Natural Skincare Secrets: Skin hydration in Colder Seasons
It’s time to pull out your favourite coat and get your keep-cup ready for bottomless hot tea because autumn is finally showing it’s cool colours and winter is just over the horizon.
With the shift from heavy heat and humidity to low temperatures and high winds, it is important to keep your skin hydrated. Just as Mind Body Green explains, your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it is the first to show signs of toxicities and imbalance. In harsh weather, we must be especially conscious of our skin’s wellbeing.
I will be the first to admit I am guilty of sitting directly in front of the heater and taking long drawn-out hot baths. Despite how nice these comforts are, the inside/outside contrast of weather conditions can strip our skin of natural moisture. But we don’t want you to give up warm winter luxuries or have to stay inside and miss out on the outdoor winter festivities. So before winter is in full throttle, we have our secret weapon ready to combat skin dryness…essential body oils.
Tip #1 – Wake up Routine: Hyrdotherapy + Hydrating body oil
Let’s face it; nobody likes to get out of bed in winter, it’s just too cold. The only thing that gets me up and at ‘em on a winter’s morning is a therapeutic shower. And using hydrotherapy makes a huge difference, with crazy benefits to your body.
Hot temperatures are relaxing, while cold temperatures stimulate the lymph system. The alternation between hot and cold water can reduce inflammation and remove toxins in your skin. Hydrotherapy also accelerates your body’s circulation providing an invigorating sensation. This method can leave your skin dry post-shower, so it is important to follow up with a natural hydrating body oil. Our ‘Wake Me Up!’ body oil is specifically designed for this purpose. The blend of cucumber, apricot, lime and peppermint oil is detoxing and will leave your skin glowing with moisture.
Cucumber oil has high water content, contains folic acid, and is high in vitamins B and C, which help to detoxify the skin’s pores. Its antioxidant properties help to slow down the skin aging process. It can also be used as a natural skin toner because of its skin-tightening effects. Apricot oil has emollient properties that help the skin retain moisture and combat dry skin rashes. The added ingredient of peppermint essential oil is stimulating and can fight fatigue. Simply massage into your skin after showering for moisturised skin throughout the day.
Tip #2 – Shower Routine: Dry Brushing + Nourishing Body oil
Now we all have heard about the benefits of exfoliation, but often we think this only relates to the facial tissue. Your whole body deserves the same caring treatment your face gets, so let’s talk about how you can do this, and how unbelievably beneficial it will be to your overall health.
Dry brushing has a similar stimulating effect as hydrotherapy, by increasing skin circulation and improving the lymphatic system’s function. The method removes dead skin cells, opens up your pores and allows your skin to breathe. First, choose a brush with soft natural Bristols. Then, starting from your feet, brush in a circular motion, working your way up to your shoulders.
Now to really enhance the effects of dry brushing, you should follow up with a nourishing body oil. Using natural and raw oils that are good for your skin will make a significant difference, so we suggest using coconut MCT or hemp oil...or even better, a combination of both.
Coconut MCT oil has key fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins that absorb into the skin for moisture and is long lasting to protect from environmental conditions. Coconut MCT oil differs from Virgin Coconut oil, as it has been filtered to remove the excess of heavy particles so it does not clog your pores. Hemp seed oil also moisturises without clogging your pores and has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown the oil can relieve symptoms of atopic dermatitis and Health Line also describes the anti-aging effects of the oil. These oils feed your skin cells the key nourishing vitamins necessary to maintain moisture in harsh weather. Our ‘Natural Feeling’ body oil contains these ingredients and is blended in with ylang ylang essential oil, which can help preserve a youthful glow by preventing signs of aging and irritation.
Tip #3 – Overnight Routine: Gloves + Deep moisturising treatment
My final tip for this blog is to take care of your hands and feet! In winter especially, your hands will inevitably be exposed to the cold weather and your feet will rarely see the light of day. Of course, keeping a moisturiser in your bag throughout the day for regular use is important, but here’s another great hack to maintaining healthy skin.
Using a high-quality and deep moisturising oil, rub into your hands and feet and cover overnight with gloves/socks. This will allow the oils to soak in for longer for maximum benefits. For dry hands/feet opt for a nurturing oil such as jojoba, rosehip or camellia oil. For damaged skin use the coconut and hemp seed oil blend to relieve the physical appearance of the skin condition and reduce inflammation.
With these three tips, you should be well on your way to maintaining bright, youthful and glowing skin throughout Autumn and even in the harsher conditions of winter.
Until next blog, take care.
By Andelain Newman