As beautiful as winter is, it can be pretty brutal on our skin. Pair that with some seasonal allergies and you could wind up with a dry, flaky, and inflamed face. Fortunately, there are several skincare products that can help quench your skin’s thirst and eliminate inflammation.
Use a cleansing oil
During the dry months, try replacing your typical face wash with a cleansing oil. Many face washes contain alcohol which can strip your skin of it’s natural moisture when removing dirt, oil, and makeup.
Cleansing oils will still remove makeup and impurities. However, it will not strip your skin of it’s natural moisture.
Kopari’s Coconut Cleansing Oil is a great option because its key ingredients are coconut oil (which hydrates), green tea oil (which soothes skin), rice bran oil (which deep cleans and hydrates), and camellia seed oil (which moisturizes, softens and protects skin from harmful exposures).
Tone it up!
For those who are more prone to acne, I recommend using a toner after you’ve oil cleansed. Even though added oil is a very good thing in the dry season, it can be a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria. Toners can help balance that issue and remove any remaining dirt from your pores.
I use Mary Kay’s Clearproof Blemish Control Toner with a cotton pad rather than a cotton ball. I put a dime size amount of toner on the pad and work it around my face in a circular motion. Cotton balls are great for applying toner but the pads picks up the remaining dirt on your skin.
After you’ve toned your skin, it’s important to bring some hydration to it. If you started your routine with a cleansing oil, you won’t need much moisturizer to get the job done.
Kopari’s Coconut Face Cream is my current go-to due to the fact that it helps with not only hydration, but inflammation. You can use this morning, day, night, or all three. This particular cream has antioxidants and fatty acids in it to help strengthen skin while giving it a more youthful appearance. It also helps promote collagen production – which declines as we get older.
A good eye balm
For those that deal with face inflammation due to allergies, a good eye balm can help decrease the puffiness you see under your eyes and around your cheekbones. Eye balm is a step we overlook until we really need it. The good news is, that’s when we see the most results from it.
Kopari’s Starry Eye Balm delivers a dose of caffeine to help de-puff, illuminate, and refresh tired eyes. So how does caffeine help with inflammation? As we get older, we tend to increase production of an inflammatory molecule called adenosine. A new study found that caffeine helps block adenosine production resulting in less inflammation.
Treat yourself to a detox mask
If you can spare to give yourself 10-15 minutes, I promise it can be worth it for your skin. If you find yourself saying, “I really don’t have time to do a face mask,” block out 15 minutes on your calendar to do so. You and your skin are worth that.
Knowing I’m investing specific time into myself, I want to make sure the product I’m using is worth while. That is why I go for safe, chemical free masks. The new detox mask by Kopari has no silicones, sulfates, parabens or GMOS.
A little bit of this mask goes a long way and it leaves your skin tingling in the best way possible. It also has two detoxifying clays in it which help pull impurities out of pores. It also contains plant based probiotics that calm inflammation and super foods that give essential nutrients back to the skin.
I planned on only using this mask once a week, but that quickly changed to at least 3 times a week due to the results I saw and felt. I put this as the second step of my skincare routine – right before I moisturize.
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