Transition to Winter (2016 Update)

by Megan Schwarz | December 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

Beautiful snow covered trees and decadent pumpkin lattes go hand in hand with dry skin, red noses, and chapped lips. While a humidifier in your bedroom at night will work wonders to prevent winter-induced dehydration, there are also a few tweaks that you can make to your beauty routine that will leave you glowing and radiant on even the coldest days!

A simple swap of your summer cleanser for something a little more nourishing will go a long way to preventing flaky, dry skin. Proper cleansing is the foundation of any successful beauty ritual. And though the main goal is to remove dulling, pore-clogging residue, it’s also vital to avoid stripping the skin of its protective lipid layer. That squeaky clean feel is a sign that you’ve gone too far and could lead to increased redness, irritation, and infection. So ditch the soap in favor of something a little silkier.

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     •  de Mamiel Pure Calm Cleansing Dew
     •  Jacqueline Evans Castile Cream Cleanser
     •  Laurel Facial Cleanser: Normal/Dry
     •  Kypris Cleanser Concentrate 
      • Maya Chia The Great Cleanse

If dry skin has got you down, it’s time to stop avoiding hydrating mists. A mist can add much needed moisture throughout your beauty routine. Try spritzing before applying serums, after applying serums, and throughout the day when skin starts feeling tight and itchy. Seek out formulas with hydrating elements, including oils, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid and avoid over-priced water sprays at the drugstore. Mists that are comprised of water alone actually lead to greater dehydration by pulling water from the skin as they evaporate.

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Amly Silver-Rich Facial Mist
     • Laurel Facial Elixir: Normal/Mature
     • R. L. Linden Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist
     • Jacqueline Evans Rooibos Toner
     • Soul Sunday Rice Water Brightening Mist

Winter is not the time to skimp on moisture! Though it may seem counter intuitive, drying out your delicate complexion can exacerbate conditions like acne. Don’t be afraid to trade in your lighter moisturizers for richer creams and balms. Seek out hydrating oils, like avocado, pomegranate, and rosehip, and nourishing butters, like shea and mango. Applying ample moisture day and night is key to enjoying a flake-free winter!

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Jacqueline Evans Argan & Rosehip Moisturizing Cream
     • Province Apothecary Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer 
     • Mahalo Balm
     • Laurel Facial Balm: Transform Daily
     • Siam Seas Elements Beauty Balm

While it may seem decadent, try patting 3-4 drops of your favorite facial oil onto your cheeks, nose, and forehead after applying your moisturizer. Facial oils seal in the hydrating benefits of your moisturizer and prevent essential water from evaporating from the skin. More importantly, oils impart a lit-from-within radiance. If you’ve shunned oils in the past, there is no better time than winter to give them a chance!

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Laurel Facial Serum: Antioxidant
     • Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum
     • Maya Chia The Super Couple
     • Skin Owl Geranium Beauty Drops

You may begin to notice that the area around your eyes is starting to feel dry and crepey and that your lips are starting to crack. Fear not, there are plenty of hydrating remedies available to you. Seek out ultra-comforting, cushy balms for both your eyes and lips!

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Laurel Eye Balm
     • CAMP Matcha Latte Eye Cream
     • de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm
     • R. L. Linden La Balmba Rosa Lip Balm
     • Cocovit Orange + Basil Lip Balm

A little something extra – Boost your immune system this winter with wellness tonics from Wooden Spoon Herbs and Sun Potion


December 13, 2016


I love your site and I love the picture of the fox. So beautiful and so winter! I’ve been following for years and your site and changed so much. It is really beautiful. Thanks.

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