Winter Skin Care Guide: Protect Your Skin + Keep Your Glow During The Holidays

Winter doesn’t just mean transitioning your wardrobe to chunky knit scarves and your favorite pair of boots, it also means changing your skin care routine! Keep your glow this holiday season with these tips.

No Hot Water!

Use lukewarm or cold water instead.
As we all know, the skin on our face is not only the most delicate, but it also contains the largest number of pores than anywhere else on our body, as well as a large amount of blood vessels under the surface of the skin. Hot water can damage your skin, stripping it of its natural oils, and leaving your skin dehydrated and tight feeling. Dry, stretched skin from hot water use causes enlarged pores and dull skin, and can also cause blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, irritating the skin and leaving it blotchy.
The result? Dry skin that requires more moisture, which means more product! Hot water can also lead to fine lines and other signs of early aging due to hot water slowing down your skin’s natural production of collagen and sebum.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

Exfoliate two to three times a week to clear away dead skin cells.
Complexion dulling dead skin cells on the surface of the skin can prevent moisturizers and other products from fully absorbing into the skin. So, when you buff away these dead, dry skin cells that have built up on the skin’s surface, it reveals new skin cells. Moisturizing these new skin cells leads to brighter, smoother, more hydrated skin.
Tip: Add 1 teaspoon of all natural fine sea salt, or sugar, to our Cleansing Oil to renew and repair your skin, while washing away impurities and removing makeup to reveal glowing skin! Follow with our Face Oil for ultimate hydration and protection from the chilly weather.

Don’t Just Feed Your Body, Feed Your Skin Too!

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important to treat it that way!
Stay away from super foamy cleansers. These usually strip your skin of its natural oils, and ultimately, its moisture.
Eat foods rich in water and drink plenty of water to improve and maintain skin tone, moisture and elasticity. In addition, use (and eat!) products with soothing ingredients like these…
Avocado oil is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and monounsaturated fats, all of which help to lock moisture into the skin. Olive oil is chock full of Vitamin E, polyphenols, and other antioxidants that fight against skin damaging free radicals, and help boost the skin’s natural production of collagen. Pink Grapefruit contains lycopene, which is what gives grapefruits their pink hue, and has been found to create smoother, brighter, more even skin, while helping to prevent free radical damage. Pumpkin Seed’s high levels of Vitamins A and E, essential fatty acids, and minerals such as zinc and selenium benefit the skin by upping the production of collagen and new skin cells. It also aides in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and moisture retention, as well as improved skin tone. Sunflower Seed’s anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties make it the perfect winter skin care ingredient. It also creates a protective barrier on the skin’s surface and prevents skin cell damage caused by UVA rays from the sun.

Moisturize…The RIGHT Way!

Try using a face oil (if you don’t already). Using oil on your skin creates a protective layer that traps in hydration, which helps retain your skin’s moisture better than a lotion or cream.
Always apply moisturizer to damp skin, especially after cleansing. This helps to lock moisture into the skin before it evaporates. For best results, apply moisturizer to skin immediately after cleansing, preferably within 60 seconds.
Up your product usage. Keeping your skin hydrated during the winter months requires more product to maintain hydration than your summer skin care routine…so adjust accordingly!
Moisturize before you go to bed. Your skin repairs itself at night when you’re asleep, so use a moisturizer before bed to help aide your skin in repairing itself during down time.

Treat Yourself!

Use a few drops of our Body Oil in the bath to help keep your glow, and leave your skin feeling silky and moisturized.
Give yourself a facial massage to relieve muscle tension, promote blood circulation, and activate muscle tissue. A mini face massage not only helps to liven up dull, tired looking skin, it can also prevent wrinkles caused by tense facial muscles.