Living in Denver means we are #blessed with beautiful snowy winters but it also means getting the life and moisture quite literally sucked out of our skin. As much as we try to down multiple gallons of water a day and eat healthy fats to supplement our skin from the inside out, we need to also focus on ingredients we can apply topically. We've compiled a list of the top five ingredients we've come to rely on as soon as temps average 40.
Indian Senna Seed - Indian Senna, soon to top the list of celebrity baby names. This herb is known in the beauty world as "nature's natural hyaluronic acid" because of its ability to deeply moisturize and condition the skin. We, and 600 other beauty lovers, love Josh Rosebrook's Vital Balm Cream for not only this star ingredient but because it provides us long-lasting moisture that is perfect for dry winter days!
Mango Seed Butter - Name so good I want to spread it on a cracker. This delicious butter derived from mango seeds is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A which help brighten, plump, and revitalize your skin. It's lasting hydrating properties will not only make your skin buttery soft but will help treat dry patches, flakiness, and environmental stressors, and diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. We love slathering some of One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-tasking Wonder Balm on morning and evening, especially after a long day of skiing!
Hyaluronic Acid - An oldie but a goodie. Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that's spoken about in hushed voices because of how much we adore it. It's able to hold one thousand times its weight in water which means super intense lasting hydration! Indie Lee's Squalane Cream mixes hyaluronic acid with olive-based squalane oil, rose seed oil, carrot seed oil, and Vitamin E for a truly rich skincare superstar.
Sea Algae - mmm tasty. Just like a seaweed wrap at the spa will infuse your skin with botanicals and intense hydration, sea algae not only hydrates your skin but helps improve your skin barrier so you lose less throughout the day. We love it in Kypris's Antioxidant Dew which is one of our bestsellers. It's formulated with ferulic acid, an antioxidant powerhouse, rose extract, tamanu, and Vitamin C for a perfect addition to any oil or cream winter cocktail.
Enzymatic exfoliators - Remember your P's! Papaya, pumpkin, pineapple, etc. Some may wonder why we included a non-hydrating ingredient in this list but read on and wonder no more. It's always important to exfoliate and even more important when you need to slough off that top layer of dead, dry cells. Making a habit to smooth away dulling skin with a gentle enzymatic exfoliator so that serums, oils, and moisturizers can penetrate deep and work to properly hydrate your skin is extremely important in the winter months. We have many masks and exfoliators to help with this but our pick this winter is the Suki's Resurfacing Enzyme Peel. It's gentle enough for all skin types and will smooth skin, fight the look of acne scarring and pigmentation, oxidative stress, and premature aging for a truly bright, clear skin tone.