Transform your Skincare: Winter Edition
As the seasons change, I find it important to switch up a few items in my skin care routine. I’m going to walk you through my favorite ways to transform my skincare routine as the months get colder.
First, skincare from the inside out! Drink LOTS of water---add lemon or lime if you have trouble getting in enough during the day. Cut up some citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit and lime are my favorites), and crushed ginger and you have my favorite drink! Sip with a glass straw--- this helps me drink more and adds some vitamin C to my daily diet.
Incorporate leafy greens like Swiss chard, kale, spinach, and arugula---get in that Vitamin A, fiber, sulfur and other goodies that help improve your skin. Don’t forget about your healthy fats, olive oil, avocado, and coconut oil---yum!
Consider incorporating a probiotic into your daily regimen. Probiotics are becoming even more popular, but for good reason. They can heal your body in so many ways including clearing up skin issues.
“Certain probiotic strains alive exert their effects beyond the gut to the skin level and contribute to the reinforcement of the barrier function and modulation of the immune system.” Probiotics and Skin Health (Gueniche, J. Benyacoub, S. Blum, L. Breton, and I. Castiel, 2013)
Next, begin daily use of an oil cleanser or cleansing balm to remove make-up. I use an oil cleanser occasionally for a dual-cleanse when I’m wearing a lot of makeup or if my skin needs the extra love. But, in the fall and winter I like to use this as a first step to washing my face at the end of the day---on a daily basis. It helps nourish my skin and not let it get overly dry.
Favorite oil cleanser: Biossance 'The Purifier' Soothing Cleansing Oil or coconut oil.
Adding in a moisturizer that can stand up to the dryness that comes with colder weather is a must. I often transition to a crème or add a few drops of a beauty oil. Additions like hyaluronic acid can help lock in moisture throughout the day. At night, consider an overnight moisturizing mask.
Next---using a mask that heals and provides moisture. Doing this a few times a week can keep your face hydrated and calm especially after being out in the elements or inside with drying heat.
Favorite moisturizing face mask: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask or Glossier Moon Mask (click here for 20% your first Glossier purchase)
During the winter months, the air is dry both outside and inside your home. It is important to gently exfoliate to keep dry flaky skin at bay. I recommend using a mixture of coconut oil and baking soda for an all-natural alternative (1 part coconut oil to 3 parts baking soda-for a more intense exfoliation, use more baking soda). You can also do this with a few drops of any of your favorite beauty oils. I add a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few drops of clove oil for a spicy and warming feeling---perfect for this time of year. Test a bit of diluted clove oil out on your skin before doing this! Note: Baking soda can be a harsh exfoliator so use caution if using this on your face.
A gentle alpha-hyrdroxy-acid (AHA) treatment/serum is perfect for face exfoliation. I use Sunday Riley's Good Genes to help combat flaky skin and hyperpigmentation on my face.
Last, get an ultrasonic cool-mist humidifier! Increasing the moisture in the room, especially in the room you sleep, can make a big difference in how your skin looks and feels. I use this one I found on Amazon and like it quite a bit.