It's that time of year... for dry skin. Ugh, no fun! BUT after many years of dealing with combination skin that turns into scales and flakes in the winter (so embarrassing!). This discomfort hits close to home.
Dry skin in the winter has a lot to do with the changing temperatures (no surprise there!)... but here's how it works.
When the temps drop, the moisture in the air does as well. Think of it a bit like homeostasis, the air actually starts to pull moisture from, well, you! However, a good routine to replenish that moisture can help even the driest of skin.
Below, I'm going to outline some nutrition, product recommendations, & lifestyle changes for you. I also made a quick video chatting about some of the products and my personal favorites. Enjoy!
Hydration: Making sure you are drinking enough water will help your skin stay clear (flush out the bad guys!) and hydrated.
Fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E, K: Healthy fats and fat-soluble vitamins are critical to overall health, and can help with the skin's natural oil barrier keeping skin supple and vibrant. Think grass-fed meats & dairy products, dark leafy greens, eggs, wild-caught salmon and more (also applies to the next point!)
Omega-3s + Essential Fatty Acids: EPA and DHA are omega-3s which can help replenish dry skin from within. It's best to get these from natural sources, like fatty fish (think salmon). If necessary, you may add as a supplement.
Stable Blood Sugar: Blood sugar roller coaster can cause damage to your health, in fact, I may argue that dry skin is the least of your worries. Regardless, it contributes to dry skin because sugar will need to be flushed out of your system and will carry water with it resulting in dehydration. It's also linked to acne which is common with dry skin.
Product Recommendations for Face
Let me first start by talking about the importance of exfoliation for dry skin. I did not understand, for the longest time, that exfoliation was an important part of a dry skin routine. I thought it would cause further irritation, but this is not the case!
There ARE different types of exfoliation: physical and chemical... and despite the names, chemical exfoliation is likely better for dry, sensitive skin because you can use gentle chemicals to do the hard-work (vs scrubbing your face away with sandpaper... ouch, please don't do that!)
The Peel mentioned below is my favorite way to exfoliate (paired with my Balancing Charcoal Mask which I do every Sunday!)
Overnight Resurfacing Peel: This gentle, chemical, at-home, cost-effective (how many adjectives can I squeeze in here?!) peel is fantastic for dry skin, as long as you use and moisturize appropriately! The peel made of 15 botanically-derived acids (9 exfoliating and 6 resurfacing). It does the work while you sleep and NO your skin will NOT actually peel off. I recommend using it 2x a week for dry skin and loading up on a great cream-based moisturizer after allowing the peel to sink into the skin for 5-10 minutes (I use the Countertime Tetrapeptide Supreme Cream - its so buttery!)
Cleansing Balm (all-in-one, multi-use product): In my opinion, the cleansing balm is Beautycounter's most versatile product. "How do I use it? Let me count the ways..." It has a higher sticker price, but it lasts forever (a little goes a looooong way) and you can use it as a:
oil cleansing method
hydrating overnight mask
and more! I say this product is made of unicorn tears... I'm fairly convinced they forgot to add that to the label ;) And check out this stat: "100% of women showed a significant increase in skin hydration after eight hours, with an average increase of 25%. (Results based on independent, 24-hour, 25-subject, single-blind clinical and consumer perception study.)"
Countertime Supreme Cream (or the full Countertime Line - see my full review here): I credit the fact that I've had 0 dry skin this year (2019-2020) to the Countertime line. I used to be SO embarrassed in winter when I looked like a snake on my face and alligator on my body, but this line has COMPLETELY transformed my combination skin. Truly, I cannot recommend it enough for dry or combination skin!
No.2 Plumping Oil (or the best Beautycounter+ Facial* Oil best for your skin): The No.2 Plumping Oil is designed for restoring and firming moisture-depleted skin. This oil was (a long time ago) our "hydrating oil" and lovely to use as a complement to lotion/moisturizer. Some women find they like to use it in place of a lotion. Important note here: face oils can be extremely healing and nourishing for our skin because our skin has a lipid (aka fat) barrier. Using long-chain oils in your skincare actually encourages your skin to hold on to moisture from water (and I DO NOT mean coconut oil, sorry ladies! It's a medium-chain fat, which means it ain't going to help nourish your skin as well!). Kinda fascinating considering I came from a coconut oil-only routine for a long time (no wonder my face was flaking apart!)
Lip Conditioner: Beautycounter's lip conditioners are a secret love of mine. I admittingly wrote them off at first thinking "what could be so special?" but after receiving one for a hosting a pop-up, I fell in love! It softens and soothes my lips, which makes lip gloss & colors go on smoother. I apply it every night before bed and 0 lip issues this winter.
Product Recommendations for Body
Countermatch Adaptive Body Moisturizer: This moisturizer is my go-to... my skin actually drinks it up in these dry months! It's light and absorbs so well.
Citrus Mimosa Hand Cream: This is a lovely, not-too-heavy hand cream. I gifted this to the nurses that helped with Charlotte's delivery since I know doctors/nurses have to constantly wash their hands (contributing to that dry feeling).
Body Butter (Citrus Mimosa): So many women have told me this is surprisingly one of their favorite products. It's perfect for a non-heavy, non-greasy body lotion. Shea butter and mongongo oil hydrate and nourish skin, while organic sunflower oil, aloe, and chamomile soothe and smooth.
Hydrating Body Lotion: This is a less expensive body lotion option that is comparable to our hand cream. I love how quickly this is absorbed and it's lightweight nature.
Dry Brushing: Again with that idea of exfoliation, dry brushing is a great practice to add into your skincare routine. Here's a great resource to learn about dry brushing.
Water Temperatures: It's a good idea to think about your hygiene routine with dry skin. If you are taking long, steaming hot showers, you may be stripping your skin of its natural oils. Instead, try lukewarm or shorter showers.
Humidifiers: We are huge fans of humidifiers and essential oils in our household. Adding moisture back to the air you are breathing, especially while sleeping, is a fantastic way to keep skin supple and hydrated!
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