Winter is here (in the northern hemisphere at least) and that means cold, dry weather which can cause irritated, tight and flaky skin - especially as we age. Let's fix that, shall we?
Here are some tips to help your skin survive the weather and keep you looking your most radiant and gorgeous.
Your Cleansing Routine
One of the things that dries our skin the most is cleansing. It's so important to avoid cleansers that strip the skin's natural moisture barrier.
You know that squeaky-clean tight feeling after you wash your face? I hope not! It's not a good sign. Your skin should feel refreshed and clean, but not tight or dry.
Also - try only washing your face at night. In the morning, just splash some tepid water and you're good to go. Unless you exercise in the morning, there's no reason to put that added stress on your precious skin.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
Yes hot water feels good when it's oh so cold outside, but hot or even warm water will strip your skin's oils. Use tepid water when washing your face.
You'll also want to avoid extreme cold on your face. Depending on the climate where you live, wearing a scarf (or a mask) over your face will help protect the skin from harsh winds.
Yes sunscreen is important, even in the winter! The sun can cause skin damage, premature aging and of course skin cancer. So make sure to use a sunscreen daily, like our Tinted Sunscreen which has SPF 28.
Why not give your skin some extra help by using a humidifier? Just be cautious to clean it out regularly since humidifiers can harbor mold otherwise.
It's simple, but drinking enough water is important not only for our skin but all our organs. Keep in mind that anything caffeinated like coffee, tea or soda can actually dehydrate you, so make sure to drink plain water, you can add some lemon or herbal tea. People suggest you drink half your weight in pounds, in ounces, for example if you weigh 150 pounds, you'll drink 75 ounces a day.
Your skin will likely need some extra help in the winter, that's where masks like our Acai & Pomegranate Anti-Aging Masque come in. Use it a couple times a week to keep your skin supple and hydrated.
You can use an oil-based moisturizer like our Organic Facial Serum to replenish the natural oils in your skin that get zapped by harsh winds, indoor heating and dry air.
To finish off, try an occlusive treatment like our Intensive Organic Skin Therapie - it is a thick balm and best to be used at night before bed. Wake up to soft, supple skin.
Choose Creams over Powders
If you have oily skin or prefer powder makeup, that's fine, but you may want to choose cream products during the winter. Some great options are our Creme Foundation (it has SPF 28), our Botanical Colour Stick (it can be used on the cheeks and lips) and our Luminous Face Highlighters for that natural glow.
Cream products will add more moisture to the skin and help protect it from the elements.
This winter, make sure to try some of these tips to keep your skin supple and glowing. If you ever need guidance on products, feel free to use our website chat box, email us or DM us on social media. Which of these tips will you try?