When the leaves start to fall and the air begins to cool, we get excited for some relief from the hot summer months. Whether you’re holiday shopping, making trips to the snow or hanging around a bonfire, Winter brings out some of the most memorable activities of the year. Along with these memories, the coldest season brings something else – dry and ashy skin. While you’re participating in all the fun the season has to offer, you’re exposing your skin to the harsh weather that just seems to suck all the moisture out overnight. You haven’t changed your routine, so what’s going on? During the winter months, the air outside becomes cool and dry. To escape the chill, we rush inside and crank up our heaters, thus drying out the air inside too. All of this takes a toll on your upper skin layers, also known as the stratum corneum. This layer of skin acts as a shield to protect you from environmental toxins and grime and helps to keep moisture locked in. As we continue to expose our skin to the cold, we cause this layer to dry out and open our natural skin barrier to the brisk air and chemicals around us. This is when you will start to notice ashy, sometimes even flaky skin. It will start to cause cracks and make your skin situation even worse. So how do we work to keep our skin protected during the holiday season? You have to keep it hydrated.
Where to start?
The first place people start to notice dry skin is their hands. This is because our hands are always taking on the brunt of our daily activities. Between washing them, working with them, and leaving them exposed to the cold air, our hands tend to get ashy and cracked pretty quickly. The best thing you can do is find a product that contains ingredients that are hydrating and will absorb quickly into your skin. Way of Will carries the Calming Hand & Body Lotion which is infused with all-natural essential oils. This nourishing blend of avocado oil, shea, cacao seed butter, and almond oil is sure to restore the natural equilibrium of your skin. This formula contains hyssop essential oil which will cleanse and calm your irritated hands, while the rose geranium will lift your mood with a woodsy floral scent. To ensure your hands are getting as much moisture as possible, make sure to apply this lotion after washing so you can ensure your locking moisture in.
How to see a quick change to the dry skin on your face
Typically we are pretty good about using our moisturizers on our face, but during this time of year, your regular moisturizing routine might not be cutting it. You need to ensure you’re using a product that is vitamin and antioxidant-rich. The Way of Will Face Moisturizer – All Skin Types is an all-natural product that will help fight against those flaky dry spots. This formula is infused with Ylang Ylang and Frankincense essential oils that work together to help keep your skin’s youthful appearance. The Way of Will face moisturizer provides your skin with all the vitamins it needs to help improve your skin tone and reduce moisture loss so you stay hydrated and replenished. Make sure you’re using this product twice a day after cleansing and toning to ensure your face will stay soft and supple all year round.
Give your whole body the hydration it needs
Since we tend to focus on our face and hands, sometimes we don’t realize that the rest of our body needs love too. The cold air outside will start to break down the upper skin barrier all over, so you need to make sure your hydrating all of your skin. Many of us turn away from body oils because they tend to feel heavy or greasy without actually providing the hydration we need. Looking for something that feels lightweight? Try the Way of Will 06 Warm Up Body Oil. This formula is packed with Vitamin E and omegas that will nourish and re hydrate your skin. This body oil is infused with Nutmeg essential oil which helps to relieve muscle and joint pain and promotes blood circulation while the Galbanum lifts and balances your mood. This is the perfect product to use after a long day facing the colder weather. If you tend to get oily or congested skin the 07 Breather Body Oil is a great option for you. This formula has antioxidants and linoleic acid that will help revive dry ashy skin. The Breather Body Oil is made with Grapefruit essential oil, which helps to naturally detoxify and decongest. The oil also has anxiety-relieving properties from the inclusion of Cedarwood oil, which will leave you with a sense of calm. All of the Way of Will body oils are made to be lightweight, never leave your skin feeling greasy, and work to control moisture loss. These luxurious formulas will nourish your skin and keep your mind at ease.
Even though the sun is gone, we can’t forget that our skin still needs protecting. Making sure you are diligent about moisturizing is the best way to keep your skin from drying out and cracking during this season. Make sure that the products you are using are packed with vitamins and oils your skin craves, and don’t leave any part of your skin out in the cold. As winter rages on, make sure you’re keeping your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water and applying your moisturizers daily and you’ll be sure to banish that winter skin for good!
How are you going to keep your skin hydrated this holiday season? Let us know in the comments below!