How to Keep Your Skin Glowing This Winter
Attention Ladies! Your answer to flawless skin has finally arrived. Breakouts and blemishes can sometimes seem unavoidable, and hiding major blemishes under makeup can further irritate skin. Your makeup is only as good as the skin under it, so I have compiled a list of tips and products that will help keep your skin soft, hydrated, and glowing this winter.
The Cetaphil brand’s effectiveness is proven by its longevity. This line of gentle products was established in 1947 by a pharmacist,and includes formulas for dry, oily, acne prone, and normal, and combination skin.
I use the normal and combination skin facial cleanser as my daily face wash. It's gentle formula cleanses without stripping my skin of its natural moisture, so I don’t get that tight, dry feeling after washing. I sometimes apply a light layer of the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser as an overnight mask and rinse it off in the morning.
If you have yet to discover the wonders of 100% Raw Organic Black Soap, then it's time you get some. The gentle cleanser contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties. Other skin enriching ingredients included are coconut oil, palm kernel oil, palm oil, and shea butter. These make organic black soap a super moisturizing and antioxidant filled cleanser.
Witch Hazel is known for its numerous healing and preventative properties. Use it as a toner to combat acne, redness, and oily skin. After cleansing I pat dry my face and apply a light layer of witch hazel with a cotton ball.
Aloe Vera is nature’s moisturizer. The healing plant is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. Studies have also shown that topical use can increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity. I use Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly after cleansing and before applying my daily moisturizer.
Your skin needs protection from harmful UV radiation year round. My most recent breakouts have been a result of overexposure to sun rays. Aveeno(R) Positively Radiant(R) Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 quickly resolved this issue. It's oil free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic (does not clog pores) formula is great for ladies with sensitive skin. It is also clinically proven to improve skin tone and texture, brown spots, and dullness.
Clay masks have over a century long history of beautifying skin. The bentonite clay from Death Valley, California lifts dirt and toxins into the clay bed to accelerate healing and nourishment of the skin. It is great for treating pimples and blackheads and for skin tightening. The clay can be paired with apple cider vinegar, or water, to create a mask that dries on. After removing this deep pore cleanser your skin will feel revitalized. Apply this mask no more than one to two times a week.
The same coconut oil that you use in your favorite recipes can be used to remove makeup. Massage a pea size amount of oil into your skin to gently remove makeup. This works on even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. After massaging oil into your skin, use a dampened washcloth to remove excess oil and makeup. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. It is also an excellent skin moisturizer.
Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Hydration works from the inside out. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is essential to achieving glowing skin.
Frigid air can do a number on your skin. Dryness causes the sebaceous glands in your skin to overproduce oil, which often leads to large pores, blackheads and pimples. So don't neglect your skin this season. Hydrate and moisturizer daily to maximize your glow.
Tell me about your journey to healthy and flawless skin below.