As much as the last few days of the year are all about the holidays, they can also ring in the winter blues. Day light saving time, at least in some cities, often bring down one’s mood especially after weeks of barely catching any sun. Typically, winter season and the gloomy weather affects mental health. Anxiety, depression, fatigue and lack of motivation or drive may sometimes be linked to a shift in season where individuals get less exposure to the sun.
An article from UC Health explains: “Reduced exposure to sunlight can cause imbalances of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, which affect your mood.” Having grown up and lived most of my life in tropical climates, the one winter season I spent in Paris was nothing short of a shock to the system. As soon as the wonder and beguilement of the first fall of snow faded, the reality of long, dark nights and the biting cold began to take its toll on my overall wellbeing.
Dry, dull, itchy, flaking skin was another winter woe that added to the less-than-merry mood of the season. It’s not until you actually see parts of your face fall off when you apply makeup up, or when lips are so chapped to a point where a small smile hurts, that you realize you need need skincare SOS. When it comes to hydrated, glowing and happy winter skin, the key is prevention.
Before symptoms of winter blues and skincare woes even begin to set in, give yourself the tender loving care of CBD. Since incorporating this natural ingredient into my daily routine, I’ve witnessed the dramatic yet truly positive changes that it brings to one’s overall wellbeing. Whether utilized through skincare or as ingested as a mood booster, the addition of CBD to any wellness routine is a game-changing.
A GENTLE CBD CLEAN AND RELIEF. As soon as the temperatures begin to drop, so, too, should harsh and drying facial cleansers. LEAF AND LUMA’s HydraGlow Cleansing Gel with 150MG CBD is a beautiful blend of plants and botanicals that gently cleanses, balances, restores and hydrates skin. This brightening gel cleanser is ideal for reactive, stressed, sensitive and dehydrated skin. You’ll love how after every wash, skin is visibly softer, plumper and more radiant.
Skin’s natural micro biome and pH levels are usually out of whack following a cleanse—no matter how gentle. Add extreme weather to the equation, and you have nasty symptoms like redness, flaking, and overall discomfort. For immediate and reliable aid, LEAF AND LUMA’s Relief & Repair Moisturizer soothes, cools and helps reduce skin inflammation at the source. Infused with wild oats, Niacinamide, Shea butter and hemp seed oil, this seriously hydrating moisturizer supports skin barrier from harsh conditions of a bitter winter. Relief & Repair is ideal for extra sensitive skin types as well as those dealing with rosacea and eczema.
BRIGHTER WINTER SKIN. There is nothing sadder than pale, dull, and flaking skin. No amount of concealer or makeup can truly, beautifully camouflage that either. That’s why the coolers months always call for extra reinforcements when it comes to brightening dark circles and spots. SUNDREE’s Ryse and Shine Hydrating Facial Serum, paired wit the Pept Eye Biocellulose Eye Mask are rays of sunshine on a gloomy winter day.
Packed with hyaluronic, Niacinamide, aloe vera and CBD, Ryse and Shine is your first line of defense from dull, dry skin. This potent yet lightweight serum leaves a lit-from-within glow and also works wonders as a base under makeup. When applied at night, it sinks deep into skin and works hand-in-hand with the body’s natural regeneration process so that you wake up looking radiant and brand new.
As far as skin treats at night go, no winter routine is complete without the Pept Eyes Bio-Cellulose Eye Mask. I’ve layered on eye creams and masks throughout most of my adult life and only Pept Eyes has really made the difference in reducing puffiness and dark under eye circles. Youth boosting ingredients that make all this possible include copper peptides (to restore collagen), white tea extracts, cucumber and Glycerine. A generous infusion of CBD does the job of calming and easing puffiness.
WHEN K-BEAUTY MEETS CBD. KANA is a skincare gem and pioneer that merges K-Beauty expertise with the power of CBD. It was upon the recommendation of good friend and Hong Kong-based events visionary Karrie Bitanga that I tried KANA’s Purple Rice CBD Sleeping Mask. I’ve never stopped thanking her since. This renewing sleep formula, is every bit the royal skincare indulgence that utilizing purple rice. Also known as the “forbidden rice,” it was once exclusively for the consumptions of the Chinese emperor and members of his family. This ingredient, infused with CBD and licorice, locks in moisture while simultaneously improving skin tone and texture. I love how it immediately sinks into skin, leaving zero marks on your silk pillow case. Include the Purple Rice Sleeping Mask in your weekly regimen, and use two to three times each night to see and feel the difference.
For a daily dose of CBD K Beauty, KANA’s LIT Premium Facial Oil Blend brings a post-facial glow to skin, even during dreary winter days. This CBD-infused, anti oxidant rich blend heals, hydrates, soothes and restores dehydrated skin. Although deeply moisturizing, Lit feel lightweight and absorbs quickly to give face a healthy, youthful glow. It also works seamlessly as a brightening base under makeup.
BEAUTY BLISS IN THE WINTER. Super Duper Body is a game-changer for those with ultra sensitive skin types. If you immediately feel a stinging sensation, experience redness or uncomfortable drying after every cleanse, then Drop The Dirt Purifying Cleansing Cream by Super Duper Body is for you. The new kid on the CBD beauty block from Belgium, works only with clean, plant-based ingredients that “delivers radical results.” This heaven-sent purifying cream, pulls out all impurities without causing irritation or imbalances on skin’s pH levels. CBD and cannabis sativa seed oils help to soothe redness and irritation while regulating sebum production to keep breakouts at bay.
Face oils are miracle workers especially during cold winter months. The main concern when shifting to oils is that its consistency is too dense, causing breakouts or leaving a greasy finish. Balancing Bliss Revitalizing Face Oil is a great product for those new to face oils. this non-comedogenic formula is quick-absorbing and lightweight. This soothing and calming blend is ideal for prevention of acne, easing rosacea and psoriasis. It’s also a gentle yet potent shield from environmental stressors brought about by winter weather.
A REFRESHING PICK-ME-UP ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY. It’s not uncommon to feel sluggish and unmotivated during cold, gloomy winter days. And although a warm cup of coffee or Matcha latte is a good idea, a few drops of CBD never fail to clear away the blues. PAPILIO’s natural range of turpentine-tactic CBD oils are reliable allies when it comes to creating sense of balance or energizing the senses. The brand’s REFRESH Blend is infused with grapefruit and tangerine. With deadlines and work tasks piling up in less-than idea weather, it’s been the choice pick-me-up midday.
BALANCE is also a mainstay of the wellness arsenal. This invigorating blend with notes of peppermint and vanilla helps enhance a sense of focused calm. It also enhances memory function, while keeping you relaxed all throughout the day. There is also option to take a few minutes from your hectic daily schedule to enjoy a warm cup of CBD-infused tea leaf blends. Elderberry, Rosehip, Hibiscus and Hemp is a soothing beverage to help ease you into your days. For an added boost of energy, brew a cup of Green Tea with Hemp.
HAPPY HORMONES FOR THE HOLIDAYS. MOi + ME is Britain’s hormone heroine, supporting PMS, PMDD and endometriosis. Providing products, tools and expert tips for supporting healthy hormone health, the brand utilizes high quality, pure CBD to bring sense of ease and calm especially on days when our hormones get the best of us. The Tension Moment Balm infused with 300mg CBD is a soothing twist stick that helps ease the senses and relax muscles. The addition of fragrant lavender immediately creates the feeling of being pampered in a spa—although currently on-the-go. Thyme, an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory natural ingredient, aid in swelling, bloating and overall discomfort of a drab, hormonal winter’s day.
YOUR BODY IS A HOLIDAY WONDERLAND. One of the most effective ways to give yourself the love it deserves is by taking the time off for a long, luxurious and leisurely CBD-infused bath. No distractions, no social media—just you and an indulgent bath and body routine. Retrieving into your bathroom for a few quite moments allows you momentarily detach from the outside noise, find balance, and wash away all the stresses of the day.
Put on inspiring music, run a warm bath and drop VAAY’S CBD Bath Bomb to create an unparalleled moment of self-love. As the bomb dissolves, your private sanctuary fills with gentle aromas of handpicked lavender flowers. Ease into your tub and allow the relaxing properties of CBD to ease muscle aches, tensions and everyday stresses. Infusion of Shea Butter into this self-care gem deeply moisturizes. Here’s a hat trick when using CBD Bath Bombs: massage your body using the center of the bomb, allowing heat to activate all the goodness of CBD.
Following a warm bath or shower, hydrate and revitalize with RAWKANVAS Calming Hemp Body Oil. This sheer and quick absorb hemp formula is infused with subtle essences of Neroli and pink lotus, recalling that fresh-from-the-spa feeling. Ideal for dry, dehydrated, flaky and irritated winter skin, this soothing hydrator also revitalizes dull, aging skin. Following a bath and body indulgence, re-emerge with soft, supple and silky smooth skin.