Silvered_frosty_trees_in_winter_wonderland_Helsinki_5Many things in our lives change as the seasons change–the clothes we wear, often the foods we eat, the temperature of our home environments, and the humidity levels in the air outside as well as the air in our homes and offices. These changes, especially the changes in air quality, temperature, and humidity can have negative effects on the skin. Skin that’s normally oily becomes more normal/combination; skin that’s normally normal/combination becomes dry and tight; and skin that’s normally already dry and tight becomes tighter, itchy, and even cracked and painful.

Change up your skincare regimen–both inside and out–to soothe dry skin naturally.

It’s always important to change up your skincare regimen–both internally with diet and hydration, as well as topically with more hydrating, nourishing, and protective products. In the diet, it’s crucial to remember hydrate from within by drinking enough water on a daily basis, consuming hydrating foods such as fruits, vegetables, soups, and herbal teas. Adding a hyaluronic acid supplement, which binds water to the cells, is also a good idea. It’s also important to seal water and moisture in at the cellular level by adding plenty of good, healthy fats to the diet.

Topically, I recommend avoiding foaming cleansers and instead opting for the Oil Cleansing Method, cleaning lotion, or cleansing balm. Toners should be free of excess alcohol or acid–I prefer a blend of a hydrosol like rose or lavender and pure witch hazel extract. Moisturizers should contain both humectant (water-attracting and binding) and emollient (strengthening the skin’s barrier function and sealing in moisture) ingredients.

IMG_2068I don’t recommend any harsh exfoliants at all–just honey–and I don’t recommend masques made with drying or absorbing clays. Instead, choose non-drying, moisturizing masques, like my Winter Avocado Facial Smoothie. This is a recipe I’ve been using regularly for the past few winters and it’s really made a difference in my skin.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cucumber (with skin, which contains zinc and other skin-healthy nutrients!)
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger root (contains antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory)
  • 1/2 avocado, skinned (high in protein and good fat)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (Soothing and hydrating–and Greek yogurt has extra probiotic benefits!)
  • Optional: Juice from 1/2 a lemon (Adds a boost of Vitamin C which the skin needs to produce more collagen–also an antioxidant)

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender (a NutriBullet works great for this), and pulse until you have a smoothie-like consistency. Pour into a mason jar or other container that closes tightly, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Usage:

Use daily as a morning cleanser and evening masque to hydrate, soothe, and protect dry winter skin! If using as an evening masque, follow these simple facial steps:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Apply masque and let it stay on for 15-20 minutes
  4. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth
  5. Tone
  6. Moisturize

Watch me make this treatment here:

Enter the Love Your Skin Giveaway at the Indie Business Network!

Love-your-skin-love-yourself-bookI was thrilled to share this recipe with my friend Donna Maria, the founder and CEO of the Indie Business Network, when she interviewed me about my book Love Your Skin, Love Yourself. Click HERE to read the full interview.

But what’s more exciting is that Donna Maria and I have partnered to offer you a fantastic giveaway! You have the opportunity to win a signed copy of Love Your Skin, Love Yourself, a custom-written Spiritual Skincare Affirmation from me, PLUS a one-on-one success call with Donna Maria herself. Isn’t that awesome?

You can enter right HERE–and tell your friends!

The winner will be chosen Friday December 19.

*Image 1 credit: “Silvered frosty trees in winter wonderland Helsinki 5” by Pöllö – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Silvered_frosty_trees_in_winter_wonderland_Helsinki5.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Silvered_frosty_trees_in_winter_wonderland_Helsinki_5.JPG

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