As the days are getting colder and duller we find ourselves inside more with the heating on and you will probably find that your skin maybe come more sensitive due to the change in temperatures.
I have found some lovely products which will help protect your skin and keep you hydrated over the next couple of months.
Here are some of my favourite winter rescue remedies…
I really love the Barefoot product range as it helps soothe sensitive skins as well as keeping it hydrated. It does all this without you feeling as though you have a thick cream on your skin – as its doesnt sit on the surface. They have a range of organic products which are suited for sensitive skins, but a must have this winter is their SOS cream.
You can use this on your face and body and is great for eczema and psoriasis sufferers
Ren Mayday Mayday Rescue balm
This balm contains Lactic Acid which helps improve the condition of peeling and chapped skin while Prebiotic Oligosaccharides and Antileukine from Ochroleuca Seaweed Extract protect the skin against inflammation. Chamomile and Pink Violet help to calm redness and soothe minor irritation.
It is great for dry, very dry, irritated, chapped or peeling skin and is especially suitable for dry areas, such as hands, elbows, lips, knees and any area where extra TLC is needed.
For those who suffer from dry flakey skin, remember that the flaking skin is dead skin so no matter how much moisturizer you use on it – it’s not going to help – you have to remove the dead skin before moisturising.
I am always telling people to invest in a good exfoliator. There are many exfoliators on the market but you need to be careful to choose a good one. Many contain quite coarse granules and it may look and feel as though it is doing a good job but what you will not see is that the coarse granules will actually be scratching your skin and making it more sensitive.
I am a ‘HUGE’ fan of the Trilogy exfoliator I may have mentioned it a few times now but it really is the best one I have come across in years. As well as being moisturising you can really feel the granules but without it irritating the skin.
I have recently started using the Arbonne exfoliator. I would recommend it for those with very sensitive skins. You can only slightly feel the granules and you can leave this on like a mask. It has a lovely fresh smell and the results are great – leaving your skin clean and glowing.
To purchase this product you need to contact a consultant
* A great tip is to use the exfoliator on your lips – this will help soften and smooth the lips and help with any flakeyness!
Oil it up
Oils are fantastic for dry skin – you should be using them all year round or if you have kept one stored in your beauty box – this is the time to bring it out! They penetrate a lot deeper into the skin than creams and really moisturize the skin.
Which one to choose?
I have recently been taking Optimum blend oil from Holland and Barratt. This is one of their organic oils which I love. Ok I know this is a supplement – but trust me it also works as a fantastic face oil. I came across this as I had run out of face oil and that day I had been talking to another therapist about piercing Vitamin E capules and applying the oil to the skin. As I was taking the Optimum blend oil as a supplement – I thought I would see what it was like as a face oil- and I was very pleasantly surprised with the results the following day. It had helped reduce a rash I had on one cheek and my skin looked fantastic.
The oil contains Omega 3 and 6 – as Omega helps with inflammation it is also great for ezcema and you can use it anywhere on the body. A client of mine found it worked great on her hair line. The only drawback its that it smells a bit like cooking oil (thankfully not fish oil ) but an easy way to get around this is to buy organic essential oils such as rose, lavender or camomile and mix the two – although use no more that 10 drops of essential oil.
A few other brands
Here are a few other brands which I would recommend as a winter wonder.
- Environ hydrating oil capules. These are easy to carry around with you especially if you travel a lot. (I am an Environ stockist so please get in touch to order).
- Aromatherapy Associates – Nourishing face oil
- Ren skincare – Rose O12 Moisture Defence Serum
The majority of people find that their lips become dryer in winter. I personally don’t use lip balm that often as I found I kept needing to apply more and more – I then discovered that it was all to do with certain ingredients they have put inside.
I have tried many organic balms but quite a few are scented with essential oils which I really didn’t like the taste of. However my favourite so far is – Balm Balm with Rose & geranium.
A few of my favourite winter products
I wrote a blog last year highlightinga few of my favourite winter products and they are still my top 10 products