SMOOTH WINTER SKIN
Your body is a miracle and a gift, be grateful for it and take care of it this winter.
All it takes is making a few adjustments to your daily skin care routine.
You don’t need the most expensive products or a complicated beauty routine. Your body responds to the simplest steps, as your skin is a living organ that constantly regenerates itself. The right care can improve your skin’s shine, support and elasticity.
EXFOLIATE- Your skin needs to be exfoliated 1 to 2 times a week with a gentle exfoliating cleanser or scrub. Be sure not to rub the skin too hard especially if you have sensitive skin. Gently massage the exfoliant into the skin in circular motions and then rinse with warm water. Use products that contain Jojoba oil, Shea oil, Almond oil, Olive oil or Grape seed oil.
CLEANSE- Use non-alkaline, soap free cleansers on the skin. Soap strips the skin of natural oils. Avoid deodorant soaps which are harsh and drying. Use mild soaps preferably unscented or lightly scented. As well as using mild detergents for laundry. Don’t over cleanse your skin as excessive washing removes the protective lipid layer of the skins surface causing it to dry out.
SCRUB- Keep your skin soft and supple by using salt, sugar or a rough brush in the bath. Brush the product in a circular motion over your body. Give yourself smoother, brighter skin, better circulation and a super-charged lymphatic drainage system.This encourages healthy circulation to reduce cellulite.
Overusing a scrub will make your skin tender or dry, so only do this once a week. To make it yourself: Mix a cup of honey with eight drops of vanilla essential oil. Then add eight cups of brown sugar or salt. Stir the mixture until it holds together in your hand in a moist ball without dripping through your fingers. You can even flavour your scrubs with coffee or cocoa for body treatments that smell divine.
SUNSCREEN- Always use sunscreen in these winter months even on cloudy or overcast days. Over time that exposure to the sun will lead to moles, wrinkles and skin cancers. Put sunscreen with a sun protection factor SPF of at least 30 with UVB and UVB protection. Apply often as the sun does not lose its effects because of winter.
MOISTURIZERS – Apply body cream straight after your bath or shower after patting (not rubbing) your skin dry with a towel. This way your skin is still slightly damp, and extra water is locked in by the cream. Make it yourself- Put one cup of shea or cocoa butter in a saucepan and melt it o the stove over the lowest heat setting. Add half a cup of olive oil and mix well. Take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool for half an hour until it is nearly solid. Then add one teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil and also a few drops of fragrance. Mix well. Ingredients helpful for dry skin include
· Ceramides- help the skin hold water and soothe dry skin.
• Dimethicone and glycerine – these draw water to the skin and keep it there.
· Hyaluronic acid – helps skin water.
· Lanolin, mineral oil and petroleum jelly – helps skin hold onto water absorbed during bathing.
LIPS – Lips do not have oil glands, so they can dry out easily. Don’t lick them as licking quickly causes them to chap. Cover up your lips on cold and windy days with a scarf. Sun exposure can make chapped lips even worse. Spread on plenty of lip balm with a sunscreen of SPF 15 or more in it.
Until next week.