Every year, we close-up shop for the month of December to spend some time with our loved ones and take care of some “behind the scenes”, year-end wrap-up.
Mark your calendars: At the end of the day on November 30th, 2016, our online shop will be shut down temporarily, until our radiant return on January 6th, 2017.
That means you’ll want to make sure you’re fully stocked to survive the winter break! What’s even better is that we have our last Free Shipping Day of 2016 happening on November 28th, to help you save some money during the holiday season. More on that over HERE.
In the meantime, join our Facebook Countdown to Winter Break Event where I’ll be sharing winter skin care must haves, great holiday gift ideas and more! By joining the event you’ll also receive regular updates so you won’t be left in a lurch when we do shut down. There may even be a fun twist or two in the works as well!
It’s been an amazing 2016 for us at Batty’s Bath, and we couldn’t do it without the radiant love you all share with us each and every day. We can’t wait to see what wonders await us in 2017 and we’re excited to have you along for our journey.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for most things! Our skin on the other hand seems to take an extra round in the boxing ring with the harsh elements winter brings us.
That’s why we’ve developed a guide to winter skin care to help keep your spirits and radiance high while the temperature is low.
4 Keys to Winter Skin Care:
Still the most commonly missed step in any skin care routine, hydrating is a crucial part of maintaining skin. The oils found in moisturizers can do wondrous things for our skin, but they can’t reach their ultimate level of effectiveness if our pores aren’t supported with water in order to accept their healing powers. Batty’s Bath makes picking your perfect Hydrator simple. Take this quick quiz to determine which is best suited for your skin.
2) Seal it in
Now that we’ve covered Hydration, what you need to know next is how to seal it in. The goal here is to lend a helping hand to your lipid barrier (aka your natural oil barrier). Think of lipids as a defense mechanism for your skin. They keep water in and help armor against the outside elements. When our lipids are stripped or damaged, the skin is left vulnerable to dehydration, irritation and infection. The good news is thicker moisturizers and serums are just what the doctor ordered to help your lipid barrier seal in the goodness of hydration. The oils found in these types of products are similar to the ones in your lipid barrier, which mean they help boost your skin’s ability to protect itself. Now don’t be turned off by “thick” moisturizers either. A well formulated moisturizer can be thick without feeling so! We formulate ours to do just that!
We don’t always put the words “sun” and “winter” in the same sentence, but we would be naïve to assume the sun’s ability to damage our skin can’t happen year round. Using products that contain titanium dioxide and zinc will help prevent harmful UV rays from getting at your skin. And while we’re on the topic of protection, don’t forget those the rest of your body too! Our Body Balm, Lip & Body Jelly and Body Butter can help you create a similar barrier in other sensitive areas.
4) Harness the Power of the Night!
Overnight is the perfect time to help build your skin’s defenses. We’ll show you exactly how in the tips section below.
For the best results, your winter skin care routine should also include elments that are benefical year round! Those include a routine that:
✓ removes makeup, pollution, impurities, and debris.
✓ buffs off dead skin cells so they don’t stop beneficial ingredients from being absorbed into your skin.
✓ hydrates so your pores are lubricated and can purge any blockages and impurities. Hydration also makes your skin is plump – having well hydrated skin is the key to getting that “dewy”, naturally highlighted look.
✓ Seals in all that hydration with the right moisturizer for you (take our quiz to find yours).
✓ Supports your lipid barrier (as well as provides additonal “hydraton sealing – yet breathable – support”) with a serum.
Ready to have a look at those 4 keys in actionable, practical steps? Keep reading …
So what do the 4 keys look like on a daily basis?
We answer that (and more!) – below – in our ultimate list of tips and how-to’s for winter skin care!
In the winter, your skin needs a routine that will ensure you’re holding on to all the hydration you’ve applied (via hydtrating skin care products – which are different than moisturizing products) as well as holding on to all the water your body is giving your skin internally.
This is extremely important (especially the serum step) because at night, in the winter here in the north, all that dry warm air from our furnaces is on the hunt for moisture and it will suck any water up that it finds (even if it’s from our skin!). Don’t let dry indoor air act like a vampire to your skin!
If your skin could ask for one thing this winter, it would be …
… a serum!
You knew that was coming if you read the 4 keys to winter skin care above! 😉
Start out by applying a light layer of serum at the end of your routine for a few days. If you notice it’s not enough for your skin (it’s still dry, tight, flaking, or isn’t feeling moisturized when you wake up), take the following steps:
Make sure you’re using the RIGHT hydrator for your skin (For example, move up from a mist to a gel if you need a boost!)
Increase the amount of serum you’re using. You can’t use too much! Honest! Any amount that your skin doesn’t absorb (or the dry air doesn’t steal), can be washed off in the AM when you do your usual cleansing routine. Just be sure to use a towel over your pillow case to protect them from any staining. If you’re someone who skips the AM cleanse (either out of habit, limited time, or you find your skin does better with just one good cleanse a day), simply wipe off any excess serum in the morning with a warm, damp, clean wash cloth.
Winter is dry, and as we’ve established, has a tendency to steal whatever moisture may be present in the air (or in your skin). Start using a humidifier at night in your bedroom (and in your office, living room or any other place you spend a lot of time – but absolutely in the bedroom! Any other areas are a bonus) to help counteract the moisture stealing by adding moisture back into the air – this is not only great for your skin, but it’s also good for your throat, nose, and body in general. This is especially useful if you’re acne prone, prone to dry skin, have sensitive skin, or are prone to rosacea.
Using a humidifier in the bedroom at night MAY actually decrease the amount of moisturizing and protecting products you need to use (ie. you may be able to still use a lighter moisturizer like our Raw Radiance Moisturizer or our oil absorbing moisturizer – Daily Detox. You may also be able to get away with applying a light layer of serum, rather than needing to load up on it – not that it would hurt if you did!).
Another bonus to having a humidifier in the bedroom? You can add a couple drops of select essential oils to it for different aromatic effects like lavender for calming.
Show Your Lips Some Love
Make applying a lip protecting product like our Body Balm or Lip & Body Jelly a habit – especially commit to doing this as the last thing you do before going to bed and the first thing you do before stepping out of the house/office/school into the winter winds.
Are your lips a mess already? Here’s how to bring them back into beautiful balance:
Gentle buff off any dry skin (don’t SCRUB – I repeat, don’t scrub off dry skin!). Be gentle and just lightly and ever so gently buff your lips with a soft wash cloth.
Then, mist them with our hydration mist. Yup – they need it too!
If your usual moisturizing routine isn’t cutting it and you find your skin isn’t staying as moisturized and smooth as normal, another layer of moisturizer isn’t the answer if you have acne prone skin! Instead, make sure your skin is well hydrated before applying your moisturizer and consider switching to a different moisturizer only if needed. Re-take our “your perfect moisturizer” quiz and answer according to how your skin is currently feeling to know whether or not it’s time to switch things up.
Applying too much moisturizer rather than building a balanced routine is a common trap!
Why? Let’s take a look…
Using a heavy cream or applying more layers of moisturizer in the winter is rarely the answer for most folks when it comes to dry, or unbalanced skin. Unless your skin is already well balanced and isn’t prone to becoming unbalanced – this is SUPER rare – layering products and making sure you have a COMPLETE routine (i.e. a balanced routine that addresses both the oil AND water content of your skin), you’ll continue to feel like your skin is dry. Remember, your skin can ony absorb so much at a time and loading up on moisturizer that it can’t absorb is not only a waste of product, but it could create a build up of un-aborbed ingredients which could lead to congestion.
This is also an important point for anyone who is tends to tell themselves, “My usual moisturizer isn’t cutting it this winter.”
While this MAY be the case, before you look into ditching your current moisturizer, check to make sure your routine isn’t lacking one or both of these key elements for the winter: a hydrating element (a hydrator – not the same thing as a moisutrizer) and protecting element (a plant-based serum). If you’re missing those hydrating and protecting steps, your routine is incomplete and sadly, your moisturizer is trying to pull the weight of 3 different products. When it comes to the winter, that’s too much of an ask for one product – even if it is an excellent moisturizer!
Variety: How to feed your skin this winter
Nourishing your skin with different products that have different consistencies, ingredients, and absorb at different rates, helps feed all the layers of your skin as the products will absorb to different layers based on the type of ingredients used and whether they are a cream or serum.
A basic rule of thumb:
Serums and oils absorb the deepest though not always the fastest.
Hydrators absorb the fastest and can be deep or superficial depending on the formula.
Creams can absorb quickly (and usually do – ours for example absorb super fast) and don’t absorb as deeply as a serum / oil. Creams, depending on the ingredients used, can absorb at different “depths” too.
Another benefit to using multiple products is deeper absorbing products help carry beneficial ingredients from OTHER products deeper into your skin. That increases the chances of your skin being able to put those ingredients to good use as they are less likely to be absorbed into the air before your skin can use them. Bonus!
Put Your Cleanser to the Test
What you cleanse with will determine the success of the rest of your efforts and routine. This is not only true in the winter, but all year around.
If your cleanser pulls out all the water (hydration) from your skin that we talked about above, not only will you have a hard time replacing that hydration (let alone ever getting your skin to balance), but applying products just to try to replace what a previous product has removed is never an effective or recommended approach!
You’ll also be inadvertently creating a buildup of dead, dry skin cells!
Hello acne trigger, rough skin, dull complexion, and a “crust” (what I call a buildup of dead skin cells) that beneficial ingredients will have a hard time penetrating.
With that in mind, it might be the season to switch to a milder, gentler cleanser.
Hydrating and moisturizing cleansers are particularly beneficial in the winter as our skin doesn’t need the deep cleaning that’s essential during the summer months to clear out sweat and excess oil.
Same Applies to Your Exfoliator: It might also be the season to adjust your exfoliator. If you prepped your skin as suggested in our Autumn Skin Care Guide, now might be the time to ease up slightly on your exfoliating efforts. Don’t stop completely of course! Just do a little less exfoliating (perhaps try just physical exfoliation or just enzyme exfoliation, rather than a combo) and see how your skin does. Adjust as needed. More on how to pick the right exfoliator here.
No Foam Parties: If you’re still using a foaming cleanser that isn’t completely natural (in other words, the foaming isn’t happening by your creation – i.e. rubbing your hands together!), or you’re using a traditional “deep cleaning” cleanser – beware! You could be setting your skin up for complete and utter failure this winter!
Be sure to check your products for skin stripping ingredients (ingredients that damage, deplete or annihilate our lipid barrier). To make the process of checking super quick and simple, click here to be taken to our handy flowchart which will help you to determine if any of the ingredients in the products you’re currently using are determential to your skin. This flowchart works for all brands, companies, and skin care products!
When Experiencing an Increase in Sensitive Skin, Winter Dryness, and/or Redness… Bring on Serum Serenity!
Sensitive skin and dry skin go hand in hand during the cold winter months
Many peoples’ skin experiences an increase in dryness in the winter, but what you may not have realized, is that many people also experience an increase in sensitive skin in the winter.
This is often because dry skin, or even “drier than normal” skin for you means your skin’s barrier has been subjected to tiny cracks.
Think of this as tiny cracks in a wall that are supposed to keep the winter winds and snow out of your house. Those cracks let in the cold, the snow, and make you shiver right down to the bone (I’d be extra sensitive in that situation too- Haha).
When it comes to your skin, tiny cracks means that the water content of your skin is stolen. It’s literally sucked out of those cracks by dry air, winter winds, and (if you aren’t using a gentle, “gets the green light” cleanser – a green light = it passed the ingredients flowchart test) your cleanser!
The cracks also allow irritants to slip into your skin more easily, which results in sensitivity, redness, and even irritation from products you use without any issues the rest of the year.
The key to “filling in” those cracks (or prevent them in the first place!) is a serum that’s rich in plant-based oils. Particularly, plant-based oils that are selected specifically for your skin’s needs. See our serums in our “designed for you” blends.
Plant-based oils not only fill the cracks, but they repair our lipid-barrier which acts as a vital part of your immune system. We’ve designed our serums to help protect from winter dryness and sensitivity and repair our skin’s barrier (so our skin can stay hydrated AND moisturized).
To gain a better understanding of the difference between moisturizers and hydrators, check out this blog.
Plant-based oils can be carried deep into the skin and help repair, nourish, and moisturizer each layer of our skin they pass through.
They correct the lack of oil (or repair breaks in our oil barrier). They also correct issues with dehydrated skin when paired with a hydrator. The hydrator provides the water content, and the serum makes sure that the hydrator is absorbed deeply and STAYS in the skin as the serum creates a breathable barrier doesn’t stop skin from doing any of it’s detoxifying and purging activities that keep it healthy and free of congestion. Pretty awesome right?
We know that’s a LOT to take in, but we want to make sure you’re equipped with the knowledge to take your skin care journey in the right direction.
Winter can get to the best and strongest of us, but with this guide, you’ll be able to ensure your skin survives this winter, all while still being able to enjoy the true splendors of the season.
Have a question or feeling a little overwhelmed with how to put this all together? No worries – We’ve got your back! Simply head over to the routines page to build a quick, effective, and customized-for-you routine in a few quick steps (we promise, no math or homework required!).
With Love & Radiance,
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We’re back with another “on-trend” makeup look that’s super easy to achieve for fall. We’re sticking to simple, clean looks this season that emphasizes your natural beauty (I like to think this is a part of every look we put together, but the season it’s even on point with what’s popular). You basically can’t go wrong with a colour washed eye and natural looking complexion!
Side note- can I (VA Karla) mention how thankful I am that I get to put these looks together is part of my job – hehe. It can make a world of difference when your career encompasses so many of your passions, and I feel blessed to be a part of this team.
Here’s a list of the products used to achieve this look:
We’re back with another series of seasonally inspired makeup looks, and since fall seems to be holding on tight for now, we figured we’d embrace it. This time we’re channeling the autumn harvest as our inspirations and the trend this season is all about a simple wash of colour on the eye and nude or berry lips. Think classic, simple and serene.
Up first in this series is VA Lisa…
Here’s a list of the products used to achieve this look:
I’ve been experiencing some redness/slight stinging with my routine. I use Tea Tree Scrub, followed by After Acne Mist, Hydra Healing Gel, and Patchouli Moisturizer. The redness/stinging usually occurs after I apply the Hydra Healing Gel. It doesn’t happen every time, but I find it happens every other day or so. Should I switch hydrators in my routine? If so, what’s a good alternate every day hydrator? The quizzes on the website keep steering me toward the Hydra Healing Gel. I have mild acne but not sore or cystic and am prone to redness/dry skin.
Thanks for your question. My immediate thought is that your culprit would be the Tea Tree Scrub. This is the most abrasive exfoliator in our product line and is not recommend for those with sensitive/reactive skin- especially for everyday use! I would recommend switching this out for the
I would recommend switching this out for the Pure Amore Gel Cleanser to allow things to calm down. This one will be extra gentle, soap free AND exfoliates without abrasion thanks to fruit enzymes. If you prefer to have something that’s “scrubby”, feel free to use an exfoliation mitt with the cleanser, or opt for the Pineapple Facial Scrub. If you want to use a mitt, don’t use it daily, but every 2-3 days to allow your skin to relax. I must stress you need to be gentle (light as a feather) when using abrasive exfoliation. Essentially, you want enough pressure to just move the product around and that’s all. Let the product itself do the dirty work. Stick with the Hydra Healing Gel, as it will be super soothing (redness) and hydrating (dryness) for your skin.
I suspect the only reason you’re feeling it is because of the prior scrubbing and not because of the gel itself, but because of the irritation that’s occurring on the surface level. Think of it like a sunburn where the skin is irritated and inflamed. Aloe calms and cools eventually, but it can also sting when first applied for a wee bit.
Looking for a great opportunity to cross a few gifts off your Christmas list and give back at the same time? Good thing our Annual Soap is back!
For the entire month of November, $1 from every full sized soap bar sold at Shopbattysbath.com will be donated to this year’s charity, Big on Beagles out of Toronto. This charity provides assistance to beagles in need, whether it’s helping them find their forever home or providing rehabilitation guidance & services.
Batty’s Bath soaps make the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer. I like to keep a handful within reach to get me through the busy holiday season.
Here’s a list of my personal favourites to give as gifts:
The Craftsman: For that person who loves to work with their hands, I recommend the Oatmeal Coconut Milk & Honey CP Soap. This bar lends a little extra TLC on overworked skin and restores balance.
The Wanderluster: For that person who loves to travel, I recommend the Tresses to Toes CP Soap. This bar helps lighten the load in your travel case and literally does exactly what the name implies- cleans from head to toe eliminating the need for a shampoo.
The Festive Friend: For that person who gets excited when they hear Jingle Bells on the radio on November 1, I recommend the Gingerbread Man Holiday Soap. Not only is this bar adorably cute- it also fills the room with the festive spirit.
The Hippie: For the nature loving, free-spirit we recommend the Peaceful Pom CP Soap. This bar promotes tranquillity and helps the cleanse your stressed both inside and out.
Have any other people you need to find a gift for? Leave us a comment on our Facebook Fan Page!
It’s time for another story from one of our beloved Radiant Rebels. This journey comes to us from Shannon. Here’s a peek into her radiant world…
“I’ve been fortunate enough to never experience any major issues with my skin. My skin is super fair and I’ve
been known to burn really easily. There have been times when I could experience some redness, but that was about it. Since my late teens, my skincare routine had always been pretty basic- just a cleanser and moisturizer. Then came my “mid-life crisis”. I suddenly found myself having a horrible time with painful skin sensitivities, mild rosacea, large pores, rough, uneven skin texture and I would even react to eyeshadows. It blindsided me all at once, which made it extra overwhelming. I was at a loss as to what to target first or how to even go about it. I couldn’t even wear makeup anymore because the reactions were so frequent and so severe.
Eventually, I went online and started to do some research and found out that there’s a whole world of green beauty and organic skincare options out there. That’s when I came across Batty’s Bath and boy-oh-boy am I glad I did! My “lightbulb” moment hit when I came across Batty’s resources that explain how our skin needs both oil and water (hydration) to properly balance. It just made so much sense. From there I was hooked and immediately started devouring all the resources and flowcharts Batty provides on her website. I felt instantly drawn to try her creations and to her honest approach to skincare.
I’ve seen major improvements in my skin since I’ve started using Batty’s products a mere 7 months ago. My skin sensitivities have almost all disappeared. My redness is next to non-existent and I have very few (if any) rosacea bumps now. My skin texture is so much smoother now, and I’m most excited to be able to wear eyeshadows again because Batty’s natural/organic ones don’t irritate my sensitive eyes. As added bonuses, I also completely cleared up some eczema on the back of my neck and some psoriasis spots on my hairline using both the Hydra Healing Skin Rescue Gel and Patchouli Moisturizer twice a day.
Batty’s products are just amazing! You get real results all the while feeling confident that you’re feeding your skin “good for you” ingredients. As a fellow Canadian, I really appreciated that Batty’s products are made here in Canada, in small batches with organic ingredients she can stand by.
She’s made it so easy to find appropriate products based your skin’s needs with her flowcharts and worksheets. I’ve just started using some of Batty’s cosmetic items after falling in love with her skin care line and am equally impressed. Her honest and straightforward approach is so refreshing from what one typically finds in the conventional beauty world.
Right now, I can be found using the Pure Amore Gel Cleanser, Soothing Cleanser, and Soothing Eye Gel as part my regular skincare routine, but my favourite combo to use is the Hydra Healing Gel and Patchouli Moisturizer together as a super duo! I’ve also been known to reach for my two newest product purchases daily, the Watermelon and Rose Petal Lip Glosses as I head out the door to take on the world. One last tidbit I’ve found to be super handy while detoxing from chemical based deodorants is to use the Charcoal Soap on your armpits 3x a week.
I will continue to strive for complete balance in my skin, but I now feel confident in my abilities to read and understand a label. As a Radiant Rebel, I also know that there are others going through similar journeys, which is super encouraging, and that I have a support system in Batty, and her team whenever I feel stuck or stumped.”
– Shannon, Radiant Rebel & Youtube Addict
If you have a story like Shannon’s that you think other Radiant Rebels need to hear, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear them! Simply click the link below!
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