Choosing the proper cleanser for the winter months is so important to maintaining a healthy, hydrated glow. I like using soothing oil-based, natural cleansers like Origins' Clean Energy Cleansing Oil, that are still effective at removing dirt and impurities without stripping your skin of its own natural oils.
Dermatologists recommend exfoliating 1-2 a week to eradicate dry, flaky skin and allow serums and creams to penetrate more easily into new skin layers. Just avoid scrubs that are too harsh on the skin, as using these can lead to oversensitivity and extra dryness or worse, broken blood vessels. Tea Tree and Honey makes an amazing natural exfoliator that unclogs pores and removes impurities, but is still gentle enough for sensitive, winter skin.
3. Dry Brush
Dry brushing is another wonderful exfoliation method to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Dry brushing for just 5 minutes twice a day can help excrete toxins by stimulating your lymphatic system, shedding dead skin sells, improving circulation and even, reducing cellulite.
How to dry brush:
- Choose a natural (non-synthetic) bristle brush with a long handle. (The Bathery Dry Brush is comprised of all-natural bristles, plus the price point is right; it's only 5.99 at Target!)
- Stand in the shower or in your bath-tub and by brushing your feet, using long sweeping motions, and moving up toward your chest.
- Be careful not to overbrush sensitive areas, such as the breasts. and moving in long sweeping motions toward your heart.
- Jump in the shower afterwards, pat dry and apply some coconut oil for beautiful, glowing skin.
It's essential to keep your skin moist in the dry winter months. Between the cold winter air and dry indoor heating systems, sky can become even more susceptible to peeling, dehydration and even cracking. My recommendation: use separate moisturizers for the body and face, as the face is more senstitive and likely needs more potent, targeted hydration. The Organic Pharmacy makes an amazing, nourshing cream fortified with Rose and Evening Primrose to keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout winter. For your body, I recommend Osmia Organics Light Body Oil: a spray that's super easy to apply on-the-go and contains a beautiful blend of immune-boosting ingredients like lemongrass and balsam.
Just because it's chilly or cloudy doesn't mean that UVA/UVB rays aren't peeking through. Continue using an SPF daily to avoid not only skin cancer, but also dark spots, discloration and added dryness. Just choose a hydrating SPF for the winter months, like this mineral-based sunscreen, fortified with antioxidants, vitamins and organic botanicals. It smells and feels delicious!
While cleansing, scrubbing, exfoliating and moisturizing are important topical ways of keeping skin moist, don't forget one of the most essential ways to keep your largest organ glowing: by hydrating! Make sure to stick to your 2 liters of water a day rule. Your body might even require a bit more water if you're exercising or experiecning extreme dehyrdation from ultra dry indoor heat.
7. Use Overnight Serums
Night-time is the best time to apply potent products as your blood circulates even more while you're asleep than awake, allowing serums and creams to penetrate more deeply over the hours you sleep. I recommend natural serums containing Hylauranoic Acid, which is extremely effective at maintaing skin hydration but also battling fine lines and wrinkles. (I personally love this natural Instant Face Lift serum.) I also switch between the Instant Face List serum and this brightening serum, which contains natural ingredients like Norwegian Kelp and Sea Fern extract to target dark spots and discoloration while you rest.
8. Watch Your Diet
As always, watch your diet. Dehydrating foods, like anything super salty, can add to your skin's dull or lackluster complexion. Incorporate hydrating foods into your diet, like cucumbers, celery, canteloupe and even bell peppers to help keep your skin glowing and healthy.