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Winter is upon us, and as temperatures and humidity levels drop, it is important to have your winter regimen on deck. Whether you live in a freezing cold climate or a mild balmy one, skin needs more hydration during the winter months. With just a few minor adjustments and additions you will be able to ensure a dewy, glowing complexion all winter long.

The truth about winter:

  • Humidity levels drop
  • Hot showers dry skin out
  • Covering your face with a scarf (or a mask) will help protect against environmental elements like wind, snow and sun.
  • Oil is a friend to your skin
  • Hydration after bathing is imperative for soft, healthy skin
  • Switching your regimen up is a good thing


Be Cool

Invest in a humidifier. Humidity levels drop during the winter months, which can lead to dry skin, eyes, hair, nails static hair and nosebleeds. Add in artificial heat and you don’t stand a chance!  A humidifier will add humidity back into the air, helping to reverse some of the damage. Cool vapor is the best bet to not only feeling better but looking better too. We recommend leaving it on all the time so that your home maintains an even level of humidity, but if that is not possible, at least sleep with it on!

Bottoms Up

Staying hydrated from the inside out is crucial to maintain glowing and hydrated skin. Increase your liquid ingestion during the winter. Think teas, water, green juice and healthy soups. Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake as both are diuretics causing your body to create more urine and thus dehydrating you.

No hot showers

Hot water removes more moisture and oil from the skin than cool or warm showers. Hot water can also irritate skin, cause redness and aggregate already sensitive skin and rashes. Try to take warm showers instead of steamy hot ones. If you’re thinking a hot shower will feel good after a brutally cold day, a good trick is to turn the shower on very hot and let the bathroom steam up. Then step inside the bathroom and get warm. Then turn the shower back down to a warm temperature. Hot water will dry skin out more.

In the Buff

Always apply your body serum, moisturizer or oil to damp skin. This will allow the skin to capture and seal in moisture. Don’t forget those extra dry areas (hands, feet & elbows).

Switch it Up

Take a look at your cleansing and exfoliation regimen. If you’re an exfoliation junkie particularly with physical scrubs, decrease the frequency of use during the winter. Instead try a chemical exfoliator 1-2 times a week, like our Fresh-A-Peel. If you live in a very cold or dry climate 1 day a week may be plenty.  On the other days, a gentle cleanser will be just fine.

Try trading your Retinol product for a serum loaded with a medley of supercharged ingredients to attack pollution and provide superior antioxidant protection. Superstar ingredients like Ferulic Acid, which increases the blood flow of superficial tissues, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), which reduces the appearance of brown spots and boosts collagen production while reducing inflammation, Vitamin B, which increases the production of ceramides and fatty acids (two important components of the skin’s outer protective barrier and Vitamin E, which increases overall hydration to the skin while aiding in healing. All found in our multi-functioning Brightening Elixir Serum.

Try adding an oil into your winter regimen to get extra hydration and protection. Look for plant-based, cold-pressed, pure oils, such as Baobob, Kalahari, Mongogo and Marula, which all contain Vitamin A, C, E and essential fatty acids and omegas. Our Fleuressence Native Botanical Oil offers all these and more.

Don’t forget your lips

Chapped lips are a serious issue during the winter for many people. As with your winter skincare regimen, the lips need a winter plan too. Did you know that the lips are the driest place on the body? The lips do not have sebaceous glands or sweat glands. Here are a few tips to get ahead of the game.

  1. Sleep with a humidifier on as this adds humidity to the air (hydration)!
  2. Gently exfoliate the lips with a lip scrub or warm water and washcloth.
  3. Wear an SPF on the lips. UV rays are still prevalent during the winter months.
  4. Do not lick, bite or pick your lips.
  5. Stay hydrated. Humidity drops during the winter so drink fluids and lots of water.
  6. Cover up! If it’s windy or cold wear a scarf around your mouth and nose area.
  7. Be on the lookout for our highly anticipated lip treatment launching this Spring!

Exfoliation is key to a refined complexion. Both physical (scrubs) and chemical (peels + acids) will get the job completed-the choice is yours. Any type of exfoliation will help pore size, by removing dead dry skin cells, pollution, bacteria and signs sun damage the skin’s surface will appear smoother, brighter, more even and less wrinkled. After proper and continues exfoliation, choosing a treatment product is imperative to refined pores. Powerhouse ingredients such as Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C must be incorporated into a healthy daily regimen.

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Exfoliation types for Pore Refinement

 Chemical exfoliators

Chemical exfoliation uses acids or enzymes to remove dead skin cells

Alpha-hydroxy acids target fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and age spots, while exfoliating and promoting collagen production

  • Glycolic: reduces visible signs of aging
  • Lactic: exfoliates, reduces appearance of hyperpigmentation + draws moisture to skin surface
  • Tartaric: helps reduce appearance of fine lines + wrinkles
  • Malic: promotes collagen production + reduces signs of aging
  • Citric acids: exfoliates + expedites new cell turnover

Beta-Hydroxy Acid

  • Salicylic Acid:  good for Acne prone skin, exfoliation and improves skin’s texture and color.

Manual + Physical exfoliators

Physical exfoliation utilizes a hard substance to manually remove the dead skin cells–think microdermabrasion

  • Ruby crystals-perfectly round so they provide an even exfoliation and they do not cause tearing to the surface of skin

 Ingredients for Pore Refinement

Vitamin C and Retinol as they both stimulate cell renewal and collagen production, which will firm up the connective tissue around the pores making them become + appear smaller.


Acid helps to bind moisture to the skin and fill fine lines and wrinkles, making pores appear smaller.

DMAE provides firmness and helps give a lifted appearance

Feruilc Acid fights free radical damage and is an extremely potent anti-oxidant. On par with SOD


What you need based on your skin type

Oily/Acne: Doctors Scrub Advanced or Fresh A Peel + Brightening Elixir

Oily and Acne skin types need to wash and often due to the excess oil production. Doctors Scrub Advanced offers a deep exfoliation along with Hyaluronic acid for a tight and smooth finish. Fresh A Peel can be used 1-2 a week for an overall glow or if you are trying to target acne scars or dark spots. To treat and reverse signs of aging, use our newest serum Brightening Elixir which contains Ferulic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Vitamin E.

Red or sensitive skin Fresh-A-Peel, Radical Difference, Fleuressence Oil

A chemical Lactic acid based peel is perfect for sensitive or reactive skin (NO scrubbing involved). Physical scrubbing can aggravate sensitive skin and induce redness. Radical Difference serum soothes agitated skin and quells redness and inflammation. Fleuressence oil brightens, help rebuild collagen with Vitamin A and provides skin with essential fatty acids for hydration.


Doctors Scrub or Fresh A Peel, Brightening Elixir, Fleuressence Oil

The hydrating emollients and Hyaluronic acid in Doctors Scrub, will

keep your skin hydrated and supple. The main ingredient in Fresh A Peel is Lactic acid, which is derived from milk. Lactic acid actually helps to pull moisture to the surface of the skin as well as attacking hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Seal and reverse signs of aging with Brightening Elixir followed by Fleuressence Oil for maximum hydration and brightness.


Fresh-A-Peel or Doctors Scrub, Brightening Elixir, Wake Up Call

Doctors Scrub is exfoliating and hydrating enough to use a 3-4 times a week. Fresh-A Peel can be added in once week for that over red carpet glow!

Reverse damaged skin with Brightening Elixir followed by Wake Up Call for a dose of DMAE and Retinol.