Winter Skincare: Glow Up For The Holidays
By: Guest: Elise Miller ~
The most wonderful time of the year is here! The days are colder, the holidays are approaching and you’re cozying up by the fireplace with your loved ones. A change in season also means that your skin will definitely need a bit of extra love during this cold time. Skin is more prone to dryness during the colder months and needs more natural moisture to make sure it stays healthy, all season long.
Go ahead and glow up for the holidays with these winter skincare tips!
Exfoliate Skin and Lips
After a day in the cold, whether you’ve been skiing, snowboarding, sledding or having a snowball fight, your skin will most likely come home feeling chapped and dry. Create an at home DIY scrub to use on your body, face and lips. For a body scrub, mix 6 parts organic sugar with 2 parts of your favorite Bodyceuticals Body Love Oils. Feel free to combine multiple flavors such as Cherry and Chocolate, just use part of each. For a lip scrub, simply combine 2 teaspoons of any of the Bodyceuticals Body Love Oils with 2 tablespoons of organic sugar. For each scrub, mix well and gently scrub with an exfoliating mitt. Rinse with warm water and a washcloth. Don’t forget to moisturize and apply lip balm afterwards, too (more on that to follow).
Remove Your Makeup
This is an absolute must year-round. Leaving on your make up can cause breakouts and clogged pores, not to mention, make up can ruin your precious sheets! I highly recommend using a couple pumps of Bodyceuticals Coconut Body Love Oil to gently remove make up with a washcloth and warm water. Bodyceuticals Calendula Facial Cleanser is also a great way to wash off the day, just be cautious of your eyes if they’re sensitive. These both will wipe clean any impurities from the day and leave your skin feeling moisturized and soft.
Drink Plenty of Water
Did you know your body needs at least half of a gallon of water per day? Some even swear by drinking a gallon per day! Water will keep your body hydrated and keep you glowing from the inside out. Try up different techniques to get yourself to drink more water by adding slices of lemon, lime, cucumbers, orange, and/or mint. Your skin will thank you!
Moisturize Morning, Afternoon and Night
You skin will crave natural oils and moisture during these blustery months. Start your morning with Bodyceuticals Day Berry Beauty Drops followed by Bodyceuticals Rose + Calendula Hydrating Facial Mist to prepare your skin for the day ahead. Throughout the day, if you’d like to, freshen up again with the Bodyceuticals Rose + Calendula Hydrating Facial Mist or Bodyceuticals Aloe Skin Soothing Spray. This won’t mess up your makeup and will keep your skin from drying out. After removing makeup, showering or cleansing your face from the day, apply Bodyceuticals Night Berry Beauty Drops followed by Bodyceuticals Calendula + DMAE Facial Créme. Your skin will be lathered up and ready for beauty rest.
Relax with a Facial Steam
Adding a steam to your nighttime routine can not only soften and detoxify the skin, a steam can also help you relax, unwind and calm you during a season that can easily become very stressful. Simply boil 2 cups of water and pour into a large bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Bodyceuticals Certified Organic Calming Herbal Facial Steam to the bowl. Drape a towel over your head and place your head about eight inches or so above the bowl. Take the time breathe deeply and relax.
Lather Up in Oil
After a shower or bath, it’s important to apply moisture to help hydrate your skin. During the winter, consider adding a second layer of protection against the cold air. After applying lotions, use Bodyceuticals Coconut Aloe Body + Hair Oil or any of the Bodyceuticals Body Love Oils that come in refreshingly natural scents of Coconut, Cherry, Chocolate or Almond. Oil will quench the thirst of your skin and help it to retain moisture throughout the day and night.
Apply Lip Balm
If you’re anything like me, I can’t go without my lip balm. It’s literally with me wherever I go, and the winter is no exception. Bodyceuticals Organic Lip Balms go on smooth, leaving your lips soft. They are formulated with organic and clean ingredients including Calendula Oil, Beeswax, and Vitamin E. This is made for those with sensitive and dry lips that require extra attention, especially during the cold days.
Holiday Gift Guide
By: Guest: Elise Miller ~
It’s about to be the most wonderful time of the year! That also means it’s time to start holiday shopping. I’ve got you covered with your ultimate wellness holiday gift guide. From high quality oils for your skincare obsessed friend to organic joggers for him and her, these are unique and perfect gifts for anyone special in your life. All of these products are hand-selected, ethical, good to the planet, and small companies that you can feel good about supporting.
Bodyceuticals Certified Organic Calming Herbal Facial Steam
The Bodyceuticals Certified Organic Calming Herbal Facial Steam is the perfect gift for your spa-loving friend. This steam helps to relax, sooth and hydrate the skin while providing a calming experience. After using the steam, the herbal water can be used in the bath, as a soak or as a hair rinse once it has cooled. Formulated with calendula, lavender, chamomile, and rose petals, this organic steam is pure for any type of skin and/or age.[$24]
Pact Waffle Jogger
Sustainably, fair trade and 100% cotton, these Pact Waffle Joggers are available for both him & her. Buy a pair for your favorite couple, your parents, and/or maybe even for you and your significant other. They’re cozy, lightweight and ideal for the winter season and come in the cutest shades. [$35]
Bodyceuticals Gift Set
You can’t go wrong with a Bodyceuticals Gift Set where you can choose from skincare sets or various lip balms (stocking stuffers, anyone?). Made with only the best of the best ingredients in all Bodyceuticals products, you can trust that anyone’s skin will love these products. [$10-$65]
Girlfriend Collective Leggings
A local brand to the Seattle area, these Girlfriend Collective Leggings are loved by all and by the earth. They are made with recycled water bottles and fishing nets and look great on any and everybody. Go with a classic black pair or switch it up with the midnight color for your fitness-loving friend. [$78]
Bodyceuticals Calendula + DMAE Facial Crème
The ultimate all natural repair cream and a best seller, the Calendula + DMAE Facial Crème is nourishing and perfect for normal, dry, mature and sensitive skin. The fresh whipped cream will give the skin hydration while boosting collagen and smoothing out the appearance of wrinkles. [$26]
Boll & Branch Robe
Because everyone needs a robe. These Boll & Branch robes are plush and absorbent with raving 5 star reviews. Boll & Branch is a company with a mission to create fair working wages, no child labor and saving water through organic farming. You can feel good buying this robe and the recipient can feel good wearing it. [$95-$100]
Bodyceuticals Calendula + Honey Balm
This Bodyceuticals Balm is great for the outdoorsy person in your life. This salve is locally made in the small town of Carnation, Washington, and formulated with the freshest and clean ingredients: organic olive oil, calendula flowers, beeswax, honey and vitamin E. This salve will soothe any dry skin area, bug bites, eczema and rashes. [$18]
Hu Kitchen Cashew Butter + Vanilla Bean
Once you hop on the Hu Kitchen Train, no other chocolate will do. Hu Kitchen’s Cashew Butter & Vanilla Bean is formulated with organic cacao, cashews, unrefined organic coconut sugar, vanilla bean, organic fair-trade cocoa butter, almonds, hazelnuts and sea salt. This stuff is made with clean ingredients and tastes like heaven. You may even want to buy a pack as a Christmas present to yourself. No judgement here. [$25]
Kim+Ono Facial Roller + Bodyceuticals Calendula Oil
A facial roller, like this Kim+Ono one, is the perfect gift to for any lady in your life - your wife, mom, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, grandma, you name it. Get her this paired with Bodyceuticals Organic Calendula Oil so that she can give herself an at-home facial. A facial roller helps circulate the blood and improves toning of the skin while calendula oil soothes the skin to leave it feeling soft and healthy. [$48]
Traditional Medicinals Seasonal Sampler
This Traditional Medicinals Seasonal Sampler is filled with all the seasonal goodness. Made in the cute little town of Sebastopol, California, with the highest quality of herbs, this wellness sampler comes with Gypsy Cold Care, Throat Coat, Breathe Easy and Echinacea Plus to stay cozy while keeping the sick days at bay. [$6]
Bodyceuticals Almond Body Bath Massage Oil
This Bodyceuticals Almond Oil is lightweight, pure and has the most warm and delicious scent that works as a body and face moisturizer, massage oil, lube or addition to the bath. Bodyceuticals also has this same amazing oil available in chocolate, coconut and cherry. [$21]
Pf Candle Co. Seasonal Classic Gift Set
This PF Candle Co. Seasonal Classic Gift Set comes with the cozy and delicious scents of spiced pumpkin, spruce, and apple picking. Made with simple and pure ingredients in the cutest little amber glass jars, these are a great Christmas host gift or for your candle-obsessed sister. [$35]
*All photos from brand websites.