2016 #skingoals: 5 Rules to Drive Away Dry Skin

5-rules-for-dry-skinHow do you like my clever use of alliteration?  Sweet, huh? I’m going to try to keep it up for the whole #skingoals series.. Just to keep you entertained!

So dry skin is the number one skincare complaint I hear about from you guys.. and I’m with you! It seems like pretty much October-March spells dry, lackluster skin, be it from the cold weather, the dehydrating indoor heating, or less moisture in the air.  Either way, it sucks.  Personally, I managed to drive away my dry skin a few years ago with the tips I’ll share below, until they all came back after I had little M. A few weeks after I gave birth, my cheeks, chin and jawline got insanely dry, and it took months of experimenting with different hydrating techniques to really make a difference.  But my pain is your gain! I was able to further refine my remedies to suit even the most stubbornly dry skin.

Follow these dry skin rules and you will be a beautiful, hydrated, goddess in no time at all! (And by no time at all, I mean anywhere from 1-3 weeks… true beauty takes time, people).

Hydrate and Glow with Sunkissed Dream Cleansing Oil

Sun kissed Dream Cleansing Oil

If you’ve been reading The Organic Beauty for a while, you know I am huge into using cleansing oil to wash my face. This has been the biggest skincare game changer in my whole damn life.  Ditching the face wash and using oil has cleared up my stubborn breakouts, eradicated my dry skin, and helped my skin be youthful and glowing year round.  And it’s not just me! This skin cleansing method has changed the lives of so many of my clients, who’ve been battling issues like acne, rosacea, dull and dry skin for YEARS.

Lightweight Nourishment for Parched Skin

Brittanie's Thyme | The Organic Beauty Blog

This time of year, everyone seems to be struggling with dry skin.  I thought I would be immune to this skincare woe by moving to southern California, but it turns out even a warm climate doesn’t render you immune to seasonal dry skin drama. Said drama is compounded for those of us with combination skin, as we can’t just slather our skin with heavy moisturizers and creams and not wake up to a veritable oil slick on our foreheads.  For combo skin, finding the the right products to balance oil, nourish skin, and keep it hydrated through the winter months can be a challenge. Which is why I love my new skincare find, Brittanie’s Thyme.

Deep Cleansing Argan Oil Magic

IMG_5730We’ve long been obsessed with all the amazingness that is argan oil here at The Organic Beauty.  It’s healing and hydrating benefits are unparalleled, and it makes for a phenomenal and versatile treatment for skin, hair, even cuticles!

Though we’ve been staunch advocates of the oil face wash method for a few years now, it took the power of argan oil and a little company out of North Carolina called Goldenseal Wellness to convince us that there could be another option.

Enter the lathering, soothing, healing and hydrating Artisanal Argan Cleanser with Eucalyptus.  Made with a base of hand-milled, small batch Moroccan argan oil, with the addition of some extra healing ingredients, this cleanser is deep cleansing without over-drying, and deeply hydrating without making your skin oily.  After cleansing, skin feels super clean and fresh, without that tight, dry feel you get after using most other face washes.  We can totally see this becoming a summer skincare staple in our home!

Winter Beauty Essentials Giveaway!

I am super excited to introduce our February giveaway, featuring some of our absolute favorite Winter Beauty Essentials!  This goodie kit is a veritable who’s who of amazing organic beauty companies that we love.  Inside you’ll find:

  • A full-size bottle of Voila Natural Pure Organic Argan Oil for gorgeous skin, hair, and nails.  {Check out our article on argan oil for more details on how this magical beauty ingredient will totally change your life and revolutionize your beauty.}
  • A full-size bottle of Surface Skin Care Acai & Blueberry Body Lotion for super antioxidant skin protection, repair, and brightening.
  • A full-size bottle of Surface Skin Care Acai & Poppy Seed Body Wash for gentle exfoliation, renewal, and anti-aging.
  • A full-size bar of Purity Apothecary Organic Lavendar & Vanilla Soap with coconut oil and shea butter for soft, hydrated winter hands. {Stay tuned for our review of Purity’s amazing line of skin and body care products!}
  • A full-size pot of Verita Argan Butter Lip Balm in Jasmine Blossom Tea for combating those chapped winter lips!

Total value is over $100 of beautifying items!

TO ENTER:

  1. Sign up for our mailing list to get awesome exclusive content, tips, and special offers delivered right to your inbox (never more than once a week — usually less than twice a month!)
  2. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram (or both for an extra entry).
  3. Leave a comment below with your number one favorite way to stay beautiful in the winter!  It can be a food, beauty ritual, self-care practice, whatever keeps you radiant!

You’ve gotta complete all three steps to enter the giveaway!  We’ll announce the winner next Friday afternoon (EST) so make sure you enter before then!

So excited to share our favorite beauty tools with you!!

xoxo,

The OB

———————————————

And Our Winner Is…

Kate!

Congratulations! And thank you to everyone for entering!

Stay tuned for our next giveaway, coming up in the next couple of weeks!

Argan Oil: Your All-Purpose Beauty Workhorse

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Argan oil has been having its heyday for a few years now, and due to the endless number of beauty benefits it boasts, we don’t think it’s going anywhere. At The Organic Beauty, we’re all about simplicity. Nature provides us with some of the most potent and effective (not to mention safe and non-toxic) beauty ingredients that totally eliminate the need for the synthetic, harmful products found on the shelves of pharmacies and department stores. And Argan oil is quickly topping our list of the most effective and versatile ingredients out there.

Extreme Skin Nourishment from Biao Beauty

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Biao’s Beauty Rejuvenation Collection

It’s no secret that dry, winter skin is something that plagues many of us, and is yet another reason to dread the coming of  these darker months.  Well, I am happy to report that you can cross this winter bummer of your list!  Introducing the Beauty Rejuvenation Collection from Biao Beauty.  This line of hyper moisturizing, extremely nourishing products are your key to dewy, glowing, soft skin all winter long, no matter what mother nature throws your way!

The secret to this amazing line of products is a potent one-two punch of Epicalmin TCM and babassu oil.  Epicalmin TCM is a synergistic blend of three plants traditionally used in Chinese Medicine which have amazing protective and anti-aging effects on the skin.  When combined with babassu oil, which improves skin’s elasticity, suppleness, and moisture, the result is an amazing combo for youthful, glowing skin!

I’ve been using the Rejuvenating Night Creme, which leaves my skin feeling like absolute silk.  Loaded with other powerful skincare ingredients like olive oil, vitamin E, lavender and honeysuckle, the cream is also intensely healing for sensitive skin or skin prone to eczema or psoriasis.  The rose scent, which is absolutely heavenly, comes from palma rosa oil, which is not only yummy smelling, but has powerful oil regulating and cell regenerating effects, making it perfect for reducing the appearance of wrinkles or scars.  I wake up in the morning with glowing, supple skin, that, I kid you not, barely even needs a brush of powder to look flawless!  This is definitely my new favorite night cream.

The Rejuvenating Mask is also a vital addition to your winter toolbox. Not only does it totally drench your skin with intense hydration and essential nutrients, it also detoxifies, deep cleans pores, and combats premature aging.  Ingredients like green tea, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin A add even more power to the line’s already powerful herbs and oils. The mask goes on like a thick cream, and I definitely felt something tingling under there.  When I washed it off, my skin looked like I had just gotten a facial.

Organic Beauty-Biao Skincare

Sprouting boxes! How beautiful!

These formulas are, of course, all natural, and free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and Triclosan.  To boot, the boxes — which come with such warm fuzzy reminders such as “Remember to think beautiful thoughts to create positive energy during this skin beautification,” (adorbs, right?!) — are also plantable and embedded with a mix of seeds including Baby Blue Eyes, Black-Eyed Susan, and Siberian Wallflower.  How’s that for eco-friendly! (Click the photo to enlarge and see the seeds sprouting when you soak the boxes!)

To celebrate this beautiful line, we’ve got a couple goodies for you!

First, we’re holding a giveaway!  To enter, just complete the following 3 steps by this Sunday, November 24th:

  1. Follow us on Twitter!
  2. Leave a comment on Biao’s Facebook Page sharing what makes you feel beautiful, inside and out!
  3. Leave a comment here sharing that you’ve completed the two steps!  Bonus if you share your answer here too ; )  We want to know!

Second, Biao Beauty is looking for 15 women between the ages of 35 and 55 to test their product!  If you’re interested, fill out the form here to be one of their testers!

Here’s to perfect, glowing, winter skin!

———————-

Our giveaway is now closed… Congratulations to our winner, Erica Jones!