WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL GUIDE

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HYDRATE!
While you have no control over the outside elements, you do have full control over what you put into your body. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water and herbal teas. You need to do everything you can to keep skin hydrated from the inside! I enjoy my water with fresh squeezed lemon or infused with orange slices, and lately I’ve been loving the detox infusion from Mighty Leaf Tea, which is sold at many grocery stores including Whole Foods.

HUMIDIFIER
Surviving this bomb cyclone without heat would be unpleasant to say the least. But with conventional heaters comes dry air which can cause some pretty unhappy skin. This is my second winter sleeping with a humidifier and I must say it’s a huge help. I only put distilled water into mine to avoid mineral build up and to ensure that what I’m breathing in all night is clean and pure. I recommend this if possible. I really like this model from Avalon, and you can set a sleep timer which is a convenient function. Make sure you don’t set the humidity percentage too high overnight though as you can actually wake up to damp bedding and condensation on surfaces! Goes to show how well it works!

HYDRATION MASK
I wrote about the Advanced Hydration Mask in my previous Josh Rosebrook post, but it’s so necessary for winter that I must bring it up again. I’ve been using it every night this week and despite battling horrible conditions outside, I can tell you with honesty that I have no dry patches anywhere. I’ll wash my face and put the mask on for an hour or two. When I’m ready to go to bed I’ll use my new jade roller to really press the mask in and remove some of the excess (I do find the roller takes off a bit of the product off which is why I do it at the end instead of at the time of application) before layering the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm on top and my go-to eye cream from Tata Harper. I wake up with plump, dare I say dewy skin!

SKIN FOOD
I use this as a heavy duty hand cream every night before bed, and lately I’ve been using it around the base of my nose which has turned a bit pink from repeated tissue use (sigh, winter). It’s all natural and very effective. For those with a naturally dry skin type you can apply a thin layer to areas in need before bed or as a protective top layer before heading outside in single digit temps.

MOROCCAN ROSE BODY BUTTER
While your hands and face are usually the most affected by direct exposure to winter weather, your body needs attention too! After all, skin is your largest organ and most of it covers the body. This body butter contains shea butter, Argan oil and Moroccan Rose essential oil and is a life saver in my opinion. A little goes a long way - rub the product in your hands before applying to warm it up and make it more spreadable. After a minute or two on the body, you’ll notice the butter really melts in and it will feel like you just applied a oil. The butter has the faintest scent from the rose oil which I find lovely and not overpowering in the least.

LIP WHIP
This little pot of very slightly tinted peppermint lip balm comes in handy all year, but especially in winter. It has a nice thick texture that deeply hydrates and protects lips and it’ll make you feel way more special than any generic chapstick could. Oh and it’s made from good-for-you ingredients and none of the scaries. Check plus from me.

Lastly, remember to stay positive and use this extra time indoors to try new fitness classes (I always try to remind myself of the saying, summer bodies are made in winter), read more books, cook more, meditate and de-clutter your home! A new year is such a great time to implement new healthy habits. And treat yourself to fresh flowers to bring some new life into the home!