For many women, winter means months of dull, tired-looking, irritated skin. To help right your most common cold-weather skin woes, try a dermal detox, which assists in shedding unwanted toxins, irritants, oils and pollutants from skin. Here are a few essential steps to get started.
1. Embrace Exfoliation
Many women are frightened to exfoliate in winter, fearing they’ll make their dry, itchy skin worse – but the complete opposite is true. Using a gentle exfoliator helps speed up skin’s natural renewal process by removing dead skin cells that just sit on the surface, sullying your complexion and clogging pores – and often exacerbating that dry, irritated feeling. By getting rid of this debris, skin not only feels smoother, but it also looks healthier with increased circulation and boosted radiance. If using an exfoliator with discernable scrubbers, choose a gentle one with very fine particles made from Jojoba Beads or Sugar (avoid large abrasive ingredients like Walnut Shells that can cause tiny tears in skin). For super-sensitive skin, try Decleor’s Phytopeel,a soft cream exfoliator that uses Clay, not micro-particles, to smooth skin.
2. Clarify Your Complexion
The most common way to decongest skin is with a clarifying mask made from natural ingredients, which are less likely to irritate than harsher chemicals. Mud or Clay masks are best for absorbing impurities like dirt and oil, while Sulfur-based masks are helpful for minimizing breakouts on those with acne-prone skin. Regardless of skin type, the mineral-rich Glacial Clay in Alaska Glacial Mud Co. Purifying Mineral Mud Masque is ideal for drawing out impurities, clarifying and smoothing skin with over 60 nourishing natural elements and minerals. For a quick fix, try ModelCo Heat Caps to cleanse, exfoliate and unclog pores in 60 seconds with its special thermal Clay formula, which helps open pores for deeper detoxification.
3. Maximize Moisture
When moisture gets zapped from skin as the thermostat plummets, it tends to get flaky, dry and stressed out. Look for a nourishing day and night cream that packs a one-two punch of essential moisture (look for ingredients like Aloe, natural oils, Hyaluronic Acid or Ceramides) and antioxidants (found in ingredients like Vitamins A, C and E, Grapeseed Oil, Alpha Lipoic Acid or CO-Q10). Kathleen Lewis’ Vitamin Cream does just that with super-moisturizing natural oils and a unique vitamin cocktail for superior antioxidant protection. For extremely dry skin, Perricone MD Intensive Moisture Therapy quickly quenches thirsty skin while protecting it from future damage.
4. Brush Your Way to a Beautiful Body
For a little natural body exfoliation, try dry brushing, which is widely recommended by holistic practitioners to remove dead skin cells, rev up circulation and enhance skin detoxification. Using a large, soft, dry brush (preferably with natural bristles), gently brush small circles from your feet up your body toward your heart. After finishing with your legs, move to your arms and fingertips, still moving toward your heart. Then brush your back, moving around toward your stomach – but do avoid sensitive areas like the inner thighs or face. It’s simple to do in the shower before turning the water on and can be repeated every few days for smoother, more glowing skin from head to toe.