Just as we move our cozy sweaters and warm scarves to the front of our closet when the cold temps hit, now is the perfect time to reorganize our vanities to promote the optimal winter glow. Holly Wydra, the account development manager for Farmhouse Fresh, a McKinney-based bath product retailer and animal sanctuary, suggests that moving your exfoliators and hydrators to the front of your bathroom cabinet may help address many of the problems posed by dry, cracked, winter skin.
All of Farmhouse Fresh’s products are natural and cruelty-free (some are even certified organic), and provide the perfect way to address what Wydra claims are the most essential components of our winter skincare regimens: hydration and exfoliation.
Exfoliating might seem like an aggressive solution to skin that is delicate and dry, but it’s the key to hydration. “When you’re constantly pulling out your lip balm, it’s because you’re applying over chapped lips,” says Wydra. “By exfoliating, you are actually getting rid of the chapped, dry skin, so your products can get through to the good skin.” She recommends the brand’s newly released Blackberry Wine Sugar Lip Polish to rid lips of dead skin with gentle sugar collagens and rehydrate with shea butter. The small amount of Texas wine in the formula serves to add antioxidants.
For the body, Wydra suggests salt and sugar scrubs as exfoliation essentials during the winter months, and thicker face masks, body butters, and body oil infused baths (that may or may not be accompanied by a scented candle and a glass of wine) for moisturizing.
Creamy shea butters provide a thicker, alternative option for daily body hydration. Farmhouse Fresh’s Honey Heel Glaze was actually selected as one of Oprah’s favorites, and features real honey, aloe, and papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes.
Snuggle into some mittens and heavy socks to allow the products to more deeply penetrate into skin. Adding a hydrating avocado or peat mud face mask during an episode of your favorite binge-worthy show only amplifies the home spa experience.