Seasonal living requires an awareness to the subtle and not-so-subtle shifts. That awareness—that noticing—is what connects us to the earth and to the ways of our ancestors.
By aligning ourselves, our lives, and our personal care rituals with the seasons, we weave more meaning, joy, and intention into everything we do.
In this season-by-season guide, I lead you through ways to bring awareness to the seasons, how to shift your skin and personal care, simple holistic nutrition tips to boost your health as we flow through the seasons, and suggestions for season-specific movement and intention setting.
- Use a light oil serum both day and night to protect from shifting winds and unpredictable temperatures.
- Always use your oil serum ritual in combo with a facial mist for deep moisturization and penetration.
- Always always always cleanse at night to remove dirt, pollution, bacteria, and makeup that you collect throughout the day.
- Consider adding in more seeds, sprouts, and leafy greens to your diet during spring to support liver health and to assist your body in breaking down and flushing out hormones and dietary fats that sometimes lead to breakouts. This is actually a good practice all year round but is particularly connected to spring.
- It might be rainy and blustery, but commit to connecting with nature and getting outside every day for at least ten minutes. Don't complain—instead, dress for the weather.
- Use an oil serum both day and night to protect and repair from UV rays. Use in combination with your choice of facial mist for deep moisturization and use with Nirvana Daily Face Cream for a nightly deep treatment.
- Use SPF diligently + wear a hat (I love a cute wide brimmed hat that provides good coverage.)
- Always cleanse at night to remove sunscreen, dirt, pollution, bacteria, and makeup buildup.
- Follow with an antioxidant-rich oil serum like Flower Bud Oil Serum to support your skin's resistance to UV stress. Use in combo with a facial mist for deeper penetration and nourishment.
- Embrace the produce of the season: load up on strawberries, blueberries, huckleberries—whatever is local to you is best—for an antioxidant feast. 'Tis the season!
- Make space for slowing down. Summer is high energy and can sometimes be depleting. Set a reminder for daily quiet moments and rejuvenating movement.
Fall is a time of dropping humidity, loss of sunlight, and cool + damp air. That's why it's essential to focus on hydrating from the inside out, using protective skincare to keep moisture from escaping your skin, and incorporating herbal remedies that support the skin and also provide warming properties to balance the energetics of fall.
- Use a protective oil-based serum along with a facial mist for daily hydration and moisturization. I recommend using Flower Bud Oil Serum and Wild Glow Toner together.
- Using a facial balm is a great idea as the thicker consistency protects your skin from harsher, cooler winds and deeply moisturizes the skin like Lagom's seasonal Restore Balm which can also be used as a nourishing lip mending balm.
- Cleansing at night with a balm is one way to strengthen your skin with long term use. A cleansing balm like my Full Moon Cleansing Balm is key in supporting your skin's natural moisture barrier and doesn't strip your skin of its naturally occurring oils like many standard cleansers do.
- Hydrate from the inside out: a nourishing herbal infusion of nettle, oatstraw and tulsi not only provides a nutrient-dense tea to support your skin, hair and nails but tulsi also serves as an adaptogen which is a plant that helps your body adapt to the different stressors of life, making you more resilient.
- Drink fresh ginger tea to support your immune system and digestive system.
- Honey is one of the best humectants on the planet. If you find your skin is lacking moisture and luster, try a simple honey mask by combining honey and a little bit of water to create a totally natural and simple face mask. Paint the honey mixture on your face and allow it to work to up to 30 minutes, then rinse and follow with a Flower Bud Oil Serum.
- Drink plenty of water: Take half your body weight and drink that number in ounces. You'll be surprised the affect hydrating from the inside out has on your skin. It will look more full, bright, and wrinkles will be less noticeable.
- Use this time to slow down and create new self-care rituals for a slower-paced season.
- Start incorporating seasonal produce like squash, potatoes, onions and carrots as well as antioxidant rich greens including spinach and kale. Visit your local farmers market or organic grocery store for inspiration.
- Use an oil serum in conjunction with Nirvana Daily Face Cream for the ultimate protection from the elements.
- If you spend a bit of time outdoors during the winter, consider adding a balm or salve to your skincare ritual. Combine a little bit of a balm or salve with a facial mist to create a micro-emulsion and apply to your skin. The butters and waxes included in these will help protect your skin from the elements and prevent TEWL.
- End your day with a deep cleanse with Full Moon Cleansing Balm and follow with Nirvana, oil serum, and facial mist.
- Finish with a balm or salve + mist to replenish and feed the skin overnight.
- Incorporate nutrient-dense foods like bone broth, soups, and stews to feed your body and your skin.
- Make time for restorative movement: yoga works well here.
- Commit to getting outside, even when it's brutal out. Staying connected to the natural world during these darker months is crucial for self-care, your mental health, and your immune system.
To create a custom skin + life ritual for yourself according to the seasons, consider + journal on:
- How does my skin normally respond to the seasonal shifts? Make notes as you move through the seasons or reflect back.
- When does your skin look and feel it's absolute best? What are some of the general themes of that season? What are you doing, eating, embracing? How do you feel emotionally?
- How does my skin respond to my monthly cycle?
- How does my skin respond to certain foods? Major triggers for acne, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions include dairy, wheat, gluten, alcohol, and high fat foods.
- What does life normally look like for me throughout the different seasons? When do I feel depleted? When do I feel like I have more energy?
- What foods do I crave when and why?
- When do I feel my best? What am I doing, what am I eating, who am I with?
Use these journal prompts to identify patterns. Look for the positive: what can you embrace more of? And how can you bring elements of the seasons to your every day living for more balance?