For most of us, the transition into winter means dry, dehydrated, stressed and sensitive skin. The combination of dry indoor heating and cold weather outside puts stress on the skin barrier which can lead to skin irritation and redness. In this blog you’ll get our 3 favorite skin boosters to winter-proof your skin from within.
Water-free skincare to prevent redness and broken capillaries
As the temperature drops to freezing outside, it’s time to bring out the water-free and shea butter-rich skincare. Water in moisturizes can actually cause redness and broken capillaries in the skin when wearing it outside in freezing temperatures, as the water can freeze on the skin and cause damage.
Shea butter has emollient, nourishing, anti-inflammatory and skin repairing properties and is amazing for soothing, protecting and repairing a stressed out skin barrier. The skin barrier is an active part of your immune system, and helps your skin stay resilient against spots and breaks out, as well as it helps seal in moisture, so your skin doesn’t dry out.
Shea butter contains phytosterols that not only improves the barrier function of the skin but also stimulates the microcirculation in the skin. This combination promotes a natural healthy glow and pairs perfectly with gua sha massage to keep the skin plump, hydrated and glowing.
Shea butter forms the base of our Gua Sha Balm 01 and Sea buckthorn berry Facebalm together with kokum butter to ensure 24 hours of hydration and skin barrier repair. Both balms also contain; squalane, which improves skin hydrating, inca inchi oil which balances with it’s content of omega 3 and 6 and ricinus oil which strengthens the skin.
Both facebalms are suitable for all skin types but the sea buckthorn facebalm is particularly great for sensitive/combination/oily skin types.
Facebalms can easily replace your normal moisturizer during autumn and winter to give your skin extra protection from the cold. Use morning and night as you would your normal moisturizer. Read this blog learn more about using facebalms.
3 Skin boosters to winter-proof your skin
1. Add 1 tablespoon of fat to every meal to build skin resilience from within
Organic grass fed butter, cold pressed coconut oil and omega 3 from algae or fish protects your skin from within. Choose a fish oil or algae oil that has been tested free of heavy metals and with a low totox value (rancidity value). Try to get a tablespoon of omega 3, coconut oil and butter daily throughout winter.
2. Take 1 tablespoon of lecithin daily
Granulated lecithin can easily be blended into your homemade nut milks or smoothies and give a delicious creamy texture that will help keep the skin hydrated from within. Lecithin, along with the healthy fats mentioned above, help sustain healthy cell membranes which in turn helps keep the skin hydrated.
3. Take anti-inflammatory antioxidants daily
Anti-inflammatory antioxidants help protect cell membranes from damage from oxidative stress which has a long term effect on skin hydration and resilience.
The best part is that these antioxidants taste great! You find them in matcha, turmeric, colorful berries, rich leafy greens, rooibos tea, hibiscus tea and spirulina (ok - spirulina doesn’t taste that great, but you can get it in capsules ;).
We get our winter skin boosters daily by drinking a cup of matcha or tumeric latte, 0.5-1 liter of herbal tea such as rooibos and nettle, a portion of cooked leafy greens and a handful of berries. Easy and delicious!