Winter in a cold weather climate can mean sub-zero temperatures, harsh winds, winter heating, and less time outdoors. Dry. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of skin in Winter.
Regardless of where you live, there is typically a dry season. Temperature fluctuations and dry air can sap skin’s natural oil supplies, leaving it dry, stressed, or looking dull.
Even if you stay indoors during the Winter, indoor heating, wood burning fireplaces, and body warming hot showers can all contribute to dry skin issues.
The first step to beautiful Winter skin is adding hydration and protection anywhere you can. Start by increasing the humidity in your home with a humidifier. Continue to apply SPF to sun-exposed skin. Drink more water or add warm herbal tea to your routine. Look for tea blends that support skin health for an added boost.
Winter is also the time to make some hydrating and protecting Winter skin care changes.
Your Winter Skin Regimen
Step 1: Double Cleanse for a clean slate. Instead of using super-drying alcohol based make-up removers or wipes opt for Botanic Pre Cleanse Elixir. This is an oil based pre-cleanse formula meant to loosen debris and help sweep away make-up while nourishing skin with botanic infusions and rich seed oils.
Use a creamier cleanser. High foam and bar style cleansers can dry skin with added sulfates. Follow your pre-cleanse with Willow & Iris Gentle Purifying Cleanser, a rich, creamy, low-foam formulation made without drying sulfates. Skin should feel clean but also smooth and soothed after washing, not dry or tight.
Step 2: Draw moisture to skin with products featuring natural Hyaluronic Acid. Many of us immediately think of harsh or drying when we hear the word “Acid” – Hyaluronic Acid is the opposite. Natural Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture to cells and works to hold it there, where it can help hydrate parched cells. Mist with Botanic Elixir (made with Hyaluronic Acid and plant waters) to draw moisture in and keep it there.
Bonus: Botanic Elixir can be used as the second step of your daily skin care routine, works great to fix make-up, or as an added boost anytime of day!
Step 3: Apply nourishing Booster Serums and Face Oils. Brown Barn’s line of Face Oils rival the best on the market for quality, formulation, and price. If you use no other moisturizer – be sure to add face oil year round. Change your face oil up with the season, opt for a heavier oil in Winter and lighter oil in the Summer. Winter face oil favorites include Brown Barn’s Elder & Calendula Oil and Winter Forest Face Oil or Three Leaf Botanicals Night Oil or Refresh Dry Skin Treatment.
Depending on which you choose, Brown Barn Booster Serums bring extra support in the form of added minerals, honey, and even stem cells typically not found in Face Oils. Using both Face Oil and Serum brings a huge amount of amazing ingredients to your skin.
Step 4: Pamper your Eyes. The skin around our eyes needs extra attention during Winter. This is the area that is often the most exposed and can show signs of dryness first in the form of fine lines. Brown Barn has several options for Eyes ranging from serum to creme. Currently, we are loving Three Leaf Botanical’s Eye Rejuvenating Treatment Oil followed by Arctic Bloom Eye Creme. Arctic Bloom includes Antarcticine, a biologic ingredient that wraps itself around tender cells to protect them against severe cold temperatures – perfect for those of us who live “up north”.
Step 5: Lock it all in with a creme based Moisturizer. Creme based moisturizers lock in all the goodness from your face oils and serums, nourish deeply, and leave a protective barrier on skin. Rose Hip & Shea Bio-Complex Creme is our best choice for finishing a Winter Skin Regimen. This creme is formulated with naturally derived Hylaronic Acid, Peptides, and essential Fatty Acids to support moisture and elasticity, encouraging a naturally radiant glow.
Step 6: Don’t skip Exfoliation. Dead, dry skin cells can build up during Winter months, leading to dry skin, a dull complexion, clogged pores, or even Winter break-outs. While you may think of Exfoliating Treatments and Masks as drying, Masks and Exfoliating treatments are essential to getting a Winter Glow. Removing dry, dead cells makes way to nourish skin deeply to allow your other products to be more effective.
Step 7: Finish with a Body Treatment. Finish your facial with a luxurious spa-quality body treatment. Bathe with skin loving Body Bombs or add an ounce of Magnesium Essential Bath Flakes to your bath water.
Exfoliate and smooth with Brown Barn Body Scrub. Whisk away dry dull skin and emerge glowing! This scrub is made with our signature oil infusion for extra nourishment.
Follow with Brown Barn’s botanic infused body oil to soothe dry, flaky, parched skin and deeply nourish with natural vitamins and nutrients. (If you are new to Body Oil consider a one ounce “Body Shot” sample!)
Score Winter Skin Samples!
Each month, Brown Barn offers Super Samples and product boxes designed to help our customers trial products when they most need them. Check out January’s specials: