As we pack away our sun-dresses and shorts and don woolly scarves and hats, it can be easy to let our meticulous summertime skincare routines slide. But being bundled up shouldn’t mean neglecting your skin; it’s your body’s largest organ, and needs TLC all year round to stay healthy – and beautiful too of course. We’ve put together our seven favourite winter skincare tips, using organic bath and body goodies, as well as natural health-boosting supplements. Be sure to pamper your skin this winter, and you’ll feel fab the next time you put on a sun-dress or swimsuit!
Buff Yourself Beautiful
Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells and to keep your pores clear; regular exfoliating will combat dry or dull-looking winter skin.
Dry skin brushing using a soft, natural-bristled brush will help your skin to release trapped toxins, and will also reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Moisturise with Oils
Lightweight moisturisers are suitable for the summer months, but you’ll need to switch up your skincare regime in winter for adequate protection. Don’t be afraid of oil-based moisturisers; natural plant-based oils will deeply nourish dry or weathered skin, and won’t clog up your pores.
Amazing oils for soft, smooth winter skin:
Hunger for Hydration
Foods with a high water content will hydrate your skin from the inside out, keeping it soft and dewy. Treat yourself to juicy winter fruits like melons, apples and oranges, or cook up a soup using watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.
Vitamin C doesn’t just fight off winter colds; it also improves your body’s production of collagen and elastin, giving your skin a plumper and smoother appearance. An omega-3 supplement (like fish oil or flax seed oil) will also give your skin the support it needs to stay smooth and supple.
Natural supplements for healthy winter skin:
- Absolute Organix Omega 3 Vegan Oil Blend
- The Real Thing Mega Omega Fish Oil
- Omega 3:6:9 Oil
- BioLife 1000mg Vitamin C
- Vibrant Health Super Natural Vitamin C
Take Shorter Showers
Yes, we all love a long hot shower when its cold outside – but hot baths and showers strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated. A 10-minute shower will warm you up without drying out your skin too much; and it will save water too.
Humidify for Hydration
When the air around you gets dry, so does your skin; and indoor heaters just exacerbate the problem. Use a humidifier to improve the moisture levels in the air, at home or in the office. Banishing dry harsh air will also reduce your risk of allergies, irritations and exposure to infections.
Be Sunblock Savvy
It’s easy to let those good sunscreen habits slide when the weather gets cooler, but remember that winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin. Use a safe mineral sunscreen to protect the exposed areas, then get out there and enjoy that fresh air.