We have had such a wonderful summer here in Melbourne. Early morning bike rides and swims in the bay. While we’re still enjoying the summer sun, we’ve had a few cooler days which reminds us that Autumn is on its way. When the change in temperature and season arrives it’s great to remember these tips for healthy and glowing skin all year round.
1. Have a cool shower
While everyone enjoys a nice, long, hot shower in the cooler weather there is nothing worse for your skin. The hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils and dry it out. Having a shorter shower at a cool/lukewarm temperature will help the skin retain its natural oil and balance.
Exfoliating is such an important step to healthier skin. Scrubbing once or twice a week can remove dead skin cells, stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system and leave you with smooth healthy skin. Once the dead skin is removed, moisturisers are more able to soak into the skin, leaving us with more hydrated and healthy glowing skin.
3. Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise
The sun, salt, chlorine, heat, cold winter air and air conditioning can all dry out our skin, so it’s important to moisturise daily with a natural cream, lotion or body oil to nourish and restore moisture. The perfect time to moisturise is when you hop out of the shower, gently pat your skin dry and apply to slightly damp skin to help lock in moisture.
This is so important in maintaining good health. Two thirds of our body is made up of water and we are constantly losing fluids. It’s essential to our organs and skin to stay hydrated and drink between 2-3 Litres of water a day. Don’t forget to up this amount if you’re working outdoors or exercising. Excessive caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks are also dehydrating, so stick with herbal teas, coconut water or fruit and herb infused water.
Tip: Take a reusable bottle with you wherever you go so you always have water during the day. There are a huge range of reusable stainless steel and glass bottles to choose from these days. It’s a great way to look after your skin and reduce single use plastic water bottles.