Winter can be hard on skin. Have you noticed? My skin is always on the dry side but in the winter it gets pretty darned parched. I try to counter-act the dryness by drinking tons of water but my true line of defence is using really good, moisturizing facial care products. Thought you might like a peek at my winter skin care routine:
I start by cleaning my face with miessence Certified Organic Rejuvenating Cleanser. I got hooked on miessence after I reviewed the line last year. Yes, it's a bit pricey but once you start buying from miessence they send you periodic large discounts - like $20 off your order of any size! Plus the product is very concentrated and you only need a small amount.
Next I give my face a spritz of aromatherapy spray from Ruby Blaise Essentials. She makes a bunch of different blends but lately I've been using the Cleansing Mist with eucalyptus, bergamot, peppermint and tea tree oils - very refreshing!
If it's sunny out I put on a layer of sunscreen. My current fav is from a Minnesota company called Purple Prairie Botanicals. Their Sun Stuff SPF 15 is not officially marketed as a facial care product but it works for me! It goes on light but not greasy and it's rated a low hazard on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database!
Lately I've been alternating between two products for my main moisturizer. One is a wicked rich Rose Comfrey Moisture Cream from a tiny little business in Wisconsin called Four Elements Herbals. I used to purchase their products back when I was a buyer for a natural bath & body care business and I love to support them! The cream is a simple blend of cold-pressed almond oil, organic comfrey root, Vitamin E and beeswax and it's scented with rose essential oil - heavenly!
My other moisturizer, miessence Certified Organic Rejuvenating Facial Serum couldn't be more different but I love it just as much. It is a blend of organic rosehip seed, avocado and jojoba oils with organic rose essential oil and calendula and carrot extracts. What I love about it is the way it spreads so easily over my face. Just one or two tiny squirts from the bottle are all I need.
Awhile back I was looking for an eye cream at Whole Foods. Instead of a traditional cream, the salesperson recommended a product from Skin Organics. It's a balm in a stick form, made with shea butter, sunflower seed oil and jojoba oil along with coffee extract to stimulate circulation and hemp oil for extra hydration. At first I wasn't sure about using a stick on my eyes but this stuff goes on as smooth as silk.
What are your favorite products for winter skin care?