HOW TO KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED IN THE WINTER

During the winter, it is important to keep your skin soft, smooth, and hydrated. Here's how you can do that!

The first step is to exfoliate. Ideally you want to exfoliate daily. If you don't have an exfoliant, don't panic! If you have baking soda, you can easily use a baking soda slough. It is pH balanced and great for your skin. Be careful though! Some exfoliants can be really harsh on your skin and do more damage than good. The molecules in baking soda are perfect for removing dead skin cells that cling to the surface of your epidermis. If you look at the skin closely under a magnifying lens after using a harsh scrub, you can see lots of little abrasions. It feels like it's scrubbing really well but it's actually causing little cuts and scrapes on the surface of your skin.

If you want an exfoliant that will penetrate past the epidermis, we at Poppy Products make a certified organic custom blended enzyme peel. (You can email us at info@poppyproducts.com if you would to order.) Using an enzyme peel not only dissolves the dead skin cells on the surface but it also penetrates past the epidermis to promote new cell growth, turnover, and renewal.

With that being said, you want to treat your skin gently in the winter. You don't want to over exfoliate and expose your skin to the elements like sun and wind. Doing something like a baking soda slough daily in the shower is a perfect way to exfoliate and then following with a deeper treatment like the enzyme peel, once a week. Also, if you know that it's going to be cloudy and rainy, the winter is a good time to do a series of peels at your aesthetician or dermatologist.

After you exfoliate, always follow with a good hydrating toner and then your facial oil, serum, or cream.

In the winter it pays to spend extra attention on your hands feet, knees and elbows. Exfoliate them before bed with a loofah and then apply a rich hydrating cream like cocoa butter or Poppy Organic Orange Blossom Baby Lotion.