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Sunday Rituals: 5-Step Facial to Heal and Hydrate Winter Skin

Winter is a brutal time of year for our skin. There’s the hustle of holiday travel, mad dash for projects and presents, and skin-parching parties (hello rosacea, my old friend) paired with whipping winter winds (eczema, I’ve come to talk with you again). It’s no wonder that every winter, my face’s wish list consists of nothing more than a little extra love.

So goes that saying, “the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” As I start to itch (literally itch, for lack of sunshine and humidity) for sun and sand in some soft and faraway warmer clime, this season I’ve set a quiet ritual of candles and a few favorite ocean potions. Sundays are set for my afternoon vacation embarkations into the bath.

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Bottled straight from the sea, all-natural OSEA Malibu is my longtime skin savior and go-to for weekly holidays in a bottle. Their powerhouse skin solutions are packed with vitamins, minerals, and natural ingredients like certified organic seaweed that’s hand-foraged as it drifts from the sea to Patagonia’s pristine shores. Organic, vegan, and gluten-, GMO-, cruelty-free, they check all of the boxes for sensitive skin and conscious consumption alike.

OSEA’s products get along with my skin so well that I’ve actually been following the same skin routine since I stumbled across their site summer before last. A few weeks back their founder’s daughter, Mary, reached out to see if I’d like to try a couple of their newest formulas, a blemish-fighting mask and sea serum that’s packed with skin food. Here’s how I’ve integrated both into a fresh routine that’s calming and nourishing my skin through the holiday season.

0. Start by surrounding yourself with candles and a relaxing playlist (Fleet Foxes, Futurebirds, and Phosphorescent will keep you warm all winter long).

1. After running a washcloth under warm water to dampen the skin, wake up that face with a layer of Ocean Cleansing Mudd, OSEA’s bump-busting cleanser that combines algae, tea tree, peppermint, and rosemary to gently clean with a tingly cool finish. Smooth it along your face and neck, then leave it to work its magic as you put on a cup of hydrating botanical tea.

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2. Rinse everything off with warm water, pat dry, then use fingertips to apply a pump of Red Algae Mask all over your fresh face. This potent formula is quickly becoming known as the “jet-lag mask” for its mix of algae, red wine, and French clays. It can be used as either an all-over mask or as a use-anywhere spot treatment (I applied it to a blemish on my shoulder blade the other night and by morning, everything was dried out and cleared up — this stuff is great). Like OSEA’s brightening White Algae Mask, it’s transparent enough to smooth on and fall asleep wearing, so long as you’re not working with stark white sheets! It has a minty, herbal, and slightly medicinal scent as it hits the skin with a gentle tingle. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes while you enjoy that cup of tea.

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3. Run warm water over your washcloth and gently wipe away all of the algae mask. Then give your whole face a few spritzes of Sea Minerals Mist, a calming blend of Patagonian seaweed, Dead Sea salt, and aloe vera. I decanted a bit of mine into a travel size bottle to keep at the office and deliver a daily afternoon pick me up. It’s a great primer before applying your daily moisturizer, and beautifully works double duty as a soft finishing spray to set your makeup.

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4. Once your face has dried a bit, pump a dollop of Vitamin Sea Serum onto your finger and glide it over your face, adding a little extra to those character lines and any uneven spots. Made up of seven seaweed extracts, turmeric, green tea, plant-derived ferulic acid, and a generous dose of natural hyaluronic acid, this serum is one serious skin food. With a scentless consistency similar to royal jelly, it visibly smooths and brightens with a finish that sets quickly to lock in moisture and vitamins.

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5. Last but not least, add on a layer of Atmosphere Protection Cream. I said it once and I’ll say it again: This smells divine – like rosemary and lavender and sunshine and childhood in a jar. It’s super lightweight and super duper moisturizing.

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That’s it! Five steps to DIY a healthy and simple Sunday facial.

CLEANSE | Ocean Cleansing Mudd
MASK | Red Algae Mask ℅ OSEA
MIST | Sea Minerals
TREAT | Vitamin Sea Serum ℅ OSEA
HYDRATE| Atmosphere Protection Cream

What’s your favorite way to bliss out the weekend?

PS: My daily OSEA routine for healthy, glowing skin, 5 minute makeup routine, 7 everyday makeup tips with Kjær Weis

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  • This sounds like such a lovely routine Jess, love your photos too 🙂 I agree with candles and music to relax. I like pampering my skin when I can, especially now it’s getting drier!

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

  • Anonymous

    I’d love to know if you’ve found a natural solution for winter eczema on legs. Using Dr Bronner’s soap and following up with Weleda lotion works in summer, but in the winter I start to itch!

  • I have the same problem with itchy winter legs! I think the culprit is three-fold: 1, a lack of sun exposure on the legs, which translates to a lack of Vitamin D and can cause itching; 2, hot showers and baths that dry the skin out; and 3, shaving then putting on skinny jeans and going into the freezing cold, which further irritates everything. I’ve also noticed it’s worse when I switch razor heads to a fresh blade (and have heard that shaving down your leg, with the grain instead of against it, might help with that).

    So! I try to dry brush before bed/putting on lotion, which is not for the faint of heart but does seem to help (you can use a natural fiber bath brush instead of buying a separate brush just for dry brushing).

    In the bath, I also exfoliate with my bath brush and Reviva Labs Seaweed Soap (scent is a bit medicinal at first, but it’s so inexpensive and natural, and the walnut helps really scrub). Then I also love to lather up in Trader Joe’s Lavender Salt Scrub (the salt may sting a minute if your legs are already irritated) and soak in the tub with Epsom Salts to calm everything down.

    For moisturizing, I’ve been using One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea spray oil on my legs, which is pricey but is lightweight, smells heavenly, and lasts forever (and the bottle is adorable: http://roseandfig.com/2016-holiday-gift-guide/). I also really like OSEA’s Body Balm, which comes in a travel size if you want to test out before investing in a bigger bottle. If things get really bad, I’ve found that Weleda Skin Food is like an overnight reset — suuuuper thick and rich, but will cause congestion if you use it too often.

    Switching to a natural laundry detergent may also help! I’ve realized my skin gets really upset with most grocery store detergents and fares much better with Trader Joe’s or Seventh Generation detergent.