10 ways to winter-proof your skin

Friday, May 02, 2014

Seasonal changes sensitise skin. Remember to make these little changes to your skincare regimen. 


1. Don't be tempted to take scorching hot baths. Rather take a lukewarm shower or add baking soda to your bath water for a skin-softening soak. Hot water dries your skin out and causes premature sagging. 

 2. Switch from lotion to body creme. Body cremes are thicker and more moisturising. If want to thicken the lotion you're already using; add 2 tablespoons of glycerin to it. Sorted.

 3. Add a couple of drops of a moisturising oil to your day and night creams for an essential moisture boost. If you are out in the elements or inside in air conditioned environments, both are equally damaging to the skin. Slather on a moisturising creme immediately after bathing to lock in hydration.

4. Use bath oils. You can purchase these or make your own. Simply add olive oil, coconut or jojoba oil to your bath water. Watch out for the slip and slide on the floor of your tub. 

 5. Hydrate from the inside. Ease up on the coffee. Coffee is a mild diuretic and dehydrates you. Make sure you drink at least 3 litres of water daily. Warm water with a spritz of lemon or lime to start your day and herbal teas throughout should help you reach your quota.

6. Exfoliate. You can either do a dry body brush before your bath or use a body scrub using sea salt or granulated brown sugar. Alternatively a pumice stone will suffice. Don't over-scrub 

7. Stay away from cleansers or toners that contain alcohol. You're making your skin drier and more likely to flake. Look for a mild, cream-based cleanser or oil cleanse at least once a week.

8. Make a hydrating mask 

You'll need: 
Half an avocado and mix with 
A dollop of honey and 
A teaspoon of natural yoghurt or goat's milk yoghurt.
A tablespoon of rolled oats (optional)

Mash the avo, slowly mix in the honey and yoghurt and apply to your face. Wear a ratty tee (for the drips) and lie back for 20mins with this on your face. Wash off your face with small circular motions. Pat face dry. Apply moisturiser. You can add oats to the mixture for an exfoliating and mark-fading effect. 

9. Don't forget to wear sunscreen. Just because you can't see the sun doesn't mean you're not getting UV damage. Get broad spectrum sun protection of at least SPF 30. 

10. Don't forget your hands and feet. Apply a thick layer of cream or oil on your hands and feet before bed. Let it sink in then wear socks and gloves/mittens before bed. Your skin will be softer in the morning.

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