Just another "mild" winter day in Minnesota -9F (-22C) This season is especially marvelous!
Of course, I couldn't miss the opportunity to take a little walk before somebody shoveled this beautiful snow away. As you may know, cold therapy is part of my health protocol to improve resilience to colds and flu. I promise it's not as horrifying as it looks : ) trust me!
If you live in the northern states, it's important to remember that cold and harsh conditions can zap away natural oils, leaving our skin extremely dry and flakey. So extra hydration is a must! Use heavier (richer) creams and moisturizers - three times a day if necessary instead of the usual two.
Are you into winter outdoor activities? It's best to allow 45 - 60 minutes for your skin to absorb oils/creams before going outside.
Here is your 2023 "gorgeous glow" winter skincare routine using Vika's Organics!
Use gentle, alcohol-free Vika's Facial Wash to purify and hydrate your skin. I formulated it with an all-organic plant and natural formula that washes away impurities. It protects your skin from environmental pollution and works as a mild exfoliator. Use daily (morning and night). Choose the one that matches your skin type (oily or dry). Our Facial Washes are soap-free and contain no synthetic emulsifiers or artificial fragrances.
If your skin is dry and craving moisture, you’ll love Vika's botanically based alcohol-free organic Floral Toners designed to hydrate and balance your skin's pH! Safe and gentle Lavender/Geranium Hydrosol, Aloe Vera, Apple Cider Vinegar, and organic essential oils. Please choose the one that matches your skin type (oily or dry). Also, Vika's Propolis Myst Facial Toner works for all skin types and is very popular among our customers!
At this step, I have a world class selection of organic facial treatments for dry skin! My favorite morning blends are Earthly Elixir, 'Prodigal Sun' and Seeds of Life. They are light and easily absorbed to the deeper skin layers.
Balancing Serum is the best choice if you want to normalize and balance oily skin. It is hydrating and light without feeling sticky or oily while giving your skin a nice glow. This is a USDA Certified Organic product.
Step 4 (optional). For very dry skin try adding moisturizing Geranium-Propolis cream 20 to 30 minutes after applying a serum. This is a great final touch in your morning skincare routine! Very light and hydrating.
Step 5 (optional).
To keep at bay inflammation created by acne use Vika's Acne 'TNT' over Propolis Myst Facial Toner. 'TNT' formula is based on Ayurvedic Science with Turmeric, Jojoba, Tamanu nut oil, Lemon essential oil and Sandalwood.
At night, your skin needs even more attention! For extra exfoliation, I suggest making a quick mix on the palm of your hand. Add 1/2 tsp of Vika's Exfoliating Facial Scrub to a teaspoon of Facial Wash. The Cleanser works more efficiently when paired with Facial Scrub in removing toxins that skin releases during sleep (do this twice a week). Vika's Exfoliating Facial Scrub is a USDA Certified Organic product.
At Vika’s, we have terrific hydrating organic toners with anti-inflammatory essential oils, Aloe Vera gel, and flower hydrosols. They are very gentle, soothing, not overwhelming in scent. Again, try Vika's Propolis Myst Facial Toner which works for all skin types.
We have several nourishing night serum options, such as Virgin Pearls Serum and Sea Buckthorn Serum. I find myself reaching for Vika's Anti-Wrinkle Serum more than any other. This is a very potent anti-aging treatment! One of the most amazing ingredients in this oil blend is frankincense. You might say it has over two thousand years of 5 star reviews! : ) Many books have been written on the healing and medicinal properties of Frankincense. One interesting quality is the oil's ability to help lighten skin with dark pigmentation.
I also recommend rotating serums for exposure to different vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids to provide "food" for your skin from a wide spectrum.
Please make sure to always apply serums on damp skin (after using one of Vika's Toners) in order to lock-in moisture.
Virgin Pearls and Anti-Wrinkle serum are both USDA Certified Organic products.
Many customers have reported a noticeable lightening effect on their skin after using Vika's Raw Cream (Shea Butter, Rosehip seed oil, Macadamia Oil, Aloe Vera gel, Rosemary, and Lavender). I recommend Raw Cream for dry skin as a rich night moisturizer. Diligent use for at least 3 to 4 months may also help dark spots fade. Raw Cream is quite rich, so only a tiny amount is needed for your entire face. Also, apply this Cream on damp skin after Facial Toner for better absorption.
Raw Cream is a USDA Certified Organic product.
I LOVE clay masks! Why spend $$$ on a spa when Vika's 'Moroccan Queen' Facial Mask can be delivered to your doorstep?
A fusion of silica, magnesium, potassium and calcium naturally tone, absorb impurities, gently exfoliate and detox your skin while minimizing pores. I recommend using 'Moroccan Queen' Mask after washing your face and misting with Facial Toner. For dry skin mask once or twice a week in winter time. Keep mask on no longer than 10 minutes (to avoid skin over drying), then simply wash off with lukewarm water. Moroccan Mask is my secret "mild facelift" : ) I often use it before special occasions!
Please don't ignore the delicate skin under your eyes! I carefully selected a luxurious blend of oils for this area using ancient aromatherapy science in Rosa Dew Serum. Use one drop under each eye 30 to 40 minutes before bedtime. It is a USDA Certified Organic product.
Last but not least - soothe your hands, feet, elbows, and body at night with Vika's Body Butter, 'Orange Zest' or 'Lavender Wonder' Balms for silken softness. Organic unrefined Shea butter, Sesame Oil, and Avocado Oil infused with essential oils. All three Vika's Soothing Balms are USDA Certified Organic.
Please keep in mind all my products are quite concentrated so only a small amount is needed. Be consistent and patient for the best results!