Skincare is not exempt from the typical winter woes. Once the sun glow fades we start to look a little duller and dried out than usual. Switching our skincare on a seasonal basis is essential for best skin care practices. In green beauty, as the seasons shift, so do ingredients. It’s important to know that what you used for spring and summer may feel completely different in the fall and winter. Our skin also requires a little less slough and a little more comfort. Here is a guide to some favorite winter skin ingredients and products!
Balms are commonly based in shea butter and beeswax to soothe and seal the skin, which is essential to keep your protective barrier intact to prevent wind burn and severe dryness.
Some of my favorite balms include May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, Laurel Whole Plant Organics Healing Balm, Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream, and Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm. For those of you who may need a lighter balm with no shea butter or beeswax, the Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm is blended with hemp, grape seed and marula oil and offers a similar texture, but lets the skin breathe. These balms are all suitable for day and night time use.
Rose water can calm, nourish and restore even the most delicate skin. It is one of my favorite winter ingredients to use after cleansing and to uplift dulled skin.
Tammy Fender Bulgarian Rose Water and MV Skincare Rose Hydrating Mist are both great for all skin types including sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea. Shiva Rose Radiant Rosewater is also another great option. It is enhanced with ocean minerals and vitamin C to uplift skin.
Honey enzymes are simple yet effective. They do wonders to break down and build up without drying out skin.
Some favorites include Laurel Whole Plant Organics Honey Berry Enzyme Facial Mask, and Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator. The Honey Mud by May Lindstrom is also a fantastic addition for all skin types because it doubles as a cleanser and mask. It is truly a cult-favorite that smells divine!
Omega rich oils such as prickly pear, rosehip oil, marula oil and avocado oil are the ultimate treatment for winter skincare. All omega rich oils work to transform the skin and enrich your natural moisture.
Odacite A Winter in Paris has marula oil, which is rich in oleic acid (Omega 9) and linoleic acid (Omega 6). Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum is in a base of avocado oil which is approximately 70% oleic acid with Omegas 3 and 6 as well. Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil includes Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9, plus has Vitamins C and A for total renewal and nourishment. Kahina Giving Beauty Prickly Pear Seed Oil is rich in Omegas 3 and 6 with a high level of Vitamin K to help fade any dark spots and distended capillaries. The Odacite Pomegranate Rose Geranium Serum Concentrate is a great serum booster to add to your daily skincare regimen because of the Omega 5 found in the antioxidant rich pomegranate oil.
Still experiencing winter skin woes? It is best to keep your hydration levels in check! It’s important to continuously drink water throughout the day. Alkalizing your body in the morning helps reduce dehydration, and it is also important to note that proper absorption of nutrients comes from food choices such as leafy greens, nuts and seeds. Try adding lemon juice to warm water for a quick morning pick-me-up or add a crack of himalayan pink salt to your water to get the right trace minerals that are extracted from most water sources, such as bottled water and tap water. Lastly, reduce dehydration by avoiding too much added salt, processed foods, coffee or caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Life is about balance so prep yourself in the morning for maximum absorption and carry a glass water bottle (such as glass BKR bottles) with you as a reminder to drink water throughout the day.
Any season change is a great opportunity for a skincare reassessment. Extreme weather changes or not, your skin will appreciate a little extra nourishment during the winter.
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