A Darke Kind of Beauty: Winter Skin Care
January 12, 2017 2 Comments
Ol’ Man Winter rolled over my area the third week of November. Seriously, we had summer-like weather almost right up to the point the snow storm blew through, but I was already prepared for the onslaught of cold, dry air that comes with a Canadian winter.
First of all, if you’re not looking after your skin in winter, you really should be. Not just on your face but your whole body. During these months the face and hands are the primary parts of the body that are exposed to the cold on a regular basis. The dry air sucks moisture from my skin leaving it dry, cracked, and itchy. I use a night cream for day and night application because the thickness of the cream can be used as a barrier to the cold air. If your favourite moisturiser has a night cream, I suggest using it in place of your day cream. Winter is also the time I use foundation. Again, it acts as a barrier between your skin and the air.
Daily moisturising is great, but once a week I do a spa treatment. First of all, it’s fun. Second, many of the home spa packages have vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin. For me, it’s also about giving my skin a much needed boost. Mature skin (like mine) needs a bit more care so I use three different products on a three week rotation. You may have seen my Instagram pics of me with a facial cream on. I don’t hide the fact I get down and dirty when it comes to my skin.
The three I use are;
Lush’s The Sacred Truth. It’s specially made for mature skin. I love Lush. If you haven’t tried it, you must! They’re a bit pricey, but their products are hand-made with real ingredients.
The second spa treatment I use is a collagen mask. One of the biggest wrinkle problems is the lack of collagen in the skin. This helps to replace it (also, taking vitamin C helps the body to produce collagen. The one I use is relatively cheap and you get two treatments per package.
The third is a detox mask of blue clay by St Ives. Clay has been used for centuries on the skin and with the minerals in them they are great for pampering yourself. There are different colours depending on what you want or need. This article gives you a good idea of how clay masks work and what’s in them.
When purchasing any skin care product, do some research on products first. Advertisers make you feel as though you need all of it, but you don’t. Stick to your skin type and what you want the product to do.