Despite our best efforts at willing summer to stick around for a little while longer, winter is definitely upon us. And with that, the inevitable shift in the way the skin feels: it’s a little more easily dehydrated, it feels a little tighter and less dewy and naturally hydrated. Dry patches, itchiness and irritation may appear, or get worse. Keeping the skin properly hydrated, with a healthy moisture balance, isn’t only important because it keeps the skin feeling good, but it’s crucial for keeping the signs of aging at bay. Dry skin is more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles, plus can appear more dull and lackluster.
While Tata doesn’t recommend flip-flopping between products and regimens constantly (consistency is important, to let the skin really enjoy the long-term benefits of your skincare products), moisture is the one department where there simply must be some seasonal variation. In the hot, humid weather, one may not need a moisturizer at all – a serum or light toner may provide all the hydration needed. But in the winter, it’s essential that we maintain deep hydration as well as a healthy barrier.
Here are some basic ways you can promote healthy hydration in the skin no matter how chilly and dry your winter environment may be.
1) Exfoliate regularly, to keep the skin glowy and to help prep the skin to better receive the hydrating benefits of your moisturizing products. Decongesting the buildup in the surface of the skin that accumulates daily is essential for daily glow and radiance – plus, by leaving a purified surface behind, moisturizers can work their magic even better. Explore our daily exfoliating cleanser here, and our weekly mask exfoliating treatment for instant glow here.
2) Avoid cleansers and toners with soaps, detergents or alcohols. These astringent ingredients strip the skin of its essential moisture, leaving the skin feeling tight, dry and depleted. Soaps are detrimental because they rob the skin of its healthy, natural moisture that it works so hard to create and maintain – therefore prompting the skin to go into sebum (facial production) overdrive to make up for its suddenly dry environment. Instead, opt for cleansers that use enzymes, clays and essentials to purify, detoxify and polish the skin. It is possible to have skin that feels hydrated and healthy even after cleansing! Check out our cleansers here – soap-free, and formulated to leave the skin glowing and feeling soft and supple.
3) Wearing makeup throughout the day? Replenish moisture on top of makeup with a hydrating spritz. There’s nothing worse than realizing your skin is feeling a little bit dry underneath your makeup. There is just no way to apply a cream. Opt for a hydrating spray – they are out there! – and use throughout the day to replenish moisture. Our Hydrating Floral Essence is a perfect example of a moisturizing booster that has weightless humectants that penetrate makeup and the skin immediately, and help to trap moisture from your environment to keep the skin hydrated and supple all day. Makeup won’t be wrecked – in fact, we all think it helps makeup look even better.
4) Drink lots of water, and eat foods that hydrate from the inside out. The general rule is 1-2 liters of water a day; though it can feel like a chore, it can boost the skin’s radiance and plumpness. The skin is our bodies largest organ, and performs routine maintenance activities every day and night, and like the rest of our bodies, water helps it do its job efficiently. Hydrating foods include fruits, like apples, berries and melons, and certain veggies like spinach, cucumber, celery, tomatoes and carrots.
5) Avoid lots of caffeine! Ever notice how drinking lots of coffee sends you to the bathroom more often than usual? Well that’s not only because you’re drinking lots of liquid; it’s a mild diuretic so it prompts the body to produce more urine, which means your body’s processing the water in your system faster than normal. In other words, it can dry you out (alcohol does this too). If you’re really striving for moisture, avoid these dehydrating culprits.
Lastly, may we introduce to you the Winter Moisturizing Essentials set? (Pictured above!) Tata put together a perfect set of products to keep the skin, lips and body hydrated through the cold months: a non-drying, hydration-promoting cleanser, a rich, silky moisturizer for the face, a light moisturizing facial oil, a deeply hydrating body oil, and Be Fierce – a super-hydrating lip treatment. Explore the new set here.
We’re full of newness here at Tata Harper Headquarters. One after another – gorgeous new sets! We really wanted to flesh out our options online for unique, exclusive beauty kits this season, leaving ample room for holiday browsing, and so far we’ve released our Cloud 9: Natural Beauty Globetrotter Essentials and our Rejuvenating Serum: Home and Travel Set. Both were inspired by us thinking about what people need during the holidays, and we figured: travel-size, easy products for packing and just going, without any hassle.
Now our next 2 new beauty sets are different and super fun. First off: introducing the Best of Tata Harper: Natural Beauty Set. (Pictured above!)
We developed this set because we wanted there to be an option online for someone looking for our best-selling, award-winning products, in a set that makes for a perfect daily antiaging regimen. Cleanse, purify and detoxify the skin with our Refreshing Cleanser, and enjoy immediate lifting, firming & smoothing effects with our very-popular Boosted Contouring Serum, a perfect daily antiaging treatment. Our Repairative Moisturizer is excellent for long-lasting hydration and a rich, silky finish, and lock it all in with our Replenishing Nutrient Complex, a light multivitamin serum. Our Resurfacing Mask delivers a weekly glow treatment, and lastly, Be True is perfect for fighting the signs of aging on the lips while hydrating and softening. What more could you need? Explore the set here!
Next, our Beauty in Bloom: Natural Glow & Hydration Trio. This selection is all about gorgeous glow & lovely color, plus it features our limited-edition Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask!
With this beauty set, experience the beautifying benefits of 100% natural & nontoxic skincare. This exclusive, limited-edition trio of skin & lip care delivers instant glow, gorgeous color & lasting radiance, without a single drop of synthetic chemicals. Our Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask delivers softer, more glowy skin immediately, and our Hydrating Floral Essence is a perfect moisture booster for keeping skin illuminated, hydrated and lovely. With Be Adored, enjoy antiaging results plus a rosy-red tint. Explore this set here!
Enjoy our holiday newness! xo, Tata & the Team
Can you believe it?! The time is already here to start talking gifts – and we really have to just shamelessly plug here, but honestly, what makes a better gift than skincare that seriously works, and is totally safe, nontoxic and handcrafted? Over the course of the season, we’ll be posting a few different gift guides, including the items that Tata has discovered this year that she’s thinking about sharing with the people she loves as holiday gifts. But in the mean time, let’s start out talking about skincare, because that’s where we’re experts.
We’ve put together a beautiful new gift guide (which you can explore on our site here!), where you can find something for everyone.
Looking for a little something?
We recommend the below items for people who may not have tried natural & nontoxic skincare before, but who may be looking to switch up their routine – or for beauty buffs who love trying something new! The great thing about these sets is that they give people the chance to try a variety of products and see which ones work best for them.
The Natural Skincare Try-Me Kit: the perfect intro to the line. 1-2 uses of our essential skincare products, all tied up in a pretty green velvet bag. *Makes the ideal stocking stuffer!
Pure & Powerful: Natural Skincare Travel Set for Problematic Skin: this set, pictured below, contains our most deeply cleansing, detoxifying and balancing products, designed to deliver clearer, more healthy skin. It’s one we’d recommend for someone who’s frustrated with their current skincare routine & aren’t getting the balancing results they’re looking for – or for a teen! $65.00
Balancing Act: Natural Skincare Travel Set for Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin can be difficult to manage, and make it hard to truly enjoy skincare, when everything you try leads to irritation, redness or dry patches. This set, pictured below, was developed for people whose skin experiences classic sensitive symptoms. This set is calming, balancing and hydrating. It doesn’t contain any irritating ingredients and is a great way to try a new sensitive-skin-friendly line. $48.00
Cloud 9: Natural Beauty Globetrotter Essentials: Traveling can sometimes just be terrible. You’re tired, you’re irritable, your skin is unhappy because airplane air depletes everything (everything.) of moisture. It’s time to take travel to the next level, and emerge glowing: the Cloud 9 Natural Beauty Globetrotter Essentials kit is a key item for anyone who travels often – it’s designed to leave you with moisturized, glowy skin and a good mood. Featuring 2 full-size products and a Deluxe size of our much-adored Hydrating Floral essence. $100 (value $120).
You are Loved: Natural Lip Treatment Trio. Two treatments to plump the lips & reduce the look of fine lines, and one to provide a layer of environmental protection – for a softer, healthier, more hydrated pout. Be True and Be Adored provide comprehensive antiaging benefits, plus classic nourishing & hydrating effects – and Be Adored gives the lips a rosy red tint. Be Fierce is sheer, and super-softening. Its antioxidant-rich formula protects the lips from environmental aging, for positively lovely lips. $75.
How about Shopping for a certain Age Group?
It can be tough to guess what the best skincare products are for people of certain ages, but we’ve made it easy for you.
Teens & 20′s: During this age, we suggest that people focus on cleansing, decongesting, detoxifying and polishing the skin, so that it truly glows – while making sure that proper moisture and hydration levels are intact to keep oily skin at bay. Here’s what we recommend: Our Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask (a Limited-Edition version of our Resurfacing Mask, guaranteed to deliver instant glow!), our Regenerating Cleanser (a daily exfoliating cleanser that delivers soft, radiant skin without any soaps or detergents), our Liquid Gold: Nourishing Face & Body Oil Set (amazing for soft, glowy skin on the face and body), and our Deluxe Beauty Set, the best way to try a handful of our daily skincare essentials in trial sizes.
30′s & 40′s: Here’s where daily antiaging care is key, as well as careful cleansing and daily hydration. But of course, you can never go wrong with skin & lip care treats! Our Boosted Contouring Serum is a perfect place to start – so far, our best-selling SuperNatural Serum, this Serum is amazing for helping to instantly lift & firm the skin. It feels luxurious and smells amazing, and is universally loved. Our Rejuvenating Serum Home & Body Set is the best of both worlds: you get our best-selling Rejuvenating Serum in a home & travel size at an amazing value – the set costs $160 but is worth $195. The Replenishing Nutrient Complex is amazing for anyone looking for an extra glow – this light oil serum has been dubbed the “problem solver for problematic skin” and helps the skin look healthier & younger almost immediately.
50′s and Up: Our SuperNatural Collection is truly the place to look for seriously luxurious antiaging treatments that support overall skin health while targeting visible signs of aging. Give someone the gift of gorgeous skin! Also adored is our Lip Treatment Trio, for softer, more youthful, healthy lips – and our Be Well, a trio of our aromatherapies for daily balance, happiness & relaxation. Our Regenerating Cleanser is an excellent cleanser for this age group, while our Deluxe Beauty Set is still an amazing way to gift someone the majority of our daily skincare essentials, so they can try the line & see what works.
More gift suggestions from Tata coming soon! If you’re looking for a particular gift recommendation, please leave in a comment below – we’d be happy to make a suggestion!
Introducing our first-ever Limited Edition product (which we are so excited to share with you) – our Wild Plum Resurfacing Mask! Check out this product’s page on our website here for a summary of this product’s facts & quirks, or keep reading below to learn all about this special, farm-fresh skincare creation.
This limited-edition, seasonal release of our ELLE award-winning Resurfacing Mask delivers all of the power of the original – but it’s enhanced with the uniquely moisturizing qualities of Wild Plum Hydrosol (which is gleaned from thousands of wild plum blossoms harvested from wild trees in Missouri) and Pink French Clay, which promotes cell renewal and delivers visible pore minimization. Like the original, this non-abrasive beta hydroxy treatment goes on clear like a cooling marmalade, dries down and then rinses off to reveal a vibrant, naturally healthy glow.
We’ve nicknamed this product the “Pre-party mask” because it gives you that perfect about-to-go-out skin: soft, refreshed, glowing and hydrated. Essentially, it provides all of the benefits of a glycolic peel, without the redness, irritation or sensitivity. Heaven!
This is super neat – below are some images of where our wild plum blossoms were harvested, taken by Penny, who sends us our fresh Hydrosol. Plum Hydrosol is not only deeply moisturizing, it’s a humectant, so it helps the skin stay moisturized long-term by helping the skin retain water, and by trapping moisture from the environment and bringing it into the deep layers of the skin.
Love the sound of this Mask? We have to recommend to act fast – we’ve only made 600 of this special product. Head to our site right now to take a closer look.
xo – Tata & the team in Vermont!
One of the primary visual symptoms of aging that Tata wanted to address with her SuperNatural collection of targeted antiaging treatments was hyperpigmentation, a.k.a melanin or pigment, in the skin that, most frequently, darkens our skin in an unwanted way. Dark spots or discoloration can appear on our skin, all over our bodies, for a number of reasons: sun damage, freckles, disease, inflammation, scarring or acne. In order for us all to look and feel our best, with the healthiest, most tonally consistent skin possible, we created this: the Concentrated Brightening Serum.
When Tata set out to create a treatment for uneven tone, her goal was to deliver results both immediately and long-term. That’s something you see on the packaging and marketing for most anti-hyperpigmentation treatments, but Tata really meant it: a serum that, without the use of a single synthetic chemical or bleaching agent, would address every stage of the hyperpigmentation process in the skin to help prevent the formation of dark spots while also addressing the look of current ones.
Before we break it down, we wanted to share this with you: an in-house trial we conducted to have a visual Before & After of 36 days of use of our Brightening Serum. This is Cindy’s hand; she’s a family member of one of our office team mates and applied the Serum to her hand every day at the same time for 36 days. Before is on the left, After is on the right. We did not photoshop this image. Check it out!
This Serum has 35 natural active ingredients: 29 are the same ones found in our award-winning Rejuvenating Serum, which delivers antiaging results on all levels: reducing muscle contractions to fight fine lines, promoting and maintaining collagen production, improving elasticity and deep hydration.
The remaining 6 are all specifically targeted to deliver an even tone and brightening results. Here’s a breakdown of those ingredients – they each do something so unique! It can sound very technical when we get into the nitty-gritty of these ingredients’ activity, but it’s fascinating. They really work – naturally!
Colorless Carotenoids: Our Carotenoids are extracted from the Dunaliella species of algae in Israel; they help control & prevent pigmentation by absorbing both UVA and UVB rays (though they don’t provide SPF). Pigmentation in the skin is often caused by inflammation that’s initiated by UV exposure; by absorbing those rays and neutralizing the damage with antioxidant abilities, they help reduce pigmentation that’s caused by sun damage. Plus, UV light stimulates melanocyte activity (which produce melanin in the first place) – so this extract helps keep that activity under wraps, too.
Brassica Napus Extract: Brassica Napus is a plant that belongs to the mustard family and has bright yellow flowers and edible leaves & stems. In our serum, it prevents the formation of melanin by blocking the activity of the Tyrosinase enzyme (an enzyme that’s integral to the first stages of dark spot formation) and helps reduce appearance of darkness in the skin by reducing the melanin content in melanocytes (melanocytes are melanin-producing cells that live deep in the dermis).
Sea Fern Extract: This plant is your classic green sea plant that looks like a fern – its extract targets the genes responsible for the transfer of melanin to melanosomes (which actually contain the pigment in the skin) while also helping to reduce their size, number and maturation. That means this is one of the ingredients that helps visibly reduce the appearance and size of darkness in the skin!
Sea Daffodil Extract: This extract comes from a lovely, delicate white flower that grows on the beaches of Crete; ours is grown and harvested sustainably. The way this extract works is that it helps inhibit a substance in the skin (Substance P) that is responsible for activating the dendrites (which transfer melanin to the surface of the skin, where it becomes a dark spot). By reducing that carrier activity, it helps reduce the appearance and formation of dark spots.
Madonna Lily Stem Cells: Another beautiful white flower – these are classic white lilies, which are an evergreen plant that originated in Asia Minor. We use stem cell technology from these flowers, and ours come from flowers grown in France. This stem cell technology helps block PAR-2 (which causes melanosomes to absorb & create dark spots) and helps promote cell renewal to force melanin out of the epidermis. This is one of the extracts that operates in the deeper layers of the skin, to keep the appearance of hyperpigmentation at bay.
Norwegian Kelp: Harvested from the Atlantic Ocean near Norway, this kelp is rich in organic acids, amino acids and proteins. It helps stimulate cellular division in the skin to promote turnover in the epidermis, which can reveal new and balanced skin cells. Our skin naturally tries to reduce melanin content on its own; the speed and efficiency of that activity slows down as we age; that’s where this extract comes in to help.
Hope this helped you understand the natural technology behind this SuperNatural serum. You can learn more about the collection here, and more about this particular Serum’s results & technology here. Thanks!