Indie’s A to Z on Winter Skin
‘Tis the season for chilly temps and winter winds, which for most of us means dry and dehydrated skin. Check out my A to Z skincare guide for skin survival this winter:
- Always opt for an alcohol-free eye makeup remover. Alcohol-based formulas will strip skin of necessary nutrients where you need it most – your face! Instead choose a multi-tasking cleanser or natural eye balm with natural oils (like coconut or olive oil) that will help remove unwanted makeup.
- Banish dry, brittle skin with oil-based moisturizers and beeswax-based salves – they have emollient and humectant properties that will seal in hydration better than water-based counterparts.
- Cleanse with a gentle formula (like our Rosehip Cleanser) that won’t over-wash or exfoliate your skin during the season when your skin is already predisposed to dryness.
- DIY a few of your favorite recipes, like this winter hand salve, to stock up on sustainable options without breaking the bank.
- Emollients keep the skin soft and smooth! Our Squalane Facial Oil is a powerful example.
- Fluids are important for keeping skin hydrated from the inside, out. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. I love drinking warm water with a lemon wedge at my desk when it’s especially cold out.
- Gloves should be worn even if it isn’t freezing out. Our hands take the worst beating in the winter and we often ignore them until it’s too late. There are so many gorgeous options – like these – out there to pick from. Start with fingerless gloves if you feel it’s too soon to be wearing them.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Fall and winter are not the time to slack off on your skincare routine! If you are prone to dry skin and need to moisturize more than once a day, look for all-natural options. Remember, the skin is your largest organ so choosing natural can make a difference when it comes to your overall health.
- Icy temperatures can dry out skin, which ultimately leads to premature aging. Keep skin soft and supple by protecting with powerful ingredients, like squalane, glycerin, AHA’s, wheat protein, and plant oils.
- Jojoba oil is a natural carrier oil that can also be used by itself for skin and scalp hydration. It absorbs quickly as it is similar to our own sebum and works well on all skin types.
- Keep backup moisturizers at your desk and in your car as reminders to take extra care when the air is cold outside. Too often, we forget until the damage has been done.
- Low-maintenance skin saviors (like our Unscented Body Lotion) offer a powerful blend of natural hydrators to keep skin supple without the need for synthetic fragrances. So, you aren’t overdoing it on the scents with multiple applications if you need to apply throughout the day!
- Maintain humidity levels as much as possible – low humidity can be one of the quickest ways to dry out skin. Keep your bathroom door shut when you’re showering and always opt for warm (instead of hot) water. You should also keep a humidifier in your home and office – there are so many on the market that are super sleek looking too!
- Naked lips are a bad idea outdoors! Keep a lip balm by your door to help you remember to apply before stepping outside into brisk temperatures. That’s the best solution to avoiding dry, cracked lips.
- Occlusives lock in moisture and prevent water loss from the skin. Beeswax is a great example of an occlusive and is found in our Calendula Eye Balm, which helps the sensitive area around the eyes stay hydrated.
- Purchase a a great product that will keep you hydrated from head-to-toe (like our Hydrating Body Balm)!
- Question ingredients that you aren’t sure of!Petrolatum is a great example of an ingredient that may lock in moisture, but has other unwanted side effects.
- Revive and rejuvenate a lackluster skin tone with brightening ingredients – like the Strawberry Fruit Extract found in our Brightening Cleanser.
- Search your labels for these ideal ingredients that can be found in many moisturizers: Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus Armeniaca), Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), or Avocado Oil (Persea Americana).
- Trap and sustain moisture with extra-hydrating ingredients like the Hyaluronic Acid found in skincare products like our Swiss Apple Facial Serum.
- Ultraviolet rays can still damage skin in the winter – make sure you’re protecting your face year-round and don’t forget your sunglasses!
- Vitamins A, C, and E are especially important for a brilliant glow. Ensure that you are getting them through your food and your skincare routine.
- Whatever you do, don’t peel or pick at dry, flaky skin. Soothe irritation instead by moisturizing.
- X-ray your skin quickly at home each week to make sure you haven’t missed any especially dry zones or patches!
- Younger looking skin is one of the many results of keeping your complexion hydrated!
- Zzzz’s are also a great time for you to repair dry and damaged skin. Treat extra-dry spots like elbows, knees, and fingers with a body salve before bed for overnight hydration that will have you waking up with softer skin.