Top Tips for glowing Winter Skin.
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I am going to give you some hints and tips on how you can change up your Winter skincare during the colder months.
In Winter the cold, rain, snow and wind can all play havoc with your skin. If you venture out in the cold and come home to the central heating on or fires burning, your skin is working overtime to try and balance itself, this is when your diet, lifestyle and skincare routine can help.
As the old saying goes - 'you are what you eat' - what you put into your body is also important to help keep some sort of balance - year round! Making choices that incorporate more omega oils and water into your daily life will help with hydration in the skin. This is a great vegan friendly omega rich oil that you can add to smoothies, porridge, soups, drizzle over salads - Organic Beauty Oil - £14.50. Getting regular exercise can also have an impact on your skin. It's about internal factors as well as external ones.
Introducing a nourishing and nurturing routine will help keep any dryness/sore areas at bay. Applying 'layers' a bit like clothing! Rather than applying a thicker layer of moisturiser, the best advice is to apply layers of products as they all absorb into the skin in different ways.
If you are using a facial wash, this may be making your skin more sensitive. Try introducing a nourishing Cream Cleanser the Calendula Cleanser - £17 is perfect for dry/sensitive skin, the blend of organic calendula and jojoba is enriched with natural skin-conditioning botanical oils to soften and soothe. (I always use this cleanser, perfect for combination skin too!) The iconic Wild Rose Beauty Balm - £40 is such a great all round product for this time of year, you can use it as your cleanser, moisturiser, mask, lip balm etc, etc - it is packed full of antioxidant-rich Organic Rosehip oil and a balancing blend of organic geranium and patchouli essential oils, this cult favourite nourishes skin and enhances your skin’s radiance, for a natural glow. Rich in provitamin A (a source of retinol) and vitamin E, rosehip seed oil is highly beneficial to the skin.
Make sure the water you use is not hot, just luke warm as this can be drying on the skin! If you like a HOT shower, then don't allow the water onto your face!
This, to me, can be a real game changer, if you don't normally exfoliate! I would recommend this as a once or twice a week addition - you will notice the difference in your skin. The older you get, the slower your skin becomes in producing fresh new skin cells. If you don't help remove the old dead skin from the surface you may notice that your skin becomes dull, gentle exfoliation is key to encourage your new skin cells to 'shine' through, creating a brighter more even toned complexion.
All the Neal's Yard Remedies Organic products are Microbead free! My favourite ones are the Rehydrating Rose Facial Polish - £18 and the Honey and Orange Facial Scrub - £18 - if you are new to using an exfoliator then I would suggest you mix half and half in with your facial cleanser/balm to start with.
A toner is there to help bring balance back to your skin following cleansing, using a fine mist is so quick and easy and uses less product and saves the environment as you don't use any cotton wool! The Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner - £20 is great as it's for all skin types, it cools and soothes, with Aloe Vera. Also, the White Tea Facial Mist - £13 beautifully light leaves your skin feeling instantly hydrated and soothed. With antioxidant-rich white tea to help counteract the effects of pollutants and cooling organic aloe vera, I love the smell of this one, so calming - great for if you have those 'warm moments' through the day/night (depending on your age!!) - great if kept in the fridge!
Toners will leave a fine layer of hydration on your skin, you would then go onto apply your next 'layer' whilst your skin is slightly damp.
Treatment - Facial Oil/Serum
Adding in a Facial Oil or Serum is a must at this time of year. They are so much finer in their structure than your normal moisturiser and therefore more able to sink a little deeper into the skin. Used morning and/or evening under your moisturiser. This is about personal preference or what your skin concerns are. A Facial Oil is the perfect medium for giving yourself a quick facial massage - great to boost circulation and blood supply, encouraging new skin cells to form. Here's a link to my Facebook video showing a simple Facial Massage Routine . A serum is more for targeted help with fine lines and wrinkles, plumping and firming - you can apply both - the layering effect, if you feel you need it! Facial Oils/Serums - £17.50 - £75 click the link to view all the ones available - if you're thinking about introducing these into your routine, do get in touch and I'll help you choose the right one for you!
Changing up your moisturiser is also a good idea at this time of year, looking for natural plant oils in the ingredients, like Jojoba, Wheatgerm, Apricot Kernel, Wild Rosehip, Argan, making them a lovely rich, yet light consistency. If you're using Frankincense Hydrating Cream, maybe give Frankincense Nourishing Cream a try!
Take a look here: Facial Moisturisers - A few of my recommendations - Frankincense Nourishing Cream £30 / Rose & Mallow Moisturiser £22 / Nourishing Orange Flower Night Cream £25/ Frankincense Intense £55 / Frankincense Intense Lift Cream £65.
I hope this has given you a few ideas to help with your winter skin concerns. Get in touch if you need any help.
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