\ˈa-pō\ ter·ra : from the earth

It's that time of year again when the sun sets early, the air feels cold, and you eat too many sweets (at least I do!).  It's such a festive and cozy time of year, but it can take a toll on our skin.  Winter means less moisture in the air, a tendency to eat too much of the bad stuff and to not drink enough water.  Skin tends to get dry and irritated, but it doesn't have to be that way!

Every season I change my skincare ritual to best deal with the environmental challenges each season brings.  I typically have dry to combination skin and in the past struggled quite a bit with hormonal adult acne.  I thankfully rarely have a pimple nowadays, but this has a lot to do with the fact that I tune into my body to understand what it is telling me.  I customize my skincare ritual based on this, and the seasons.  



1. Cleanse

First step of any skincare ritual is to cleanse.  In the winter when skin tends to be dry, I usually cleanse with the Rose Hydrating Toner and an organic cotton pad in the morning.  I only use soap in the evening because I find using it 2x a day unnecessary and also to be too drying at this time of year.

 In the evening, I alternate between our Aloe + Rose Clay soap and the Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud. This soap is pretty gentle yet fights breakouts with pink clay and rose geranium essential oil.  The Hibiscus mud works really well as an exfoliating mask, and the honey's antibacterial properties makes it a wonderful cleanser as well.  So 2-3x per week I'll double task the cleansing + masking by applying the mud in the shower and leaving it on for about 15 minutes.

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2. Tone + Hydrate

Before moisturizing, I always use a hydrating step.  My favorite is a toning mist because they are easy to use and smell so good!  I will use the Rose Hydrating Toner after cleansing at this time of year (in the morning I cleanse with the toner and follow by misting it on).   Our Rose toner contains a low molecular weight hyaluronic acid that sinks right in and attracts water to the skin.  Works wonders for dry skin!   If I feel a break out coming, I'll switch the Rose toner for our Neroli Clarifying Toner since it contains vitamin C, green tea and a higher percentage of vitamin B3.  All great things to fight acne. 


Winter Ritual - Toning + Hydrating tips | Apoterra Skincare Blog



3.  Moisturize

In the morning I will follow the rose toner with our Rose Nourishing Serum.  I just LOVE this rose scented oil and it works really well for me to keep my skin even and hydrated.  In the evening I use the Night Regenerative Balm after misting my toner.  I'll use the balm over my face but also around my eye area (I use it as my eye cream).  We make this balm with cupuacu butter which is an amazing butter able to retain over 400% it's weight in water. We also add sea buckthorn, vitamin C, coQ10, shea, turmeric, rosehip, pumpkin, and a bunch of other great ingredients that really do wonders in helping my skin recuperate at night.  If I'm planning on going on a hike or skiing, I'll apply the balm during the day after the rose serum for extra protection from the elements.


Winter Ritual - Use a face balm to keep skin hydrated | Apoterra Skincare Blog


4. Treat

1-2x per week, I will do a steam followed by the Hibiscus Exfoliating Mud. 


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5. Body Care

In the winter, my best friend is a body scrub.  I use it every time I shower and it keeps my legs and arms moisturized and "ash" free.  Of course my favorite is our Tulsi scrub, which we make with hydrating shea, coconut and sunflower oils.  I love it because it does a really good job at exfoliating and moisturizing my skin, but doesn't feel greasy and doesn't leave a mess in the shower.  Win win!  I sometimes follow with a body oil if I feel like it!


Winter Ritual - body care tips for dry skin | Apoterra Skincare Blog


6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

In addition to my morning and evening skincare ritual, I will also try to be extra attentive to how much water I drink.  I find it so difficult to drink enough water in the winter because cold water seems so unappetizing!  So what I usually do is keep a glass water bottle with a stick of cinnamon in it near me at all times.  The water gets infused with the cinnamon and tastes so good.  When I see the clear glass bottle with the cinnamon stick, I usually take a sip :)


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