How to Manage Winter Skin
When the winter chills and winds roll in, it’s time to switch up the skincare game and make skin hydration a priority!
Vegan skincare formulas offer the best alternatives to solve your winter skin woes and we are going to highlight the best go-to products to maintain that healthy summer glow!
Why does winter affect your skin?
During the cooler months, sebum production decreases and the lipids within your skin tend to thicken, these factors make it more difficult for your skin to retain moisture and build a strong barrier against the elements.
Dry skin is often a skin “type” which is generally permanent and caused by fewer sebaceous glands, generating less oil production, causing dryness around the T-zone, eyes and nose. Generally, skin becomes dehydrated rather than dry during the winter months, but the good news is dehydrated skin is a lot easier to fix than dry skin. Why is this? Dehydrated skin is when the skin is void of water, this can be caused by many environmental and lifestyle factors.
What Winter Skin Problems Can Skin Hydration Treat?
- Skin tone
- Itchiness and irritation
Use Vegan Skincare Products For Skin Hydration
If you want your skin to look and feel great in the winter, it all starts with the formulation as well as the combination of products you use. Australian vegan skincare products include plant oils such as Apricot Kernel, Jojoba, Argan and Hemp Seed oil.
Here are some of the best vegan skincare ingredients that work incredibly well for winter skin blues.
- Apricot Kernel Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Argan Oil
- Rosehip Oil
- Aloe Vera
- Mango Seed Butter
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Floral Waters
Many of these products offer hydrating, moisturizing and pore refining benefits to return your natural glow without any chemicals or animal testing.
Why Vegan? Vegan skincare is different from many products from big brands. These are hand-selected ingredients that are perfected to treat dry skin, inflammation, dullness, and wrinkles without chemicals that are never tested on animals. Most Vegan brands are eco-conscious and are driven towards a Sustainable Skincare industry.
If you want to get serious about a hydrated, glowing complexion
Read our simple and effective tips below…
1. Oil Cleanse
Using an oil cleanser is a great multi-tasker where it removes what you don’t want on your skin such as makeup, sunscreen, dirt and excess oil and then replenishes and hydrates the skin at the same time. Often oil-free cleansers contain drying alcohols that strip your skin of natural oils, making your skin dry, imbalanced and thirsty.
Dull and dehydrated skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. It’s time to incorporate a gentle Facial exfoliant into your routine, ideally something with fruit enzymes and a fine rice powder such as Cosmic Dust to get rid of dead skin cells. Exfoliating 2 to 3 times a week is plenty to encourage cellular turnover. For those with raw or extremely dry skin, skip the exfoliator and incorporate a wet washcloth instead.
3. Toning Essence and Mists
Generally after cleansing and exfoliating it’s time to prep and reset your skin! Using a toning essence void of harsh alcohols will hydrate and provide the much-needed water component to your skincare routine. Essences are generally water-soluble which helps pull water into the top layer of your skin making it more permeable and halting transdermal water loss.
This is the part where skincare can get confusing and also very time consuming, but hear us out! Serums are the perfect way to add hydration and nutrients to your skin. A vegan hyaluronic acid is extremely hydrating. Vegan Hyaluronic is a Plant-based bacteria that contains Hyaluronic Acid which is extracted and undergoes microbial fermentation. Hyaluronic acts as a humectant, a water-attracting product that drives water to the skin’s surface.
So, you have a go-to moisturiser and now you need to know the best way to apply it? We recommend applying it to damp skin or after a toning essence or serum. Why? Because a moisturiser’s job is to reduce the amount of water that evaporates off of the skin by locking in water or hydrating products! Moisturisers contain between 70 – 80% water for hydration purposes plus a small number of oils and emulsifier to lock in the hydration.
6. Facial Oil
Our skin naturally secrets oil from our sebaceous glands to form a natural protective barrier. These oils help to prevent water loss from our skin and keep it hydrated. Facial oils essentially replicate the skin’s natural barrier function which is why they are so epic at locking in hydration. So although facial oils do not add water content to the skin, they are excellent at locking in hydration. Cassiopeia Organic Facial Oil has been formulated with the ultimate blend of plant oils which also deliver potent polyphenols and antioxidants to your skin.
7. Lip Balm
Pucker up because Lip Balm will become your best friend in winter, Ensure your lip balms do not contain any petrochemicals, opting for an organic lip conditioner such as MILKY WAY will ensure your lips are always nourished and protected from the harsh winter elements.
Did you know dehydrated skin can age faster due to declining elastin levels and heal slower. It’s essential to get in those 8 glasses of water a day!
It’s not always your face! Often the combo of hot showers and flannel pyjamas are the perfect recipe for itchy dry skin! Here are some tips to keep the bod hydrated this winter!
Energizing Coffee Scrub for Softer Skin
From dark circles to acne, coffee offers some amazing benefits due to chlorogenic acid and melanoidins found in its chemistry. Coffee scrubs are often used to reduce inflammation and get rid of harmful bacteria that causes pimples. For soft skin, use products that combine ground coffee scrubs with hemp oil, peppermint, and orange extract.
Sugar Scrubs for Dead Skin Removal
Sugar scrubs work best to buff away dead skin on your body. These are often too harsh for your face but perfectly good to use for your legs, abdomen, and any other area on your body that needs exfoliation. The vegan Pink Nebula Sugar Scrub combines sugar, coconut, and strawberries for super shiny, hydrated skin.