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Your Ultimate Guide to Revitalizing Dry Winter Skin

It’s that time of year again; the temperatures go down, and so does the moisture for your skin. Many choose to completely change their skincare routine with different serums and moisturizers. But we also believe that there’s a more well-rounded solution. Here are our top tips for both external and internal remedies for dry winter skin!

Pumpkin spice, anyone?

Don’t worry, we love PSL’s as much as the next person. But did you know that the main ingredients in your favorite latte actually benefits your skin as well? Pumpkin comes packed with different antioxidants, as well as Vitamins A and C, proven to not only soothe but soften your skin. Pumpkin also boosts the collagen production in your skin to help prevent those dry painful cracks from reoccurring. Cinnamon also acts as a natural exfoliant, helping to remove dry skin so that the pumpkin can soothe and renew. Here’s our favorite DIY mask recipe; 

Pumpkin Spice Face Mask

Ingredients:
¼ cup canned, plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
2 tsp pumpkin seed oil
1 tbsp honey
1 dash of apple cider vinegar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger 

Instructions:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Cleanse and apply to a dry face with clean hands or a clean applicator. Let set for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer!

Pamper yourself in silk

In any favorite bed sheet set, there are two common materials: synthetic fibers and cotton. Synthetic fibers emit plastic molecules, something your skin absorbs while you’re getting your beauty rest. And while cotton is a better alternative, letting your skin breathe a little too much could be a part of why it's begging for moisture. Our recommendation? Give silk pillowcases a try. While letting your skin get the air it needs, it doesn’t suck up all the native moisture that your skin needs. And as an added bonus, it even gives your hair a natural healthy boost!  

All the cozy soups!

While taking care of your skin from the outside is definitely a priority, what you put into your body can affect it as well. And what better way to give your skin a boost and stay warm than to cozy up with a nice, warm bowl of soup? We absolutely love squash soups this time of year, especially acorn squash. This root veggie is rich in Vitamin C and beta carotene which helps to boost your skin’s moisture. As well it reinforces the natural barrier that protects your skin from free radicals that can dry your skin and damage it. Need some ideas? Give our favorite acorn squash soup a try!

Acorn Squash Soup

Ingredients:

2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 medium-sized acom squash
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
4 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste (or add a little red pepper for a kick)
½ cup heavy cream (optional, can be substituted for plant-based creams)
Pumpkin seeds or croutons for garnish (optional)

    Instructions:

    Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

    Cut the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds. Place the squash halves on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the flesh is tender when pierced with a fork. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, carrots, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables are softened. Stir in the diced apple, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the spices are fragrant. Once the acorn squash is roasted and cooled slightly, scoop out the flesh and add it to the pot with the sautéed vegetables. Pour in the vegetable broth. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until smooth. Alternatively, transfer the mixture to a blender in batches and blend until smooth. If you are using a blender, be sure that the mixture is not hot. Once everything is blended, bring the soup to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste (or add that red pepper). If you prefer a creamier soup, stir in the heavy cream at this point. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with pumpkin seeds or croutons if desired. Enjoy!

    All hail the powers of tea!

    We get it; not all of us love coffee. And we can’t blame you. Caffeine, in large amounts, can act as a diuretic, making it hard for your body to retain the fluids it needs to keep your skin soothed. Many different kinds of herbal teas can ensure your body stays hydrated, meaning your skin stays hydrated. We cannot recommend Rooibos tea enough, as it naturally works to balance out your skin’s moisture level and prevent it from dropping again. And don’t worry if you have a little FOMO, Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Latte from Farmhouse on Boone is on our list! You have to give it a try!

    Supplementation is key

    Outside of teas and soups, your body needs a powerful punch of essential vitamins and herbs in order to feel its full effects! But we get it, sometimes the last thing you want to do during the season of warm, comforting drinks and treats is to have to constantly take different kinds of pills, choking them down with water. 

    That’s where BIOSTRIPS™ comes in. With that subtle plug, all our strips contain skin-nourishing ingredients, deliciously melt on your tongue, and can go wherever you do. Our flagship or anchor herb, if you like, is rooted (see what we did there) in Panax Ginseng. Panax Ginseng is a known wonder root that is literally packed with ginsenosides that both legends of old and current research are showing help with collagen production, wrinkle reduction, and overall skin health. 

    But wait, there is more!! Each of our strips is carefully formulated to help with other common health concerns as well. So if you are looking for something to help with energy, give your immune system a much-needed punch in the arm, or want your hormones to take a chill…strip. Then, please be sure to take a spin around our site to learn more.

    This time of year should be kept to describing crunchy leaves or snow, not the crunch of your skin!  So please give these tips a try and see the results of nourishing your skin from the inside out!

     

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