Here's the thing, our skin functions and fluctuates with the seasonal shifts and changes. This may not be new information for you. However, I see many people that have the same regimen year round. This doesn't mean you need to throw out all of your products (unless they are expired!) but it does mean you need to re-evaluate the products and regimen you're using each season. For the most part Spring & Summer will use similar products, as well as Fall & Winter.
I don't know about where you are, but many of us are experiencing a VERY cold, dry, windy, and damp February. Not so good for our skin! Remember what I said at the beginning of this post...
THE SKIN FUNCTIONS & FLUCTUATES WITH THE SEASONS
If the weather outside is dry, cold, windy, and damp, we are more susceptible and likely to have the same conditions going on inside the body that directly affects the skin. The skin is always getting hit from both environmental damage as well as internal, such as stress. In this case we have dryness, cold, and added stress on our bodies coming in from both angles. So what does this mean for our skin care regimen? This means we need to take care of our skin from the inside out.
I am no nutritionist or ayurvedic practitioner so I am going to stick to the basics here for internal skin care and what has helped me most. If you want to learn more about specific foods or preparations please seek a trusted professional to guide you. That said, the following information should not be taken as medical advice.
Naturally I am very cold which makes the winter months even tougher for my circulatory & lymph systems to flow properly.
Healthy lymph and blood are key to healthy skin.
Frozen fluids in the body are no bueno. Especially if your skin is prone to irritation and inflammation. These 2 systems are multifaceted in the way of making sure they run efficiently. Nutrition and exercise/movement are super important factors here. External skin care via facials or at home regimens help support the internal body.
Fun Fact: Your skin can still be dehydrated and/or dry even if you have an oily skin type.
Here's what I do to keep my body warm in the Winter:
- Drink lots of warm water and hot tea throughout the day. NEVER iced or cold water. This dampens our digestive fire (agni) - essentially our internal heater for keeping our systems warm and running smoothly.
- Use warming spices in your tea like ginger, cinnamon, and clove. Cook with garlic, turmeric, small amounts of black pepper, and cumin.
- Eat warm foods. Keep raw foods to a minimum as its harder to digest and again, dampens our digestive fire which makes the rest of the body work harder (ie- spend more of your energy storage) to help you digest.
- SAVE YOUR CROP TOPS FOR SUMMER. I can't say this enough. Cover your kidneys, liver, and stomach to ensure they stay warm. Wear a hat, warm clothing, wool socks, and a scarf!
- Prioritize warm baths and red light therapy sessions
Your Winter Skin Care Regimen:
- Even in the Winter, you MUST wear SPF to protect your skin.
- Wear your heavier moisturizer in the evening. This is when your body naturally renews itself so it's a great time to treat your skin to some extra hydration.
- Always use a toner to prevent TEWL (Transepidermal water loss) after your cleanse or do a facial steam. This will help your skin retain hydration.
- Almond oil and Squalane (plant derived) are great oils to wear as your daily moisturizer. Try our Harmonize & Restore Facial Oil Serum!
- Give yourself or go to a professional for facial gua sha to move blood and lymph
* do not perform gua sha if you are sick, try acupressure instead.*
- Take the time to massage your oil or cream into the skin. This helps with deeper product penetration as well as warming up the skin and blood flow which then promotes collagen and elastin production. Win win!
- Keep your exfoliation gentle and to a minimum, like once a week. Over exfoliating will make your dry skin (or inflamed skin) worse. Honey masques are a great way to exfoliate and hydrate most skin types.
-Try dry brushing your body for circulatory support after your showers or baths.
Unpopular Opinion: Set aside your Retinols (maybe even for good). But especially in the harsher seasons like Winter and Summer where the skin is more susceptible to damage.
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Cheers to healthy skin year round!