Healthy Skin Care Tips

Weather or not we drink plenty of water most of us experience chronically dry and dehydrated skin during the winter season. Cold air, artificial heat, low humidity, and lack of sunshine can exacerbate skin dryness, especially for those who are prone to eczema, allergies, dryness and sensitivities. While it’s most important for our bodies to get sufficient water intake (the warmer the better), the problem lies in the barrier of the skin. One of the many purposes of the lipid barrier is to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL)=simply dehydration. This barrier inevitably breaks down simply by aging and sundamage, as well as using SLS based cleansers and alcohol based products, over-exfoliation, alcohol and retinol based products and of course poor diet to name a few. To enrich this valuable protective barrier load up on oil intake internally and externally. As in ancient Ayurvedic skin care and whole body wellness protocols the entire body is oiled daily. Look for organic plant oils with antioxidant actives such as resveratrol, grapeseed, rosehip, olive leaf and stabilized forms of vit C. Active ingredients from 100% pure sources are necessary for skin’s nutrition and repair, resulting in healthy skin.

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Care for Your Skin Between Appointments

TREAT YOUR WINTER PARCHED SKIN – GIVE YOURSELF A MINI FACIAL AT HOME!

  • Ideally during a warm herbal bath or shower, start with a good cleansing (have you treated your Clarisonic with a fresh brush head recently?). Then mix a creamy cleanser with your favorite exfoliant – we love the Monoi exfoliating cleanser mixed with a pea size of the Arctic Berry Enzyme exfoliant – use slow circular motions to re-energize and gently exfoliate dull, dry and de-hydrated skin. Leave on for 2-3 minutes.
  • In your palm blend a creamy hydrating mask (for very dehydrated skin try the Strawberry Hydration or the Bamboo age-defying mask to stimulate collagen) with an appropriate Booster (Brightening, Firming, Clearing or Calming) for extra customization and a few drops of a facial oil. Apply to face, neck, decollate and shoulders.
  • Massage – Dip your fingers in a few drops of water, or a green tea if handy, and give yourself a gentle, yet stimulating massage – the longer you massage and keep the mask wet by re-applying some drops of water – the deeper it will penetrate. Don’t worry if you doze off! You can even sleep through the entire night without removing our organic  masks. To remove, use a warm face cloth. (Avoid any clay based masks, they will only dry you out further!
  • To finish this nurturing self-care regime, spritz your face generously with a hydrating tonique (Neroli or Stone crop) and while the skin is still moist apply a few drops of a hydrating serum, nourishing concentrate, eye cream and a rich night cream mixed with a few drops of facial oil. Don’t forget the lip balm!

 

The brightening and healing Stone Crop plant

Feed your skin

We need to pay special attention to what we eat and what we feed our skin. As we age blood circulation slows down resulting in less oxygen and nutrients in the skin, this is often the reason for dull, blotchy, and tired looking skin.

Hydrate

Hydrate every morning and every evening, even when you’re oily. Dehydrated skin tends to be more sensitive and ages faster. Stressed and imbalanced skin combats dehydration by overproduction of oil resulting in clogged and irritated complexion.

Cover up

Be wise about sun exposure and use sunscreen daily, year-round (80%UV reflects from snow!) , wear hats and seek shade between 10-4pm. Supplement vitamin D3 internally.water

Wash but don’t over-strip

Choosing a mild deep cleansing solution is key for allowing the skin to breathe without dissolving the skin’s protective barrier.

Oxygenate

Exercise, and absolutely no smoking!!

Forget about indoor tanning!

 

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