Winter Skincare - how to navigate the nightmare!
Dry. Dull. Flaky. Grey. Pallid. Dehydrated. Tight. Itchy... yes, these are all horror words in the skincare world! Unfortunately, they are all things that most of us encounter during the winter months. Winter skincare required a switch up in your usual routine. We've put our heads together, and had a think on how to help skin survive. Here's our top tips for winter skincare survival.
You Are What You Eat
A balanced diet is essential for skin health. Processed sugar, alcohol and the wrong kind of fats will dehydrate you and lead to break outs, dry skin and a poor complexion. There's a handful of super foods that will help to feed dry winter skin...
Avocados: The blend of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins make it a powerhouse for your body inside and out. The protein helps support collagen structure and the elastin in your skin. The fat also helps moisturise. Good news - because we're lovers of guacamole, avocado toast, and good-fat packed salads.
Sweet Potatoes: Abundant in vitamin A, they can help give your skin a healthy glow, and protect from damage. Vitamin A can help with skin renewal and decrease dry, flaky skin. Great for winter skin survival.
Green Tea: Not only is green tea loaded with skin-nourishing antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory properties that can heal damaged skin and prevent blemishes. It may help increase blood flow to the skin since it’s rich in antioxidants.
Wild Fish: Eating foods high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids is a great way to help balance dry skin, and keep it hydrated. Help winter skin survival with wild cold-water fish are a great source of Omega 3's. Try salmon, herrings, mackerel and sardines to help with Winter Skincare Survival.
This might seem a little bit obvious - but it's essential to keep skin hydrated with the right collection of creams, lotions and potions. A moisturiser that works for skin in spring and summer might need to be swapped out for something more nourishing. Look for a moisturiser with natural oils in for ultimate winter skincare. Try the 23 Carat Gold & Caviar Moisturiser, which is bursting with Grapeseed Oil. Or discover the Illuminate Moisturiser which is over flowing with Jojoba Oil.
If you've tried a richer moisturiser, yet skin is still looking a little thirsty, look to introduce a selection of oils in to your daily routine. We love the 100 Percent Oil Collection. There's something for Every Body - youthful skin, mature skin, dehydrated skin or skin in need of a little extra TLC. It's also important to ensure that skin is well hydrated overnight...
Night Time TLC
Skin repairs faster at night with the increased production of two key hormones: HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and Melatonin. It’s good to give skin a natural boost. We’ve devised the Dusk to Dawn Night Repair Oil lend a helping hand – with skin repairing neroli, regenerating rosewood & vitamin packed sweet orange. The total blend of 9 pure oils can also promote relaxation – perfect to help switch off at the end of a busy day, and ensure glowing & hydrated skin the next day. There’s permanently a bottle on our bedside table... specially to help with winter skincare.
Step away from the red wine. As much as we love a drop of red, it won't help your skin. It can lead to broken capillaries, dry patches and unsightly, irritated patches of skin. So, put the booze away. Ditch the caffeine. Instead, start looking at more 'hydrating' drinks! Water, Green Tea, White Tea (packed with antioxidants and a little easier to work through than green tea), peppermint tea. Another great skin soother is a turmeric latte; packed with anti oxidants and skin soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. It's great for winter skincare. Here's how:
Winter Skincare Loving Turmeric Latte
- fresh turmeric 3cm piece, peeled (or 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder)
- fresh ginger 2cm piece, peeled (or ¼ - ½ teaspoon ground ginger)
- black pepper pinch of
- honey 1 heaped teaspoon
- almond, cashew nut or hazelnut butter 1 heaped tablespoon
- water 1 ½ cups (or milk, for a creamier drink)
- ground cinnamon ½ - ¾ teaspoon
- vanilla essence or extract 1 teaspoon
- salt good pinch of
Simply blitz all the ingredients in a bullet and warm over a low heat. Serious winter skincare survival and seriously delicious!
Get rid of itchy, flaky winter skin with some bloody good body scrubs. Ashy winter skin won't be a problem - discover a salt and oil scrub that will both buff away dead skin cells AND nourish dehydrated skin with the flood of natural oils. A good exfoliation will also encourage the circulation, which will encourage skin cell renewal and also leave skin radiant and glowing. It will also make you feel incredible - eradicating sluggish feelings.
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