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Today I am writing this blog from Lady’s Island, South Carolina where the typical sunny, mild, Winter days have sadly become grey and dreary, damp and not so pretty. Thinking of my family and friends in upstate NY, like so many other areas of the country, dealing with cold, blustery, “normal” Winter weather. This time of year, is rough, not only on bodies shoveling snow and navigating hazardous terrain, but especially ROUGH on our skin. We actually share some of the same problems this time of year, at least skin wise.
Extreme weather takes a huge toll on our skin, sapping our moisture and complexions get dull and tired looking (kinda like how we feel after the hectic Holiday pace). Despite our best efforts, many people still suffer from breakouts, dry patches and irritated skin. What are some things we can do to improve our Winter skin? Some Do’s and Dont’s to keep in mind for a natural healthy face.
First things first, avoid aggressively foaming cleansers, irritant physical scrubs and using products with artificial fragrance. All of these things can strip your skin of its natural oil balance and throw your skin in a tailspin trying to adjust. We all love our gadgets, especially skincare ones, but be careful, don’t overwork your skin with the overuse of cleansing brushes or refining clothes.
Skincare can be a bit overwhelming, but honestly it doesn’t need to be. Now that we have ruled out what not to do for our skin, lets focus on what to DO !
Use a skincare routine that is quick, easy and effective- less hype and all about results. Easy as 1, 2, 3 and you are ready to conquer whatever the day has in store for you, despite whatever mother nature throws at you.
Step #1 Cleanse
Remember- just say no to all those bad ingredients, we discussed before, for healthy, natural skin. Choose one of our cleansers, all are, Sulfate Free, Fragrance Free & Paraben Free, simply choose for the type of skin you have. When in doubt, drop us a line, we are always here to help, and we love saying “Hi”.
Here are the basics in choosing a cleanser, start by defining your skin type:
For Dry, Mature, Sensitive Skin:
I recommend our cream cleansers: The heaviest, moisture rich cleanser is our Hydrating Cleansing Cream, with a lovely light scent of Lavender, Bergamot and Calendula it’s been a top seller from the beginning and crowd favorite. For a lightweight version of our hydrating Cream cleanser, we recommend our newest choice: Aloe & Green Tea Cream Cleanser. Designed to calm irritation, reduce redness and heal, its an ideal choice for sensitive or dry skin.
Normal/Sensitive or Combination Skin:
I recommend Soothing Honey & Oats Cleanser: Lavender hydrosol, Honey and Oats sooth irritated skin and chamomile and B5 calm skin and aid in moisture retention of the skin. Our universal face wash, terrific for all skin types, with a light lather to remove extra grime and makeup, without stripping.
Combination/ Oily/ Acne Prone Skin:
Clarifying Face Wash– A refreshing a gentle cleanser with light lather, to effectively deep clean, heal and sooth irritated, problematic skin. Handmade with Castile Soap, Calendula Hydrosol and acne fighting Tea Tree essential oil. Mild & Gentle for everyday use.
Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser:
Bust out the Big Guns, this cleanser is a twofold cleansing powerhouse, designed to draw out impurities that cause acne, while gently sloughing off dead skin cells with its micro exfoliating grains. Packed with antioxidants of Green , White tea and White Willow Bark. Essential oils of Tea Tree and Egyptian Geranium leaf keep bacteria in check, for a smoother, healthier looking complexion. Super hydrating abilities of all natural MSM, DMAE and Hyaluronic Acid, balance moisture levels and give skin a youthful, smooth appearance.
Step 2- Tone
Toners, what are they and do you need them in your skincare regimen, simple answer- YES!
Toners look a lot like water and act a lot like water but boy are they A LOT more than just plain old water. They both provide hydration, while our toners are also rich in antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. Toners are designed as an extra cleansing step, removing any remaining debris or makeup the cleanser left behind. Clean, balanced skin.
Toners also tighten pores for visibly smoother skin. They also prep the skin for your moisturizer, while adding an additional level of hydration. I always keep my travel toner on hand when I am flying, its an instant refreshing pick- me up for dehydrating airplane air. A simple spritz and wha-la, instant hydration, for tired skin.
Just as we use different cleansers for different types of skin, we do the same with toners.
We have several Toners and they are all light and lovely in their own special way. I use the Toner the most so it’s the first of the 3 different products, I go through the quickest. I also get bored easily and like variety in my toner, depending on my mood and skin care needs.
Aloe & Rose Toner- Ideal for Sensitive, Dry and Mature skin. A top seller, with a delicate floral scent.
Hydrating Hydrosol- designed for the most sensitive skin, made with 100% German Chamomile Hydrosol (distilled flower water, with soft and subtle aroma), no witch hazel, soothes and calms irritated skin. Ant-inflammatory.
Aloe & Cucumber – designed for all skin types. Refreshing and soothing with a clean fresh scent. This is a terrific unisex Toner.
Aloe & Orange Blossom– Design for large pores, oily, acne prone skin, or dull tired skin. Citrus blossom is a natural gentle astringent which clarifies and brightens skin, revealing a radiant glow.
Clarifying Toner- Designed for combination, oily, acne prone skin, gentle astringent to remove excess oil and sooth irritated, inflamed skin. Made with Lavender, White Willow and Aspen Bark.
Follow your Toner with your final skincare regimen,
Step #3 Moisturize
These are highly concentrated and a little bit, goes a very long way. Apply morning and night for maximum hydration and antioxidant nutrients.
Hydrating Oil Serum- Ultra Moisturizing and Repairing for dry, Sensitive and Mature Skin. A blend of rich organic oils to hydrate the most parched skin, with a light delicate Rose and Neroli Blossom Scent.
Revitalizing Rosehip Seed Oil & Wild Carrot oil Serum- Designed for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. Helps fight hyper pigmentation and also heal skin from acne scars. Excellent for prevention of wrinkles and noticeably reduces sign of aging. Dark spots will be noticeably lightened and fine lines diminished. A light floral and herbal scent, one of my personal favorites for moisturizing.
Clarifying Oil Serum- Designed for combination, oily, acne prone skin. Balances natural oil levels while soothing and healing skin. Chamomile and Calendula are calming and light Rose Geranium Scent is soft and delicate. Designed to reduce inflammation, redness and irritation.
Calming Face Cream- Designed for all skin types, with all day hydration. Leaves skin silky soft and plump. A lightweight cream, apply morning and night. A light scent of Chamomile and Egyptian Geranium. Designed to calm and sooth all types of skin from sensitive, dry, mature or acne prone.
And just like that, 1, 2, 3 your skincare regimen has been designed.
Choose 1 cleanser, 1 Toner and 1 Moisturizer. Convenient 2 oz travel sizes available, with 4 oz refillable larger sizes.
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