Our friends at The Chalkboard Mag are sharing 7 not-so-secret secrets for maintaining your most glimmering glow, from now through the holidays…
Transitioning into the colder months with grace — and glow — means strategically upgrading your skincare routine before the season starts. The truth is, our skin’s needs truly change this time of year and making adjustments now will pay off all season long.
Swapping in some deeply hydrating solutions is a must, but that’s only step one. Protecting our skin this coming season requires small shifts in our daily habits and a few extra steps in our daily skincare routine. Read on to learn how:
7 Daily Habits For Glowing Skin
Superpower your water.
Yes, drinking plenty of good quality water is key in the dry winter months, but as long as you’re making the effort, why not superpower your water with a squirt of citrus, a trace mineral tincture or herbal tea? Believe it or not, infusing water with the tiniest bit of salt or sole can also be beneficial for your health.
Hydrate with food.
Yes, water is key for good hydration, but did you know that hydrating foods are also important for skin health and hydration? During the colder months, hydrating foods like broth, pureed veggie soup and herbal tea are the perfect way to stay warm while deeply hydrating your body. We love bone broth for all that skin-supporting collagen, but if you’re vegan you can also try a mineral-rich veggie broth.
Supercharge your skincare.
Does your skincare routine include an ‘essence’? Water essences have only recently received more of the attention they deserve. Jurlique’s Activating Water Essence is used after cleanser and before any serums, moisturizers or oils and here’s why: the inclusion of botanical extracts attract and hold water, preparing your skin to absorb the full benefits of your serum and moisturizer. Activate your skin’s ability to retain moisture over the winter months by adding this step to your routine all season.
This is what it’s all about when it comes to glowing skin in every season. There’s no more satisfyingly effective skincare habit than a good facial scrub, and Pai Skincare’s Kukui and Jojoba Beed Skin Brightener is a great choice for skin that’s easily troubled by dry winter air.
Pencil yourself in.
Look at your calendar and make sure you haven’t overextended yourself. Stress is at the root of many health problems and skin reflects our overall health. Want glowing skin? Be good to yourself by planning a bit of time for rest, reflection and a good sweat throughout the week. Take a look at your plans for the season: will they actually make you happy? Or will you be overtaxed, unrested and overstressed? If your answer is the latter, you can expect your skin to look the same.
Layer your skincare.
There are winter days so dry that no amount of cream or oil seems to satisfy skin — that’s where a hydrating serum comes in. If you’re not already layering your skincare products, consider giving a serum a go this winter — and here’s why: a moisturizing serum will do what your moisturizer alone can’t. A serum can provide a layer of moisture underneath your daily moisturizer that’s more effective than simply piling on a thicker layer of your cream.
Make sleep a priority.
Make a pact with yourself to always remove makeup before hitting the sheets (even after a late night). A simple one-step cleanser that also removes makeup is key to keeping up with good habits. Falling asleep with clean skin ensures that you’re making the most of those healing hours of beauty sleep and avoiding clogged pores or breakouts.