How to Shop for Winter Beauty Products in 2019
If you live in a colder climate like I do - which would be in Canada, then you know that your skin will be in need of extra hydration and protection. It's important to choose products according to your skin type. Since I have sensitive, acne prone skin that tends to get oily in the summer but dry in the winters with more redness around the cheek bones - I tend to look for products with keywords such as "calming", "soothing", "sensitive prone skin", "calendula", "oily/combination", "acne/blemish". It should be noted that even those with oily skin, tend to experience dryness in the winter. You'll notice that a lot of beauty products nowadays will have some of these keywords especially in their descriptions so make sure you are taking the time to read what is on your product.
In the colder season, I look for products with keywords like "hydrating", "soothing", "calming". If you can't find these keywords, definitely look at the ingredients. Sometimes, product descriptions are not enough to convince us why we should use a product and for the conscious customer, looking at the ingredient list is a great way to understand what you're putting on your skin. Since we promote natural beauty, the word "natural" and/or "organic" should also be keywords to look for in products in addition to seals.
When searching for natural ingredients for dry skin, fragrance-free is the way to go especially if you tend to experience redness, have a reactive/sensitive skin. Some really amazing plant oils to look for in ingredients are borage seed oil, argan oil, evening primrose oil, sunflower seed oil, cranberry seed oil, rosehip seed oil. Plant based oils have antioxidant properties and can help defend skin against environmental aggressors.
Plant butters such as shea butter and cocoa butter to name a few, these are excellent for nourishing and replenishing dry skin in addition to preventing moisture loss. Keeping skin moisturized/hydrated is key to preventative care for dry skin. Other moisturizing ingredients to look for are ceramides, glycerin, omega fatty acids. If you are going to use any face mask this winter, be sure to use a hydrating and calming one. My favorite hydrating face mask is Rose Clay & Ginseng Mask by Bohemian Reeves. It's great for sensitive skin, doesn't leave my skin feeling dry (it's ph balancing) and smells like a heavenly bouquet of roses!
Here are some natural beauty products that I recommend (which are also my daily skincare routine beauty staples) that will keep your skin healthy and hydrated throughout the cold and dreary winters:
- Aqua Aura Reparative Eye Creme (Earth Harbor Naturals)
- Cocoa + Cupuacu Butter Body Lotion (Burt's Bees)
- Calendula Intensive Skin Recovery Cream (Weleda)
- Aloha Love Nourishing Cream Cleanser (Earth Harbor Naturals)
- Rose Clay & Ginseng Mask (Bohemian Reeves)
- Purifying Cream Cleanser (Kosmea)
- Soothing Lavender + Lemongrass Hemp Lip Balm (Green Glow Beauty)
- Rejuvenating Rosehip Serum (Green Glow Beauty)
You can find more of these products in our Winter Essentials Collection.