With winter well and truly upon us, you may have noticed your skin change; it can feel drier and become dehydrated during the cooler winter months, appearing dull, flaky and lacklustre. Those who suffer from rosacea and eczema may also experience symptoms with the change of season. While combination skin can feel dry – dry skin will be even drier. It's time for a skincare switch up with our ultimate seasonal skin saviours.
Synthetic chemical overloads can also interfere with our skin's health and cause breakouts. Just as you feel healthier when eating unprocessed and whole foods, your skin will reap the benefits of being fed a natural diet in the form of antioxidant rich, botanical skin care. You can change up your product routine to meet your skin's seasonal needs with a few simple changes. Put aside summer time's cooling toners, tints and mattifiers, and amp up your moisture levels with a richer, more nourishing cleanser and creme moisturiser. A weekly face mask can also do wonders for a hydration and radiance boost. Here are some of our favourite natural beauty, skin saviours for the following concerns:
Opt for a creamy and comforting cleanser that will give dry skin the TLC it needs; MV Skincare's Gentle Cream Cleanser is oh so nourishing! While, KYPRIS Cleanser Concentrate is is the ideal, anti-ageing, gentle cleanse. Featuring co-op grown Moringa, wildcrafted Prickly Pear, and probiotics.
Soft whipped balms can be a great way to give some extra moisture to dehydrated winter skin. The balm melts on the skin into an oil formula, for intense hydration and massage ritual, helping rehydrate deep within the skin's layers and boosting collagen. Our favourites include May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon for something extra special, featuring rare Blue Tansy as the star ingredient to greet your skin with cool serenity. MUKTI's Marigold Hydrating Cream contains calendula, Shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil, it offers long lasting protection and promotes skin elasticity and suppleness.
If you moisturiser is no longer cutting it; boost your moisture levels by adding an oil or serum to your regime. Natural hyaluronic acid is real moisture magnet to look out for, helping skin retain hydration levels. If you skin is dehydrated, look for oils that contain it, such as Vanessa Megan's Advanced Anti-Ageing EPI Cell Serum, an advanced active formula serum to help hydrate, plump, lift and firm the skin. While for those looking for a little luxury, Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum is a super-powered serum, strategically formulated with 22 of the world’s most nutrient rich botanicals and essential oils, it is a skincare game changer that restores skin’s balance, texture and natural radiance. While for those on a budget, pure rosehip oil is a great alternative.
Don't forget to care for your eyes, fine lines are an obvious sign of dehydration in the delicate eye area. Dark circles are also more common in winter months when our vitamin D levels are more deficient. A couple of eye creams we love are Josh Rosebrook's Oculus Formula for anti-ageing benefits and hydration, and La Mav Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream for brightening and correcting dull, tired skin.
Colder winter weather can cause skin to become red and irritated, and it's the time when chapped lips and eczema are most common. Prevent such conditions when out and about, or skiing this winter, with Madara's DD Daily Defence Ultra Rich Balm. Remember even on overcast winter days, it is important to protect your skin from the sun. Opt for a mild SPF tinted moisturiser, such as Josh Rosebrook's Nutrient Day Cream.
Both Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil have been known to alleviate rosacea symptoms. Argan oil really is liquid gold – just brimming with skin healing and anti-ageing properties. MV Skincare's Rose Plus Booster, containing Rose Maroc essential oil is very calming to inflamed skin and treating broken thread veins; it is also ideal for those with hormonal skin issues and breakouts.
Jojoba Oil is a popular choice for those with eczema symptoms for its proven ability to heal and protect skin, being a fabulous, anti-bacterial skin hydrator that's readily absorbed. Egyptian Magic is another option; containing honey which is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory making it very calming for eczema symptoms. While Clemence Organics SOS is a rich and comforting balm for very dry and eczema prone skins.
Dehydrated skin cells turn over more slowly, causing a buildup of dead skin, which can look dull and flaky and make it harder for your moisturiser to absorb and your skin to receive the benefits. Be sure to exfoliate more regularly with a gentle natural exfoliant such as Divine Woman's Daily Radiance Exfoliating Cream or Black Chicken's Complexion Polish.
Regularly treat your skin to a moisture mask to help keep it hydrated and radiant; this will diminish the appearance of fine lines. Two of our favourites include May Lindstrom's The Problem Solver, a warming correcting masque hero containing a fusion of antioxidant-rich raw cacao, activated bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts and exotic spices; and Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask for deep hydration and the most gentle, ultimate comfort – like a hug for skin!
Our skin is a mirror to our inner health; skin care alone will not restore it to its optimum condition. Be sure to bolster your beauty routine from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and loading up on omega-3s (essential fatty acids found in foods such as oily fish, seeds and nuts). Exercise and optimum water in take can also play a role in our skin's health; not only does sweating keep our skin hydrated but flushes out impurities and toxins. Give your skin a boost from within by taking a beauty food supplement such as The Beauty Chef or WelleCo's proven formulas that help support a healthy lifestyle and diet, with a multivitamin blend of key nutrients, antioxidants and minerals our bodies need for optimum health.
By Nina Weston