Planting and expanding my Upstate organic calendula flowerbed in the hope of a massive, beautiful crop of healing, soothing flowers.
I’ve chosen high resin, organic orange calendula flowers, which I use as the base of my Artisanal Cleansing Balm.
If all goes well I hope to develop a soothing antiseptic facial spritz from a calendula based infusion.
Stay tuned and Happy Spring!
A good idea this Winter is to layer skin care products.
Here’s a great duo from Diane Higgins Skin Care to cure the harsh Winter Blues…
The Hydra-Replenish Cream is perfect for the Winter as it contains lactic acid, a gentle fruit acid which eliminates flaky dry skin. Shea butter and calendula round out the experience by drenching the skin with moisture and smoothing the appearance of lines.
For delicate skin add another blanket of protection this Winter by applying just a few drops of the Organic Facial Oil on top of the Hydra-Replenish Cream. This not only prevents the loss of moisture but heals, stimulates cell renewal and enlivens the skin.
Hydra-Replenish Cream with Lactic Acid (2oz)
Now only $45.00 (was $52.00)
Organic Regenerating Oil (2oz)
Now only $58.00 (was $70.00)
I love this time of year; Winter is around the corner with snowy evenings to spend with
friends and holiday parties to plan. I try to settle my anxiety of the hustle and bustle and focus on what is really important – family, friends, laughter and reflection. I am so grateful for many things in my life and one of them is having found my niche in the world of work.
Here are my suggestions for caring for your skin during the cold weather ahead and a glimpse into keeping your skin sparkling through what can be a stressful and busy time of year.
- During the winter the temperatures drop as well as the humidity and the winds pick up. This combination can wreak havoc on the skin.
- Most notably your skin struggles to stay moist during the extreme winter conditions. This is known as `trans epidermal water loss` – this can happen to all skin types.
- Consider a creamy cleanser as opposed to a foaming cleanser at this time of year.
- Look for anti-inflammatory moisturizing ingredients when building a winter skincare routine.
- Some good natural ingredients are calendula, comfrey, Shea butter, jojoba and rosehip oils as well as glycerin.
- Another absolutely key ingredient to combat dehydration is hyaluronic. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our skin and surrounding our joints, it can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. As we age we produce less hyaluronic acid.
- Look for topical products with this ingredient to boost hydration and plump up skin cells.
The winter is also a great time to consider a series of corrective peels either to help with fine lines, hyperpigmentation, overall skin texture or to help clear acne. Don’t ignore eczema/psoriasis and rosacea flare-ups. One is especially vulnerable to these uncomfortable conditions during the winter. Make sure not to ignore the importance of hydrating, soothing and comforting ingredients during the harsh weather.
Finally, don’t forget to use your sunblock even though sunny warm days seem like a distant memory.
Diane Higgins Skin Care products that work beautifully in the Winter:
- Organic Lavender Cleansing Milk (deeply cleans and gently exfoliates)
- Artisanal Cleansing Balm (super comforting and cleansing)
- Ultra Soy Peptide Cream, 02 Rejuvenating Cream, Willow Serum (all great sources of hyaluronic acid)
- Shea Body Butter (deeply moisturizing)
- Coconut/Coco Butter (excellent for eczema flare ups)
- Diane’s Best Lip Balm (homegrown organic comfrey infused balm so your lips never chap)
At Diane Higgins Skin Care it is our aim to use the least amount of packing without compromising our products and when it comes to skin care, our products are environmentally safe, cruelty-free and made with only the highest quality ingredients.
If possible we encourage you to always use:
organically grown products minimally processed ingredients stripped down packaging
What you will find in Diane Higgins Skin Care Products:
• Natural Fragrances derived from essential oils and herbal extracts
• Healing and Medicinal Plant Extracts
• Natural Fruit Hydroxy Acids and Marine Based Ingredients
• Powerful Anti-Oxidants to protect and fortify the skin
• Organically grown ingredients
• Made In the USA
What you will not find in Diane Higgins Skin Care Products:
• Parabens are never used
• Artificial colors or fragrances are never used
• There are no Sulfates in any of the products
• Harsh Chemicals are never used
• Petroleum products are not found in Diane Higgins Skin Care
• Of course there is never Animal testing on any of these products!
At this time of year, all skin types experience surface dehydration leading to a lack-luster complexion. Are you suffering with skin that feels tight, dry, even itchy? Do your pores look enlarged and congested? Are you looking for rejuvenation?
With Spring upon us, here are some tips to heal stressed skin and enter the new season with fresh, glowing skin.
• When washing your face, water should be tepid and not too hot.
• Wash with a gentle cleansing milk or cleansing balm, not a foaming cleanser. Your face should feel clean and NOT tight.
• Exfoliation is a MUST! Sweep away dead, lack-luster skin cells and decongest clogged pores with regular exfoliation. I recommend two times a week with a gentle product. Avoid sharp particle exfoliants.
• Fruit acids are great exfoliators. Alpha hydroxy cleansers are also wonderful for exfoliation and for their anti-aging properties.
• After months of cold, windy weather and indoor heating, your skin needs hydration in a big way. I love serums containing super hydrating hyaluronic acid and organic facial oils to plump up skin cells.
• Use your serums/facial oils day and night under a moisturizer.
• Choose your moisturizer according to your skin type. Avoid mineral oil based creams. Organic and natural skin care is preferred.
• Normal to dry skin can benefit from ingredients such as shea butter, peptides, olive and jojoba oils. Hyaluronic and anti-oxidants such as green tea and alpha lipoic acid help with environmental stresses on the skin.
• Even oily skin needs light hydration to keep skin cells healthy and to avoid clogged pores. For oily skin types look for oil-free products.
• For all skin types, choose a moisturizer that feels comforting and absorbs into the skin easily.
• To avoid hyperpigmentation, brown spots, premature aging, not to mention skin cancer, always use sunblock with a 30 SPF or higher. Sunblock isn’t an option and you should be wearing one rain or shine.
• If it is not dark out, ultra-violet rays are present and your skin should be protected.
• Use a broad spectrum sunblock with UVA and UVB protection and I prefer a sunblock that contains zinc and titanium also known as physical sunblocks.
To insure a glowing complexion this is a great time of year for Microdermabrasion Rejuvenating Facials and Ultrasonic Cleansing of the skin. Check out my website for more details on these treatments.