Keep your skin healthy, hydrated and glowy on even the harshest winter days!
Winter has arrived and it is the perfect time to slow down, turn within and focus on total self-nourishment!
Each season is different and the secret to maintaining vibrant health & wellness all year round lies in our ability to be flexible and willing to change – just like the seasons.
To help, we have created this Winter Wellness series to help you sync your self-care program with mother nature. Include these tips in your holistic winter routine and allow yourself to glow from the inside out!!
The evidence of winter can be seen in frost-bitten lawns and withering gardens, but it can also show up on our skin! Dry, tight, red, flaky – there’s no denying our complexion can be affected by the cold air, artificial heating and lack of humidity that often accompany winter.
For our first Winter Wellness instalment, we’re giving you two glow-inducing tips to help you say goodbye to dry and hello to soft, hydrated and beautifully dewy skin!
Tip 1… Hello, Hydration!!
When temperatures start to drop the amount of moisture in the air also declines and this low humidity draws the moisture from the outermost layer of our skin – the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum requires hydration to stay supple and function effectively as a barrier. When moisture escapes this layer it leaves skin dry, dull, vulnerable to environmental pollution and thirsting for a little extra nourishment and hydration.
Enter the need for moisture therapy in the form of hydrating masks!! Masks re-hydrate dry skin cells, replace lost moisture and infuse the epidermis with nutrients, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to help heal, replenish and reinforce the skin. They can deliver wonderful results for all kinds of skin complaints, however, during winter it is best to use masks that work to boost skin hydration and restore glowing softness.
When choosing the perfect mask…
Look for nourishing, soothing and hydrating ingredients such as:
Rose water – For dry skin. Rose water is a treasure trove of skin-beautifying qualities that help ensure a healthy, hydrated glow! Not only is it incredibly softening and soothing, but when combined with other ingredients it serves as a hydrating agent that helps keep skin moisture-rich.
Marshmallow Extract – For sensitive skin. When most of us think of marshmallows, we think of the sweet gooey treats that we roast in winter & pair with a hot cacao! Did you know the natural form of marshmallow root is also a wonderful winter treat for your skin? Marshmallow root is a demulcent (derived from the Latin: demulcere “caress”) which is an agent that supposedly forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane. Demulcentsare sometimes referred to as mucoprotective agents.
Rosehip Oil – For all skin types. Rosehip oil is a supercharged multivitamin for your skin! It is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help to soften, regenerate and improve the texture of dry and damaged skin.
Avocado Oil – For dry and mature skin. This rich, nourishing and deeply moisturising oil is a time-tested skin soother! It provides a thick protective barrier for the skin but has a consistency that is thin enough to allow for total absorption. This means it works to soften and soothe the complexion but also penetrates the uppermost layers to deliver vital nutrients and essential fatty acids below the skin’s surface!
Aloe Vera – For damaged skin. Aloe vera is known for its cooling, soothing and healing capacities. It is a lightweight non-comedogenic emollient that helps lock in moisture to prevent dehydration without clogging pores! It is also a natural humectant that draws moisture from the environment into the skin to boost hydration and ensure radiant softness!
Our thirst-quenching Pure Plant Hydration Mask. Specially designed for sensitive and dehydrated skin, the beautifying extracts of rosewater, aloe vera and marshmallow root deliver intensive hydration while pure essential oils of neroli, sandalwood and lavender work to soothe and calm the skin.
Another super restorative option is our Replenish Face Mask. This rich, creamy mask replenishes moisture levels while softening and nourishing your skin with rosehip, avocado, jojoba and calendula oils. It is super decadent and will leave your skin totally protected, soft and dewy!
Using your face mask…
Tip 2… E is for Exfoliation!!!
Moisture and hydration are essential, but it’s important to keep in mind that dry skin typically means a build-up of dead, dry cells on the skin’s surface. To really make the most out of your masks and moisturisers – treat your skin to a weekly exfoliation ritual to dissolve dead skin cells. This will allow for optimum absorption, retention and effectiveness of any products you apply!
According to Annet King from the International Dermal Institute, exfoliation will also cause a burst of cell renewal that helps new, moisture-rich cells move to the surface of your skin giving you a fresh, healthy glow!
Uncover a smoother and more radiant skin surface with these ingredients…
Kaolin – For most skin types. Kaolin, or white clay, is the most gentle of the clays. It works to absorb and draw out impurities from the pores and exfoliate the skin without stripping it of its much-needed moisture.
Rice or sugar granules – For most skin types. These gentle, skin-loving exfoliants scuff away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter, more porcelain-like complexion!
Papaya – Not for sensitive skin. The secret to papaya’s beautifying properties lies in the enzyme papain which acts as a highly effective natural exfoliant, breaking down proteins and dissolving dead cells to unearth vibrant, younger-looking skin!
Papaya Enzyme Mask – This cocktail of natural extracts will uncover fresh, vibrant skin by dissolving dead surface skin cells and absorbing impurities from the pores.
The combination of fine rice granules, elderflowers and chamomile in our Bare Faced Exfoliant will remove dead skin cells to reveal a soft, smooth complexion while sandalwood essential oil calms and soothes the skin and senses.
Using your exfoliant…
Follow with one of our Fine Tuning Solutions and a beautiful facial oil or serum (learn more about them in next week’s blog!).