Almost a distant memory in winter when climates, heating, starchy diets and an excess of clothes are all working together to dry our skin out from the inside out!
So what can we do to protect and restore our skins?
The first thing we all seem to do when our skins dry out is to stop our usual routines. We go into protection mode and our skins do not thank us for it!! We then get oily and break out. What do we do then? We start cleaning it like crazy to get rid of the oil and exfoliating it to rid ourselves of the congestion which then creates more dryness and the cycle starts again…
Our skins like routine like we do. By following a routine daily, we have created a cycle where our skin relies on this routine to function. The amount of oil our skin creates and our cell renewal depends entirely on this routine.
So therefore in winter, we should never stop our routines to combat dryness. We should adjust them instead.
Try cleansing with a cream cleanser instead of a foaming one or even ditch store bought cleansers all together and use olive or coconut oil on a cotton pad to cleanse, or try an Enjo daily face off – a microfibre pad that requires only water to clean (I am currently using one of these and LOVING it! It’s amazing what it removes!). If you exfoliate regularly, you will still need to keep that up to maintain a skin free of dead skin cells. By removing those dead skin cells, you are helping your skin to breathe and to absorb the incredible moisture you are about to put on it. And this is where we increase our moisture intake…
If your skin is not happy, you will need to up the moisture you are currently providing it. In summer, the weather and humidity cause our skins to form a layer of protecting oil. In winter, we need to manually do this.
After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, rinse it with cold water to close your pores and to protect your skin. If you have a protective serum to apply, do this now. Next, you need to seal the skin. At this stage, I warm 5-6 drops of rosehip oil (packed full of vitamin c!) in my fingers and then rub gently but effectively into my face and decolletage. You could also use jojoba oil. Before this has a chance to dry, immediately add your moisturiser, once again effectively absorbing it into your face. Make sure this moisturiser is a rich one to combat the drying effects of winter. Your summer moisturiser just won’t cut it!! At the moment, I am using a light facial shea butter formulation from Mokosh that is providing a beautiful luxurious layer upon my skin.
And don’t ever forget your sunscreen!
As for your body, the rules are the same.
Dry skin brush your skin before every shower, ditch your soap, at the end of every shower blast your skin with a shot of cold water (great for the skin and for your immunity!) and then…
Moisture, moisture, moisture!!
Being pregnant, I am keen to avoid stretch marks and therefore have made my very own body butter out of the world’s most decadent and divine oils!! Five months in I am still (touching wood!) without a mark and my skin is singing! I believe this body butter is perfect for EVERY dry winter skin not just my pregnant one. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you soon.