleanser is simple, just massage a nice sized dollop into warm, damp skin, making circular motions with your fingertips to release makeup and debris before rinsing it clear.
Step 2: Mask
This can be done in replacement of the exfoliator, or you can exfoliate and mask. It's totally up to you! I sometimes like to do both if I'm feeling really dry and my skin needs a good exfoliation + hydration. Again, the Honey Mud Cleansing Silk is amazing at hydrating the skin with ingredients such as raw honey, white halloysite clay, colloidal silver, cocoa absolute oil and many more delicious, incredible essential oils.
To use this as a mask, apply liberally to clean, dry skin. I let this sit on my face anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. To be honest, I've done a couple of hours before. Personally, the longer, the better.
Step 3: Exfoliate
I've got a face option and a body option for exfoliating products. They're both fabulous and smell delicious.
Bottega Organica Rejuvenating Sea Salt and Lemon Face Scrub
is a nourishing, active face scrub that sloughs off any dead skin, is incredibly moisturizing and in turn, reveals radiant, glowing, younger-looking skin. With Mediterranean sea salt being a key ingredient for scrubbing away any dead skin, the thyme and lemon purify and enhance the natural and gentle cleansing properties of the extra-virgin olive oil contained in the scrub. For intense, immediate nourishment, organic shea butter, beeswax, carrots and apricots do the trick! Just a
pply it to damp skin and massage it gently and thoroughly. Then, with a warm, damp cloth, remove it gently.
This Chocolate Sun Cranberry & Vanilla Revitalizing Body Scrub is handcrafted with Dead Sea salts, turbinado sugar and pure lavender flower for a gentle and calming exfoliation. It's also crafted with a high concentration of natural active ingredients that work in assisting your skin’s immune system with detoxing. Lastly, pure essential oils leave your skin baby soft, and smelling lovely, with all-natural essences of lavender and vanilla. It's free of mineral oils, dyes, lanolin, parabens, PABA, alcohol, petro-chemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate and formaldehyde. They are non-comedogenic and are never tested on animals–totally vegan friendly! Their packaging uses recycled materials and is super minimal (as you can see above)—big thumbs up!
Step 4: Moisturize
You'd think that this would be pretty self–explanatory, right? But it actually can be a bit tricky. Many conventional face and body moisturizers have petroleum–based ingredients that actually dry your skin more in the winter months. (Jeez, what's the point, right!?)
Be sure to choose a safe, non–toxic formula that has clean, nourishing ingredients. Depending on your skin type, opt for an oil–based rather than a solely water–based solution, as it'll help the skin retain moisture better in the winter. It is also very important for our skin to receive moisture right after we wash. Why? Well, applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin.
For a body moisturizer, Edible Beauty Australia Velvet Coffee Body Butter is amazing at not only hydrating your skin but it's designed to "detoxify" the body from the inside out. With a range of fat-reducing active ingredients including caffeine, grapefruit and horsetail, this body butter stimulates fat "melting" mechanisms to improve elimination, reducing cellulite. Pretty great, right? Oh, and if you're wanting collagen support and cell regeneration, this product has Gotu kola and shea butter that do just that. Seriously, the list goes on with what this body butter offers and does for your skin.
Bright, hydrated, supple and soft skin—it's the best! So, what's your green winter skincare regime look like? How do you keep your face and body hydrated and glowing in the cold months? We'd love to know in the comments below!