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Ramp up your skincare regime

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05 October 2022

The evenings are drawing in and there’s a chill in the air, so now’s the time to pay special attention to your skincare regime as seasons change. But don’t worry – we have you covered…

 

Bright sparks

Unless you’re taking brisk strolls every few hours (to get natural flushed cheeks), your skin will most likely start to look dull and a little tired as the season changes. But there are a few tricks to brighten up dull and tired skin from home.

 

Firstly, try to get in the habit of adopting a great skincare regime. To keep your skin vibrant and healthy, you should incorporate exfoliation and nourishment. And, as we mentioned in our last blog post, you don’t have to buy expensive lotions and potions – they can be created from your kitchen table.

 

When it comes to exfoliating, aim for between one and three times a week to keep a healthy glow on. An inexpensive way is to use sugar. Simply mix half to one teaspoon of sugar in with a small amount of your favourite skin cleanser. Wet your face and massage the cleanser/sugar mixture over your face for a couple of minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and you should feel an instant difference in your skin.

 

Next comes the nourishment and nothing beats a hydrating facial mask. Again, you can create your own by combining one or more main ingredients with a liquid ingredient. Aim to base your ingredient choices on the health properties of each item.

 

As examples, honey helps draw in moisture and also has antibacterial qualities that help stimulate and smooth the skin. Mango provides natural fruit enzymes which also exfoliate the skin and the oil in mangos help to moisturise. Other options could include avocado or oatmeal. For the liquid Ingredient, options vary from milk (to condition the skin), Aloe Vera Gel (for healing and softening) and egg whites for tightening and conditioning.

 

 

Dry skin care

No matter what your skin type, most people find that the temperature extremes in autumn and winter – going from bitterly cold outdoors to central heated homes dries out their skin. It’s best to keep your skin hydrated as super dry skin can start leading to problems such as cracked skin – something you’ll want to avoid!

 

Also, with tension, worries, anxiety and age, the skin becomes less active leaving it drier, fragile and more prone to wrinkles, not to mention lines around the eyes and mouth and losing its youthful colour and glow.

 

Environmental causes like dry air, harsh winds, hormonal imbalance, usage of aggressive chemicals, cosmetics or excessive bathing with harsh soaps saps the moisture from the skin making it dryer, flakier and chapped during winter. When bathing, opt for our Epsom Salt which helps to replenish the moisture and protect your skin, so you’re ready for all environments and climates.

 

Other tips and tricks for combatting dry skins includes:

 

  • Cleanse and moisturise: The dry skin should be cleansed with a cold cream and alcohol-free skin fresheners to remove the cream. After cleansing, the skin needs a lubricating emollient or a moisturiser when the face is damp after the wash.
  • Splash your face with cold water or gently wipe the skin with rose water to tone the skin nicely.
  • Avoid using highly alkaline soaps and detergents like washing sodas and powders.
  • Avoid the sun, harsh winds and hot baths. Use oil-based creams and make-up products only. Use soft towels or wash cloth to avoid irritation to the skin while wiping it.
  • Smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients it needs for good health making the skin dry and leathery.
  • Chapped or cracked skin – increase consumption of water. Keep chapped areas well lubricated and protected from the elements using a good nourishing cream or moisturiser.
  • Use creamy, mild, pH-balanced products such as moisture-based cream gels, lotions, etc for dry skin care.

 

 

Food for thought

Finally, a well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and nuts provides the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin.

 

Garlic, onions, eggs and asparagus help to keep the skin smooth and youthful, while carrots and apricots (rich in vitamins A and C) help keep the skin supple.

 

If you can increase your intake of foods like leafy raw green veggies and dairy products such as yoghurt and milk, you’re onto a good thing. Even better if you can lessen the fried foods, soft drinks, sugar, chocolates, junk foods, alcohol and caffeine that have diuretic effects causing the body and skin to lose fluids, vitamins and essential minerals.

 

Last but not least, aim to increase your intake of water – the benefits are numerous; to name a few…

 

  • Staying hydrated will help ‘plump’ your skin and keep it looking radiant
  • Helps flush toxins and bacteria from your body
  • Aids in digestion as well as carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
  • Keeps cells hydrated which in turn cushions joints and keeps you flexible

Best of all, water helps maintain your skin’s elasticity, meaning that If you keep on top of the recommended 5-8 glasses water a day, you’re less prone to developing wrinkles and soft lines – and who doesn’t want to stay looking younger for longer?

 

This product was actually amazing for not only my skin but also muscles and joints. After a long day which felt like it was never going to end the Newton Wood Epsom Salt Crystals really helped to hydrate my skin as well leaving my joints and muscles feeling fully recovered. I would definitely recommend trying and I’ll personally be ordering moreeee.