Winter has done a number on many peoples skin this year, mine included. The harsh cold weather and winter has been rude and unbearable in my opinion and it almost ruined my skin. But with some amazing winter skincare tips and natural products you can incorporate into your routine, you can make a big difference.
I think that it is important to take care of your skin year-round and especially as the seasons change, we should also re-evaluate our skincare and if we can, treat ourselves to a proper facial. Personally, I try to get a facial as the seasons change and last time I blogged about my upcoming facial at Pure and Simple and the microdermabrasion I was going to get. It was FABULOUS by the way. I swear my skin glowed after I got that done and I will for sure be getting it done again in the spring. For winter, though, I am focusing as much as I can on hydration, which is why I wanted to put together these winter skincare tips and show you some natural products that really work. That means in terms of the foods and drinks I am consuming as well as the products I use.
Winter Skincare Tips: Exfoliate That Skin!
You may think exfoliating is only important in the summer and spring, but nope, this is a year-round thing we need to do consistently. It not only helps with hydration but it also makes your skin look smoother, which in turn helps your makeup look better and your other skincare products work better. Because exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells leaving room for the healthy, new cells to show. It also helps to keep your pores clean and helps with lines and wrinkles too.
Winter Skincare Tips: The Natural Products that Work!
One of my favourite ways to exfoliate is with The Clean Dirt by May Lindstrom: It works like a charm and always leaves my skin looking super hydrated, smoother and tighter. I am currently on my second bottle of this stuff and yes it is expensive, but it lasts a long time. Plus I love that the formula comes as a powder and is activated only when you add water to it. This means a more potent formula and results as well as it will last a lot longer than other products that come ready made. I use this about one to two times a week and always before a night out when I want my skin looking extra soft and fresh.
You can buy this from The Detox Market, unfortunately this line does not ever go on sale and my code will not work for it, but trust me it is worth the price 1000%.
Another exfoliating product I really love after I tried it as a sample is Glow Philtre by Kypris Beauty. Once I am finished with my May Lindstrom above, I will be buying this one. It really helps to soften the skin, tighten your pores and makes your skin GLOW! This is somewhat similar to the Tata Harper resurfacing mask to me, however I liked the results from the Kypris more. Plus it is intended as an exfoliater and this Tata Harper product is not, it is thought of as peel, you can read my review of that here. But, they felt similar on my skin, although I did find better results with the Kypris Glow Philtre. This product is also excluded from any discount.
Geranium Orange Blossom Face Cream, by Wildcraft Care: I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical of how this product would perform based on the extremely fair price point. Yeah, I can be a bit of a skincare snob… but I was so impressed with how this cream performed. I have been using this in the morning combined with an oil (usually rosehip or this one) and love how soft and dewy it makes my skin look. I also think it helps my makeup look better too. I love the scents of rose and orange, plus with the addition of organic rosehip seed oil it really helps with the GLOW factor, which I am all about. When you first put it on, it can feel rather rich and I thought “oh man, this is just gonna sit on top of my skin” but it absorbed pretty quick and really helped keep my skin hydrated all day. And this has been in -20 degree weather in Toronto with wind and snow! The addition of vitamin E also helps with scars as well.
If you want to shop directly from Wildcraft Care, you can use the code HOLISTICFOODIE to save you 10%. Or use my code HOLISTICFOODIE10 to save 10% at The Detox Market.
Retinol Restorative Overnight Balm, 100% Pure: This product has been one of the biggest game changers in my routine and when I wake up the next day, my skin is super smooth, nourished and significantly brighter. It can feel a bit greasy when you first use it, but you may be applying too much. Go for a small pea sized amount, warm it in your hands and then apply over top of your other serums or oils. Retinol is great for our skin as we age, but this one from 100% Pure is derived from plants rather than chemicals and helps to boost cell turnover, reduce age spots and lessens lines and wrinkles. It also helps to boost collagen which helps your skin look firmer and plumper and who doesn’t want that?! I have been using this product about 3-4 times per week and at night only. This is a potent anti-aging product so if you are in your 20’s, you can use once a week to prevent aging. Above 30 you can use this 3-7 days a week. A little goes a long way! Also- don’t forget to wear sunscreen the next day as your skin is more sensitive, yes even in the winter!
Winter Skincare Tips: Oil Cleanse
Oil cleansing is another tip I have to help with dry skin in the winter. You can read about why I love doing a double cleanse here and oil cleansing at the very minimum is another good idea especially in the winter. I notice a huge difference when I use the double cleanse method or simply oil cleanse. Not only is it really great at taking off makeup, but it is also really good at helping your skin stay hydrated. It sets the tone for anything else you put on your skin after as well, so be sure not to miss this step in your skincare routine.
Winter Skincare Tips: What To Do Internally:
Now, what about all the things you can do internally to get dewy, fresh and hydrated skin year-round?
Besides checking out my eBook, “Get the Glow” you can also look at doing any of the following to help with dry winter skin.
1. Choose lukewarm water for your shower: although it may be tempting to want to turn the water on to hot, its best if you can keep it on the warmer side. Using water that is too hot can really dry your skin out even more.
2. Apply moisturizer or a body oil after your shower: when your skin is still damp, it is best to apply some kind of moisture. I personally love using body oils and recommend this one or this one. If you want a cream, I love this one.
3. Don’t forget to drink water: this is a good reminder any time of the year, but particularly in the winter as we tend to forget to hydrate with water. Herbal teas also count towards your water intake, just don’t forget to drink throughout the day to ensure you are staying hydrated.
4. Don’t forget to eat hydration rich foods: We tend to gravitate towards more raw foods in the summer and I am all for that, but we can’t forget to also include them in the winter too. You can still get lots of nutrients in your morning smoothie, just don’t use a freezing cold liquid. The top water rich foods I like to include: cucumber, celery, radish, watermelon, apples, pears, zucchini, carrots, kiwi, oranges and cantaloupes.
5. Use a DIY mask at home to help with hydration. You can find my fave DIY hydrating face mask below!
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- 1 tbsp. yogurt
- 1/2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
- Mash the avocado in a small bowl and add in the rest of the ingredients.
- Apply to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
- Wash off!
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I hope you found these winter skincare tips helpful and let me know in the comments how you like to keep your skin hydrated and nourished in the winter.
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What are your tips and tricks?