By: AnnaMarie Jones
It’s that time of year again. The walk to our car is a bit more brisk and we are adding on more and more layers. You probably have noticed that your skin is slowly starting to change as well. More dry in certain areas or maybe even some redness where it usually isn’t? That’s more than normal. Our bodies change with the elements around us so we might as well get prepared for our skin to be different in these cold months compared to when the weather was warm and felt good. I always make sure to keep specific products with me at all times when the weather gets cold and incorporate them into my daily skincare routine to keep the hydration I like all year round. And lucky for you it’s the season of giving so I won’t keep them to myself.
Starting at the top of the list with our tried and true, everyone’s go-to product for hydration, and that’s the Watercress Hydration Cascade by Farmhouse Fresh. This moisturizer tackles basically everything I previously mentioned and is totally versatile with when and how to apply it. This Farmhouse Fresh product can be used in the morning with your daytime skincare routine or before you apply your makeup, it can be used at night as a nighttime moisturizer, or as an overnight mask if applied with a more generous amount. The moisturizer is also gel based which means it’s formulated with water as it’s main ingredient instead of oil. Although both ingredients are beneficial for moisturizing the skin, water is best for dehydrated skin and that’s exactly what starts to happen when the weather gets more cold. This is a staple piece that can help you keep your refreshed, hydrated look all year round and should definitely make its way into your skincare routine this season.
While we’re on the topic of Farmhouse Fresh, they also have a mask that targets similar skin concerns like the Watercress Hydration Cascade moisturizer does. The Pajama Paste Mask is the second product that should find itself in your skincare bag this winter. This is a soothing active yogurt mask that you can actually feel working when you apply it. It instantly cools your skin while soothing and moisturizing any dryness and redness on your face. Remember when I mentioned your skin getting more red when it’s cold out? Yeah, this is your guy for helping with that. Not only does it moisturize and help reduce redness but this mask also has anti-aging elements on top of that! I know, say less right? This Farmhouse Fresh product is a bit stronger than the first one I mentioned, so it shouldn’t be used on skin that’s too sensitive but would be a perfect fit for someone looking to tackle redness, anti-aging, and keep their skin hydrated consistently.
My last two winter favorites for dry skin are by a different brand, Derma E, and they’re actually a great dynamic duo. That would be the Hydrating Day Cream and Hydrating Night Cream. Start your morning off by applying the day cream by itself, with other skincare products, or even under your makeup. It has hyaluronic acid to keep your skin hydrated all day and also green tea that helps to soften and smooth your skin for a more youthful look. Once the day is done, that’s when the night cream comes in. With a generous layer, the product works its way into the skin throughout the night and distributes hydration and anti-aging moisture that stays deep within your skin. If that doesn’t sound like the two most needed things in your skincare routine, I don’t know what does!
Just because it’s the season of giving and I’m also here looking out for you and the health of your skin, I have a few more tips for at home that you can do before or after your skincare routine, or just whenever you need some extra TLC. First, I’d recommend sleeping with a humidifier in the room. This is beneficial for many reasons, not just for the sake of your skin. The air in the house can keep dry in the winter and when you sleep, your entire body can feel dehydrated when you wake up so just imagine what it’s doing to your skin. Adding moisture into the air you’re breathing when your body is resting will help you wake up feeling hydrated and refreshed and will pair nicely with the moisturizing skin care you put on the night before. Another tip is to try to eat foods that are rich in water. With the colder weather comes the holiday season, and with the holiday season comes a lot of food. Food that isn’t always super hydrating for your skin. Once all the cookies and cornbread are taken care of, incorporating some water rich fruits and veggies back into your daily meals will help to re-balance and hydrate your skin. Lastly, the obvious but frequently overlooked tip to hydrated skin, is water. Drink it up! When you know you’ll be outside for a while shoveling snow, have a glass of water before you go out and a warm cup of tea after. If you know you’ll be at home socially distanced and having a few drinks to celebrate the new year, spend the day hydrating with water beforehand. If you pay attention to these small details, you will definitely start to see the results.