How to Help Your Skin Find the Beauty of Winter
The temperature drops and we see less of the sun as we move from one artificially heated space to another with a quick blast of chilly wind in between.. Hello Winter! Or should I say our skins worst nightmare.
There’s no denying the damage our skin can be faced with; the winter elements steal moisture away from our skin and the warmth from our hearts (am I right!?). Here are just a few tips to help keep your skin looking and feeling as smooth and supple as possible throughout the season.
When the temperatures drop, so does humidity, stripping up to 25% of our skin’s moisture resulting in tighter, drier, itchier, more sensitive skin. It is important to adjust your skin care routine accordingly during the cooler months without cutting it back. Cleanse daily, exfoliate weekly and moisturise often! It is important to make sure you continue to exfoliate over winter. Dead skin cells reduce the amount of absorption you get from the products you apply, and increase winter dryness and irritation.
The number one solution is to keep skin well hydrated. So, what are you waiting for? Invest in a good body scrub and exfoliating glove now to help quench your skins thirst!
Warm yourself from the inside out
After a long day at work and walking around in the cold there is nothing more tempting then to treat yourself with a long, hot shower BUT, you could be doing yourself more harm than good. Excessive exposure to hot water actually strips the skin of essential natural oils, dehydrating it further. Instead, opt for a lukewarm temperature and leave the warming up to a delicious chai latte, hot chocolate, or bowls full of hearty stews, casseroles and seasonal vegetables soups... yum!
Hydrate, hydrate, then hydrate some more
While a warm cup of coffee may be slightly more appealing than a glass of water in the cooler weather, don’t forget to keep your H2O intake up. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time, or keep your taste buds tantalized with warm organic herbal teas. Eating foods high in water content can also help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Cucumber, celery, tomatoes, capsicum, carrot, zucchini and broccoli are all great inclusions to your winter diet. Make sure you are getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin making your skin appear smoother and more supple.
Applying a body lotion immediately after bathing while your skin is still wet and towelling dry can help lock in the moisture on your skin leaving it happy and hydrated! Investing in a nourishing body oil and applying to your skin while you are in the shower is an absolute lifesaver for those who struggle with super dry skin and need an extra hydration boost.
Keep it simple, stupid
When you feel your skin getting dry and itchy the natural reaction is to feed it with a mixture of lotions and try to cure it as soon as possible, when really keeping a simply skincare routine may be a lot more beneficial. If you are yet to find products that provide you with supple and soft skin, rather than overwhelming your skin by trialing a banquet of different products, pick one to see if it works, and if it doesn’t, toss the product away and get back to the drawing board.
I bet you’re thinking ‘but how long is long enough to wait for visible results?’ Usually, you need to wait at least a month to see some results. While this may seem like a long time, there is a method behind the madness. It takes a month for a full cycle of skin-cell turnover to take place and the complete benefit of skin creams won’t be visible until after this. So, we recommend you do your research, pick wisely and be patient. It will be well worth the wait!
For sensitive skin try: Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses or Sukin's Sensitive range
For dry skin try: La Mav's Complete Collection or Skin Juice Green Juice Skin Balm
For oily/combination skin try: The Jojoba Company Skin Trial Kit or MADARA Exfoliating Oil-to-Milk Scrub
For acne prone/troubled skin try: Kosmea Rescue Skin Collection Pack or Botani Skin Rescue Kit - Natural Acne Treatment
Extra care for the exposed
We layer up to keep our bodies cosy and protected from the harsh winter weather conditions, however our lips and hands are often left exposed and manage to get the brunt of it. It is important to exfoliate your lips, just like your body, to remove dead skin cells and apply lip balm. If you do get caught with chapped, cracked or dry lips, avoid licking! I know it is natural instinct but the human saliva actually increases dehydration making it much worse. Get your hands on a lip balm with natural healing and moisturising properties and apply liberally. Pop one in your bag, in the top draw of your desk, on your bedside table, in the car… you can never have enough lip balm!
For your lips try: The Physic Garden Natural Vegan Lip Balm - Winter Lips or Botani Healing Lip Balm
As for your hands, we recommend trying: Botani Olive Hand & Body Cream or Herbanica Hand & Body Cream
Don’t forget the SPF
Sun protection in the winter is a must, especially if you are hitting the slopes! The sun’s harmful UV rays sneak up on our skin as we are busy lapping up every last second possible while up to 80 percent of the sun’s shine is reflected off the snow and right back at us! Apply a face sunscreen under your moisturiser for the days when you know you will be facing a delightful dose of winter sun or look at investing in a moisturiser that contains sun protection – kill two birds with one stone.
Try: Skin Juice Sun Juice SPF 15 (tinted or non-tinted) or MADARA Anti-Pollution CC Cream SPF 15