As you can probably gather, from the changes in your complexion, your skin needs more moisture through the cool, dry months of Winter; the air around us has less humidity to offer, while the cold winds dry-out exposed skin. During this climactic change the moisture level in our skin quickly depletes, allowing lines and wrinkles in our epidermis to become more prominent and noticeable, while our complexion can become dry, flaky and dull.
Some easy ways to remedy skin's Winter challenges and enjoy soft, supple skin through the coldest time of the year:
Cleanse, Face: Cleanse daily with an effective yet gentle cleanser. (many foaming cleansers tend to strip the skin of it's protective oils, which can cause dry and flaking skin. Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming chemical that strips away your natural oils and can cause more harm than good - certainly worth avoiding). For more information on SLS click here
Exfoliate, Face: There is a fresh-faced glow hiding under that layer of dull, dead skin cells. The best way to uncover it is to exfoliate (gently remove the dead skin cells - 2-3 times per week, depending on skin type). For the healthiest glow it is best to use a product that contains spherical/round beads (ie. cornmeal, jojoba beads...) vs. sharp, jagged granules (ie. apricot, walnut shell...) that can scratch and inflict microscopic tears to the skin.
Moisturize, Face: You can add moisture to your skin from the inside and out, by drinking plenty of clean water (avoid caffeine and alcohol as they create dehydrating effects in the skin and body) and applying a high quality moisturizer to facial area, neck and chest, while skin is still damp from cleansing (morning and bedtime). This will help your skin to absorb and lock in the moisturizing nutrients it needs to stay soft and supple.
Protection: Wear your sunscreen 365 days a year. The winter-glare reflecting off of the innocent looking white snow, can actually increase your exposure to skin damaging UVA rays. Apply SPF 30+ to all exposed skin. (face, neck, hands...)
Temperature: Avoid dehydrating, dry heat by turning down your thermostat at home and on the hot water heater. Add a humidifyer to your bedroom. Use lukewarm water to cleanse your face and turn down the hot water in your bath and shower, as high temperature water can wear down and defeat skin's protective layer, which can increase inflammation and accelerate skin's ageing process (yikes).
Body: Whether you prefer a nice relaxing bath or a speedy shower, take time to:
- Cleanse with a moisturizing soap or bath & shower gel (SLS free).
- Exfoliate with a body scrub or polish, to release dead, dry skin cells that can cause the irritating dry-itch we often experience through the Winter months.
- Moisturize, in the bath or shower by using a bath & massage oil (plant based oils vs. mineral oil), apply a thin layer of oil while in the bath or shower, after cleansing...just before you are ready to turn off the water and head for your towel. Massage it over skin, rinse and pat dry. This will add moisture to your skin and can often allow you to skip the body moisturizing step that is dreaded on the freezing cold days.
- If you skip the bath & massage oil or just need a little extra moisture for your skin, use a body moisturizing cream or lotion, daily and as needed. Apply while skin is still damp for the most effective and long lasting results. Also, be sure to avoid lotions and creams with alcohol listed as being one of the first few (or any) ingredients. The alcohol actually evaporates the product from the skin (to leave a non-greasy feeling), which contributes to dry skin and multiple applications of the product throughout the day. A nourishing body cream or lotion made with cold pressed botanical oils may take a little time to sink into your skin, but it will also nourish and moisturize your skin for an extended period of time. (this can be a healthy step as well as saving you money in the long run).
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Cleansing, Face - Orange & Rosemary Facial Cleanser.
Cleansing, Body - Soaps
Exfoliating, Face - Cleansing Grains.
Exfoliating, Body - Scrubs & Body Polishes, Vanilla Tangerine Body Scrub, Ginger & Mint Body Scrub. Whipped Cocoa Body Polish, Whipped Sugar Body Polish.
Moisturizing, Face - Peppermint Pore Toner, Essential Eye Treatment, Rejuvenating Serum, Lip Butter, Nail Enhancer
Moisturizing, Body - Whipped Body Creme, Mango Body Butter, Massage Bar, Bath & Massage Oil (Tranquil, Aphrodisiac), Whipped Sugar Body Polish
Have any Winter skin tips that you would like to share?