In Skin

Winter is here and this cold weather means a drop in temperature & lower humidity.  More time indoors with drier air, heating and hot showers. All these things contribute to drier skin.

Below are 9 tips to increase to try to prevent your skin losing that healthy glow

  1. Hydration – Essential for good skin and good health, (even though it’s a lot easier to enjoy a red wine than the H20 in the cooler weather).

I’m finding herbal teas are a great way to keep my hydration up plus an added bonus of ingesting all the goodness they can provide – aid in digestion, calming, anti-inflammatory etc. depending on what you choose.
Adding a sprinkle of a good quality salt to your water – I use Celtic salt – is a fantastic way to aid in proper hydration.
Making sure your water isn’t cold is another tip that works for me and adding lemon or cut up a few slices of ginger to warm water as well is a great tasting drink and fantastic to boost immunity and aid digestion.

2. Serums & Face Mists –  Ever important throughout the year but especially in winter.  Sitting in a heated space all day is extremely drying to our skin.

Try keeping a mist in the office or a travel size in your hand bag for instant hydration throughout the day. Our Rose and Geranium Face Mist helps to instantly rehydrate and balance skin.
– Keep an eye out for hydration attracting and promoting ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and extracts etc. all of which attract and hold water.  We’ve included these in our Hydration Face Serum here.

 3. Showers – we all love a hot shower in winter but hot water is incredibly drying!!!

Try having a luke-warm shower rather than a hot one.  Or try cold blasting at the end of your shower.  There are so many health benefits to finishing with a cold blast.  Check out the blog here

4. Exfoliation – This weather does bring on dry and flaky skin.  Exfoliating year round is so important but in winter our skin really needs it.  Exfoliating helps increase cell turn over which improves dull skin and results in a clearer, brighter complexion.
It also allows product to penetrate deeper which means you’re getting more bang for your buck.

Try exfoliating body and face on the same 2 days each week.  Say a Monday and a Thursday.  Over exfoliating can cause problems for your skin and do more damage than good, so 1-2 times a week is best and BE GENTLE.

5. Cleansing – taking off your make-up at the end of the day is so crucial to healthy glowing skin.  Even if you don’t wear make-up, sweat, sebum and pollution can all build up during the day.  When we sleep our skin repairs and regenerates so giving it a clean slate to apply our products too before bed is a must.

If you suffer from really dry skin in winter, try using an oil cleanser.  It will help your skin hold on to an extra layer of hydration as it binds the impurities and sebum to the oil to be wiped away which prevents moisture loss when cleansing.  Find out more about cleansing with oil here.

6. Moisturise – moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!  At times it’s easy to jump out of the shower, get dry, get dressed, get warm and skip moisturising.  Resist this urge!  A great and easy way to moisturise in winter is to use oils.  You know how much we love oils at Babs and this is why.  Oils really help to nourish, deeply moisturise and protect winter skin.  They’re also extremely fast to apply and absorb quickly.

Try applying our nourishing Body Oil to slightly damp skin straight out of the shower.  Any moisturiser should be applied within a few minutes of showering.  Applying it to slightly damp skin means it locks in hydration for a more effective result as well as using a little less product.

If you skin needs a little more TLC, consider the body balm – rich, calming, soothing – I keep mine on the bedside table to moisturise legs, elbows,  hands and feet before bed.

7. Hands – our hands do a lot of hard work and are always exposed to the elements. Hands can be one of the first things to show signs of aging.  Besides applying a hand cream regularly…..

Try applying your face oil or serum to the back of your hands at night, before your hand cream/body balm.  This aids more with repairing and regenerating and locks in extra moisture.

8. Broths, stocks and slow roasts – soups and slow cooked dinners are a great way to get extra antioxidants, vitamins & minerals which help promote collagen production & elastin to keep skin supple and youthful – extremely vital for healthy skin.

We’ve been cooking a leg of lamb or beef brisket once a week.  We cook it low and slow in the oven for 5-7 hours.  It feeds us for three – four meals and means less prep for dinners during the week and is delicious for winter dinners.

9. Vitamin D – This one can be a little trickier in the colder weather but exposing our skin to the sun for 20-30 minutes a few times a week is a great way to keep vitamin D levels up.
Aiming to get some sun first thing in the morning will also help with sleep and is a great way to start the day.  Vitamin D is crucial for bone health, can aid in reducing inflammation and improving immune health.

Great tips to look after our skin year round, but especially keeping us on the right track through these cold months.


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