Natural Solutions to Winterizing Your Skincare
As winter is so obviously approaching, it's time again to button up our jackets, don our cozy hats and dig out our mittens to protect from the elements. It's also a good time to get into the habit of hydration. Staving off dry winter skin is a seasonal battle here in Canada, but it can feel like more of a retreat to body care and less of a burden when you're incorporating fantastic products to get excited about!
Two solutions to dealing with dryness are hydration and protection. Cold air causes dry skin due to less moisture in the air. The air pulls moisture from where it can - such as your skin. Just as you protect from the cold by doubling up and wearing warmer layers, layering a heavier moisturizer, like La Bella Figura Rainforest Hydration Treatment on top of an oil or serum such as May Lindstrom Skin The Youth Dew before heading outside, creates an extra layer of moisture for the cold air to have to break through - the skincare equivalent to a jacket on top of a sweater.
Though most of our extremities are covered up when we dash outdoors, our faces and especially our lips, are bared to the elements and need extra care in the cold. Stashing lip balms in your bag and coat pocket and around the home is a sure way to get through the cold months chap-free. Start bringing Roots Rose Radish Bergamint Lip Balm with you wherever you go to give lips much needed love.
Spending more time with the great comforts of colder seasons, often means taking longer and hotter showers to warm up in the mornings. The extra time in the tub feels good for your wellbeing, but increases dryness on the body. Make up for the cozier wake up by slathering on a body oil such as Graydon All Over Body Oil in the steamy bathroom and then applying a second layer of moisture in the form of a lotion like Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Organic Body Cream to keep body skin soft. Have on a hand a salve to spot treat dry areas on elbows, knees and cuticles. MJ's Herbals Calendula Salve is a great go-to and can be tossed in your tote for battling dryness when out and about.
You may find the longer nights have you staying in more often, which means there is more time for treatments. At night, cleanse with a gentle cleanser like Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser and follow with a moisturizer made for dryness. The Pai Macadamia & Rose BioRejuvenate Skin Cream is a wonderful cream for hydrating. If exfoliating is a regular part of your routine, continue, but do so with a gentle hand. Dry skin from the elements can be sensitive to excess or aggravated scrubbing, so it's a good time to switch to, or begin incorporating, something with a gentle granule like Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator. Apply a mask made for dry skin such as La Bella Figura Bio Active Healing Mask once a week while relaxing at-home.
The wonderful thing about preparing for the winter is that it gives us the chance for outdoor activities and brings opportunities for getting closer with family and friends. With the busi-ness of the season and added skin care elements to enjoy, remember to also hydrate from the inside. Going from cold outdoor air to high indoor heating all day is hard on your skin. Drink more water and sip on herbal teas. A light nightly stretch on days when you feel housebound will keep the blood flowing and increase circulation.
Dealing with winter dryness is akin to dealing with the season itself. Approaching this time of year with care and comfort is key to enjoying it. Relax, light a candle, and bundle up with a good film or a great read.
A Note on Severe Dryness: If throughout the season your skin becomes irritated or sore to the touch - try taking a break from your regular skin care and use a gentle waterless balm such as One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm to softly cleanse, then hydrate with a no-frills natural cream with very few ingredients like S.W. Basics Cream. Try this for a few days until skin settles down. (If seasonal irritation persists see a dermatologist or natural health aesthetician).
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Guest blog by - AVL