As the seasons change, you may be noticing changes in your skin too. During the cooler seasons, skin is usually more prone to dryness, irritation, and dehydration. Here are some of my favorite skin care ingredients to use during the fall and winter months.
When I think of the autumn and winter, I think of juicy pears! Pears are excellent to use in skin care. They are mildly exfoliating, but gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. Pears leave the skin soft and smooth, and hydrated. I like to use pears in masks and scrubs. For a super easy mask, mash a small slice of pear and apply it onto your facial skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse well. It’s super simple, but your skin will look and feel fabulous! You could add other ingredients to your pear mask like oatmeal, clay, honey, or yogurt: the possibilities are endless!
Avocado oil is a great oil to use during the cooler months. It is suitable for dry, dehydrated, normal, and combination skin, though some people with oily skin love it too! It is also great for sensitive skin. Avocado oil is a rich, heavy weight oil. However, unlike other heavy oils, it is very fast absorbing. It is very effective at helping the skin retain moisture. Avocado oil is rich in vitamin D and lecithin. It is highly recommended for scars and inflamed skin issues like eczema or dermatitis.Jojoba oil is really a liquid wax. It is similar to the skin’s natural sebum, making it a boon during colder weather. It is suitable for all skin types, whether your skin is very dry, extremely oily, or anything in between! Jojoba oil is often used in many anti-aging products; it is recommended for fine lines. It is also excellent for inflamed skin issues. Jojoba oil has a very long shelf life.
Be sure to buy cold pressed, unrefined oils, and organic if possible. Avoid solvent extracted highly refined oils, which are stripped of their nutrients and much of their benefits.
Rose hydrosol is a great ingredient to use during the cooler months. It is very hydrating and mildly astringent, perfect for all skin types and many different skin issues, including acne. Plus it smells exquisite! I like using it as a toner and hydrating spray: I use it after cleansing and before moisturizing, and I mist my skin throughout the day to keep it hydrated. Rose hydrosol can be added to many other products, such as cleansers, water based serums, moisturizing serums, creams, lotions, masks, and more.
Here is my eco living article on how to change your skin care routine during fall and winter. Includes a recipe for an awesome banana chocolate mask!
I have previously written an article on other great ingredients you can use during the wintertime. They are great ingredients to use during the fall too!
Here is my recipe for a wonderful toner made with rose hydrosol, featuring another awesome autumn skin care ingredient: cranberries! http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/686-eco-living-lis-cranberry-toner
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Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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