Winter Skin RescueTuesday, January 3, 2017 9:46
How to use an organic facial oil to moisturize and protect wintertime skin
Winter brings dry and cold temperatures that can dehydrate the skin. Cold air outside, windy weather, running a hotter shower than usual and forced-air indoor heat all can all sap precious moisture from the skin, leaving it dry, chapped, itchy and irritated. Root Esthetician Natalie Schow says her secret skin supplement this time of year is a good face oil.
It might seem counterintuitive to apply an oil to the face. You might worry about clogging pores and causing breakouts, but oil is a natural component of the skin, and it can help form a protective barrier against wintertime moisture loss.
Think about the ingredients of most skin care lotions and moisturizers. The first ingredient on the list tends to be water. Water allows for the rest of a lotion’s ingredients to smoothly spread across the skin. But water also evaporates, and especially in wintertime, a water-based cream or lotion can actually leave your skin feeling dryer.
Instead, if your face feels dry and tight, apply a small amount of face oil. Here’s how:
- Wash your face, as you normally do.
- Pat dry, leaving the skin damp.
- Pour a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands, allowing it to warm.
- Lightly apply to the skin.
The oil will naturally spread across the damp skin in a thin, light layer. You’ll instantly notice your skin feels softer without feeling greasy. Consider using oils on the skin of your legs, arms and back when you get out of the shower, as well. Apply a few drops of oil to the palm of your hand and then smooth the oil across your damp skin.
We offer three facial oils at Root:
1. Rosehip Triple C + E Firming Oil: a blend of result-oriented actives that provide intense hydration and protection to the skin. This serum contains oil from sea buckthorn, a super-fruit packed full of powerful antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids that promote skin hydration and elasticity.
2. Facial Recovery Oil: a toning and hydrating oil created with precious herbs and nourishing oils to soothe and renew sensitive skin and aging skin.
3. Calendula Oil: loaded with alpha and beta carotenoids, to enhance your skin’s natural healing system and infuse it with antioxidants. Natalie calls this one “liquid sunshine.” It smells like pure happiness!
Drink plenty of water
Hydration is important in all seasons—even winter. Properly hydrating the body has a direct impact on the skin. Our skin is the last organ to receive water, so make sure you take in enough water to not feel thirsty (thirst is a sign that you are already dehydrated). Herbal teas are great for generating warmth and lubrication from inside out. Some good ones for the skin include green, jasmine, rooibos, white and oolong they are antioxidant-rich and great for anti-aging. Chamomile, peppermint, passion flower and kava bring a sense of calm. Blood-cleansing teas can be great for clearing up the skin, and purifying herbs such as burdock, echinacea and milk thistle can help prevent breakouts.