The cold weather can certainly take its toll on our poor skin. Months spent wrapped up with high-necked jumpers and scarves, trying to dodge the blustery wind and rain as our dry, flaky skin becomes red and sore; starved of even a glimmer of sunshine. Then, as the warmer weather creeps in we tiptoe out of hibernation and evaluate the “damage”. It’s time to take some action with a little re-hydration and TLC.
Having said that, the summer brings with it a whole new bag of bothersome problems. Here are some great top to toe recommendations for banishing the winter hardship and preparing your skin for the warmer season.
Release the Toxins
Start by unclogging the pores to release dirt and impurities, also removing dead skin cells and oil build up with it. A simple facial steam over a bowl of hot water will do the trick but for a little extra help to open those pores you could add 1-2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil. Lavender is not only anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory – it is also very calming to all skin types. If you haven’t got the facility to steam with a bowl then a flannel soaked in hot Lavender water and placed over the face will work too.
Keep Skin Healthy
Understanding your skin type will help you tailor your skincare regime more accurately. Mineral Clays are a natural and subtle way to help balance the skin and can be used in a variety of ways to get the best from them. These natural minerals are the ashes found below the earth’s surface and offer vital skin healing properties. They can be used as a mask on other areas of the body such as the back or chest, or their fine grit can be used in Base Oil as a polish or scrub – making them a versatile treatment option.
Oily or Acne prone skin will benefit most from Green Clay and can be used as a detoxifying mask by adding a little Tea Tree or Lavender Flower Water to it. This will draw some of the excess moisture from the skin.
Dry, Combination or Mature skin will benefit from Red Clay blended with a little Jojoba Oil and just 2 drops of Geranium Essential Oil. Jojoba is a rich Carrier Oil base which mimics the skins own sebum, whilst Geranium increases skin elasticity, circulation and regulates oil production.
Deter the Breakout
The summer months will (hopefully) bring warmer weather thus our sebaceous glands start to work overtime; resulting in more moisture on the skin. For some, particularly those with oily skin already; the increased moisture provides the perfect playground for a breakout. Acne is prone to worsen in summer due to the increased bacteria on the skin, and many areas of the body can be affected; not just the face. Regardless of skin-type, all skin needs to be moisturised so choosing a much lighter, oil-free Base Lotion will offer the right balance without clogging pores or restricting perspiration. Tailor your lotion base with a blend of Ylang Ylang and Lavender Essential Oils. Ylang Ylang regulates the sebum production whilst maintaining elasticity in the skin, and Lavender is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial oil; helping to reduce the risk of a breakout.
Are you one of the many whom despite their uncompromising skin nurturing – are still susceptible to an unhappy complexion. This could be due to using the wrong products, or too much of a good thing; or can simply be that you’re hyper-sensitive skin needs something more gentle. Aloe Vera is packed with vitamins and minerals as well as vital amino-acids which give it such nourishing and skin healing properties. It is also anti-septic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory – ideal for soothing super sensitive skin. Our moisturising Aloe Vera Lotion will help to add some hydration to dry or combination skin, whilst our Aloe Vera Gel will act as a tonic to oily or acne prone skin. Both are Paraben Free and bursting with natural goodness.
Treat your Feet
There’s an old wives tale that implies our feet say a lot about our state of health and at times this can be evident. However the colder weather can make us more sedentary and slow down circulation making the skin on our feet harden, crack and sometimes become very sore. This can also be true of over-worked feet when someone has a job which involves standing for long periods. Hydration and gentle massage is the key to getting flip-flop ready. You can start with an invigorating foot soak by adding 4 drops of Myrrh Essential Oil which is particularly good for dry, chapped skin; along with 4 drops of skin-soothing Lavender to a bowl of hot water. Soak and allow the skin to soften. Follow with a gentle foot massage using a Base Oil blended with 2 drops of Rosemary to help increase circulation and new skin cells, 2 drops of Lemongrass to de-odourise and invigorate and 2 drops of Lavender to help heal the open skin. Pop on some warm socks and allow to absorb overnight. You’ll have hoofs you can be proud of in no time at all.
Kick Start with a Massage
As our bodies tend to operate in rhythmic cycles, with times of high energy also come times of recuperation. It’s only natural that during the colder months we can become less active, or maybe just a little less motivated. Our lymphatic system is a network of vessels which makes up part of our circulatory system. One of its key functions is the collection and carrying of toxins which are then dispelled from the body. Massage is one of the best ways to kick start the lymphatic system, as well as tighten and tone the skin, relax the mind and body; and all whilst adding vital emollient into the skin. Massage can be carried out using any Base Carrier Oils but here are a few suggestions of our nutrient packed favourites.
• Sweet Almond and Apricot Kernel are high in Essential Fatty Acids.
• Avocado is high in amino acids as well as vitamins and minerals, great for treating skin conditions, best used as 20% infusion.
• Jojoba mimics the skins own sebum and is light in texture, great for oily skin.
• Rosehip, the queen of oils for mature or dehydrated skin.
• Evening Primrose and Borage Oil are both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory and can help with skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis.