- Exfoliation: Keeping the skin properly exfoliated helps your products get into the skin and gives you a pretty glow in the wintertime. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is one of my favorites. All ingredients are organically farmed and the essential oils are clinical grade. May Linstrom’s Honey Mud is also an excellent product. This product uses enzymes to gently cleanse and condition the skin. Honey Mud is silky and looks like pudding. The honey and essential oils help to restore and hydrate the skin. For the rest of the body, here is a list of clean beauty products to get you started.
- Moisturize: If you have oily/normal skin and are planning to be in cold weather, try a moisturizer like Triple Lipid Restore or choose from this list of clean beauty products. Price is always an issue with cosmetics, so for that reason I’d recommend using Vanicream or CerVae (both available at Target) until you can purchase something else. If you are super dry, try applying a couple drops of a Hyaluronic Acid product to your skin before applying moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in skin that has the capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture. It works overtime by replenishing skin to enhance a healthy look and feel. SkinCeuticals HA Intensifier is my personal favorite and it’s also a patient favorite! Masks are also a great way to get instant hydration. Avene products are excellent for hydration and also address sensitive skin issues. Try their sheet mask for an instant boost of hydration on cold winter days.
Deep Condition Hair: Shiny, healthy hair is something we all need to work at. Like skin, hair changes over time and if you are processing and coloring it, you will need to do a little damage control to keep your hair healthy. Wash, process, and dry your hair less during the winter months if you can. Using quality hair care products pays off! I like Davines, Oribe, and Pureology and then I apply the Oribe Moisture Mask every week or so.
- Rest: Getting good quality sleep is so important and something many of us struggle with. Here are a few of my favorite sleepy-time remedies: Rose or Chamomile Tea with a teaspoon of local honey and a good soak with Bath Oil is always a luxury at the end of the day. If you’ve got achy joints and muscles, try using Epsom Salts and adding magnesium rich foods to your evening meal or taking a supplement. Magnesium can help relax our muscles and improve sleep. You can read more about Magnesium here if you are interested.
- Energize: Daily stress can lead to low vitamin B levels, so make sure you are taking the right supplements every morning. 2018 Wellness trends show that there will be more emphasis on improving gut health. Alkalizing powders and Probiotics can help your immune system as well as skin health. The Super Elixir and Body Inner Beauty Powder would be excellent choices as an adjunct to your regular smoothie ingredients.
What are some of your favorite winter beauty products?