The winter time air is much different here in the mountains than it is in the summer. It's drier so my winter time skin routine really focuses on hydration. I get a lot of comments on my skin so I thought I'd make a post sharing a little of my skin care routine. I say a little because I'm really minimal with what I do and like. I can't deal with a lot of products in my bathroom and I also don't like things that aren't natural. The skin is the largest organ in our body and it is constantly absorbing what is put on it. So yeah, no chemicals please.
Recently a friend of mine whipped Rose Water out of her purse and sprayed herself all over. Intrigued, I took a few sprays too and was in love with the natural rose smell. I did some research and rose water actually has a lot of beauty benefits. From facial toning, to moisturizing, to conditioning the hair and skin, and even uplifting moods. I found a bottle of my own at my local health food store and I'm in love with it. I use it almost 3 times a day if not more. If you want to try it out, make sure you get a pure brand. I use Heritage Store Rosewater.
After cleansing my face in the shower I spray my face, neck, and hair with rose water. Then I use Maracuja Vegan face oil for a healthy, radiant complexion with no greasy feel. This oil is very high in vitamin c and hydrates without being greasy. I honestly play around with oils though. I like Jojoba Oil too, sometimes coconut oil, really any oil that you feel works best with your skin. I ALWAYS recommend using oils over lotions. Lotions are full of chemicals and most even have alcohol and drying, damaging things in them. I was pretty frustrated looking for a lotion for tattoo recovery that didn't have alcohol.
A lot of people are afraid that oil on their skin will make their skin oily and clog their pores. But skin doesn't absorb oil in that way. Oil actually cleanses and replenishes the skin.
After oiling up I use a honey under eye cream. You can use any, I have a vegan honey blend that seems to work well for me.
If I wake up with dry lips, which seems to happen more in the winter time, I make a Vitamin E sugar scrub. Simply take some sugar, cut open a vitamin e gel cap, and squeeze into the sugar. Mix together and then rub all over your lips. Wash off and your lips will be silky smooth. I did this just this morning and my lips are still super soft. Vitamin E is great to have around. My daughter had chapped lips earlier this week and some vitmain e cleared it up faster than anything I've ever used, even over coconut oil.
After that I put on my ELF Mineral Infused Makeup Primer, make up, and finish it off with another spray of rose water. (It sets makeup SO freaking well)That's my pretty simple daily routine.
Maybe once a week or so I will do a rose oil mask for hydration, or if my skin is feeling dull, I do SkinFood Black Sugar Mask. My favorite mask/scrub by far. And it looks so attractive on, let me tell ya.
For body, I dry brush after every shower. If you haven't started dry brushing yet, START. Dry brushing is amazing. Basically you take a boars head brush, and brush your body, bottom-to-top, and in little circles. It takes maybe 10 minutes. Not to be gross, but dead skin literally falls off. It's disgusting and satisfying because all that dead skin is then gone and your body is so smooth and soft after. After dry brushing I rub down with body oil. Right now I'm using an organic mint oil, but I play around with what I use. Seriously, my skin is SO soft with dry brushing. An added benefit is dry brushing increases circulation, it can increase your metabolism, and it definitely wakes you up in the morning.
That's it. Easy, minimal, natural.
What's your winter skin care routine like?