Last week, I invited you to share your best Winning Winter Skin tips to our list of nine so we could have an even 10, and you could have a chance to win a $30 OBN gift card if we picked yours as the best.
Now, its’ time to congratulate Jennifer Schmidt Branham, our Winter Skin Survival Guide winner. Jennifer’s tip: Argan oil, a fave of mine, too! This 100% organic oil, produced by the Argan tree in the semi-deserts of Morocco, is lovingly called “liquid gold” by green beauties worldwide. Jennifer says “Argan oil has been amazing for me this winter – I put it on my face every night and have had no dryness – love it. Great for hair too!” Trust me, you’ll wonder how you ever did without.
So now, we’ve got 10 top tips for skin survival during these chilly months. Here they are:
1. Sun guard. Organic sunscreen in winter? Are we serious? You betcha. Wind and sun reflecting off snow and ice are winter skin enemies. Wind whisks away the moisture in the air and off your skin’s surface. Harsh sun in winter can be as bad (if not worse) than a hot summer’s day because all those wet, snowy, icy surfaces bounce the beams around like a funhouse mirror. So sunscreen yourself and your kids. Choose an organic tinted moisturizer, all-natural foundation or natural sunscreen with SPF15 at a minimum. Going skiing? At higher altitudes, UV light is more intense, so be a good snow bunny and up the SPF to at least 20.
2. Max out the moisturizer. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors in the winter, your skin’s gonna get dry. So use your organic moisturizer more often. And consider switching to a heavier emollient or cream this season to really drench that dermis. As is, switching from lighter to heavier creams can refresh your whole skincare regimen.
3. Bask in the mask. If clay-based masks are your go-to facial regimen and you’re finding your skin’s getting dry, pick a hydrating mask that features moisturizing and conditioning ingredients especially designed for dry skin.
4. Adjust your bath. Hotter, longer baths and showers feel great but they’ve got a nasty side effect: dry, itchy skin. If your skin’s pink-to-red when you step out of the tub, you’re bathing too hot. Turn the hot water down a notch or two. And while you’re at it, reach for bath products featuring soothing ingredients, such as the chamomile in gentle Angel Baby Bath Blossoms by Earth Mama Angel Baby. Or the eucalyptus in Muscle Relaxing Bath Beads by Shea Terra.
5. Shake up your shave. Bath time is shaving time, and though shaving is a good exfoliator for dry skin, be sure to use a moisturizing gel such as Men’s Gentle Cleansing Shaving Gel by Living Nature.
6. Lip service. Winter months mean chapped lips. That’s how it is. So pick an organic or all-natural lip balm and use it, use it, use it. Use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 like SPF 15 Lip Balm Stick by Badger (at under $4, it’s your lip’s best deal).
7. Hands up. Hands are exposed to even harsher elements than usual in winter. Keep an organic or all natural hand moisturizer at, er, hand, like by the sink where you wash up, and use it frequently. Plus, for you working guys ‘n gals, handling paper all day also dries out your digits, so stash some hand lotion in your purse or desk.
8. Feet first. Those poor neglected appendages at the bottoms of your legs take a beating during winter. They’re often in moisture-trapping socks, heavy boots, dry air environments or ankle-deep in snow. Plus cuts, cracks and fissures on feet are another way dreaded viruses and bacteria can enter your body. Treat your feet well this winter with emollient creams designed to restore softness like Foot Rituals Daily Maintenance Butter by Shea Terra. For extra bacteria-stopping action, grab Foot Balm by Badger, which has tea tree oil that can kill a microbe in its tracks.
9. Hair help. Dry scalp, dandruff and split ends all make an appearance more often when it’s winter, so here are a few tips to fight the damage. Don’t linger too long under the blow dryer. Use organic conditioners generously. And if your hair is feeling just totally done in by the weather, try an organic hair treatment to restore moisture. They’re packed with nourishing oils and plant essences to fight against the deep freeze.
10. Argan oil. This 100% organic oil is loaded in fatty acids and Vitamin E and works from head to toe. Argan oil works on your hair to soften split ends, on your face to moisturize and minimize fine lines, even on your cuticles to keep them smooth. Best of all, Argan oil is safe for baby’s skin, and mommas-to-be looking for natural ways to lessen the dreaded stretch marks.
So there you have it: 10 winter skin fighting regimens aplenty to keep your skin in the pink, Green Beauties. Enjoy!