Dry heat and cold air are not your skin’s friends. The conditions of the season often leave skin uncomfortably parched, sensitized, and lackluster. Harmonize your beauty habits with the environment to keep your glow on this winter with these natural skin strategies that really work. Here’s a quick summary of what we’ll cover more in detail below:
- Drink plenty of (the right) liquids
- Banish dry air and seasonal colds with a humidifier
- Use highly beneficial aromatherapy hydrosols
- Pick the best natural moisturizer, face oil or serum for soothing tight, dry skin
Hydrate from the inside out
Drink water. Sounds simple right? The fact is that we forget to drink enough when the thermometer dips, and drinking a cool glass of water feels counterintuitive, but making sure you drink enough water everyday is crucial.
4 Ways to Stay Hydrated
- Sip hot herbal teas to warm and comfort your senses as you hydrate
- Drink mineral water, or a pinch of celtic sea salt in your water to enhance water absorption
- Add a splash of organic aloe juice to water for extra soothing and hydrating benefits
- Keep your beverage of choice close at hand, and in sight (like on your desk) to remind you to drink often
The dry air around us is constantly leaching moisture from our skin during wintertime. My suggestion is to create a personal rainforest and keep your skin glowing by doing the following:
Use a humidifier, most importantly in the bedroom — the one place we know we’ll be for 7 hours a night. An added bonus is that a humidifier keeps the mucous membranes in our nose and throat healthy and moist, helping to keep winter colds at bay.
Mist! I LOVE using hydrosols and hydrating toners to mist the skin. Spritz anytime, anywhere, over makeup or on bare skin. My top pick for a moisturizing boost this season is Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator. I’m obsessed with it.
Added bonus: every mist break is a refreshing aromatherapy treatment. Keep one at your desk, and take a few deep breaths as you give your face a mini shower.
Most of my clients need to add a serum to their regimen, or switch to a richer moisturizer as we move into winter. Oils help to lock in hydration, and are crucial for healthy, dewy skin!
Try nutrient rich oils like Rosehips, Argan or Baobab (I enjoy Shea Terra or Evan Healy). The trick to using oils effectively is to mix them with water. They absorb so much better this way. Mix equal parts oil and water in your hands, and rub together vigorously before massaging the mixture onto your face. Use alone, or layered under your usual moisturizer.