Cold and windy weather together with the drying effects of central heating can leave your skin feeling dry and dull. We have looked at what you can do to keep your winter skin healthy and glowing going down the natural route.
Exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells that make skin look dull and dry. Keep it gentle though, as using harsh exfoliators will strip your skin of its natural protective moisture barrier and limit to 2 or 3 times per week. For sensitive skin, natural fruit enzymes such as papaya extract break down dead cells without the need for any abrasives. A twice-weekly exfoliation of your body will also help prevent winter concerns, such as scaly legs and dry knees and elbows.
We have listed a few recipes for homemade remedies below.
Make a homemade Natural Oil and Sugar scrub
This is a quick and easy, naturally moisturizing and exfoliating scrub you can easily make at home
Combine ½ cup of sugar with 2 tbsp of olive oil, If you want, you can also add an essential oil like lavender, which adds a natural fragrance and can promote relaxation.
Gently rub the scrub into your skin, and then wash it off.
Finish off by using a soothing moisturizer to lock in the benefits of freshly exfoliated skin.
Make a homemade Oatmeal Honey Mask
Oatmeal is a great ingredient for an exfoliating and hydrating mask.
Mix 2 tbsp of oats with 1 tbsp of honey and a dash of water.
Warm up the mixture, then rub it into your skin.
You can use it just to exfoliate and wash it off right away, or leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes as a soothing, hydrating mask.
There are 2 ways you can help moisturise your skin:
Eat Essential Fats
Essential fats moisturise your skin from the inside, giving you supple and glowing skin. Oily fish is the best source and ideally should be eaten two or three times a week. If you don’t eat fish, it is definitely worth considering an omega-3 supplement. Other good sources are nuts and seeds especially flax, pumpkin and chia seeds. Nuts and seeds also provide a healthy dose of vitamin E, another essential skin nutrient, which helps skin retain moisture, aids healing and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Use moisturising face masks, face creams and body butters
The list of culprits that can cause dry skin is a long one, from daily bathing habits (think hot showers and scrubbing yourself dry with a towel) and wicked winter weather to a lack of natural oils in your skin as you age.
The range of skincare products available to buy is, of course, huge but you could also make your own.
Moisturising Avocado and Olive Oil Face Mask
This is a great DIY recipe for soothing and moisturising dry skin and the best part is that it delivers immediate results! The good fats in olive oil and avocado nourish dry, ageing skin. It’s best to use this face mask after spritzing your face with water. This will allow the fats to seal the moisture into your skin. Also, the antioxidants in extra virgin olive oil will help your skin battle off signs of ageing.
It’s important to make this mask with the best quality olive oil that you can find. You might be surprised to know that many of the olive oils found in supermarkets have cheaper oils mixed in as fillers. These oils are not as healthy to eat, plus they will clog pores.