Winter Wellness: 8 Tips for Non-Toxic Winter Skincare

Did you know that you should adjust your skin care routine during the winter?

While the summer and spring months call for lightweight skin care, the cold winter weather demands products which offer far more hydration. 

From your cleanser to your moisturizer, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how to choose the best non-toxic winter skin care routine to keep your skin glowing all season long.

1. Switch to a Moisturizing Cleanser

Traditional cleansers often contain ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (known to irritate skin), synthetic preservatives, fragrances, and harsh soaps.

These ingredients can strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it thirsting for moisture. During the winter months, this can lead to dry, flakey, and irritated skin. 

Instead, opt for an oil-based cleanser or a natural cleanser that is free from these moisture-sucking ingredients.

Oil based cleansers are strong enough to remove dirt/oils/makeup, but not too strong that they strip away your skin’s natural moisture.

Instead of using soap, these cleansers use natural emulsifiers and surfactants to dissolve dirt and oil from our skin. 

Did you know that dryness can lead to oily skin?

Yes, you can even use an oil-based cleanser if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

In fact, these cleansers help to balance out oil production so that your skin doesn’t overproduce oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. 

If you’re still on the fence about an oil cleanser, then opt for a natural cleanser that uses saponified oils instead of harsh soaps and detergents.

Optional product recommendations:

■   True Botanicals Pre-Cleanse Oil

■   100% Pure Coconut Oil Moisturize Cleansing Milk

2.Don’t Skip the Toner

Too many people are skipping the toning step! Toning is an essential part of a great daily skin care routine—especially during the winter months.

Toners are generally water-based liquids which are applied to the skin after cleansing and before moisturizing. 

Toners are great for balancing out our skin's pH after cleansing, removing dirt/oil from pores, and adding a bit of hydration to the skin.

A great toner also primes the skin for better absorption of our skin care products. This means that toning can actually make your moisturizer more effective.

Many natural toners also contain hydrating ingredients like aloe vera juice, witch hazel, coconut water, and rose hydrosol which are excellent for winter moisture.

While toners are great, conventional toners contain ingredients which can actually dry out the skin (alcohol, fragrances, and synthetic preservatives).

Thus, it is best to stick with an all-natural toner that contains minimal ingredients.

Natural toners are typically made with essential oils, various plant-based waters (like rose water), and other ingredients which work to draw moisture into the skin.

Optional product recommendations:

■   Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist

■   Cocovit Coconut Water Hydro-Mist

3.     Exfoliate Weekly

A gentle exfoliant is a much-needed addition to any winter skin care routine--especially if you have very dry skin to begin with.

Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, slough off dry/flakey skin, and clears clogged pores to reveal soft glowing skin. 

This is essential because clogged pores and dead skin cells make it harder for you skin to efficiently absorb other skin care products.

During the winter months, when our skin is susceptible to excess dryness, weekly exfoliation can keep dry skin at bay.

However, too much exfoliation can actually irritate the skin and cause more dryness--so don't go too crazy with the scrubbing! 

The key is to gently exfoliate the skin using ingredients like fruit acids, oatmeal, honey, and clays. Try a gentle AHA & BHA peel, a clay mask, or a non-abrasive oatmeal flour scrub.

Optional product recommendations:

■   Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Organic Exfoliating Mask

■   S.W. Basics Oat and Almond Flour Organic Exfoliant

4.      Hydrate with a Facial Mask

Masks are a fantastic way to add a mega dose of moisture your skin during the winter.

Ideally, you’d want to use a mask 2-3 times per week to maintain healthy hydration levels.

A good hydrating winter mask will contain moisturizing natural ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, aloe vera juice, coconut oil, lavender, shea butter, and argan oil (just to name a few).

Optional product recommendations:

■   Orgaid Greek Yogurt Nourishing Organic Sheet Mask

■   Annmarie Coconut Honey Mask

5.      Use a Night Cream

Treat your skin while you sleep! No natural winter skin care routine would be complete without a solid night cream.

During the winter, temperatures typically drop significantly during the night time hours. 

This is typically when we crank up the thermostat and blast the heat.

The dry air created from the furnace can suck the moisture right out of your skin. That’s where a rich natural night cream comes into play.

Not only will a good night cream reduce moisture loss, it can also boost collagen production, reduce wrinkles, and help with cell turnover.

You don’t have to actually use a “cream” either. Depending on your skin type, a light hydrating oil or serum may be preferable to a thick cream.

For those with large pores or acne-prone skin, a thick night cream may clog your pores—so use your best judgement.

Optional product recommendations:

■   RoseMira Rich Moisturizing Night Cream

■   OSEA Malibu Essential Hydrating Oil

 6.    Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Always wear a potent SPF sunscreen if you plan on spending time outdoors.

Yes, you need to wear sunscreen during the winter as well. UV rays are still just as capable of damaging the skin regardless of the temperature outside. 

You can use a facial sunscreen under your favorite moisturizer or makeup. Be sure to use a natural sunscreen with at least SPF 30 potency.

The best natural sunscreens are ones which use minerals like non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as opposed to chemicals like oxybenzone.

Zinc oxide is a preferred sunscreen because it won’t clog your pores and may actually help to fight acne causing bacteria.

Optional product recommendations:

■   Nurture My Body Organic Sunscreen SPF 32

■   All Good SPF 50+ Organic Sunscreen Butter

7.      Protect Your Lips

The lips are often neglected from most skin care routines. The problem is, our lips are thinner and produce significantly less melanin than the rest of our skin—meaning they are more susceptible sun-damage and moisture loss. Because of this, it’s best to apply a thick SPF lip balm during winter months.

Optional product recommendations:

■   Osmia Organics Lip Doctor Organic Lip Balm

■   Badger Balm Certified Organic Lip Balm

8.      Add a Serum to Your Regimen

Serums are skin treatments made from highly concentrated and potent ingredients designed to tackle specific skin issues such as acne, wrinkles, dark spots, rosacea, blackheads, and hyperpigmentation.

These skin issues often require targeted treatment which a simple cleanser + moisturizer duo isn’t designed to handle effectively.

Serums are meant to be used after cleansing and toning, but before applying a traditional moisturizer.

While many serums are too heavy for the hot and humid summer months, they are perfect quenching tools for the dry winter climate. 

Oily skin types may want to try a lightweight water-based product such as a natural vitamin C serum while dry skin types may want to opt for a thicker oil-based serum.

Optional product recommendations:

■   True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil

■   One Love Organics Vitamin C Facial Serum

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