The Natural Winter Skincare Routine You Need + Your Cure for Eczema
Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing a very important post (at least in my book) about skincare! While I am no skincare extraordinaire, I have explored more than enough products to know what works better than others. I'm going to share with you my go-to products and processes that I use in attempt to keep dry skin and breakouts at bay during the harsh and dry wintery months!
As someone who suffers from loads of skin problems -- acne, eczema, dry flaky skin, you name it -- I've tried everything there is to solve it all. And while I'm no where near perfect skin (I mean who ever is?) taking care of my skin in the winter has become of huge importance to me. I also truly believe that products alone will not solve skin care issues, but work as a supplement to a nutritious diet and a healthy gut! If we're not feeding our bodies well, how can we expect them to feed our skin? That being said, we have to make sure our gut health is on point as well so that all those nutrients we eat are being absorbed properly. But that's a whole post for another day. Today we'll focus on what you can do on the outside to assist in skin appearance!
The dry winter weather can take a serious toll on our skin, and one we want to avoid -- or fix-- if we want to keep the skin looking soft, glow-y and clear all the time. That's the goal!
The key processes to keep dry, flaky skin at bay during the winter are simply: exfoliate and moisturize. Consistently.
For facial acne: gently exfoliate your skin 1-2x a week. This will rid your skin of dead skin build up which enters our pores, clogs them, and causes breakouts. I usually breakout around my chin and cheeks, but my dry skin is more around my nose, temples, and forehead, so that's where I focus my exfoliation. If you exfoliate too abrasively around an active breakout, you can risk the spread of the bacteria, so either avoid this area completely or avoid the active pimples! It's too late to solve the clogged pores there anyway! My favorite exfoliator is Honey Love from Leah Lani (all beautiful handmade products from Hawaii!) as it smells like a dream and works as a 3-1 exfoliator, cleanser and mask. I usually apply it to my damp face, gently work it around in circles, and then leave it on for 5-10 minutes so my skin can soak up the hydrating honey. GOLD. I also just ordered a new scrub from Franklin & Whitman as per recommendation by Blair from Balance with B! I can't wait to try that one out along with a few of their other products.
Follow your exfoliation with either a treatment or serum. I've been using a Vitamin A serum from Mychelle for my acne and its been working really well to calm inflammation (along with a vitamin a supplement). I apply that after my freshly washed face and then wait a bit, then apply a skin oil for hydration! I'm loving my Argan oil from Acure because it smells delicious, doesn't clog pores, and moisturizes the heck out of my skin. I also got my friend hooked on it which is a success in my eyes! I'm also a huge fan of Leah Lani's Bless Balm as it's a thicker balm so it literally protects your skin from drying out with its amazingly healing botanicals. Need to get myself some more of that!
**Don't be afraid of oils and balms if you have breakout-prone or oily skin. If you have oily skin, it's really your skin saying its too dry so it's over producing oil. Get yourself some healthy skin oil and slather that on before your skin can produce its own pore-clogging version!
That's basically what I do in the winter to keep my face as moisturized as possible. I'm still prone to dry skin and breakouts, but I can tell a huge difference when I take the time to exfoliate, treat and moisturize. It's key!
For eczema: So yeah, I've got it all. Dry skin on the face and eczema on my arms. I've had it for years now and am just starting to see it clear as I've been using this amazing product along with eating right for my skin. This Alpine Pure Oil by Telluride Glow has been a lifesaver for the dry windy weather in Scotland and Boston, where I spend my time!
The Alpine Pure Oil is made from cold-pressed, raw and unrefined organic plant oils; free of preservatives, chemicals, synthetics or anything questionable. No Grainer-approved! It's made with skin-loving oils and essential oils making it not only extremely moisturizing, but healing and it smells amazing (hello self-care aromatherapy!!). It uses my favorites -- jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, Argan oil as well as my favorite EOs: lavender, ylang ylang, and frankinsense among many many more delicious ingredients. I've been using it mostly on my eczema (my face isn't as much of a fan of coconut oil) and I can say that my dry, red patchy spots on my arms have cleared up significantly. You can use the oil pretty much anywhere you'd like -- face, body, sometimes I just sniff it, it smells that good and is so calming! Its 24 essential oils and pure carrier oils are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids to give you that GLOW we all want these days.
As someone whose skin has been through it all, seeing firsthand the power of natural, pure oils and essential oils, in products like these, reassures me every day that natural skincare is for sure the way to go. I've used prescription and drug-store remedies for eczema for years -- all without success. It's amazing how a little bit of well-sourced, high-concentrated plant oils can do amazing things to your skin. This oil can be used all around your body so if you're suffering from dry, dull skin -- get yourself a bottle of this to solve literally all your issues! The uses and benefits of this all-purpose oil are truly endless, I'm sure you can find an excuse to purchase a bottle ASAP to have your winter skin rejuvenated before spring time comes around!
As you probably know, natural, holistic and pure skincare is just as important to me as eating a clean, nutrient-dense diet. Our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it, so why would we cover it in chemicals and be okay with that? Sure, it may work in the short term, but the harsh synthetic chemicals in most acne products do more harm than good in the long run -- altering our bodies composition and drying out our skin. Do yourself some good and get a bottle of this oil for dry skin, and don't forget to exfoliate before to get rid of the flaky ness so that your skin can absorb all the benefits of your serums, oils and moisturizers. You WILL see a difference, and your skin will be glowing by springtime!
What are your go-to skin products? I'd love to hear any recommendations for dry skin or oily/breakout prone skin!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are gearing up for a week full of rest & relaxation -- that's what mine is looking like!