How to care for your skin this winter
Winter a magical time of year but as the days and nights draw darker and colder our skin can become unbalanced and upset. Cold temperatures often mean low humidity, which dries out the skin and bitterly cold winds can also strip moisture from exposed skin.
So here are 5 steps you can follow to keep your skin happy and healthy.
1) Exfoliate! Exfoliating is essential. The glue that holds dead skin cells together can affect the performance of your moisturiser. Exfoliating with a product that contains natural AHA's will help break down stubborn dead skin cell build-up allowing moisturisers to be absorbed more effectively. We recommend implementing this into your routine once a week.
2) The next step to follow is to moisturise the skin. Moisturisers that contain ingredients that are highly emollient will help protect your skin from moisture loss, keeping skin hydrated and smooth. We love ingredients such as Shea, Cocoa and Monoi De Tahiti oil.
“Sometimes moisturisers can’t do their job well because ageing and/or sun-damaged skin has too many layers of dead cells built up, so the moisturizers can’t penetrate. A little gentle exfoliation should do the trick, then you moisturise.” —Ashley Magovern, MD
3) Although the temperature may be cold and the sun behind clouds it is still essential to use an SPF to protect your skin. SPF should be used as a separate treatment for the skin. SPF found in skincare moisturisers are better than using nothing but once applied to the skin they often become less effective due to the moisturiser diluting the SPF. We recommend using your SPF after moisturiser and 90 minutes before going into the sun to ensure the skin is fully protected.
4) Cold weather calls for cosy self-care rituals. One of my favourite rituals is taking a warm bath but not just any normal bath I add a small drizzle of bath oil which helps to relax and feed the skin essential nutrients and fatty acids.
5) And last but not least, step five. Body oil is a lightweight, intense moisturising ointment. We recommend using a body oil that contains ingredients that penetrate deeply into the skin such as Avocado oil, it is able to penetrate into the second layer of the skin (dermis) and provide deep moisturising effects. People who have a dry and sensitive skin type are usually advised to use oils rich in oleic acid which is found in oils such as Avocado oil.
We recommend using body oils after a bath or shower when the skin has absorbed water, oil is best used to seal the hydration in. Studies show that massaging body oil into the skin helps to relax muscles as well as feed the skin with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals needed to keep skin looking smooth and healthy.
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*Our Luxury body oils are light but potently nourishing full of alluring essential oils and skin-loving botanicals to help soothe and hydrate.
*Our Luxury body moisturisers have a blissful aroma and are light and emollient to help lock in and draw in moisture to the skin.
* Our luxury bath oils are full of botanicals and natural ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin.
*Our luxury body oils contain avocado oil that penetrate deeply into the skin. We have selected 4 carrier oils that are rich in fatty acids, minerals and vitamins to help feed the skin keeping it soft, supple and hydrated.
*Our luxury body scrub is made using dead sea salt, Epson salt and sugar which are combined in a nourishing oil blend to help slough away dead skin cells, remineralise and smooth skin. Despite first thoughts, natural sea salts don't dry out the skin they actually enhance skin hydration making it great for dry skin and sugar is AHA called glycolic acid which helps to break down the skin glue that holds together dead skin cells.