This winter seems to have gone on forever in the UK, it's May and still very chilly outside. The cold weather leaves our skin dry and flaky so it's crucial we take care of our skin and show it some extra love during the cooler months.
Here are 2 of my top tips to take care of your skin during the colder months:
Exfoliate once per week
The cold air accelerates water loss from the skin which leaves our skin looking and feeling dry and dull. The more dry, dead skin we have on the surface of our skin, the less our skin is able to absorb moisture from our facial oils, serums and moisturisers. This is why we want to be exfoliating once per week to rejuvenate the surface of the skin and allow our skin products soak deeper into our skin. When choosing an exfoliator, we want to stay away from abrasive scrubs, harsh chemical peels as these can cause irritation and strip the skin of its' natural oils. Instead, try a homemade face scrub using oatmeal and water and rub gently into the skin.
What are you using to hydrate your skin?
Using oils to hydrate your skin is something I would recommend, particularly during the winter months. Oils are very hydrating for your skin and help to feed tired, dry and dull winter skin. Facial oils like pure argan oil, jojoba oil and rosehip oil are some of my favourites to use during winter and are all full of nutrients, antioxidants, reduce inflammation in the skin and rehydrate. Tip: always add your oils to your skin when its' slightly damp to boost absorption!
Remember, our skin is our largest organ. Always try to use products that contain natural ingredients where possible and avoid products that contain high levels of chemicals. Your skin absorbs everything that you put on it and it goes directly into your blood stream.