The weather outside is frightful!
We're now on the countdown to Christmas and the wind and rain have set upon us. We've switched on the central heating permanently, we're wrapping up in more and more layers, and the party season is on the horizon.
It's time we thought about giving our skin some added winter protection by nurturing and cocooning it throughout the festive season.
Harsh winter winds can literally blow away the goodness from the skin's outer layers and many of the natural oils that keep the skin plump and vibrant can disappear, leaving it susceptible to dryness, redness and general irritation. This is not helped by late nights, increased alcohol consumption and a richer diet.
For some of us this means just a slightly tighter, more unpredictable skin that is looking for greater hydration and moisture; while for others winter can mean painfully tender, cracked and sensitive skin that has real soreness to it.
What can I do to protect my skin in winter?
Giving your skin the right 'blanket' of protection at this time of year will depend on your skin type But there are a few general tips for all skin types and ages:
- Keep hydrated during the party season
- Remember to apply an SPF sun protection cream on top of your daily moisturiser every morning
- Gently exfoliate your face and body to stimulate the skin and prevent it becoming sluggish
- Do not forget your hands, feet and lips
- Choose skincare that is rich in targeted ingredients that naturally help to replenish and rejuvenate your skin
- Honey's natural soothing and healing properties combined with the immune building and healing properties of Propolis rich in Vitamins B, C & E, will help to calm and support the structure of the skin ensuring the right balance of moisture and lipids on the surface layer of the epidermis.
- Beeswax also helps to soften parched skin and acts as one of nature's greatest skin barriers (a natural alternative to petroleum jelly) against the harsh winter elements. What's more, it's rich in vitamin A, known to support cell rejuvenation and re-hydration.
- Borage oil is one of the richest sources of essential fatty acid locks in moisture onto the skin and is a renowned skin strengthener.
- Camelina oil (or Wild Flax) as it is more often known, provides essential oils to help reduce moisture loss and deliver more skin protection.
- Crambe oil is strong in Omega 9. It protects against dehydration.
- Echium oil is unique as it contains Nature's richest source of SDA (an omega 3 fatty acid) that helps to reduce inflammation within the skin. It has been shown to reduce redness and is especially suited to replenishing drier skins.
- Rapeseed has wonderful softening and smoothing properties. It's rich in oleic acid and other important skin lipids.