While winter weather makes it fun to bundle up, sip hot cocoa, and cozy up by the fire, it does wreak havoc on one very important factor: our skin. Winter is notorious for leaving skin dry, flaky and pasty (none of which are ideal). And with the polar vortex in full force this season, there’s no better time to do some damage control with a few of our favorite skin tips…
I asked the ladies from my one of my go-to L.A. skincare spas, Touch of Faith Aesthetics, for their best winter skincare advice. What they told me did not disappoint. Without further ado, here are three winter skin remedies that will have you glowing and hydrated in no time:
Winter means cold season, and when your immunity drops so does your skin’s healthy glow. Touch of Faith owner, Faith Tatro, recommends taking care of yourself internally with immunity building foods rich in Vitamin E (Berries), Vitamin C (Spinach), and Zinc (Nuts). “Not only will these ingredients boost your immunity but they will also give your skin the necessary nutrients to function and look great.”
Don’t be afraid to use oils on your face! Oils have a bad rap, but the right ones can have a very beneficial healing effect on your skin internally and externally. Esthetician Anna Logan recommends using minimally processed, cold pressed, organic oils to supplement your diet such as fish, evening primrose, black currant, or even extra virgin olive oil. These will help you heal from scars, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, and allow your skin to seal in moisture to prevent dehydration. “Whether you are oily, dry, irritated or dealing with acne, oils will benefit you tremendously.” Here’s how Anna breaks it down by skin type:
- Oily, acne-prone skin: Use coconut oil, or grapeseed blended with essential oils like tea tree, lavender and neem.
- Dry skin: Use jojoba, olive oil and rose essential oil.
- Irritated or sensitive skin: Use essential oils such as chamomile, calendula and jojoba.
In the winter months, skin can get especially dry and dull. Which is why esthetician Amy Rae Hazelip says that it is extremely important to exfoliate the skin. “When we exfoliate, we are sloughing off old dead skin cells and we send a message to the skin to produce more collagen and bring forth our new regenerated skin cells.” Your skin will look bright and fresh after exfoliating, and it will feel better too. Amy recommends consulting with a skin care professional on what method of exfoliation is best for you and also how many times a week would be best for your skin.
Take it from me: These ladies from Touch of Faith sure know what they’re taking about. So many sure you’re eating right, using the proper oil for your skin type, and exfoliating this season. Click here to read more of my dry skin tips, and find out how to make my Greek yogurt probiotic mask by clicking here too.
How do you keep your skin hydrated in the winter months?
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