In the winter months, as outdoor temperatures decrease, the humidity level of our air drops, which basically means that there is less moisture in the air, directly effecting the moisture levels in our skin.
We also find ourselves spending more time indoors and enjoying hotter baths and showers, further drying out our skin and stripping away our natural protective oils.
As a result, our skin can be left feeling dry, tight and itchy. The outer protective layer (the epidermis), can become irritated and increasingly sensitive.
We've put together a simple guide to caring for your skin over the colder months to keep your skin well hydrated and radiant.
CLEANSE WITH AN ORGANIC, OIL BASED CLEANSER
Many mainstream cleansers contain alcohol and are often quite astringent. This can disrupt the natural microbiome of the skin and remove its natural oils, (the sebum) leaving it dry and parched.
It's important to maintain our sebum levels, as its purpose is to help protect our cell walls and prevent moisture loss from the skin. It's also important to avoid artificial fragrances as these can further irritate the skin.
We believe in the powerful benefits of a high quality, natural, oil based cleanser, to not only cleanse, but to nourish and hydrate your skin at the same time.
Our 98% organic facial cleansing oil is a gentle oil based cleanser which effectively draws out impurities, balances the skins oil production and provides intense moisturisation. Baobab, pumpkin seed and camellia oils are rich in essential fatty acids which penetrate the skin and lock in moisture.
USE OF A HYDRATING FACIAL MIST
Many facial mists simply offer a refreshing sensation, but our hydrating facial mist works on a much deeper level. Our carefully selected formulation exfoliates, nourishes and repairs the skin, while actively hydrating by strengthening the skin's moisture barrier.
Aloe vera is highly effective at retaining the skins moisture levels by providing a protective barrier that keeps it locked in. Sandalwood hydrosol and kakadu plum nourish the skin from the inside out and help to repair and protect from harsh environmental stressors.
NOURISH THE SKIN WITH AN ORGANIC, PLANT BASED SERUM
Our 98% organic, super concentrated serums enhance your skin's hydration, prevent it from drying out and improve its moisture retention. Each of our serums, our anti-aging and our ultra calming serum contain the highly versatile jojoba oil. This incredibly moisturising ingredient is actually one of the only plants known to produce wax esters that are nearly identical to those found in our skin. It actually mimics our skin's natural oils and can penetrate at a deeper level, providing more intensive hydration, without leaving a greasy residue.
MOISTURISE REGULARLY WITH AN ORGANIC, PLANT BASED BODY OIL
During the summer months, with more skin exposed, we generally pay more attention to moisturising. But if this is neglected during the colder months, the dry air and drying heat in our homes will eventually take it's toll and leave our skin dry and flaky.
Our 98% organic body and bath oil, enriched with jojoba, avocado, baobab and coconut oils, maintains healthy, well nourished skin. These carefully selected plant oils provide deep hydration and absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue.
SOME MORE WINTER SKINCARE TIPS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY GLOW
- Don't take super hot showers or baths.
Hot water removes the skin’s natural oils, so having a long, hot shower can actually deplete the skin of its natural moisture, leaving it extremely dry. Also it's important to limit your time in the water so as not to contribute to additional dryness. If you do indulge in a long hot soak, ensure to moisturise well afterwards.
- Stay well hydrated.
Adequate hydration is directly related to skin cell regeneration. As the weather cools, we find ourselves wrapping up in more layers and turning on the heaters. This artificially warm environment, coupled with the dry air of artificial heating, leads to winter dehydration. You may also drink less water as your body’s thirst response significantly diminishes in cooler weather.
- Invest in a humidifier.
A humidifier replaces moisture in the air, helping the skin's barrier stay hydrated. In addition ensure heat is kept on low or at a moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air.
- Increase your daily intake of good fats.
Eating foods that contain "good fats" (especially omega-3 fatty acids) can help replenish your skin’s natural fats and keep it looking smooth and supple. Include foods such as foods in your diet, including oily fish (salmon, sardines, and mackerel) and other sources of these essential fatty acids such as olive oil, grass fed butter, coconut oil, avocados and nuts and seeds.