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Natural Skin Care Winter Survival Guide: 5 Super Hydrating Natural Skin Care and Makeup Products To Try This Winter
Keeping a plump and hydrated skin during winter can be struggle. Sometimes it can be ayear-round struggle.
In winter though the struggle is harder. The combination of cold dry air, indoor heating, and lesser humidity can zap moisture away from our skin to bring flaky and dehydrated skin.
From our skin care products to the makeup we use, we can use hydrating products to help with dry winter face.
Few ingredients to consider when picking your hydrating green products for winter
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Vitamin C
- lactic acid - AHAs
- Antioxidants rich ingredients like green tea
- Shea Butter
- Vitamin E
- Jojoba Oil
- Aloe vera
Here are few natural hydrating products to consider this winter.
Winter Survival Guide: 3 Simple Hacks To Keep Winter Skin Away and have a soft skin naturally this winter
Winter is already around the corner. I I have a Hate love relationship with Winter. I love how beautiful It is when the snows. A And to my surprise at actually enjoy skiing. But my skin hate winter the dryness, the scratchy itchy skin; it is just not pleasant. Plus I have body hives that are worst during winter. Dermatologists say that the combination of lower humidity, increased winds and colder temperatures are the perfect storm for dryer skin.
So, I have this specific body skin care regimen to deal with dry skin on my body. Read about it here! I also have few tricks In my bag to deal with winter dry face and wrinkles. Did you notice how your fine lines get worst during winter? Or, those dry patches show even more? Ugh, winter...
We all heard it so many time: it is so important to keep your skin moisturized during winter. But, it is also about making sure we use natural skin care products that do not strip moisture from our skin.
This is what I learned: The first thing is to take care of two layers of our skin. The outermost layer the stratum corneum (made of dead cells) and the layer under the natural moisturizing factor - NMF (made of lactic acid, urea, salts and amino acids). Stratum is the first line of defense and NMF role is to maintain adequate skin hydration. [Source: Practical Dermatology].
Both layers needs good level of water to keep our skin soft and supple. In winter, the cold temperatures disturb the water content of these layers and the skin loses water and, becomes dry, flaky and wrinkled.
So, our job is to help maintain the water content in these two layers. It is so important to drink enough water during winter. Some of the water we drink goes to our ski and flush out toxins. But, here are three simple tweaks I did last winter and I had so many compliments on my radiant skin.
The first thing I did was to stop using abrasive exfoliators and anything that is alchohol based in my skin care routine. These are moisture stripping products. Our skin could be easily irritated and suffer from dryness during winter and these products can make it even worst. Switching to gentle exfoliators and peels helped my skin so much during winter. My skin was glowing.
The holidays are around the corner. Do you have acne? This post is about natural ways to clear acne in time for the holidays. I always tweak my skin care routine to prepare for holidays. This time of the year can be a little challenging for healthy skin.
No matter our age we can have acne. There are many natural spot treatments to deal with acne. But, acne also has to be dealt from the inside.
#1 Clean up your diet
One of the first thing I did to deal with my acne was to cut butter from my diet.You probably heard that you need to cut dairy and sugar from your diet. This tip definitely works for me. My skin has dramatically changed since I stopped eating dairy. With my French roots, cheese is the hardest thing to completly stop eating, so I can have fee flare ups when I do not stick to my diet. When I eat cheese, I drink an apple cider tea drink to help flush toxins.
#2 Use zinc supplement
Studies have suggested that zinc may improve acne and reduce the production of sebum. Take zinc supplements daily and or use for natural zinc moisturizers. I love MegaFood Zinc 60 tablets.
#3 Consider taking evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil has been shown to dilute sebum and reduce the risk of clogged pores. It has also been used to deal with chin and jaw line acne and bumps
Evening primrose is rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Nature's Way EFA Gold Evening Primrose Cold Pressed is a great option. If you are looking for a natural acne spot treatments that contains evening primrose consider the Osmia Organics Spotless Blemish Oil .
Holiday Season? Take Care of Your Skin Naturally: 3 Natural Masks To Prepare Your Skin For the Holidays
Between the cooking the holidays meals and sleepless nights, My skin usually gets tired, a little duller, and a little inflamed. And, I also have acne flares-up. The holiday season can be so stressful. Whenever you have few hours of sleep or you need a quickly need to prep your skin for the your holiday makeup, these natural masks will help boost your skin happiness.
Three Natural Mask To Calm Stress Skin During the Holiday Season!
I love Pacifica Beauty Stress Rehab Coconut & Caffeine Facial Mask for dry and dehydrated skin. It comes in two form a liquid mask, but also a sheet mask. I applied the liquid mask for 15 minutes and I remove with a damp warm towel. It always leaves my skin so soft and hydrated. My skin feels so nourished and calm. The mask doesn't have a strong smell. The Rehab Coconut & Caffeine facial mask also helps brighten my skin.
This is also a before makeup mask. It will leave your skin smooth and makeup ready. This mask is not for sensitive or irritated skin. It has a little burning sensation at the beginning.
For sensitive skin, I highly recommend the Plant Apothecary Matcha Chamomile mask. I used this mask whe my skin is inflamed and irritated.
For mature skin, It is a about tightening the skin. There two types of tightening mask that I use often. I love adding bentonite clay to my mask. My favorite bentonite clay is Aztec Secret - Indian Healing Clay.
I simply mix it with water before applying on my skin. It takes 10 to 20 minutes to dry depending of the consistency of the mask. You literally feel a tightening effect as the mask is drying. This mask will leave your skin so smooth. I also do different DIY clay masks with Aztec healing clay.
To deal with wrinkles, the Wrinkles Schminkles Smoothing Kit is a great option. They used medical grade silicone to design forehead and eye pads. These pads help smooth forehead lines and wrinkles, frown lines, wrinkles around and under the eyes and crows feet wrinkles.
For blemishes and acne-prone skin - MyChelle Clear Skin Spot Treatment, Targeted Treatment with Probiotics for Oily and Blemish-Prone Skin is a great choice. It help clear your imperfection, but you need to use it often.
No matter the mask you choose from the list, start early to prep your skin for the holiday season.
What do you do to prep your skin for the holiday season? Let me know in the comments
By I have been a little obsessed lately about facial cleansing; washing your face is critical for an healthy skin and to prevent acne and wrinkles, but your hands can only do so much. So, I was so happy to find out and try these natural face-cleansing tools.
#1: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
While when you take a look at the Konjac Sponge it may seem that it is just a soft grey puff, the truth is that konjac is actually a root. It grows and is eaten in Western countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, and southeast Asia.
Due to its composition, it is able to absorb impurities and debris. In addition, its surface is extremely gentle. So, this means that you can use it even under the eyes area.
#2: Holistic Beauties BFF Electric Facial Pore Cleanser
This electric facial pore cleanser is a great option when you prefer mechanical cleansing. Featuring a portable design, its vibration technology will help you remove blackheads, oil, and dirt from your pores.
One of the best things about this electric cleanser is that it can be used for all skin types and you can set your own speed.
#3: Bath Blossom Face Cleansing Brush
By using this facial brush when cleansing your face, you do facial dry brushing and your deeply clean your pores. Facial brushing helps with glowing skin and reduce signs of aging. One of the best things about this brush is that you can use it even if you have sensitive skin, it is gentle.
Learn about the 6 common mistakes we make when washing our face here!
As I was learning more natural skin care and talking with aestheticians about the best ways to take of our skin, I heard so much about double cleansing. Most dermatologists agree that we should cleanse our face at least once a day, but no more than twice per day. And if you do it only once, then you should do it at night. This is the best times since your skin accumulated all kinds of oil, dirt, and pollutants during the day, and you can now cleanse your pores.
Oh, I remember those days when I forgot about removing my makeup; I am so glad it was not a regular thing. Ladies, cleansing is essential for a beautiful skin.
Cleansing helps avoid breakouts, clogged pores. By clearing our pores, cleansers help the nourishing ingredients of our natural skin care products to penetrate the skin. Cleansing “…can help remove stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin even after washing your face once,” says board-certified dermatologist David Lortscher, M.D. [source: Dermstore.com]
Many dermatologists tend to agree that double cleansing is better than just cleansing.
Double cleansing started in Japan and South Korea before became popular in Europe and North America. The biggest benefits of double cleansing are that it assures that any treatment and moisturizing we put on our skin penetrate deeper in our pores to nourish our skin.
To not strip away the natural oils from the skin, it is so important to understand how double cleansing work and what products to use. The natural skin care products we need to use when double cleansing should hydrate, smooth or exfoliate, help with aging signs, and treat acne.
Double cleansing is an easy 2-steps process
How to do double cleansing for each skin types? Read more
One of the first items of the list in our skin care routines is usually our cleanser. At least this is always the first thing I do. Cleansing helps my skin helps stay away for clogged pores; it also gives me soft and healthy skin. But I had to make some changes. For sometimes actually, my skin was getting drier and I did not know what was happening. So, I needed to learn about how to properly wash my face.
What do I mean? There is a way to clean our face and dermatologists talk a lot about properly cleansing our face.
Dermatologists say that we should clean our face no more than 2 times per day and at least 1 time per day. If we think about it, at night, dead skin, sweat, and oil accumulate on the surface of the skin and during the day on the external pollution also sits on the skin. No matter which way we look at it we need to clean I was face once or twice per day to remove the dead skin or dirt that is building up in our pores.
Also, it’s so important to strike the right balance here. Using harsh cleansers when you remove the natural oils drying the skin and making it look a lot older.
Here are 6 common mistakes we make when washing our face.
We all already know the importance of using moisturizers in our skin care routine; moisturizing your skin is one of the most important step in your skin care routine. But, there are a variety of moisturizers, it can be a little confusing to choose the best one for you. Also, before we know it, winter will be around the corner and using a great moisturizer all year round especially during winter just goes a long ways.
So, in this blog post, I share with you all that I learned about moisturizing the natural way!!
Different Types Of Natural Moisturizers
There are mainly four different types of natural moisturizers: gels, lotions, creams, and ointments. Even though moisturizers can be divided into these four categories, you need to keep in mind that they are all a mix of water and lipids (fat).
There are 6 types of natural moisturizers
Gels are water-based lotions that are lightweight. They tend to be the least greasy and the lightest type of moisturizers. They easily absorb into skin and are usually a mixture of ingredients that include a liquid lipid base, alcohol, and water.
As soon as you apply the gel on your face, you will immediately feel a cool and refreshing sensation since gels tend to evaporate quickly. Gel moisturizers work well with sensitive skin and acne prone skin.
#2: Oil-free moisturizers
These moisturizers are similar to gel moisturizers. They are lightweight and do not clog the pores; they are generally non-comedogenic. They work great for acne-prone and blemish-prone skin.
#3: Facial oils or serums
You might not think facial oils and serums should be included here, but they are lightweight and packed with moisturizing ingredients. They work great for mature skin and sensitive skin. Facial serum are best for any types of skin; they are formulated to target a specific skin concern: skin brightening, aging sign concerns, and more. They are a mix of high quality oils and extracts that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating properties. The molecules of facial serum have smaller molecules to deeply penetrate the skin.
Facial oils are different than facial moisturizers; they are made from various natural oils. The molecules in facial oils are bigger than those in facial serums, so they stay at the top layers of the skin to moisturize, balance, and protect our skin. These oils are super effective because they are easily recognized by the skin; they mimic our skin’s natural sebum production.
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