Natural Beauty Tips for Winter
Cold winter weather is not fun for our skin, it turns our noses red, our skin dry and our hair brittle. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which steals moisture away from the skin every single second of every day. Without immediate care, dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding, and harsh winter wind makes the problem even worse. Indoor heat further robs the air of moisture, as do hot showers, baths and harsh cleaner.
With a few focused actions, you can turn the fate of your compromised skin, but you need to do more than just additional moisture to actually counteract these effects and to keep your skin looking youthful and smooth.
The following 9 tips and my DIY facial serums and body butter will deliver the glowing, hydrating skin you want. As simple as it may appear, these natural beauty tips make a world of a difference by nurturing and restoring your skin. You can finally put a fresh face forward this winter.
1. Drink more water
We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon and ginger can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time.
Heating systems dry out the air, so consider installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom, to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out. Add essential oils to add lovely natural scent and extra benefits. Lavender to calm down, rosemary for better concentration, eucalyptus for antibacterial properties and so on.
A good night night’s sleep can improve your skin health because when you are sleep-deprived, your body produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin´s quality. Increased inflammatory cells in the body lead to an increase of the breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that give the skin glow, bounce and translucency. Also, during your sleep, the body’s hydration is rebalanced. Your skin is able to recover moister, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal of toxins. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and dark circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles.
4. Wash in lukewarm water
Hot showers and bath always feel good in the winter, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many oils away from the skin.
5. Moisturise immediately afterwards
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Apply moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin and enhances absorption.
6. Choose moisturiser carefully
The majority of modern cosmetics are complex cocktails of industrial produced synthetic chemicals and are polluting both the environment and our bodies. Some of these ingredients can actually dry your skin. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural and nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as its more likely to help your skin retain in the winter. Try my natural facial serum, as they are made with natural, hydrating ingredients like lavender, frankincense, rosehip and more, which will help soothe dry, itchy skin.
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Find an exfoliating mask and use it on your face and hands, as well as gently on your lips, then follow immediately with moisture to truly see a smoother difference.
8. Hydrate from the inside out
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try cucumbers, carrots, watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi and watery veggies likes tomatoes and celery. Make sure you´re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support for the healthy production of collagen and elastin. You can consider taking a good quality omega-3 supplement, or consume more organic fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
9. Avoid toxins
Winter skin is more fragile so avoid irritating chemical-laden skin care, cleansers and moisturisers. The skin is the body’s largest organ, made up of several layers being less than 2mm thick in most places – It’s an impressive physical barrier designed to protect us from the world around us. The outer layer of the skin can be penetrated quite well by such as oils and alcohols, which is often used in skin products to help carry the active ingredients into the deeper layers. This means that most of our exposure to the chemicals in cosmetics is via the skin. Once the cosmetic product has been applied, absorption begins. The majority of modern cosmetics are complex cocktails of industrial produced synthetic chemicals and are polluting both the environment and our bodies – they have in fact been detected in the human body fluids and body fat. We wash large quantities down the drain every day which can then come back to haunt us in our water supply and accumulate in the sea and rivers.