Winter skin can seem like it needs hours of love every day just to look normal—forget about all the other conditions that can be making you panic (wrinkles, pimples, dryness, age spots, etc). But sometimes, less is indeed more, even when it comes to your winter skincare routine.
If you’re starting to feel your skin sapped of moisture, fear not. You don’t need to get up an extra hour early just for misting and moisturizing. You just need to change up your skincare products, and maybe add a step or two to your skincare routine, at least until the weather warms up.
- Wash your face: You’re already doing this (hopefully), right? Well in the winter months, try switching to a more moisture-rich skin cleanser. This means something that’s creamier so not to dry the skin out even more.
- Exfoliate: If you think you only need to do this in the summer, here’s a step you may be missing. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, which can build up with dryness common in the winter months. A few times a week add a fruit-acid exfoliant to your routine or use a gentle scrubbing product.
- Tone: If you skip this step regularly, you’ll want to be sure to add it in now. Toners help to prep the skin for deep moisturizing—and this is something your dry and thirsty skin wants right now. Use a light toner with hydrating ingredients like coconut or jojoba oil.
- Serum: Think of serums as the love-child of toners and moisturizers. Not quite one or the other, but that happy medium in between, serums are the life-blood of healthy skin. They deliver nutrient-rich hero ingredients to the skin that help you to have healthy and happy skin. At the very least? They provide more moisture.
- Moisturize: Now it’s time to dig into that creamy vat of goodness and slather on the rich and emollient moisturizers. Crèmes are best this time of year, you want something thick and rich that feels so nice on your skin. Layer it thick (but not too thick!) and let it sink in to your face and neck. Follow with a hydrating eye crème and a good night’s rest for gorgeous skin!
Natural beauty products are all the rage right now. After all, who doesn’t love botanical ingredients and emollient plant oils that moisturize (and smell amazing!), too? But there are lots more reasons to choose natural beauty products. Like, really, A LOT. Here are some of our favorite reasons to opt for natural beauty every single time:
- Many botanical ingredients keep farmers in business—and in fact, some small-batch producers work directly with farmers (or grow their own). How awesome is that?
- The skin loves natural oils—they’re easier to absorb, and that means they may also be more effective in hydrating and moisturizing (and keeping you looking younger!)
- Just like your body is better at recognizing “real” food ingredients rather than the processed stuff, the same goes for your skin. It likes stuff that isn’t complicated. So if you want effective products, natural may work better.
- The production of synthetic chemical ingredients is hazardous to the environment, marine life, and our waterways. Botanicals? Not so much.
- While allergic reactions can still happen with natural products, they can be less problematic than with synthetics, which can cause more severe skin reactions like contact dermatitis.
- Gentler natural ingredients can also mean they’re safer to use over time—you’re less likely to have an acute reaction and that means longer, safer use.
- Ever wonder why you go through the cheap, fake lotion in record time but the natural stuff lasts forever? Natural beauty products are often less likely to contain alcohols that can dry out the skin, so a little really does go a long way.
- Better for all skin types: While there are still natural products geared toward the different skin types, the fewer synthetic chemical ingredients can generally mean that natural beauty products are suitable for most every skin type. (If you have a very particular skin condition like acne, psoriasis, or rosacea, you will be more sensitive to any product—natural or not.)
- Not tested on animals: It’s not the rule for every beauty product boasting a natural claim, but it is in most cases.
- Budget friendly: Organic food can quickly get you to Whole Paycheck status—and natural and organic beauty products may seem to be a bit of a sticker shock too. But, keep in mind that you may need less of the natural products as noted above, and that can help cut down on costs. Or, DIY yourself up some natural remedies as well for super inexpensive products from face masks to hair and skin oils and more!