How to get your best skin ever this winter
We cannot believe that it's already the third week of January! Yes, it is snowy and cold. The heat is always running and it definitely can wreak havoc on the skin.
Winter is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin, though. The long, hot summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure that you experienced -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and restoration.
Here at Seed, we are sharing our expert tips for soft, healthy looking skin all winter long.
1. Exfoliate your skin.
Lift dead skin cells, which make your skin look ashy and dry, with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skin care routine, yet it continues to be one of the most overlooked. Everyone needs to exfoliate.
Why? When dead skin cells are sitting on top of your skin, pores become clogged. You will likely either experience acne or your skin will just look dull and flaky (or both). Helping your skin slough off dead skin cells is essential because those clear pores will more readily absorb your other facial care products, helping them to work more effectively.
Use a gentle facial scrub or facial brush to manually exfoliate, or choose a chemical exfoliant such as AHA (alpha hydroxy acids). If you are oily or prone to blackheads, look for an exfoliant with salicylic acid (BHA).
Seed Expert Tip: While it may be tempting to exfoliate daily, thinking that your skin will look even healthier, it is important not to do so more than twice a week. Why? You can get too much of a good thing. Your skin is fragile and over exfoliating the skin will cause everything from increased sensitivity to acne flare ups.
2. Replenish lost moisture with Hyaluronic Acid.
Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, making it a powerful weapon against dehydration. It helps skin retain moisture and skin plumpness and it works like a sponge to draw water to the skin.
It can be used on all skin types, even oily, and experts agree that there really is no better ingredient to help provide an extra dose of moisture.
- Find it in Seed Extra Moisturizing Face Cream.
Seed Expert Tip: Don't forget to use a toner before you moisturize. Facial toner helps remove the last traces of cleanser and balances skin pH, helping the ingredients in your moisturizer to work more effectively.
3. Give your hands the attention they deserve.
Your hands -- overworked, often exposed, and typically neglected. It's the perfect recipe for a serious case of dryness and dull skin.
Look for a decadent and rich cream with natural butters and oils to help your hands always look their best. Seed's award-winning Extra Moisturizing Hand Cream is a must in your skin care routine. Shea butter, jojoba, grape seed, sunflower seed, coconut oil, and more offer your hands (and cuticles) a truly pampering experience.
Seed Expert Tip: Don't forget the cuticles! Massage your hand cream between fingers, into nails and cuticles. Your manicure will look like a million bucks with healthy, soft hands.
4. Don't forget the lips!
Summer sun damage + the upcoming chilly temps = chapped lips.
Pamper this sensitive area to our water-free nourishing lip oils. Seed Lip Oil provides pure, plant-based moisture from Mother Nature's finest natural oils and will soften, protect, and hydrate lips in a way other lip products cannot.
Plus, smooth and soft lips are the secret to helping your lipstick and lip gloss go on evenly.
Seed Expert Tip: Layer! Apply your lip oil and seal in all the goodness with our intensive Soft Balm for even greater pampering.
5. Switch out your lightweight body lotion for a rich cream.
We all love a silky, lightweight lotion, but now is the time to swap your lotion for a rich and luxurious body cream with skin pampering ingredients.
Choose a formula with ingredients like antioxidant grape seed oil, decadent shea butter, protective green tea, and sunflower seed oil, which can help skin retain moisture.
Seed Body Cream is a great option -- and everyone adores it! Check out what our customer, Cindy, says about the cream:
"This body cream is the absolute dream! It is thick and rich yet is absorbed readily but not overly quickly allowing for me to bask in the luxury of soothing properties. Regular use of this has totally changed my skin. It is especially lovely after a bath, yet hands, arms, feet get almost daily treats with this. Just the best ever."
Seed Expert Tip: On damp skin, spritz on Seed Body Oil and then seal in the moisture with our rich body cream for the ultimate in hydration.
Just like you'd add some new sweaters and boots to your winter wardrobe, making sure your skin care arsenal is appropriate for the weather is crucial as well.
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.