Soothe Winter Skin with 5 Natural Ingredients

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While it’s officially time to dig those sweaters and coats out of your closet, it’s also time to swap out your summer skin care products for ones that will soothe and protect your skin this winter. The chilly weather might not be in full force yet (at least not here in Hong Kong) but it will take a toll on your skin – so the sooner you treat your skin, the better.

If you already have hyaluronic acid and face oils on your skin care shelf, then you’re on the right track! To really get your skin looking and feeling radiant and hydrated all season long, I suggest you also add products that contain natural ingredients. I’m talking about honey, coconut, milk, shea butter and oatmeal. Feed your skin!

Honey

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Honey has plenty of benefits not only for skin but also for hair and nails. You can find it infused in a wide variety of products from face masks and serums to shampoos and lip balms – it’s the queen of all winter ingredients. This anti-bacterial and anti-aging ingredient is also great at moisturizing and soothing irritated skin.

You’ll be reaching for COSRX’s Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask all winter – at least, I know I will! Infused with 87% propolis extract and natural beeswax, this mask will get you through the cold weather by preventing moisture loss and keeping your skin nourished. Propolis is also an anti-inflammatory ingredient, which is perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you prefer a night cream, you can always go for the Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream from COSRX.

If you want to go an extra mile, SCINIC’s Honey All-In-One Ampoule will banish any signs of dry or dehydrated skin, thanks to its pure honey extract, royal jelly and propolis. Don’t forget to give some attention to your lips; slather on some honey and milk-infused lip oil to prevent dry and chapped lips.

Coconut Oil

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When consumed orally, coconut oil provides Vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 along with iron, calcium and magnesium. The question is: How do you benefit from using it topically? Try these coconut-infused products to find out!

The use of coconut oil in skin care has been around for generations and there’s a good reason behind it. Coconut oil helps keep skin supple and moisturized, plus it contains anti-fungal properties that make it the perfect ingredient to protect skin from bacteria or infection.

I like to use sheet masks with coconut when my skin needs a boost of hydration. It’s also the easiest way to hydrate your skin if you’re travelling this holiday season; use it either in-flight (as long as you don’t mind stares from other passengers) or post-flight to combat any signs of dryness.

Hand creams, especially ones that fit in your purse, are essential for keeping your hands soft because the last thing anyone wants is dry and rough hands. Benton’s Shea Butter and Coconut Hand Cream or the Protecting Hand and Cuticle Cream from Yes To does the trick. Just because you’re bundled up from head to toe, it doesn’t mean you can neglect the rest of your body this season! Try to incorporate a weekly full body scrub to slough off dead skin cells.

Milk

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If you want silky smooth skin like Cleopatra, you could bathe in donkey milk. But since not everyone can be like the Queen of Egypt, we have to settle with regular milk. You don’t need to take a milk bath (unless you absolutely want to indulge in one) as you can also reap the benefits through products packed with milk proteins and extracts.

Milk not only moisturizes skin, it also brightens the complexion with a side of glow. With a combination of milk protein extracts, Vitamin E and cacao seed butter, the White Milk Cream from 3 CONCEPT EYES rejuvenates lacklustre skin.

If you have dehydrated skin, a milk sheet mask can do wonders, so feel free to incorporate one into your skin care routine every night. The sun may not shine as bright as it did all summer but that doesn’t give you an excuse to skip on sunscreen! MISSHA’s All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF50+ PA++ is lightweight and non-sticky, which is just what you need for everyday wear.

Our lips will surely need a lot of TLC throughout winter, and the best way to treat chapped lips is with a lip balm that’s enriched with milk extracts like the Milk Moist Lip Balm from peripera.

Shea Butter

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A fatty substance that’s naturally rich in Vitamins A, E and F, shea butter deeply moisturizes skin, helps restore its elasticity, reduces inflammation and provides anti-aging benefits. Try this test: apply an ordinary lotion to one hand, and a shea butter-infused lotion to the other. You’ll notice that the hand with shea butter stays hydrated for hours. The ingredient also leaves skin visibly softer since it’s an emollient, meaning it can soften dry, rough and flaky skin.

There are three types of moisturizers: emollients, humectants and occlusives. To keep moisture locked in, you need the right moisturizers that include an occlusive because they help form a protective layer on top of skin while sealing all the water in. Go for rich creams like ones from Dear, Klairs and Nature Republic. Both contain shea butter, which is an amazing occlusive.

If you don’t want something too heavy, a sheet mask will do. For targeted areas, you can try PETITFEE’s koelf Pearl & Shea Butter Eye Patch. Its power combo of pearl powder and shea butter will soothe any visible under eye wrinkles and keep them firm.

Oatmeal

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Widely known as a hearty breakfast meal (especially during winter), oatmeal is a superfood with plenty of benefits for skin. These healthy and nutritious grains are a great source of dietary fiber and, when it comes to skin, oatmeal nourishes, soothes and protects from irritation.

Don’t let winter stop you from having smooth skin! You can get rid of those dead skin cells or flaky dry skin by exfoliating, and one product that does the job well is SKIN&LAB’s Glacial Clay Facial Mask, which features Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract as one of its main ingredients. The mask is so soothing that you’ll want to apply it every day, but keep it to a maximum of twice a week as over-exfoliating will dry your skin out even more. For added hydration, you can also apply a sheet mask after your clay mask session. The Saem’s Natural Mask Sheet, available in oatmeal as well as 19 other flavors, can be your go-to mask.

Let’s not forget to take care of our tresses! Nobody likes dry and brittle ends so keep them soft and strong with a hair treatment like Elizavecca’s Milky Piggy Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment, which also contains Avena Sativa Kernel Extract. I tried it myself and it brought my damaged hair back to life!