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winter skincare routine

Just when you’ve figured out which combination of products kept your skin clear throughout the fall, winter crept in and suddenly you’re looking in the mirror having to cover up dry flaky skin and breakouts that seemingly appeared overnight.  

 

It’s stressful moments like these that you need to step on the brakes and realize you’re not alone. With the cycle of seasons, comes a cycle of change for our bodies, minds, and emotions. So before you reach for a “miracle” (most likely chemical-laden) product promising to do away with spots overnight, I say you should rather embrace a more holistic approach to your skin and the products you use.

 

winter skincare routine


Winter seems to bring out the worst skin woes for most people, and it’s no surprise. The shift in temperature actually causes a shift in our skin’s natural barrier function and its ability to protect itself. The good news is, you can easily get ahead of the drying effect winter brings, by tuning in to your body and altering the products you use.


But before we get to that, I can’t forget to mention that clear skin starts on the inside, which in winter means:


  • Staying hydrated with infused water and soups
  • Eating lots of anti-inflammatory foods and herbs such as turmeric that keep conditions like eczema and psoriasis from flaring up
  • Protecting your skin from sunburn (yes, even in winter!) with foods rich in beta carotene like pumpkin

Now, let’s take a look at just 5 of the skincare products you should consider adding to your winter skincare routine to help keep your skin clear and hydrated all season long.


Non-drying cleanser


Most people think that washing their face both in the morning and at night is best practice. And while you’re not at fault for thinking this yourself, you may be interested to know that excessive washing (especially with a foaming cleanser) can actually strip your skin of its beneficial oils.


Instead, I favor simply using a toner with an organic cotton pad to wipe my face in the morning and then using a non-drying cleanser at night to get rid of the days dirt and dead skin.  Because they function as penetration enhancers , these synthetic humectants may open the door for any other harmful ingredients to penetrate more deeply into your skin. Remember, it's not just skincare that may contain ingredients that can penetrate your skin, it's also any household products you use as well as your cosmetics.


Try one of our toning mists and aloe + rose soap.


Hydrating toner


Ever noticed how quickly your skin dries out during the winter, no matter how much moisturizer you apply?


The answer to this lies in the deepest layers of your skin. Natural humectants (like hyaluronic acid) work by attracting water from deep below the skin, all the way to the surface. This keeps your skin supple and hydrated through the worst of winter.


Be careful though, synthetic humectants such as Propylene glycol, Silicones, PEG, and Urea may seem to be working in the short term… but they can have devastating effects on your skin long termBecause they function as penetration enhancers, these synthetic humectants may open the door for any other harmful ingredients to penetrate more deeply into your skin. Remember, it's not just skincare that may contain ingredients that can penetrate your skin, it's also any household products you use as well as your cosmetics.

 

Try our rose hydrating toner which contains the vital moisture retaining ingredient, hyaluronic acid.


Oils and serums


There’s no better time to provide your skin with a deep hydration than overnight. Depending on your skin type and how your skin reacts to thicker or thinner skin protectors, I have two recommendations for you.


For those with normal or dry skin, you’ll benefit greatly from a facial oil that’ll not only help protect your skin from the cold, but also works overtime to help your skin retain water. Our night balm which contains the natural humectant, cupuacu butter, is the ideal choice for you.


If you have an oilier skin type, you may lean towards a lighter alternative such as our rose serum.


Exfoliator


As the temperatures drop, so does the humidity level. This is bad news for your skin and one of the biggest reasons why it tends to get dry and cause flakes so easily, not to mention of course dry, cracked lips!


Exfoliating regularly throughout the winter will ensure the dry skin cells are sloughed away and you’re able to welcome in new skin cells easier. Twice per week should be enough for most people.


Try our hibiscus mud which gently exfoliates and soothes, while getting rid of bacteria. Bonus - you can use it on your lips as a scrub too!


Facial steam


This final winter skincare ritual suggestion is a two in one kind of product. Aside from helping to rehydrate parched skin and open pores, a facial steam can go a long way in clearing sinuses and preventing you from catching a cold.


Give yourself a natural detox and breathe in serenity with our herbal steam.

 

Photo credit Ren Qingtao


 

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