How to get your best skin ever this winter
We cannot believe that it's already the second week of December. While the calendar technically still says Autumn, your skin is likely showing the effects of winter temperatures.
With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Winter is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. 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 prep your complexion for the winter months ahead.
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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