Confession! I have the driest skin EVER year round, and especially in the winter.
Although I am someone who pays a lot of attention to what I wear, it wasn’t until college that I really started take care of my skin. I always had dry skin and eczema growing up, but as a teenager I was very blessed to have flawless, acne-free skin. When I moved from sunny Northern California to cold London for my freshman year of college my skin took a turn for the worst. I had breakouts everywhere and dull looking dry skin!
I realized I needed to pay attention to my largest organ and start worshipping it! Your skin is precious and although we don’t have time machines, if you take care of your body from the inside out you can definitely stay youthful and glowing forever. My skin goes through so much wear and tear on the daily (from photoshoots and just an over all chaotic work schedule) that it’s important to me that I take care of it!
I want to maintain a fresh and dewy face for as long as possible. There’s no end all be all answer to having permanent radiant skin, but there are many things that work on a consistent basis.
Here are my top secrets to healthy, glowing skin in the winter and beyond:
IT STARTS WITH WHAT YOU EAT (AND DRINK)
Our skin is truly a reflection of our insides, so the first step in healthy skin is always nutrition. Cutting out as many processed foods, refined sugars and junk is always a great first step! Have you checked out my Instastories lately? I am actually on a complete no sugar challenge – so join me for that and give me your tips as well!
Reducing inflammation in your diet can greatly improve inflammation in your skin. Sometimes the trick is cutting out gluten, dairy, soy, corn or anything that is making you feel sluggish or inflamed. Balancing hormones is also super important, so make sure you are eating lots and lots of greens and fiber to flush out any extra estrogen that may be causing imbalances to your system.
Although I love my daily coffee, I try to stick to water throughout the rest of the day and caffeinated drinks like warm water and lemon or mint tea to keep my skin hydrated and replenished.
DON’T FORGET YOUR K-BEAUTY SHEET MASKS!
As it gets drier and colder your skin needs way more TLC! My favorite sheet masks are from Peach Slices found at your local CVS and packed with bursting with good for you ingredients that will truly make your skin glow. My favorite mask is Hydrate which instantly refreshes and rejuvenates the skin. These masks make the best affordable gift for all the women in your life! My Mom was super happy when I recently gifted her these sheet masks to take with her on a birthday trip.
EMBRACE YOUR OILS
In terms of my daily skincare routine, I try to focus on products that are as natural and chemical free as possible. My current obsession is using natural oils on my face, hair and body. One of the most important steps for me is removing my makeup. It’s not enough to just have a cleanser because only an oil based cleanser can completely and thoroughly remove of your all makeup. Olive oil is really great as a make up remover and I use it all the time! Its super hydrating for your skin and, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t clog your pores! If Olive Oil sounds strange to you, try the Josie Maran Argan Cleaning Oil. I like using this to put over my face and then washing it off with a cleanser for a clean face.
After properly cleaning my face, I make sure nourish my skin with Aromatica’s Rose Absolute Nourishing Facial Oil. This fast-absorbing facial oil is formulated with Bulgarian rose oil and a wonderful blend of other oils (i.e., organic argan oil) to hydrate and nourish skin helping it appear more healthy and radiant all year around.
FOOD FOR YOUR SKIN
I LOVE natural remedies that take one minute to whip up are are ready to go in your kitchen! Below are my top 3 kitchen remedies that always save my skin:
- Ice Ice Baby – I love giving myself an ice facial everyday! I have found that massaging ice into my face dramatically improves circulation in my skin and gives me that healthy glow. Wrap an ice cube in a thin cotton handkerchief and massaging it gentle across the skin for one to two minutes. I also love applying my serum first and then applying the ice on it afterwards. I notice the capillaries restrict and it creates a pulling effect that helps ingredients penetrate deeper!
- Coffee Grounds as an Exfoliant – This is one of my favorite tips, because you can exfoliate and drink a cup of coffee at the same time! After you brew your cup, wait for the grounds to cool and then rub the grounds gently over your face (and body if you want to!) and rinse with warm water. Add some almond or walnut oil to the mix to add more moisture!
- Ghee – Every nation has its own secret beauty ingredient, and I turn to my Indian heritage for my ultimate skin repair ancient weapon of choice. Ghee is clarified butter that originated in India and is commonly used in Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankan cuisine, traditional medicine, and religious rituals. Ghee rich in vitamins A, D, K2, E and anti-oxidants. Ghee hydrates all skin types without clogging pores. It contains essential fatty acids that induce hydration in the skin cells, thus moisturizing dry skin. Ghee is also considered as one of the best natural anti-aging solutions, and since I have been religiously applying Ghee for over a year I have seen all of my pre-mature wrinkles disappearing! My favorite brand of Ghee is the Madagascar Vanilla from Fourth and Heart – it literally smells like fresh baked cookies!
What’s your favorite type of natural remedy? Let me know in the comments below! Follow my INSTAPARTY for more updated beauty tips and style inspiration!