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 Winter.
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 skincare changes. Find our Winter Skin Regimen below.
Winter Skin Regimen
Step 1: Double Cleanse for a clean slate.
Instead of using super-drying alcohol based makeup removers or wipes opt for 7 Day Glow's CLARIFY Hydrating Oil-Based Cleanser. This oil-based formula contains a small amount of Beta Hydroxy Acid to loosen debris and help sweep away debris and makeup while nourishing skin with botanic infusions and rich seed oils.
Use a creamier cleanser. Follow your makeup removal with RECLAIM Radiance Nourishing Daily Cleanser. When activated, RECLAIM's gentle, nourishing ingredients create a milky micro-foam that gives pores a deep cleanse and leaves skin silky smooth. Or opt for a second cleanse with CLARIFY Oil-Based Cleanser.
Step 2: Draw moisture to skin with products featuring natural Hyaluronic Acid. Many of us immediately think of harshness 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 HYDRATE Botanic Elixir Hydrating Mist made with 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid and beet extract to draw moisture in and keep it there.
Bonus: Botanic Elixir can be used to fix makeup in place or as an added boost anytime of day! Just mist right over makeup.
Step 3: Apply nourishing Face Oil. If you use no other moisturizer – be sure to add nutrient rich Face Oil year round. Our hands-down year round favorite is 7 Day Glow's amazing INFUSE Retinoic Moisturizer Oil with Collagen and Ceramides.
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.
To meet the complete needs of the eye area, we have designed two treatments to work in synergy night and day in order to cover everything from fine lines to dark circles and eye bags.
AM: EYE Nutritive Daily Cream - A nutritional eye cream meant to protect, nourish, rejuvenate, and hydrate throughout the day.
PM: EYE Nightly Repair Serum - An oil-based repair serum to correct fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, and under-eye bags while you sleep. Just a few drops right before bed is all you need.
Step 5: Lock it all in with a Moisturizer. Cream based moisturizers lock in all the goodness from your face oils and serums, nourish deeply, and leave a protective barrier on skin. During the daytime we look to protect our skin with a lightweight option that will work great under makeup. Evening is the time for deep nutrition.
AM: DEFEND Fortifying Moisturizer - Protect from daily skin disruption from touch, pollution, and makeup while supporting your SPF with naturally rich oils. Made with a hydrating super-star ingredient, Saccharide Isomerate, that helps keep your skin hydrated all day long, regardless of the weather.
PM: NURTURE Deep Nutrition Moisturizer - Hydrate and Nourish all night long with this super thick, luscious facial moisturizer. NURTURE was designed for anyone who wants to feed their skin naturally and loves a rich, thick facial cream!
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 as drying, 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.
My favorite is 7 Day Glow's BOOST Resurfacing Treatment with Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Liquid exfoliants are far more desirable to scrubs and mechanical exfoliators because they do not pull or tear at the skin. BOOST gently dissolves build-up and dead skin cells, leaving your skin baby-smooth if used regularly.
Personally, I use BOOST for 9 minutes once a week to maintain a super smooth feel to my skin. Exfoliating also clears the path for all of your other skin care products to sink in deeply.
Skincare does not stop at your face. Finish your regimen with an overall moisturizing body treatment. 7 Day Glow offers a lovely body protocol made anti-aging ingredients to support your skin neck to toes - nourishing lotion, exfoliating body scrub, and luxurious body oil - its all there.
Taking a bit of extra care during Winter months can avoid dry skin conditions and slow aging long-term. Be sure to add hydration anywhere possible by drinking plenty of water and operating a home humidifier!
Christine Untiedt, 7 Day Glow LLC
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