6 Winter Beauty Tips For Sensitive Skin
Being sensitive is a positive thing for society, as those who have delicate sensory instruments set the standard for the beauty industry, the environmental industry, the manufacturing industry, and for how cultures interact. Those with sensitive skin also tend to take better care of their skin and bodies, which then sets the standard for new anti-aging discoveries and positive body messages.
More than 20% of the population is considered sensitive or in some terminologies, empathetic.
And sensitive people often have sensitive skin, and entire sensitive sensory systems in addition to having certain intuitive abilities.
When you take care of your skin and body each season, it frees up more time for you focus on your life's work, feel better about the skin you're in, and overall, it allows you to live a more peaceful life (okay, some if it is because you'll just be less itchy).
Because there are challenges and delights for doing this each season, here are:
6 tips for nurturing skin care this winter season
incorporate a rehab night cream into your routine
A night cream is simply a heavier than normal hydrator that helps protect and nourish the skin while locking in water to your skin while you sleep. In nature, plants do much of their reparative work at night and likewise, so do our own cells.
Night creams can be oil-free, and also water based.
Being that water makes up over eighty-percent of the body, it's important your skin has this to do its best repair work, which during winter, is when it's most needed.
Because dry skin can be painful and also a distraction from fulfilling your life's purpose, try slathering on something like the Pacifica Beauty's Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream ($11.29 from Amazon) for more moisturized, nourished, and cared for skin by morning that you don't have to worry about and provides your skin with plenty of non-irritating moisture.
introduce a hydrating serum with natural cushioning ingredients
Sensitive skincare is all about protection, nourishment, and improving the skin's overall resiliency. Serums can include concentrated ingredients which improve your skin's ability to bounce back and adapt in response to stress.
Serums formulated from ingredients that naturally create this resiliency cushion in ecosystems, can also help your skin during stressful winter condition such as which experiencing winds, snow, or cold.
Try adding a serum with mushroom, algae, kelp, or propolis extract to your routine this winter. If you need an oil-free version, check out Acure Organics CGF Repair Serum ($15.04 on Amazon), which uses algae as it's main ingredient and is completely oil-free.
silicones and sealants ...save them for the last step!
Silicones are sealants and they're also popular ingredients in winter moisturizers, masks and primers because they help protect and smooth skin.
Silicones (also known as: Methicone, Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyol) are also used to seal water pipes and windows from outdoor moisture and air coming in, and when added to your beauty products, they can make your skin feel super smooth, and protected.
However, when placed directly against your skin, silicones can also trap bacteria and oil, not letting skin breathe, ultimately creating blockages in the pores.
So try hydrating this winter without blocking the flow -
Brands such as:
All strive to be silicone-free, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly while still protecting and nourishing your skin, without causing blockages and giving the skin more of a cushion to breathe and interact with the ecosystem. This coconut water infused primer by Too Faced ($25.00 from Amazon) is perfectly hydrating for winter.
Take care of the hands
When you take good care of your hands, it echoes out into the universe a message that you can also take good care of others.
Further, dry hands and cuticles means breaking skin, which will invite illness, and you deserve to always feel your best.
So to take care of those hands this winter -
If you get hangnails or dry, ripped cuticles in the winter, try using Trim Nail Care Sticks ($1.49 from Amazon) to push back cuticles, along with any daily nail oil of your choice to keep your hand and nail area comfortable, protected and sealed up this winter. This is a much more gentle, also cheaper, alternative to using a metal nail pusher and a cuticle cutter to do the same job, also it's more nurturing.
To keep the barrier function of your skin on your hands high, Welda's Skin Food ($12.34 from Amazon) is my best friend, but I also love emu oil, almond oil and shea butter for the hands and especially the cuticle area. Doing this will also moisturize nails, promoting healthy nail growth, too.
Relax your way into cellular regeneration
The winter is a great time to lay back and take care of yourself.
So why not stimulate cellular regeneration, boost your skin's natural healing process and restore your natural radiance while you do it?
Red light therapy and facial massage are both fantastic ways to spend the extended periods of night winter can bring and they can be incredibly relaxing, release negative energy, and stimulate the cell recovery process, all important actions for those with sensitive radar systems.
For massage: Bring circulation back to the face, stimulate the healing process, and release stored emotion. I use both a Gua Sha tool (this is the one I have from Amazon) and a Jade Roller. I even talk about both in my Membership Program as ways we can release stored negativity from our muscle tissue)but I also suggest trying out a NuFace into your routine if it fits into your budget, which incorporates microcurrent to help stimulate cellular tissue.
As far as red light therapy is concerned: It works, and it's also incredibly relaxing to the nervous system, especially if you choose an option that includes heat such as Organic Olivia's DIY Red Light Therapy set-up or the Silk'n FaceFX. I've tried both the DIY method proposed by Olivia and The RejuvaliteMD by Trophy Skin and honestly, I like them both, for different reasons.
Just an FYI though: Organic Olivia's method uses an incandescent bulb, which produces heat (extra cozy!) thought to accelerate the renewal process, but an incandescent can also drive up electric bills, so if you'd like to do the DIY method for red light therapy, but still want to keep your costs down, try replacing it with a deep red LED equivalent bulb instead - such as this one by RubyLux ($49.99 from Amazon).
Moisture is lost from the body through the lips as you breathe, therefore, this is one of the areas of the body most prone to the effects of dehydration. During the winter when the air in the homes and buildings is often naturally drier, meaning this winter is when our lips will tend to need and want the most of our care.
To keep lips feeling cared for during winter: Exfoliate them daily with a q-tip dabbed with a bit of moisturizing balm.
This keep them supple and free of excess cells, revealing their softer appearance underneath.
If you'd like to give them the extra treatment, or you're travelling and need an on-the-go option, I really like the moisturizing and exfoliating duo that is the Yes to Coconut: 2-Step Pucker Up Kit.
Softer lips will help you stay more comfortable this winter, make it more relaxing to speak, and most importantly, it will protect them from the cold winter winds.
As always, winter season, especially in the more northern climates, can be dehydrating, so for especially beautiful skin and nails, stay hydrated - drink more water than you would in the summer. Caring for your skin as an empath, or a sensitive, however, you want to call it, is a very nourishing and symbolic activity that falls into that self love category we all could be doing a little more of. All in all, listen to your skin this season and every season and when it speaks to you, respond, it will tell you what it needs.
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Amanda Linette Meder
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