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Winter Skin: Make it GLOW

We might be in the dead of winter, but your skin doesn’t have to know that. By diligently caring for your skin using the 5 steps below, you’ll never have to worry about weathered and wintered skin again.

(And ‘wintered’ is totally a word, because my spell-check says it is. Thank you, spell-check!)

Sleep

Sounds simple, and you know what? It is! Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it works hard to detox you from the inside out every damn day. It needs its beauty rest! Making sure you get 7-9 hours of good-quality sleep each and every night will go a long way towards obtaining healthy looking skin that is not season-dependent.

Brush

Yup—brush your skin. Using a dry skin brush to regularly sluff off the build-up of dead skin cells we accumulate faster as we get older is a fabulous way to get skin that glows. Not only do you remove the dull cells that create a boring complexion, you actively prompt your body to regenerate new skin cells faster, thereby producing younger-looking skin.

Yeah—you’re welcome.

Now, I’m not talking about your face; that’s coming up. I’m talking about slowly and rhythmically brushing your entire body with long, downward strokes from your neck to your feet. You can buy a dry skin brush at almost any store that sells cosmetics, bath, and body care products.

Exfoliate

This one’s for your whole body. Using a great quality exfoliant (I love RoC® MAX Resurfacing Facial Cleanser) on your face twice a week can really help to keep acne at bay, and give your skin a more youthful appearance.

When it comes to the rest of your body, I totally recommend making your own sugar scrub and giving yourself a full-body scrub-down twice a week. It’s nicer for your skin than a salt scrub, because salt is dehydrating, which is the opposite of what we’re going for.

Recipe for Lavender Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup fine, granulated sugar

¼ cup olive oil

Few drops lavender essential oil

Method:

Combine sugar and oil; mix well. Add essential oil and mix again. Store in your shower in jar with lid tightly fastened. (Take care not to break glass in shower!)

Moisturize

Making sure you step up the moisturizing is essential to keep winter skin at bay. During the winter months, use a thicker day and night cream. I actually add a few drops of almond oil to my moisturizer and slather it everywhere twice a day, including my face.

Hydrate

We all know that water is good for you, but during the winter, it’s imperative to keeping skin healthy and happy. I usually drink way more herbal tea in the winter than other times of the year, and it’s good and hydrating, too.

For tips and tricks on how to make your own herbal tea that helps with skincare, check out The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea.

Follow the above suggestions, and I promise you’ll have glowing skin in no time. Good luck!

Harlow Skin Co: Natural Body Care

You know you love something when you feel the need to write something positive about it, and I feel very positive about Vancouver’s Harlow Skin Co. The first time I tried anything from Harlow was last January, when Eastwood Cycle Sanctuary (an amazing place to sweat in style) gave me a lip balm sampler.

And I’ve been hooked ever since!

Ethically sourced ingredients that are free from preservatives and other unnecessary additives, Harlow’s skincare line is meant to

“nourish, repair and protect your skin leaving it smooth and hydrated.”

They create “clean, self-care products with a stylish aesthetic based around integrity, health and well-being.”

I love this! And I love that they’re local.

Here are three of my faves:

Harlow Wild Heart Body Butter

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Anything with the word ‘wild’ on it speaks to me—I even have the word tattooed on my right arm.

Harlow Eye Repair Elixir

Because healthy and hydrated eyes look younger, and we’re all over that.

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Harlow Flora Face Potion—Everlasting

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If you love sustainable, green, safe, and effective beauty/skin care products, then please try these! Check out Harlow Skin Co. HERE, and let me know what you think.

xo

*Images belong to Harlow Skin Co.