3 EASY SECRETS
to keep your skin moist and supple during winter!
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(Jacek and I on a recent trip to visit the kids in college in Wyoming...here we are in front of the Tetons)
I not only inherited very dry skin, I also grew up in Rochester, NY, where it snows from November to April (really...Jacek and I were married in May and there were still patches of snow on the ground), so I've been dealing with keeping my skin supple during the cold, dry winter months since I was a kid.
(One of my favorite spots on our property that we call the Elk Woods)
Now, we live in the mountains of Southern Oregon, and heat our straw bale home with a Tulikivi (a massive soapstone fireplace) which, while cozy, does dry out the air.
I formulate using myself as the main tester, and I promise you are not doomed to dry, dull skin during the winter months if you follow these steps that I use myself!
My 3 secrets to supple winter skin:
STEP 1. HOLD ONTO MOISTURE
Moisturizers and face creams prevent water that is already in your skin from evaporating, trapping it with a protective layer of oil. This is why you should switch to an oil based moisturizer (or a heavier one) during the winter months. And you must keep that moisture in however you can, which means selecting the appropriate cleansing method, as well. It's a losing battle to use the right face cream, but then strip your skin every night with your cleanser.
My Holy Grail is the Overnight Intervention Moisture Rescue a few nights a week, and the rest of the time I add a few drops of my Omni Beauty Oil to my face cream and blend them together in the palm of my hand before applying.
The Moisture Rescue is very, very rich and concentrated, and you will use it like a mask and let it absorb overnight, but you will still need only a pea-size amount. The Omni Oil, besides boosting your face cream, can also be applied to the ends of your hair, your cuticles, dry elbows...pretty much everywhere that needs some help, which is why I call it Omni, as it means 'all' or 'universal'.
As for cleansing, avoid anything that is drying, such as soap or any cleanser that creates suds. I use the Buttermilk n' Honey Cream Cleanser , which has some natural AHA's to help remove dead skin cells, and can even be used as a cold cream if I'm feeling tired and lazy before bed. When I have more time and want a relaxing, spa-like experience (and heavy-duty nourishing), I'll use the Age-Defy Oil Cleanser with Hemp Extract, using the Oil Cleansing Method, or OCM. Watch the best instructional video (posted by an esthetician) I've seen so far on this little-known cleansing method. I do recommend only one pass with the wash cloth during the winter months (see video link above).
WHAT TO USE
STEP 2. GET MORE MOISTURE
In a dry atmosphere, you are constantly losing hydration through something called transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, which basically means the water in your skin is evaporating into the environment. A face cream traps the water that is in your skin, but you need to make sure there is lots of moisture in there first. Yes, you should drink plenty of water, but new studies are showing that the amount you drink does not affect your skin moisture content; you literally must put the water directly into your skin!
Get your skin hydrated with a humectant, like my Hydra Soothe Serum, which pulls any moisture from the air and puts it right into your skin where you want it. And if you are not already, it is crucial to mist your face with a nourishing toner before applying your serum or moisturizer. It really makes a big difference, and unfortunately a quality toner is the most overlooked step of a good skin care routine. I mist my face before my serum, and again before my face cream. Of course I'm partial to my Cellular Treatment Mist with Hemp Extract, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a potent humectant capable of holding 1,000 times its weight in water. Yep, you read that right; 1,000X
WHAT TO USE
3. WORK IT, BABY!
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
First, this will rid your face of a build up of dry, flaky, dead skin cells, so your healthy skin can shine through. It will also dramatically improve the absorption rates of your serum and moisturizer, making them more effective, so you'll need to use less. Lastly, it jump starts your circulation, providing oxygen and nutrients to the skin, giving you a vital glow.
There are two kinds of exfoliators; chemical (using AHA's) and mechanical (using mild abrasives). During the winter, I recommend most people exfoliate 2-3 times/week. Always begin with clean, moist skin.
A chemical exfoliant works by dissolving the 'glue' that holds dead skin cells together, so they slough off more readily and increase cell turnover. A peel is a type of chemical exfoliant. You apply it and leave it on for a certain amount of time before rinsing off. My AHA Fruit Complex Resurfacing Mask is da bomb, and more appropriate if you have sensitive skin. I like to use it in the shower while I'm washing and conditioning my hair. If you do this, please be careful to keep it out of your eyes!
A mechanical, or manual, exfoliant is a gentle scrub that you use by massaging into your skin and then rinsing. This helps remove those dead skin cells that were loosened with the AHA Mask earlier. My personal favorite is the Bamboo + Superfruit Microfoliant, which also has some AHA's, so after massaging, you leave it on like a mask before rinsing...I love anything that does double duty! When I had the spa, my estheticians were all in love with the SensiScrub, which I actually formulated at the request of one of them for clients with sensitive skin. It is a gentle scrub using rosehips, bamboo stem fibers, jojoba beads, and clay, that can also be left on as a mask, if desired.
WHAT TO USE
That's it! Easy as 1, 2, 3!
I've shared my secrets to beautiful winter skin,
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