Happy autumn, Badger friends! Fall in New Hampshire evokes images of oversized sweaters, leaves crunching underfoot, and harvest. The days start to get shorter, the air crisper. And as hearty New Englanders, our thoughts shift to final preparations for winter. For a number of us that includes adjusting our skin care routines to compensate for the drier, colder temperatures.
You may not think of skin care as a seasonal affair. But no matter where you live, each season brings with it different facets that can impact your skin. We know this first-hand at Badger – it’s how our company was founded!
So here are a couple of seasonal tips plus a few of my favorite Badger products that get me through, year after year.
Listen to your skin
Your skin will give you subtle cues if something in your routine isn’t working. For example, I will develop little dry patches on the lower parts of my cheeks.
If you use multiple products, the best approach is to troubleshoot. Instead of trashing your whole routine and starting over, try switching products out one by one so that you can to isolate and address the problem. A fall/winter change may require more moisturizing, so you can start by switching to a more emollient moisturizer. Or you can simply add a product to your routine to see if it helps, instead of throwing out your whole routine and starting from scratch.
Just remember to give your skin at least a month to adjust to the change before you decide whether they work or not. Even small changes in your regimen can have unintended results. Be patient, and listen to your skin.
This word conjures images of harsh scrubs, chemical peels, and pink skin, but it needn’t. Exfoliation is simply the removal of dead skin cells from the top layer of skin. This smooths, brightens and reveals your healthy new skin underneath.
A quick search of exfoliation brings more results than you can imagine (and maybe a few you don’t want to). But I find that regular, gentle exfoliation with a soft organic cotton washcloth gets the best results. It’s a more sensible approach as opposed to mechanical brushes, harsh chemical peels, and (eek!) microbeads.
Other benefits of exfoliation include stimulating circulation with massage, improving skin’s ability to absorb moisture, and encouraging cell turnover. For a more exhilarating exfoliation, try making your own scrub using sugar or finely ground grains. Too sensitive for physical scrubs? Try making a mask made from enzyme-powerhouses papaya and pineapple.
Jentri’s Top Badger Picks for Winter Skin Care
Here are some of my never-fail Badger buddies for winter months. Do you have a Badger must-have for winter? Add to the list in the comments below!
Damascus Rose Body Oil – this is the stuff of queens. In fact, I wax poetic about rose just about every chance I get! I love it because New England winters are dry, and body oil is the best at soothing my extra dry skin. A few drops goes a long way when applied to my slightly damp skin after bath or shower, and it leaves my skin glowing and hydrated. Just remember that this is a highly concentrated moisturizer so use sparingly.
Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands – the product that launched Badger almost 20 years ago is still the best stuff for really dry, cracked hands. I was introduced to the product back when I was a baker (2001!), and it’s still my go-to when my paws take a beating. Olive oil moisturizes, beeswax seals in skin’s moisture and provides a protective barrier, and it has just the slightest hint of wintergreen scent. I am never without a tin of this stuff in my medicine cabinet.
Cuticle Care – As the hot air is circulating around in the winter months, I like to smoosh Cuticle Care into my fingers while I unwind in the evenings. Part hand-repair, part aromatherapeutic ritual, I find the geranium-ginger scent goes quite well with my evening tea. Just use caution if applying this before handling that can’t-put-it-down novel, or don some cotton gloves for an extra-intensive treatment (and page-protection).
Sore Joint Rub – yup, in the wintertime I will apply this orange-gold balm to my feet before I head outside to shovel. Cayenne and black pepper extracts aid circulation, and as you apply this rub you can feel the warmth – literally! (That being said, use caution if you have really sensitive skin, and avoid sensitive areas.) If I’ve got a bigger shoveling job than normal, I sometimes apply Sore Joint Rub to muscles that I anticipate getting sore (biceps and triceps). If you’re a winter outdoor exerciser, try this method before heading out to keep muscles loose and limber.
Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm – full disclosure: this time last year I would have said Damascus Rose Beauty Balm. A week ago I might have said Argan Beauty Balm. But I’ve become so enchanted with the Seabuckthorn formula recently that I feel the need to call it out for this post.
This little jar is a vitamin powerhouse, and I can almost feel the dry patches on my face soak up every last little bit. Seabuckthorn has loads of vitamin C, apricot oil brings the vitamin A, sunflower oil is bursting with vitamin E, and pomegranate is a vitamin B complex. Couple this with a sweet citrus/floral scent (not to mention the rich golden color of the balm) and you have a well-rounded meal for the skin. (Also great for hands, elbows, and just about anywhere dry skin crops up.)
Argan Leave-In Conditioning Hair Oil – I use a few drops to smooth flyaways and add shine, all-the-while conditioning and nourishing my long hair. I’m a no frills gal, especially in the winter. So if I’m going to use a styling product it’s best if it’s a 2-in-1. I feel like that’s what I’m getting with this oil. And I tend to use a blow dryer in winter months too, lest I get frozen-helmet hair. So I make sure to give my locks a little more nourishment than I do in summer months.
The best method is to apply a few drops of oil to the palm of your hand, rub my hands together, and use my fingers to gently comb the product into damp hair (pre-blow dry). I only go about as high as the bottom of my earlobe when applying, and use a wide-tooth wooden comb to distribute evenly.
What are your winter Badger staples for hair and skin care? Add to the list in the comments below, inquiring Badger minds want to know!