It's no secret that the weather is changing. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and the sun has made a few less appearances. With the turn of the season we also notice a change in our body - especially our skin. The moisture in the air is disappearing and vitamin d is scarce and our skin starts to suffer. Dry, itchy, chapped and scaly are just a few of the symptoms we encounter. Here are ten essential ways to combat the dry weather and keep your skin hydrated:
Dry Brush - Before getting in the shower, dry brush in an upward motion towards your heart! This is a great way to slough off dead skin, release toxins and increase circulation. Getting the blood flowing to dry skin is essential.
Shower - The hot water in your shower really depletes the moisture in your skin, so while a hot shower feels so good, turn the temperature down just a bit. Be mindful of the shower products you're using. Use a shower gel that is natural and doesn't contain Sulphates or Parabens. Essential oils can stimulate and boost the immune system and decrease inflammation. Try a few drops of our Harmony Blend on a washcloth, or on the floor of your shower.
Body Oil - Immediately after getting out of the shower, spray a body oil onto your skin to really lock in moisture. A product like our Rescue & Renew Detox Oil is rich with antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids — moisturizes and conditions skin.
Body Moisturizer - Moisturizing your entire body in a rich body butter is key and during the winter months, twice a day is necessary. Morning and night, apply a generous amount of body butter and really massage into the skin for best results. Add a little more effort to the extra dry parts like elbows and feet. Try our RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream, This luxurious cream deeply nourishes the skin with hydration, formulated with red algae extract, to smooth the appearance of dimpled skin and promote a shapelier-looking silhouette.
Face Moisturizer - Our faces need a little more TLC. The skin on our face is more sensitive and is exposed to more of the elements. Start by using a gentle cleanser. The harsh ingredients in soap or deep cleansers can strip away moisture instantly. Your skin actually feels tight after using a non-gentle cleanser. The Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser is a perfect way to remove dirt and makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. After cleansing, immediately apply a serum. A serum quenches the skin with immediate moisture. You can layer by applying directly and then following up with a moisturizing lotion, or you can add a few drops to your moisturizer and apply in one step. Choose a moisturizer that works for your skin that is not drying. Adding a moisture booster like Rejuvenating Cream can add extra healing agents to extremely dry skin.
Mist - Keeping a facial mist handy is a life-saver. After coming in from the cold, spray a few pumps of mist directly to your face for an instant burst of moisture. This is an easy way to keep the skin hydrated and refreshed all day. Facial mists are also great for plane trips where the air in the cabin is really dry.
Lips - Even if you're drinking a lot of water, lips get chapped. Our lips are sensitive and exposed and therefore need an extra barrier of protection. A natural lip balm rich in Shea butter is the best way to nourish and soothe lips. Apply throughout the day and before bed.
Hair - Our hair can really take a beating during the dry months. Try using a thick, creamy Hair Revitalizing Masque to really hydrate the strands. After washing, apply masque directly and wrap in a towel. Leave on for as long as you can and then rinse. Try our color safe Pure Vibrance shampoo and conditioner that are free of parabens, sulphates and artificial fragrance. With Hawaiian white ginger, white tea, and sage it leaves your hair manageable and silky.
Water - Drink more water! This is a no-brainer. We have to hydrate the skin from the inside out. If your body is dehydrated and the air is dry, your skin is really going to suffer. Add lemons and grapefruit slices to your water for an extra boost of Vitamin C. It is recommended to drink half your body weight in ounces!
Humidifier - Investing in a good humidifier can be a game-changer. Waking up in the morning during the cold, winter months can feel terrible. Alleviate the dry air by putting moisture into the air. The maintenance of a humidifier can seem like a pain, so invest in one that is germ-free and really easy to keep clean like the ones listed in this article.
During the colder months, try not to avoid the outdoors. It's important to still find a way to enjoy this time of year. Try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just brisk morning walks. Breath in the cold air and make the most of it. We're in this together.
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Warm Holiday Wishes,
Celia Grace Johnson