Winter Skincare Secrets
Our top beauty tricks to help your skin cope with the changing seasons.
With the change in seasons and drop in temperature, our skin starts to suffer. After record high temperatures over the summer, we were then faced with the coldest Halloween in 100 years. With the icy surge, arctic winds and impending winter comes dry, irritated skin.
A drop in temperature can be a huge shock to the skin and this year could have even more of a negative effect than usual since our skin has become used to higher temperatures.
So this winter it will be more important than ever to look after skin from the inside-out, making sure skin is primed and ready to handle the harsh winter conditions.
Our winter skincare secrets will give you the top 10 tricks to hydrate, feed and pamper your skin from both inside and outside to help prevent dry and irritated skin this winter.
OUR TOP 10 SKINCARE TRICKS:
Do a downward dog (or a handstand if you’re feeling brave!) to get the blood flowing to the face. When you invert, your circulation improves which is good news for your skin. Better circulation means that water and nutrients are efficiently delivered to our skin cells to help hydrate and nourish from within.
SLEEP ON YOUR BACK
Cotton is a thirsty material and so cotton pillows suck the moisture out of our skin. Silk absorbs a lot less moisture but if you can’t afford a silk pillowcase then simply sleep on your back.
GET CREATIVE WITH PROBIOTICS
Sprinkle some probiotic supplements into your night cream to help encourage the good bacteria on your skin. This encourages an efficient skin barrier that helps to prevent skin from drying out.
DITCH THE EXPENSIVE CREAMS
Slather coconut oil all over your body (and your face!) before bed and wake up to silky smooth skin. The body repairs itself over night so this is a great time to use a rich oil to help keep skin soft and hydrated. Don’t worry about getting spots – coconut is also antibacterial so it’s great to use on the face.
TAKE ACID (HYALURONIC, THAT IS)
Cold weather and central heating combine to ravage and our delicate skin so it’s important to keep skin cells hydrated to help prevent dry, itchy skin. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water inside skin cells to ensure that no matter what the elements throw at you, your skin will always be hydrated and glowing. Potion London’s The Hyaluronic Complex hydrates skin from the inside-out.
INDULGE IN DARK CHOCOLATE
It contains copper which, in small amounts, is necessary for collagen production, which keeps skin strong, supple and hydrated.
MASHED BANANAS ARE GREAT FOR YOUR FACE
Make a moisturising homemade face mask using a mashed banana. Bananas are great natural moisturisers for your skin – the vitamin A present in bananas restores the lost moisture and repairs damaged, dull, and dry skin.
WAKE YOUR SKIN UP WITH A HOMEMADE COFFEE SCRUB
Raid your kitchen cupboard to make your own coffee scrub. Take some ground coffee and mix with olive oil to make an indulgent scrub. Sloughing off the top, dead layer of skin encourages new cells to turn over, resulting in softer skin.
BATHE IN EPSOM SALTS
Have a relaxing, warm bath and throw in some Epsom salts. Not only will the magnesium in the salts help you to sleep better, but it will also help to soften and soothe dry skin.
DO REGULAR AT HOME FACIALS
Give yourself a homemade facial by putting a few drops of lavender essential oil into a bowl and adding boiling water to give your face a steam. The anti-inflammatory properties in lavender oil make it great for soothing and healing dry and irritated skin.
Want more skincare secrets? Check out our three beauty supplements to help feed and protect skin from within:
The Hyaluronic Complex – hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water inside skin cells. Taking this supplement regularly helps to ensure skin is moisturised from within and protected from the elements.