New Year, New Intentions
The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to rest and reflect, it gives us a chance to change old habits that are no longer serving us and start healthy rituals in their place.
And, although the start of a new year is a great time to reassess, I think it’s important to remember that we can do this at any point! I’m constantly trying to work on my mental and physical health and focus on setting new goals for myself - improving my health and skin is an overall lifestyle shift, never a concrete goal with a clear-cut start and finish date. Progress is fluid! Our bodies and our skin are always changing and adapting. And I can’t think of anything more beautiful!
I also like to avoid treating new intentions at the start of a year as a means to a ‘whole new me.’ I prefer to think of this time as an excuse to take a mindful moment for myself.
Skincare During Winter
In the winter months, my skin gets much more dry so I like to focus most on moisture renewal. I revamp my daily skincare routine a bit and use products that are a little heavier and richer. I’m using more Moisturizing Cream and more Eczema Cream to keep my skin hydrated, nourished and protected from the dry, cold air.
I also love to make my skincare routine feel more intentional during the winter (Seasonal Affective Disorder is real!) - more like a sacred ritual than a routine that I feel obligated to complete. As I wash my face, I imagine washing off all of my stress, negative thoughts, and anxieties. Sometimes I’ll even light a candle as I go through my ritual just to make it feel like an extra-special moment for myself.
Focusing on the quality of products I use is also important to me. Overall, daily healthy habits affect our skin. Not only should we be using high-quality, natural products, but it’s also important to be conscious of what we’re ingesting, as well. To help any skin issue, or really any issue in life, it’s important to look at the bigger picture - taking stock of of everything we’re topically applying to our skin and ingesting into our bodies. If the body is lacking nutrients, our moods can dip, our skin might start breaking out; our entire ecosystem gets thrown off.
I love to think about caring for my skin as a complete and holistic practice. A way for me to reconnect with myself and my body; take stock of how I’m feeling, how’s my mood and am I nourishing myself in the best ways?
Do you have any special skincare adjustments you like to make, especially as we enter into a new year? I would love to hear! And, if you’re feeling a little extra dry this time of year, check out our Eczema Cream for a rich, luxurious dose of moisture and nourishment.
Happy New Year, everyone!