Winter months and harsh cold weather can be a stressful and extra drying time for skin. We want to work with the body’s natural systems to maintain balance and using plant based, organic skin care is doing just that.
It is important to remove impurities from the skin but harsh cleansers or astringent products can strip the skin of its natural oils which causes dullness, flaky skin and overproduction of sebum leading to clogged pores. During cold and dry times the best cleansers to use are oil based or cream cleansers. Removing dry skin is especially important in the winter so we love using a gentle nourishing facial exfoliant at least once a week and dry brushing the body daily. Dry brushing not only exfoliates but also helps the flow of lymphatic drainage.
Our bodies intuitively know what they need to maintain balance and vitality. Using botanical oils is a great way to support your skin to be at its best. We love to use a lighter face oil in the morning as a skin treatment but also to provide protection against the cold and harsh winter elements. At night we love a more intensive face oil or deep hydration mask for an extra boost to really feed the skin and maintain plumpness and elasticity.
Moringa Oleifera and Meadowfoam are two of our favourite oils. For the face, Moringa brings radiance and vitality. This oil absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave any excess shine on the skin whilst still being very nourishing and protective against the elements and environmental pollution. Moringa oil is full of beautiful healing antioxidants and nourishing essential fatty acids. It’s a perfect oil for all skin types and won’t clog pores. For the body, Meadowfoam really shines. It’s a highly emollient oil and penetrates deep below the skin’s surface. This is important for locking in moisture to maintain the skin’s natural barrier and protect against harsh winter air.
It is also important to support our skin from the inside out. What we put into our bodies matters just as much as what we put on our skin topically. Nutrition is such an important part of beauty and self care. The body’s needs change with the seasons and we require more fuel to stay warm in winter months. We look to Ayurveda to guide us in how to best support the body’s needs and follow the Ayurvedic practice of eating for the season. Root vegetables are in season and healthy fats nourish and sustain the body’s additional needs for maintaining balance and strength in colder months. Warming spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cayenne and nutmeg, along with plenty of fibre help keep digestive fires burning and eliminate toxins. This promotes an internal vitality that radiates outward giving skin the healthy glow we all seek.
Staying hydrated is essential for glowing skin. By drinking room temperature or warm water we activate our digestive system and keep our bodies from becoming sluggish and stagnant.
Ona Organics by Amanda Arapoglou and Elizabeth Dorow is a line of self care rituals influenced by the wisdom and healing of ancient Ayurvedic and Eastern medicine. Each product both nurtures the physical body and uplifts the spirit and mind.