This post is truly not too far off from my advice for the body. A few additions and differences of course, but please read my Winterize your body if you haven't already for more tips and explanation!!
Exfoliation and hydration
It is a balance though because too much of one or the other can throw your skin off, so you need to pay close attention.
Everyone’s skin is so different, so I can’t recommend an exact amount for you without seeing your skin, but the general rule is exfoliate 2-3 times a week with something gentle. Some should use scrubs, those with acne or sensitive skin shouldn’t. You should use an enzymatic exfoliation. They make fruit enzyme masks you leave on for 5-10 minutes, for example, that are gentle and effective.
Physical vs chemical
Chemical- I like to explain these as little pac men thatwork their way into the skin and disscolve the excess on their way up ;)
Chemical exfoliators are things such as peels….glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, Beta hydroxyl acids, alpha hydroxyl acids, etc. There are also actually ones that use fruit-sourced ingredients as the main actives. Fruit enzymes, typically from pumpkins or pineapples, are often used in exfoliators because they dissolve skin cells and leave your skin feeling smoother. These products are usually applied like a mask, and then rinsed off.
Physical exfoliators incorporate a texture of some sort to slough away dead skin. Some products use seeds or crushed walnut shells, while others use rice or bead-like spheres. For sensitive skin, a softer, more powdery texture is best.
Exfoliators I love
Microdermabrasion paste – I’m obsessed with this scrub. It just melts like butter on the skin! The skin feels so soft after and it’s gentle!
Naturopathica’s enzyme masks are lovely and great for sensitive or acneic skin types!! Please inquire how to use them prior J
One thing we don’t realize is that we may need a non-foaming cleanser in the winter. This depends on skin type and condition of course, but it’s nice to always have one on hand to switch between that and a foaming cleanser when you feel tight or dry.
FEELING SQUEAKY CLEAN IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING! Trust me a creamy or milky cleanser is still cleansing, it just doesn’t remove oil that is necessary.
Some of my favs..
Ok now onto to serums…(magical potions)
Serums have the smallest molecules of any skincare product, so they get deep into the skin. When applied under a moisturizer or mask it is an instant mini facial. You are now locking in all that goodness!!! Serums are more expensive, but that’s because they really pack a big punch. It is worth the money! You will thank me ;)
A few of my favorite serums/ treatments:
Same thing goes for the skin on the face as it does on the body. Dryness occurs when there is a lack of oil in the skin. I love to put oils on right after my toner, when my skin is damp. It soaks in quicker, deeper, and leaves a less oily feel on the skin. If you are applying makeup during the day, I would recommend using your oil at night J
These are a few of my fav
This oil is especially great for dehydrated and or oily skin type. It helps to balance it out
I really feel masks are overlooked in our routines. We often think they are extra and not necessary. I feel they are amazing for skin conditions! Quick fixes and great pick me ups!!! When you apply a mask absolutely nothing else can touch your skin for however long you leave it on, that’s pretty sweet! It gives it a break and it also allows whatever you put on underneath it to only penetrate the skin! I advise a mask once a week at least!
For the winter let’s focus on hydrating or pick me up masks ;)
This can dub as a gentle cleanser. I like to use this once a week as a mask. It gives my skin a pep in it’s step… kills two birds with one stone. You can layer a serum underneath for glowing skin!
Karuna hydrating mask
Love the b5 hydrating masque from skinceuticals
Hydrating and revitalizing (oily/dehydrated) mask from Dr. Hauschka
Jurlique moisture replenishing mask- smells and feels lovely on the skin
Now that I have crowded your brain with a lot of info I will recap ;)
-Milky cleansers instead of foaming if you are experiencing dryness
- Hydrating toners and floral waters
- Hydrating and repairing serums
- A healthy balance and relationship with exfoliation. Don’t overdo it, but keep it dead skin away so your products can penetrate the skin and not sit.
- Oils can be your friend!!
- Masks are worth the money and the time
Please reach out to me if you have ANY questions at all!! I love to help :)