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12 Skin Care Tips For Beautiful, Glowing Winter Skin

Ramp up your skin care routine this winter and banish dry skin

With winter well and truly upon us, its time to rethink our skin care routine. Harsh winds, plunging temperatures, dry air and indoor heating sap skin of its natural oils and wreak havoc on our bodies.

Dry skin, itchy or flaky skin, redness, chapped lips and cracked heels are just a few of the common problems associated with the onset of winter. Dry skin can lead to a myriad of uncomfortable and even painful complications including eczema, dermatitis, scales, even bleeding*

Follow these simple skin care tips for beautiful, glowing skin this winter.

1 Drink Plenty of Water

Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water,  it’s just as important to drink water in winter as it is in summer. Mix it up a bit by adding some lemon or ginger to warm water or switching to herbal tea.

2. Moisturise

Ramp up the hydration this winter by switching to a richer, more nourishing moisturiser, Choose a moisturiser that will hydrate as well help maintain your skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss. Ingredients to look for include Hyalauronic Acid and Antioxidants (such as Resveratrol, Vitamin E, Vitamin C). We prefer La Mav Hyaluronic Acid Hydra-Max Serum during the day, and La Mav Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar. Apply before your moisturiser at night for best results.

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3. Use a Gentle Cleanser

A mild, cream based cleanser will be much kinder to your skin in winter than a foamy cleanser, especially if your skin normally tends to be on the dry side . Foamy cleansers can strip away your skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling taut and uncomfortable.

Choose a creamy cleanser that will soothe and replenish your skin. We recommend
Zk'in Certified Organic Softening Cream Cleanser. With Aloe Vera and Rosehip Oil it's gentle but effective and cleans without stripping your skin of its natural oils.

4. Use a Hydrating Mask

Treat your face to a nourishing hydrating mask once a week. A good nourishing mask is like rehab for your skin, and can also help protect it from the elements. Avoid clay based masks which can draw moisture and exacerbate dry skin. We recommend Andalou Natural 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Aloe Vera to hydrate, nourish and restore your skin's moisture barrier.

5. Avoid Hot Showers and Baths

As tempting as it is to stand under a hot shower or soak in a steamy tub for half an hour, hot water will strip your skin of moisture. Limit showers and baths to ten minutes and keep the temperature lukewarm. The best time to moisturise all over your body is straight after a shower or bath. Pat or blot your skin until it's just barely dry, then apply moisturiser immediately to help trap water in the surface cells.** 

For a relaxing, hydrating bath, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to several tablespoons of a carrier oil such as avocado or grapeseed, mix thoroughly and add to the bath water. Sandalwood, Rose, Tea Tree and Chamomile are excellent for soothing dry, irritated skin.

We highly recommend;
Acure Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion, a super moisturising, rich lotion made with organic Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, Evening Primrose and CoQ10. Restores dry, dull skin back to life and leaves it beautifully soft and smooth.

6. Use Sunscreen

Don’t neglect the sunscreen. In spite of the cold weather it’s still important to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Even on cloudy days, the UV intensity may be enough to damage your skin. If you prefer not to wear sunscreen under your makeup, try using a hydrating foundation with inbuilt SPF.

Andalou 1000 Roses CC Cream Sheer Tan SPF 30 provides a soft, sheer coverage with essential hydration, and is SPF 30+ 

7. Exfoliate

Because your skin cells dry out faster in winter, it's important to keep up regular exfoliation to remove dry skin build up which can prevent moisturisers from penetrating effectively. 

Take care not to over exfoliate in winter to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils. Once a week is usually enough but as with any advice, adapt to suit your skin’s needs. Be sure to moisturise well after exfoliating.

Our pick of facial exfoliators is Zk'in Certified Organic Clarifying Exfoliator. Made with Oat Kernel Flour and Coffee Seed powder it exfoliates without overstimulation, and has high levels of Aloe Vera to calm your skin.

For your body you can go past Caim & Able Coconut & Lime Body Scrub. It's made with Coconut Oil and Magnesium Chloride so is full of antioxidants, softens your skin and helps slow down the aging process.

 

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8. Avoid Harsh Soap and Body Wash

Many soaps and body washes can strip away your natural oils leading to rough, flaky, and itchy skin. Choose a moisturising soap or body wash that cleanses and hydrates your skin. Ingredients to look for when choosing soap or body wash include Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil and Calendula

If you prefer to use soap, try Sanctum Rose Geranium and Calendula Organic SoapIt calms and soothes as it hydrates and the added Macadamia Seed Oil aids in reducing skin redness.

Our favorite body wash is Eco by Sonya Organic Body Wash in Coconut and Mint A nourishing, refreshing, soap free body cleanser with rich Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera to leave your skin feeling amazing.

9. Lip Care

Cold weather is particularly unkind to your lips.  Because your lips don't have any sebaceous glands - the glands that keep your skin moisturised  - they tend to dry out faster than other parts of the body. There is nothing worse than dry, chapped, or worse, cracked and peeling lips, but with a little bit of attention, they can stay soft and kissable in spite of the temperature outside.

Exfoliate your lips weekly to remove dead skin cells and keep them soft and flake free. There are some amazing lip scrubs available, you should look for a product that is gentle but effective and doesn't strip your lips of moisture. We love Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub.

Keep your lips hydrated by applying a natural, hydrating lip balm several times a day. When choosing a lip balm look for moisturising ingredients like natural oils, Shea Butter and Vitamin E. Our all time favourite is Hurraw! Lip Balm. Not only does it work like a dream, it comes in a range of yummy flavours. Be gentle on your lips.The skin on your lips is thinner than skin elsewhere on the body so dont rub them or pick at them.

10. Hand and Nail Care

The skin on the back of your hands is also very thin and cold weather and indoor heating can leave them dry and sore, so they are going to need plenty of attention over the winter months.

Avoid washing your hands too often and don’t use hand sanitiser or harsh soap. Ever! Always wear gloves when washing the dishes, as hot water and detergent will sap the mositure from your hands. Apply moisturiser immediately after washing your hands and several times throughout the day. Keep a tube of hand lotion by the sink at home, in your handbag and on your desk at work.

A thick cream or ointment with a high oil content will help heal and prevent dry hands. Ingredients to look for include Lanolin, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Shea Butter. If your hands are seriously dry, slather them with hand cream before bed and sleep with gloves on. Cracked or bleeding skin can lead to infection so see your doctor if you are concerned.

Dont neglect your nails and cuticles. Cold weather can reduce the moisture level in your nails, leaving them dehydrated. Dried out nails are more likely to break, split, and chip. Moisturise regularly to keep your nails in good condition all year round. Look for a nail care product that contains rich, hydrating oils like Almond Oil and Coconut Oil.

Our pick; Weleda Citrus Hand and Nail Cream, a rich hand and nail cream made with Almond Oil, Lanolin and Calendula to hydrate your skin and support the growth of healthy and beautiful nails.

To treat and prevent dry brittle nails, Weleda Nail Care Pen with Pomegranate Oil, Shea Butter and Almond Oil nourishes and protects for healthy, strong, nails.

 

10. Foot Care

care for dry feetIt's important to take good care of your feet during winter. Dry, cracked heels and itchy, peeling skin not only look terrible, they can be quite painful too. Establishing a good foor care regimen will make sure your feet stay healthy and beautiful throughout the winter.

To keep your feet smooth, 
gently remove rough skin with a pumice stone. Use light pressure and let the surface of the stone do the work. Focus on the heels, the sides of your toes, and any other area where you have a build up of dry skin.We use and recommend Bodecare Pumice Foot Stone, it's gentle and effective and shaped like a little foot :)

 

A foot bath will work wonders to relieve tired aching feet, and adding a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil, or even moisturiser, will leave you feet soft and smooth while giving you a pampering session at the same time.

Exfoliate your feet once a week to remove any dry skin. Exfoliation increases circulation, stimulates the lymph flow, removes dead skin and smooths the skin's surface.

Use a nourishing moisturiser daily. The best time to moisturise is straight after a bath or shower. Considering giving your feet a regular deep treatment by applying a geneorus amount of rich, hydrating dry skin cream and wear socks while sleeping to seal in the moisture.

For deep hydration and dry skin protection use Weleda Skin Food. This award winning deep penetrating formula hydrates, restores and protects your skin.

10. Cover Up

Make sure you rug up well when you go outdoors. Hats, gloves and scarves will protect your skin from the effects of winter weather. And you will feel warmer too!

11. Eat For Your Skin

Your diet plays an important part in nourishing dry skin. Orange and yellow vegetables  contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant which helps fight dry skin and protect the it from sun and environmental damage. Stock up on sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, rockmelon, red peppers, mangoes and pumpkin. Most contain vitamins A and C, which help repair body tissues and produce collagen ***

Eat plenty of essential fatty acids, particularly Omega 3 (found in avocados and oily fish like salmon, sardines and anchovies) and Omega 6 (found in nuts, wholegrains and flaxseed oil)

12. Use a Humidifier

Consider investing in a humidifier. Humidifiers infuse the air with moisture helping to prevent and repair dryness, dullness and flaking. By sleeping with a humidifier on through the night you'll notice not only that your face looks more supple but also your hands and lips don't feel dry and dehydrated.

 

Featured Products - Winter Skin Care Essentials

 

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La Mav Hyaluronic Acid

Hydra-Max Serum


La Mav Antioxidant Rich
Nightly Repair Nectar

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Bite Beauty Whipped
Cherry Lip Scrub


Hurraw! Lip Balm

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Zk'in Certified Organic
Clarifying Exfoliator


 Weleda Skin Food

 

The skin care tips given in this article are for information purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice. If you are concerned about a skin condition please see your doctor or a dermatologist. Dietry changes should be part of a balanced diet. If in doubt see a medical professional.

 

Sources
* http://skincare.allwomenstalk.com/complications-of-dry-skin-you-should-know-about

** http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/in-depth/moisturizers/art-20044232?pg=2

*** http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/06/9-best-foods-nourish-dry-skin/20503892/