DID YOU KNOW?

today is #NationalWinterSkinReliefDay!

9 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HEALTHY (& ESPECIALLY HYDRATED!) THROUGH THE WINTER

hydration. by keeping your body hydrated, your skin will naturally follow suit. if you have a hard time remembering to sip your H2O, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder in your phone or using fun apps like Plant Nanny!💦

here’s a fun (& super helpful!) article on ways to trick yourself into drinking more water!

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-trick-yourself-into-drinking-more-water-every-da-1678956552/amp

hydration, part deux. supplements like: fish oil, lecithin, probiotics, digestive enzymes (with each meal) keep your body functioning at its best & your joints all lubricated (as well as your skin!)! please don’t get your supplements at a store. buy them from a naturopath or other such practitioner… 

swap out your moisturizer. use a rich, oil-based moisturizer (while skin is still damp from cleansing or from your toner) to help keep skin smooth & soft all winter long.

a good humidifier is a must! winter naturally brings low humidity, with stale, indoor air, heat in all its drying out forms, invest in a good humidifier, or several, to place throughout your house to keep moisture in your home. you will notice the difference!

munch (or sip!) your veggies! cucumbers, lettuces, sprouted veggies like radish & sweet peas & celery naturally contain lots of water—which makes them a perfect snack when you’re trying to keep yourself & your skin hydrated. orange & yellow veggies, like sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers & pumpkin, are great for your skin due to the antioxidant, beta-carotene & eating local, organic root veggies…boosts your consumption of vitamins A, B & E, as well as your iron & omega-3s, are the most nourishing winter foods!  

avoid hot water. hot hot showers may feel great in the moment, especially in the morning, but they suck the moisture right out of your skin!

while we are at it, turn down your heat too! 

coconut oil. virgin organic coconut oil serves as a highly effective product for body care. used internally as well as your cooking fat, coconut oil fights free radical damage, possibly due to its high levels of ferulic & p-coumaric acid, & its natural antioxidant properties. but, watch the facial skin. this oil can be comedogenic, causing those blackheads nobody wants! for your face, stick to jojoba, grape seed, hazelnut, even olive oil! 

sip pomegranate juice. this bright red fruit is packed with polyphenol antioxidants which not only fight free radicals but studies have shown that they may prevent cell aging. 

exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!!

as we mature, our skin’s natural ability to regenerate new layers of skin slows way down. manual & natural chemical exfoliation will really help not only to reveal your fresh, glowing skin, but also helps your skin absorb moisturizers & serums is much more.

one product that I use year round but especially saves my skin in the winter is my ultra protect body balm😍 this is hands down one of my favorite products!

I formulated my super unique long-wear balm as your all-over ultimate multi-tasker, essential after daily exfoliation for problem skin (like mine). its won’t-rub-off texture (’denser’ than greasy salves) provides the moisture barrier dry, sensitive, troubled skin needs & long-wear support between you & those environmental stressors.

https://youtu.be/qL2tpkRAHIA here is a video I made to show you firsthand how to correctly use the balm and why this product is so unique!☺️ additional info can be found here! https://sukiskincare.com/ultra-protect-body-balm/

please feel free to message me with any skincare questions or concerns you have!

& as always, know your beauty☺️ 

xo – Suki 

WINTER SKIN BLUES?

even though the snow hasn’t yet settled in New England, it’s still officially winter folks, & I know all too well how awful this season can be for skin—especially if you’re prone eczema, allergies, dryness, sensitivities & immunity issues…like me. stale air, cold air, heat of all kinds, lack of sunshine (for those of us who get that the sun is actually a healing force rather than a force of evil J)…I hate the feeling of dry, rough hands on my favorite silk shirt, or looking in my magnifying mirror at a flaky face (which in turn promotes blemishing…it’s all a crazy cycle)! &, don’t get me starting on that tight feeling when you stretch your lips into too big a smile & it actually causes a tear in the flesh! worst of all? thinking you’d solved your eczema problem, when bam! it returns as if to the scene of the crime…like it was waiting under the surface all along…for you to get comfy…

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& then, of course, there’s the great shower lie. the hot water & steam feels great while you’re in it, but the minute you dry off, you’re actually more dehydrated than before. huh?

it’s not all gloom & doom & darkness by 4:30 though—if you add a few simple steps to your daily & weekly routine, you really can have smooth & hydrated skin all year long. so without further ado, here are my top 10 tried & true maintenance points for winter skincare:

1. apply a pure body oil right out of the shower, while your skin is still damp (in fact, all moisturizers are best applied while damp from bathing, washing, wetting the skin – water / toner brings moisture into the skin)

2. use a thick, dense, synthetic-free body balm on top of that for sublimely smooth, dryness-free, eczema-free (if you are good & use your body scrub…skin! yes, on top of your oil—sounds decadent, but it’s not overkill, I promise, when you use a completely absorbable oil that matches your skin chemistry & really forms that base of moisture you need.

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3. use your hand lotion & lip balm all day long—keep a bottle & tube on your desk at work & another on your bedside table.

4. don’t think a facial cream applied once a day is gonna cut it. in winter especially, a reapplication is key to great looking, feeling & BEING skin. a touch of toner or even mineral water spray helps it absorb without the need to massage in & smear your makeup.

5. use an exfoliate on your lips once a week, then follow up with lip butter to kiss cracked, peeling lips goodbye. (a dry toothbrush can work too, but I’d use both for best results).

6. speaking of which: exfoliate. exfoliate. & exfoliate some more! slough those dead cells to make room for the fresh new flesh, then moisturize it like crazy to a baby soft smooth texture.

7. take a steam or sauna now & then. it’s great for detoxifying the body, your overall circulation & boosting your immune system. adding essential oils gives added glow to your skin & mood. lavender is great here as both stimulant & relaxant!

8. it’s a fallacy that you have to wash your face day & night. once daily (end of the day is most important for this reason…) with a moisturizing cleanser is fine, unless your work or hobbies expose you to lots of grit & grime. in winter, you want to do all you can to retain that moisture layer.

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9. don’t use super-hot water in the shower—it’ll seriously dry out your skin, & substitute a body oil every other day for soap. oils are wonderful cleansers that lift the dirt from your body without removing essential oils. you don’t have to have a squeaky rinse to be clean, I swear.

10. look for body products that contain coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter & other truly natural ingredients. stay away from synthetics like parabens & sodium lauryl sulfate because they are impostors! they only ACT like they are thick & moisturizing, but in reality strip your skin rather than nourishing it.

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I can honestly report that since adopting this regimen (especially scrub & moisturize), my skin stays well-hydrated & so soft all year. I may occasionally have a touch of tight feeling hands (‘cause I never wear gloves!), but I never have rough skin, chapped lips, scaling, bumps, or blemishes throughout whatever harsh winter weather my hometown of Chicago & my adopted home state of Massachusetts throw at me… & you can too.

so let it snow! please?

xo

—Suki