Fine-tuning your skincare routine for winter
What happens to our skin in winter?
In winter, the temperature drops. Harsh winds and dry air can remove the natural oils from your epidermis, making it dry and prone to irritation.
With the lack of moisture in the air, and you go from heated cars to cold winds outside, back to air-conditioned homes and offices - the reduced oils in your skin affect your skin’s natural barrier, causing more dry and dead skin cells to build up.
Generally, if you don’t do anything to refine your skin care routine during this season, your skin can show more signs of aging, with greater appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and a dull, dry appearance.
Good news is we can do something about it!!
Here are some steps to fine-tuning your skincare routine for winter:
1. Change Up Your Diet -
With a direct connection between the gut and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin.
A vegan, citrus-flavoured drinking oil to quench dry, irritated skin from within. With a healthy ratio of plant-based omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 oils from black cumin seed, chia seed and sea buckthorn fruit, plus evening primrose oil to reducing dryness, and help maintain the structural integrity of the skin.
Also - water, water, water! (ahh that old chestnut). People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, wrinkles, and soft lines and they won't show as many signs of aging as those who drink little amounts of water.
2. Include a gentle exfoliant
Between the cold air outside and heating in our homes, your skin cells dehydrate and die out faster in winter. Exfoliation allows new cells can come in healthier and without obstruction by removing the old, dead cells. No need to over-exfoliate though!.. Twice a week should do it.
The combination of AHA's derived naturally from botanicals & finely milled Jojoba beads, effectively remove dead skin cells to unveil healthy glowing skin.
If you have a humble washcloth at home - you can also start using that as a gentle daily exfoliation tool. It is ideal for gently removing makeup, dirt and pollution from the day as well as any dead skin that is ready to come away.
3. Up your antioxidants
No matter the climate, skin gets attacked by free radicals. Free Radicals scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. For skin, this can cause sunspots, the breakdown of collagen, and premature fine lines. To prevent the damage, apply a vitamin C serum first in the morning, then layer with antioxidant-rich serums and oils.
Harness the power of 15 precious cold-pressed nut and seed oils that boast an antioxidant punch.
This serum melts into the skin to deliver moisture, balance and penetration. Plant-based liposomes and phospholipids regenerate the deeper dermal layers.
Antioxidant-rich food should also be upped in your diet as well. Basically, stick to whole foods… loads of plant-based foods and naturally rich in antioxidants.. Things like Artichokes, Goji Berries, Raspberries, Kale, Red Cabbage., Beans, Beets. Beetroots & Spinach
If you are chasing sources of specific antioxidants - check this list out from Better Health
4. Moisturise with rich, nourishing ingredients
Cold nights dry your skin and make it susceptible to damage and dehydration. Keep your skin smooth and supple with a protective night cream during winter.
This decedent golden-hued balm melts on touch into a delicious, nourishing & skin-loving potion. Exotic butters, precious oils & 24k gold will leave your skin incredibly soft, hydrated & radiant.
Look at the ingredients in your moisturisers - the best hydrating ingredients for dry skin in winter include Rosehip Oil, Argan Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera & Vegetable Glycerine.