By: Ashley Peate
Weather-wise, this has certainly been an eventful winter for most of us. After all, how many “bomb cyclones” have you experienced before? And places have gotten snow for the first time in over 20 years. If you’re like me, your skin is really feeling the effects of the wind and cold outdoors combined with the dry heat indoors. These conditions can stress even the best complexions and most well cared for skin. While I can’t make spring come any faster, I can share a few tips for your skin care routine that will help your skin stay hydrated and yes, even glow, until the flowers are in bloom!
1. Drink Up
This may sound boring and basic, but even the best skincare routine can’t compensate for a lack of hydration from the inside out. Just like every other organ in your body, your skin needs water to function properly. Dehydration will lead to dry, tight, flaky skin that ages more quickly. Make sure you are getting at least 8-12 glasses of water a day. A great tip that was once shared with me is when your lips are dry and you reach for chapstick, first grab a sip of water. Let that serve as your body’s reminder to drink more water; you’d be surprised at how it actually reduces your need to use chapstick! For added health benefit, add lemon to your water!
2. Create Humidity
Use a humidifier or a vaporizer to keep the moisture content high indoors. At the very least, run one in your bedroom at night and notice the difference! As an added benefit, you can buy one that allows you to add essential oils for a relaxing and natural scent.
3. Mist Frequently
Facial mists are a beauty essential throughout the year, but they can be your best friend in the winter. Packed with vitamins and revitalizing ingredients, a good mist will restore the pH balance of your skin and maintain hydration. Plus you can carry them in your bag or set them on your desk at work and spray them throughout the day for instant hydration. Make sure to choose one that is alcohol-free. Beautycounter’s Nourishing Rosewater Mist contains hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, ensuring that water stays in your skin. It’s the first thing I reach for in the morning after sleeping in the heat all night long. Plus it’s a refreshing pick me up in the afternoon when you would otherwise be reaching for that dehydrating cup of coffee!
4. Embrace Oils
Pure plant oils work wonders for your skin. Whereas synthetic oils tend to sit on top of the skin, plant-based oils get soaked in for maximum benefits. Oils can be multi-tasking powerhouses: they quickly deliver essential vitamins and antioxidants to your skin and create a protective barrier. If you are breakout prone, look for products that contain jojoba, grapeseed, or sesame oil, which are especially effective at moisturizing your skin while curbing the production of sebum. Beautycounter’s Cleansing Balm is a blend of shea butter and plant oils, including jojoba, which hydrates while it cleanses and can also be used as an intensely nourishing face mask. After cleansing, I occasionally sleep with a layer on, which provides long lasting relief for my skin. Additionally, our Facial Oils are hero products! Check out our Brightening Facial Oil which brightens and evens skin tone (and is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner!), our Plumping Facial Oil which adds volume and reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and our Balancing Facial Oil which balances and calms combination or break-out prone skin. All three deliver lightweight and silky-smooth hydration and can be used morning and night, alone or in combination with a moisturizer.
5. Shower Less
I know, really? But if you can save your skin from a few extra showers a week, you can prevent natural oils from being stripped away so frequently. When you do shower, exfoliate gently 2-3 times a week which will help remove dead cells and allow your moisturizer to penetrate better. Then make sure to apply moisturizer right away when you get out, while skin is still porous. Beautycounter’s Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass works double duty providing both gentle exfoliation with brown sugar and rich hydration with a blend of plant-based oils including mineral-rich evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower. Use it right before you get out of the shower to leave as much of the oil on your skin as possible. And you can top it off with our Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa for the ultimate combination to combat winter skin!
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Ashley Peate is an Independent Consultant with Beautycounter. After discovering she had a fertility condition several years ago, she started learning about the effect of environmental toxins on a wide range of health issues and became passionate about sharing that information with others so that they can make more informed decisions. Drop her a line with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and join her Healthy Living + Beautycounter group on Facebook for the latest news on chemical exposure, Beautycounter, and all things healthy living.