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      News — Sally B Skin Yummies

      Winter Skin Care Tips – Nighttime Edition

      The harsh winds and dry air of winter can be damaging to skin, but cuddling up in the cozy comforts of home may not be any more beneficial to your skin. Recently we shared winter skin care tips to help you throughout the day, and now we share tips for your nighttime routine. Artificial heat and water can be just as drying to skin as the air outside, so the key to healthy winter skin is moderation and moisture. Limit time in showers and in front of the fire, but do seek out moisture in forms of hot tea, humidifiers, and lotion. Lots and lots of lotion.

      AT BATH TIME...

      • Don’t linger in a hot bath. As much as you may want to, reduce the number of baths you take and keep them under 10 minutes. Hot water can quickly dry out skin.
      • Take warm instead of hot showers. Easier said than done when it’s cold out, but streaming hot water from the shower can strip your skin of important natural oils, which help skin to balance moisture.
      • Warm up with hot tea. Since a steaming hot shower is out, help your body warm up (and stay hydrated!) with a calming nighttime tea (preferably Herbal or Decaf).
      • Put on lotion while skin is still wet. At the end of your bath or shower, pat your skin dry, but not all the way. Lotion, like Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Eco Body Lotion, will create a protective layer over skin, allowing the skin to absorb any lingering water.
      • Exfoliate regularly. Dry, flaky skin cells left unattended can attract dirt and bacteria, and keep your moisturizing ingredients from properly doing their job. Exfoliating regularly - like with our Fruit Acid Toner for your face and Sugar Scrub for your hands and feet – will keep this from happening.

      AT BED TIME...

      • Remove all your makeup. Because there is a tendency to wear heavier makeup applications in the winter, especially with the fancy parties filling up your social calendar, it is important to fully remove it each night and thoroughly cleanse your face. Try our Tamanu Luxury Organic Facial Cleanser for a truly soft, smooth, and clean finish.
      • Steer clear of heat. Do not sleep in the direct air path of a heating vent or space heater. Over the course of your uninterrupted, peaceful 8-hour slumber (we can dream right?!), it can severely dry out skin.
      • Use a humidifier. If the air in your bedroom is especially dry, add a humidifier to introduce moisture into the air. Keep it close to your bed so your skin reaps the most benefit.
      • Hands and feet need “beauty sleep,” too. Get in the habit of sleeping in lotion gloves and socks a couple times a week, and always after a long day outdoors. Slather on a good amount of of B Soothed and then put on a pair of gloves or socks. Let the product absorb into skin overnight.
      • By Sally Larsen of Sally B’s Skin Yummies

      Winter Skin Care Tips – Daytime Edition

      Skin is especially finicky during the fall and winter months. Dry air, harsh winds, and artificial heat, can beat up healthy skin, causing it to dry out, become cracked, irritated or inflamed. It can even appear dull from a build up of dead skin cells, which is less than ideal for your social calendar of festive events. The holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about skin issues. Here are some winter skin care tips to keeping your skin healthy and moisturized throughout the day:

      STARTING THE DAY

      • Wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser. Our Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Tamanu Luxury Facial Cleanser is a great option because not only is it gentle, but it has anti-inflammatory and moisturizing qualities.
      • Add an extra layer of moisturizer to your skin care routine. The perfect product will vary from person to person and climate to climate, but for most of us it is a good idea to add an additional moisturizing product.  A serum, like our Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ Daytime Antioxidant Serum, is lightweight and super moisturizing, as is our newest product, Sally B’s Skin Yummies’ B Quenched Facial Oil. This lightweight oil is moisturizing and an anti-inflammatory to calm and smooth skin.
      • Don't forget the sunscreen. Believe it or not, some of the most severe cases of sunburn happen during the winter. Not only are you contending with the sun’s rays beaming down on you, its harmful UV rays also reflect off the snow for a double whammy of exposure. Be sure to choose a non-toxic sunscreen as those brands carried at Safe & Chic, as chemicals can dry out and cause damage to cells.

      ON-THE-GO

      • Increase your water intake. While products applied topically will help in the moisture department, moisturizing your skin from within is essential. Drink water continually throughout the day, not just when you're thirsty, to help keep skin from drying out.
      • Limit your sugar intake. Hard to do during the holidays, we know, but sugar isn’t so sweet to our bodies. It can accelerate the signs of aging, cause inflammation in the body, and play tricks on our energy levels. 
      • Avoid whipping winds. Harsh winds can severely dry out and irritate skin. On particularly windy days, wrap a scarf around your face and limit outdoor exposure. If you do get windburn, soothe skin with an antioxidant-rich mud mask or dab on a bit of B Soothed, our non-toxic, plant-based, petroleum jelly alternative.
      • Limit your exposure to fake holiday scents, especially candles. Tis' the season for artificial fragrance, which can cause allergic reactions. Deck your halls with live greenery instead to create a natural, healthy festive scent.
      • Don’t sit too close to the fire. Some chemicals found in smoke can dry and damage skin cells, not to mention cause a buildup of dead skin cells. Dry, flaky skin cells left unattended can attract dirt and bacteria, and keep your moisturizing ingredients from properly doing their job.
      • Keep socks and gloves dry. While moisture is good, too much moisture is less than ideal. Wet socks and gloves can irritate and crack skin, or even lead to fungal infections like athlete’s foot.
      • Always be prepared. Stash an extra pair of socks and gloves in your bag, along with a moisturizer, cuticle cream and lip balm for on-the-go moisture replenishment. Our picks for your bag: Lip Yummies and B Soothed.
      • By Sally Larsen of Sally B’s Skin Yummies