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How to keep skin glowing all winter long!

Margaret Davis

Winter is coming! How to keep skin glowing all winter long.

With the changing of the seasons to winter, you may want to change up your skin care regime to help counter the impact of dry conditions of indoor heat and outdoor cold temperatures. No matter if you’re a snow bunny on the slopes, or a snuggle-by-the fire with some hot cocoa kind of person, making small changes to your skin care routine as the seasons change, can have a big impact to keep that glow going all year long. 

Switch to a cleansing oil 

Some cleansers can strip away the oils on your skin, leaving it feeling tight and dry. The oil cleansing method is a very effective alternative and is an easy switch for the drier months of winter. Watch this video to see how Paxi founder uses Calm Skin Cleansing Oil to gently remove makeup and impurities, leaving skin clean, smooth & nourished. Instead of feeling tight, skin feels smooth and soft. 

Hydrate and supplement your skin care regime

In addition to making sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, adding moisture back in to your skin helps keep skin looking plump and subtle. Paxi’s Vitamin B Serum hydrates and is a great anti-aging treatment, helping visibly improve the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, hyper-pigmentation, and fine lines. 

Lock it in and glow!

A key addition for your winter skin regime is locking in the hydration you just added with a hydrating serum like Paxi’s Vitamin B Serum---layering over a facial oil and locking in the moisture. we love what facial oil can do for skin and have created different formulas to address a variety of skin types and needs – even a facial oil for oily and acne-prone skin!  

For winter, Luminous Facial oil, a restoring facial oil with over 18 organic and natural plant-based oils, hydrates, protects and rejuvenates; and is ideal for mature and dry skin. Luminous Facial Oil includes some fantastic ingredients like green coffee bean oil, a Paxi Skin Care superstar ingredient. While we all know roasted coffee bean, the unroasted, green coffee bean is not often found in skincare, but it should! Research on this seed oil shows improvements in elasticity and tone; encouraging skin cell regeneration, and for combating fine lines and wrinkles. You’ll find it in lots of Paxi products.

No matter what you do to change up your winter skin care, remember to keep putting on your sunscreen. The sun is still powerful and sunscreen is still the number one anti-aging tactic.

How do you change up your skin care regime for the winter months?

Deep clean and detox your skin with a mask with activated charcoal, aloe and coconut milk

Margaret Davis

After a night out this past Friday, my skin really needed some detoxing. I had two great liquids in the fridge that would be perfect to use in a face mask --fresh aloe leaf and a can of coconut milk, so I decided to take 30 minutes to get my skin deep cleaned, fresh and glowing. Cut to the chase...this mask really did the job! In fact, I was so pleased with how my skin looked after combining the Deep Clean Charcoal Mask with aloe and coconut milk, that I had to write a post about it to share with you! 

First, a little about aloe and coconut milk...
Aloe plant is water-rich, soothing, and hydrating to the skin. Aloe vera is great to apply to sunburned skin to help ease the inflammation.

Coconut milk: Coconut milk has high levels of vitamin C, copper, and lauric acid and is a powerful antioxidant. Coconut milk is great for the skin and can be useful in treating lots of issues like dark spots, acne, and wrinkles. It helps even skin tone, promotes collagen production--the copper in coconut being an important co-factor for the production of healthy collagen. 

Deep Clean Charcoal Mask powder: This mask is full of wonderful, skin-beneficial ingredients that help purge impurities from your skin.  Ingredients include Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, skin-soothing Allantoin and Zinc, nutrient-rich organic Kelp, and Turmeric.  This mask is especially fantastic for stressed skin. You can customize the mask with by choosing liquids that help give you what your skin needs at the moment. This mask can be used 1-3 times a week. I recommend doing this mask at least 2 times a month, with 4 times being even better.

Putting this all together

To mix this mask up, you'll need:

Washcloth - Masks with activated charcoal that ares removed with a washcloth and water will get stained, so keep that in mind when choosing your washcloth. Amazon sells packs of 2 dozen cotton washcloths for a reasonable price.

Non-metal small treatment bowl - I love using my handmade bowl from a local Portland artisan.

Mask brush (optional) - Eco Tools sells a good mask brush.

Wooden or reusable plastic spoon - Avoid using metal utensils or bowls when mixing or apply this mask as Bentonite Clay will lose its effectiveness when it comes in contact with metal. 

Deep Clean Charcoal Mask - You will use enough for just one mask application.

Aloe vera juice - I am using the freshly blended juice from the gooey inside of an aloe leaf. You can also use the gel from the natural food store. To make fresh, cut the leaf of the aloe in half, lengthwise and cut or scrape out the gelatinous pulp found inside the leaf, place in a blender and process until smooth. I store the aloe I don't use right away in the fridge for a couple of days. You can apply it to your skin, or to smoothies. 

Coconut milk - Use the full fat version of coconut milk, as we use the fat part for the mask. Take a chunk of the fat and microwave for just 6-10 seconds. Don't do it longer or you'll have a mess to clean up (I speak from personal experience).

Make and apply the mask
Scoop or tap out about 2 teaspoons of the Deep Clean Charcoal Mask powder into your small treatment bowl. 

Add 1 teaspoon aloe vera juice and 1 teaspoon coconut milk (the fat that gathers at the top of the can is best)

Mix with your wooden or plastic spoon or stirring stick until you get a nice, spreadable paste, not to thick, not too watery.

Add more liquid and stir until you get the right consistency. If you made the mask to thin, add a bit more mask powder. See the photo above to get an idea of the consistency you are looking for.

Apply the mask to your face, neck and upper chest area with your mask brush, or your fingers. Avoid eye area. If you are using a mask brush to apply, make ure  you keep the mask off the metal part of the mask brush.

It is always good to do a patch test first, to see how your skin reacts. If your skin is red, give it 30 minutes to calm down. About 10 percent of people who use this mask do have redness afterward, and it always goes away within 30 minutes.

Leave on for about 10 minutes and remove thoroughly with your damp washcloth.

ALWAYS remove clay based masks before they are completely dry! Do NOT wait until it is cracked, thinking that is better. It is not.

After removing the mask remove the remaining charcoal that stays behind...and there is always some that stays behind--using toner, micellar water or your face cleanser. Do not skip this very important step.

When I did this mask yesterday my skin was soft, clean and radiant. After using Hydro Boost Toning Mist to remove any remaining mask, I followed with Paxi's new Vitamin B Serum, then Azure Facial Serum and finally Hydro Firming Eye Serum

What are your favorite liquids to add to the Deep Clean Charcoal Mask?

Pumpkin - a superfood for your face

Margaret Davis

 

Here in the Northwest, you can always tell when Fall arrives - leaves start changing color, the rain returns, and pumpkins are everywhere! You'll find pumpkin lattes at specialty coffee shops, in crackers, pancake mix, pastas and more at Trader Joes (thank you TJs for the gluten-free pumpkin offerings!), and on doorways and porches all over the neighborhood - both decoratively carved or left in their beautifully natural state.

Put some pumpkin on your plate

Not tried pumpkin beyond the traditional pie or spiced latte? Well, you are in luck! There are lots of recipes out there that help you get the most out of the many nutritional benefits of pumpkin, especially the skin benefits you can get from eating pumpkin (and its kin, winter squashes). Look for recipes that have low or no sugar, like this thai-style, vegan pumpkin soup recipe.

Skin benefits of pumpkin, a super, duper food:

  • Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids found in the bright orange pulp of pumpkins help defend your skin cells against oxidative damage and protect cells from free radical damage which leads to skin aging.
  • Vitamin C in pumpkin helps combat free radical derived oxidative damage, helping promote collagen production over time for better tone and appearance.
  • Minerals like potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc can be especially beneficial for healthy skin. Zinc is an essential mineral for healthy skin and many people are believed to be deficient in it. Increasing your intake of zinc may help with acne problems.
  • Folate, needed for red blood cell development and healthy circulation, helps improve skin circulation providing the oxygen and nutrients to increase cell growth, turnover and renewal.

Hey, there's some pumpkin on your face

Pumpkin has many skin benefits when you eat it and as a face mask treatment. Yes, pumpkin on your face...on purpose!

I love our Pumpkin Enzyme Mask with glycolic acid because it does a great job treating my skin when it looks dull and congested. The exfoliating enzymes in pumpkin, along with powerful, yet gentle glycolic acid, is excellent for revealing skin that looks smoother, radiant, and revitalized. Remember, while this mask may smell like pumpkin pie, it’s not for eating ‘-)

This mask, while appropriate for most skin types, except highly sensitive types, is an active one, and I recommend you patch test first. You'll feel a tingling sensation, which is normal, and you skin will be flushed afterwards for about 10 -20 minutes.  I usually apply this mask when traveling as it helps improve the look my skin, bringing back some of circulation after sitting for long periods of time on an airplane.

Key benefits to the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask:

  • Pumpkin Fruit Purée – Loaded with skin beneficial nutrients, high in essential fatty acids and Vitamins A, C and E. Works to soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production.
  • Glycolic Acid – An alpha hydroxyl acid that rejuvenates skin with deep exfoliation, sloughing away old surface skin cells, and helping reduce the appearance of fine lines, irregular pigmentation and age spots and decreasing enlarged pores.
  • Cinnamon, ginger, & nutmeg powder – These spices, frequently used in Ayurvedic medicine, have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and help diminish acne to sun spots. Interestingly, nutmeg is a seed, not a nut!
  • Vegan, nut-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and gluten-free.

Tip: When my skin is feeling particularly dull and in need of deep cleaning and detoxing, I add Pumpkin Enzyme Mask to our Deep Clean Charcoal Mask and apply to cleansed skin. I remove with a washcloth after about 7-10 minutes, before mask dries completely. Then, I wipe a couple of cotton pads saturated with Paxi’s Hydro-Boost Toning Mist over my face to get any remaining bits of mask off and tone the skin for the next step. I usually apply Azure Facial Serum and finish with Hydro-Firming Eye Serum and Grape Acai Firming Moisturizer.

Happy Fall everyone!